Raleigh poet Richard Krawiec unveils a new cookbook called The Sound Of Poets Cooking ($15.95). The poetry anthology/cookbook features a wide range of poems and recipes including ones from former state poet laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer. The book is a fundraiser and the proceeds will provide free writing workshops in communities across North Carolina and the U.S. To order a copy, visit http://www.jacarpress.com/books.html#sopc.
Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers already has a copy of the book. “Love this project!” she writes. In the spirit of the book, she is sharing a recipe.
Tess of the d’Urberville’s Turnip Mash
5 medium to large turnips
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 large bulb of roasted garlic — 10 to 12 cloves
½ red onion, chopped
3 ounces of cream cheese
¼ cup of butter
juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoons of salt
pepper to taste
Remove tops from turnips and cut away any bad spots. Cut turnips into chunks and boil in water to cover with 1 teaspoons of salt until tender. Sauté onions in butter until tender. Add onions to turnips and continue to boil until water is reduced. When water is reduced to almost nothing, add 2 tablespoons of sugar, ¼ cup of butter, 3 ounces of cream cheese and stir until everything is well mixed. Squeeze roasted garlic from skins and add to mixture. Beat mixture until smooth. Add lemon juice and pepper. Blend and serve.