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Joe Dolce: Cookbooks for Poets

Cookbooks for Poets Ann Rogers’ Poor Poets’ Cookbook— a nickel dinner, fresh roll, real butter, and a glass of wine, Onion Pie, Black Beans and Rum. Inspired by Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife, 1824— curry of catfish, barbecued shoat & beaten biscuits, fried calf’s feet, pheasant à-la-daube, tansy pudding, pickled nasturtiums, walnut catsup, vinegar of the four thieves. The food and customs of the antebellum South. A culinary pantheon that included Alice B. Toklas, Fannie Farmer and M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf, 1942— the latter, written to inspire courage, in those daunted by wartime shortages. W.H. Auden, of…

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