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Fruitcake : Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Cousin Sook - Marie Rudisill

Fruitcake

Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Cousin Sook

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Published: 7th September 2010
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Fruitcakeis a jaunty little collection of heirloom fruitcake recipes selected by Marie Rudisill from a nineteenth-century family farm journal owned by Sook Faulk, a cousin of Rudisill and Truman Capote, who immortalized Sook in his novella,A Christmas Memory. Rudisill, made famous as "The Fruitcake Lady" on Jay Leno'sTonight Show, aims to elevate the much-maligned reputation of what she calls "the queen of cakes" in this book, which features 23 enticing recipes, including Peacock Fruitcake, Chocolate Fruitcake, Civil War Fruitcake, Pore Man's Fruitcake, and Farmer's Fruitcake. These are interspersed with pithy facts about fruitcake, an excerpt fromA Christmas Memory, bits of kitchen wisdom and baking tips, and charming family reminiscences, most of which feature Truman and Sook. With a new foreword by cookbook author Jean Anderson, this entertaining volume enriches our experience of southern cooking by raising up one of its least-trumpeted culinary traditions. Fruitcakeis a jaunty little collection of heirloom fruitcake recipes selected by Marie Rudisill from a nineteenth-century family farm journal owned by Sook Faulk, a cousin of Rudisill and Truman Capote, who immortalized Sook in his novella,A Christmas Memory. Rudisill, made famous as "The Fruitcake Lady" on Jay Leno'sTonight Show, aims to elevate the much-maligned reputation of what she calls "the queen of cakes" in this book, which features 23 enticing recipes, including Peacock Fruitcake, Chocolate Fruitcake, Civil War Fruitcake, Pore Man's Fruitcake, and Farmer's Fruitcake. These are interspersed with pithy facts about fruitcake, an excerpt fromA Christmas Memory, bits of kitchen wisdom and baking tips, and charming family reminiscences, most of which feature Truman and Sook. With a new foreword by cookbook author Jean Anderson, this entertaining volume enriches our experience of southern cooking by raising up one of its least-trumpeted culinary traditions.

Even a reader who harbors no love for fruitcake will delight in this little book.--Baton Rouge Advocate


Praise for the first edition

"Marie Rudisill...aims to rescue from ignominy the dessert she considers to be 'true ambrosia--the queen of cakes.' Rudisill knows whereof she speaks. . . . Just reading [the recipes]...is satisfying enough.--Gourmet


[An] enchanting book. Don't be afraid to try a few of the recipes, as they are simple to make and delicious.--The Bloomsbury Review


A welcome little volume. . . . Rudisill has elevated the fruitcake back into its rightful place as an American culinary icon appropriate for any time of the year.--Midwest Book Review


[Rudisill] is an accomplished cook and writer.--St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times


The humble fruitcake gets another chance.--Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald


For those who still think that it's not worth it, or who think that they do not have the time or stamina for making their own fruitcake, Rudisill's book is an inspiration, though not as much of an inspiration as she is.--Oxford (Miss.) Eagle


A sweet holiday treat.--Publisher's Weekly

ISBN: 9780807899304
ISBN-10: 0807899305
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 7th September 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Type: New edition