Surprise! Mother’s Day Gift!

I am NOT having an affair with my postman. He loves to ring and run, never waiting to see if I’m home. When I find the package on the doorstep, there’s not even a telltale trail of exhaust from his vehicle on the street. I’m not sure if he’s afraid of me or is an extreme introvert. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Not when he leaves this on my doorstep!

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My early Mother’s Day gift to myself, the last delivery in Tupelo Press’s subscription series, Cooking with the Muse, written and compiled by Myra Kornfeld (chef, author, educator) and Stephen Massimilla (poet, scholar, professor, painter).

This cookbook is crammed with delectable poems, essays, recipes, and food porn photos and illustrations. I can’t wait to get the pages dirty, because as we all know, like writing and sex, cooking is about the process as well as the destination.

The contents range from  “A Brief History of the Poetry of Food” to a year’s worth of recipes, essays, and poetry organized by seasons. It is more than splendiferous, folks! It’s a food-prose-poem orgy! Get busy and buy this for yourself or someone you love.

You can buy it all by its lonesome, OR you can still subscribe to last year’s series and get the whole kit-n-kaboodle (a nod to my buddy, author Mike Allegra) along with a discount for the 2016 subscription series.

Although the graphic shown directly below reads “2016,” it’s really the 2015 series.

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As you may (or may not) have noticed, last year’s subscription included Lawrence Raab’s “Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts,” a poetry title that was long-listed for the National Book Award. Tupelo Press rocks! 

Here’s the series being offered for 2016:

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So ya know what I’m going to do, right? I’m going to give myself a Mother’s Day gift for next year and order another subscription series.

And as long as the postman delivers, he can ring and run. It’s those beautiful Tupelo Press books that I’m pining for, not him. 

Click on the link below. After all, it is 

National Poetry Month!!!

Tupelo Press Bookstore

31 thoughts on “Surprise! Mother’s Day Gift!

  1. FictionFan says:

    I’m not much of a cook, but I’m an enthusiastic taster! Send your finished products to me for rating… this offer applies to all cooks out there. Desserts particularly welcome…

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Tupelo Press makes beautiful books. And their taste in poetry is pretty spectacular. This book reminded me, obliquely, of a book I have still squirreled away in a moving box. It’s called “Aphrodite,” and was written by Isabel Allende. It combines descriptions of foods/recipes with memoir and folklore. I think she wrote it after the death of her daughter, Paula, as a way of connecting again with the world.

  2. Lady Fancifull says:

    Looks great! PS the rosemary and chocolate sorbet I posted the recipe for a few weeks ago was brilliant and easy – except, as I always do I cut the amount of sugar drastically, memory tells me by about a quarter, but when I make it again, as a shall, – so quick, so excellent, I shall reduce the sugar even more. Unfortunately it would long have melted if attempted to put through the post…………

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thank you for tantalizing my tastebuds with “virtual sorbet!” But isn’t this what liquid nitrogen was invented for? Sending all things chocolate and frozen through the postal system?

  3. Britt Skrabanek says:

    Love that you give yourself Mother’s Day gifts! Sounds like a yummy one.

    I just read a really awesome book “Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life” that I’m going to send to my mom and sis. I’m a cat mom, so I should really get myself something. 😉

  4. Ste J says:

    The postman rings? I always thought he always knocked twice! Poetry and food, I await my invitation with much anticipation as I am very good at the eating and always bring a book with me.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      There are baked goods included in each season’s set of recipes. Cheddar and pepper corn muffins, sweet potato-apple bake, pumpkin pie soufflé, apple-pear-cranberry crumble, chocolate tart with salt and caramelized pecans, fudgy nibby brownies, chewy chocolate dark-side-of-the-moon crackle cookies….

      From the poet’s note: Chocolate resembles the art of poetry. According to Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626-1696), “It flatters you for a while, it warms you for an instant, then, all of a sudden, it kindles a mortal fever in you.”


  5. Cynthia Lehew-Nehrbass says:

    Oh I love the combo of food and poetry. What a fabulous way to celebrate both, especially in a world that often snuffs out any cooking/food passions because of fear of eating, chronic dieting and quick, grab and go meals. I firmly believe in the power of poetry to heal our eating disfunctional culture. I often have my coaching clients read and write it in their self discovery. Thanks for sharing this…going to have to get me a subscription!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Yes! I fully agree. Food is sensual, and when we eat, we should focus on eating to fully enjoy the experience, not do it when we are distracted by other things. If we fully enjoy, we fully experience. Our hunger is sated and we are far less likely to overindulge. Now, when it comes to poetry, we should do the same, but I’m not sure if it’s ever possible to overindulge. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Deborah Buckmaster says:

    What a lovely surprise and a welcome change from receiving bills through the mail! Thank you for sharing this delicious combination of recipes and poetry, essays and more! What more could anyone want to make cooking come alive?

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