Poetry and Food | The Sound of Poet’s Cooking

vibrant cranberries,
one drop of water
holds on

–Deborah Finkelstein

Just in time for Christmas, The Sound of Poets Cooking, the wonderful poetry anthology/cookbook, is available from Amazon.com for Kindle as well as for Kobo (both with free apps for reading on the iPad)  and will make the perfect gift for the poetry or food lover in your life.   Like the heartiest of stews, this collection will nourish you, warm you, and feed your spirit.

The Sound of Poets Cooking

“This is the most delicious book on my bookshelf. The poems will make you laugh, cry andwax nostalgic.  And the recipes will make your mouth water. No wonder the little stone Buddha on the cover has such a satisfied smile on his face.”  — Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010-June 2012.

Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers, the poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian to European to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S.–tiramisu, homemade curry, vegetarian meals, exotic seafood, some simple, some complex. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

Jacar Press LogoAnd just like all best dishes, this book is an act of love and generosity.  Proceeds from the sales of this book will be used to fund writing workshops in excluded communities.  Jacar Press is a Community Active literary press, dedicated to both publishing fine writing and being a positive force in local communities by sharing our proceeds with those in need.  Proceeds from the sales of The Sound of Poets Cooking  will become small stipends for poets to conduct free writing workshops in their communities. Poets with an idea for a workshop can complete a proposal form at the back of the book.

Recipes include:
Sea Bass with Cherry-Mango-Tomatillo Sauce
Peach Mango Plum Pork Chops
Rosehip Curry
Balsamic Mango
Irish Soda Bread
Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Risotto
Onion Pie
Fig Tart with a Cornmeal Crust

and many more … plus poetry about these dishes or others, or memories of dishes, or times when there was not enough to eat.

Written about The Sound of Poets Cooking

From Scott Owens’ Musings:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking is a new, 172-page anthology of poems about food accompanied by related recipes, from Krawiec’s fledgling press, Jacar Press. And it is an impressive debut, featuring wonderful work from poets both familiar and new, including two NC Poets Laureate, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and numerous other standards: Joseph Bathanti, Kelly Cherry, Jaki Shelton Green, Susan Ludvigson, Joanna Catherine Scott, Shelby Stephenson, and more, wrapped in a clever cover with an image of Buddha cradling a pomegranate, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potato, chef’s knife and some spiky yellow fruit I’m not familiar with, appealingly conveying the mixture of spirituality and whimsy one might expect from poetry about food.”

From the Independent Weekly:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking, a combined cookbook and poetry anthology, embodies this coming together of the literary and culinary arts. More than 60 poets, many of whom have North Carolina connections, such as Andrea Selch, Paul Jones, Jaki Shelton Green, Scott Owens, Al Maginnes and Mark Smith-Soto, ladle out enticing recipes and crafted verse, woven thematically together. The brainchild of Richard Krawiec, a longtime local teacher, writer, publisher and activist, the book also marks the debut of Jacar Press as a full-fledged literary publisher.”

The sudden smell of wine finds you
dressing flowers, their points
moist with a white as sweet as milk.

A pleasure, the way you fill the distance
with pastures, select the blackest cows
for cream.  This is more than imagination:

the aroma of bread rising
about the kitchen, the Brie’s
smooth skin gently darkening.

from Gifts, by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, found in The Sound of Poets Cooking

Please read more about Richard Krawiec.


Featuring the work of …

Malaika King Albrecht * Joseph Bathanti * Kathryn Stripling Byer * Fred Chappell * Kelly Cherry * * Jaki Shelton Green * John Hoppenthaler * Sarah Lindsay * Susan Ludvigson * Al Maginnes * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Marty Silverthorne * Mark Smith-Soto * Shelby Stephenson * Myrna Stone * Julie Suk * and many more

Vibrant Cranberries, from The Sound of Poets Cooking and originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network, August 15, 2008.

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