Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins by Ellen Sweets
A Memoir with Recipes

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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.


About Ellen Sweets

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Dubose has been active in Texas journalism for 17 years, as both a newspaper reporter and a freelancer. He has a master's degree in Latin American studies.
Published July 25, 2012 by University of Texas Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Readers who loved her prose can now also love her Four Seasons Fancy Chocolate Cake and her Ouefs Brouille.

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 For her lucky friends who spent time with her in unguarded moments away the media stage there was a lot more to Molly Ivins than the rest of us saw on our television screens or in her many columns.

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Award-winning journalist and food writer Ellen Sweets lived my cooking-buddy fantasy, and in her memoir with recipes, Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins, Sweets laces her reminiscences about her fast and firm friendship with Ivins through recipes of dishes that punctuated their culinary adventures.

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