Cooking with Grease Stirring the Pots in America

ISBN-10: 074325399X
ISBN-13: 9780743253994
Edition: 2005
Authors: Donna Brazile
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Description: Cooking with Greaseis an inspiring, behind-the-scenes memoir of the life and times of a tenacious political organizer and the first African-American woman to head a major presidential campaign. Donna Brazile fought her first political fight at age  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Cooking with Greaseis an inspiring, behind-the-scenes memoir of the life and times of a tenacious political organizer and the first African-American woman to head a major presidential campaign. Donna Brazile fought her first political fight at age nine -- campaigning (successfully) for a city council candidate who promised a playground in her neighborhood. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, she committed her heart and her future to political and social activism. By the 2000 presidential election, Brazile had become a major player in American political history -- and she remains one of the most outspoken and forceful political activists of our day. Brazile grew up one of nine children in a working-poor family in New Orleans, a place where talking politics comes as naturally as stirring a pot of seafood gumbo -- and where the two often go hand in hand. Growing up, she learned how to cook from watching her mother, Jean, stir the pots in their family kitchen. She inherited her love of reading and politics from her grandmother Frances. Her brothers Teddy Man and Chet worked as foot soldiers in her early business schemes and in her voter registration efforts as a child. Cooking with Greasefollows Donna's rise to greater and greater political and personal accomplishments. But each new career success came with its own kind of heartache, especially in her greatest challenge: leading Al Gore's 2000 campaign, making her the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. Cooking with Greaseis an intimate account of Donna's thirty years in politics. Her witty style and innovative political strategies have garnered her the respect and admiration of colleagues and adversaries alike -- she is as comfortable trading quips with Karl Rove as she is with her Democratic colleagues. Her story is as warm and nourishing as a bowl of Brazile family gumbo.

Donna Brazile is a senior political strategist and former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000 -- the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. She is currently chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Prologue
Jean's Kitchen: Finding the Right Pot
Blackened Catfish
Red Beans and Rice
Crawfish �touff�e
Garlic Grits
Jambalaya
The Melting Pot
Smothered Chicken
Brown Gravy (Roux)
Crabmeat Lafitte
Stuffed Po' Boys
Creole Shrimp Bisque
Bell Peppers
Dirty Rice
Cochon de Lait (Roast Suckling Pig)
Oysters Bienville
Caf� Du Monde: Coffee and Beignets
Epilogue: Electoral Gumbo -- A New Recipe for Victory
Jean's Seafood Gumbo
Acknowledgments
Index

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