Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Orleans Times-Picayune :: Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins

Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins
By Ellen Sweets
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Good times with Molly Ivins live on in Ellen Sweets' new memoir with recipes

By Diana Pinckley

On Molly Ivins’s frequent trips to New Orleans, there were “Nothin’ But Good Times Ahead.”

The title of a 1994 collection of her ever-pointed and always entertaining observations on everything from Texas politics to music to feminism also sums up her approach to food in general –– and eating in the Crescent City in particular.

Now comes one of her bestest buddies, Ellen Sweets, to chronicle Molly’s food life in “Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes.” Sweets will sign the book – with its 35 recipes and multitudes of stories ranging from hilarious to heart-felt about the one-of-a-kind woman whom we miss so deeply in this political season – on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crescent City Farmers Market and again at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.

A frequent New Orleans visitor and devout foodie, Sweets is a James Beard Award-winner for her work on the Denver Post. She has also reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

Here’s how her publisher, the University of Texas Press, describes Sweets’ book: “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.”

I’m happy to report that my husband, John Pope, and I were privileged to share many of those tables with Molly – in Austin, where I first met her at Pope’s mentor John Henry Faulk’s house over a dinner of marinated venison that Johnny had killed; at one memorable Thanksgiving in Paris, chronicled in the book; and in New Orleans, whether she was giving pro bono speeches on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union or enjoying a little down time.

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