Grace & Gumption - The Cookbook
Grace & Gumption The Cookbook Edited by Katie Sherrod
Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women (TCU Press, 2007) was a collection of profiles about women who moved beyond the traditional role of keeping house to make significant contributions to the history of Fort Worth. But whenever the fourteen authors of the original book gathered to make decisions, share information, give progress reports, and ask for help, they also shared wine and food.
But a cookbook of recipes used by the very women who were stepping out of the kitchen? Feeding themselves and their families was as vital to the women of Grace & Gumption, as it is to women, who today stand on their shoulders. For some, cooking was a joy; for others, it was just one more chore. Some women didn’t leave a food trail, but the contributors were inventive about finding “related” recipes—some of them wonderful sounding, some, not so much. Dozens of recipes are featured, everything from skinning a squirrel to Lamb Wellington, including recipes from the Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth's City Club.
This is a book to read for pleasure and to cook from. Recipes are standardized when that was possible without losing the charm of the original directions. Recipes have not been tested, a chore that would have been monumental.
Contributors are Judy Alter, Joy Donovan, Sandra Guerra-Cline, Jan Jones, Ruth Karbach, Brenda Matthews, Ruth McAdams, Sherrie McLeRoy, Carol Roark, Brenda Sanders-Wise, Katie Sherrod, Cindy Smolovik, Hollace Weiner, and Joyce Williams.
KATIE SHERROD is an independent Fort Worth journalist. She received the Dallas Press Club Award for her 2001 documentary, "Freedman's Cemetery Memorial," and the Exceptional Media Merit Award from the National Women's Political Caucus. Inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1987 for outstanding contributions in communications, Sherrod was named one of Fort Worth's Outstanding Women in 1988 and Texas Woman of the Year in 1989.