Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes

Paperback | September 1, 2013

byEllen SweetsForeword byLou Dubose

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You probably knew Molly Ivins as an unabashed civil libertarian who used her rapier wit and good ole Texas horse sense to excoriate political figures she deemed unworthy of our trust and respect. But did you also know that Molly was one helluva cook? And we're not just talking chili and chicken-fried steak, either. Molly Ivins honed her culinary skills on visits to France—often returning with perfected techniques for saumon en papillote or delectable clafouti aux cerises. Friends who had the privilege of sharing Molly's table got not only a heaping helping of her insights into the political shenanigans of the day, but also a mouth-watering meal, prepared from scratch with the finest ingredients and assembled with the same meticulous attention to detail that Molly devoted to skewering a political recalcitrant.

In Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins, her longtime friend, fellow reporter, and frequent sous-chef Ellen Sweets takes us into the kitchen with Molly and introduces us to the private woman behind the public figure. She serves up her own and others' favorite stories about Ivins as she recalls the fabulous meals they shared, complete with recipes for thirty-five of Molly's signature dishes. These stories reveal a woman who was even more fascinating and complex than the "professional Texan" she enjoyed playing in public. Friends who ate with Molly knew a cultured woman who was a fluent French speaker, voracious reader, rugged outdoors aficionado, music lover, loyal and loving friend, and surrogate mom to many of her friends' children, as well as to her super-spoiled poodle. They also came to revere the courageous woman who refused to let cancer stop her from doing what she wanted, when she wanted. This is the Molly you'll be delighted to meet in Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins.

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You probably knew Molly Ivins as an unabashed civil libertarian who used her rapier wit and good ole Texas horse sense to excoriate political figures she deemed unworthy of our trust and respect. But did you also know that Molly was one helluva cook? And we're not just talking chili and chicken-fried steak, either. Molly Ivins honed he...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.03 × 6.02 × 0.65 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029275423X

ISBN - 13:9780292754232

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Foreword by Lou DuboseAcknowledgments1. Meeting Molly2. Dining In, Dining Out3. Who, Me? No Way!4. Meeting Multiple Mollies5. The Molly Too Few Knew6. Are You Feeling Chili?7. Julia Child Meets Chicken-fried Steak8. Mise en Place9. Food in the 'Hood10. Vive la France!11. Gumbo Daze12. We Get By with a Little Help from Our Friends13. Wine, Women, and Song14. Steel Magnolias, Texas Style15. Dinner--A Family Affair16. Managing Molly17. Everything Is Relative(s)18. Westward Ho, Ho, Ho19. Le Petit Dejeuner20. Home Cookin'21. Food Stamps and Fun on the Dole22. Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler, Y'all23. The Minnesota Dead Guy24. You Gonna Eat That?25. Thank God It's Friday26. The Great Leonard Pitts–less Dinner27. Plans? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Plans28. . . . and a Partridge in a Bean Stew29. Bienvenidos a Tejas, Comrades30. Oeufs à la Neige31. Table That Emotion32. The Observer's Observant Observer33. Salmon on the Fly34. Burnt Offerings35. Dinner and the Dancing Tampon36. Biscuits, Anyone?37. Without Hope, All Is Lost38. Let's Diversify This Popsicle Stand39. Talking Turkey40. Bacon Has Calories?41. Colorado Adopts Molly42. The Last River Run43. The Beginning of the End44. Adieu and AdiosEpilogue: Gentle Chicken SoupIndex of RecipesGeneral Index

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A rendering of a deep and lasting friendship, painted with dozens of anecdotes about Sweets and Ivins and their rollicking adventures in cooking and eating, including dropping gumbo on the floor before later serving it to assembled guests.