Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics
Format: Paperback, 368pp
Pub. Date: May 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
BBP Sales Rank: 112,241
List Price: $13.00
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Cooking with Grease is a powerful, 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.
Donna 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, Donna 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 voter registration efforts.
Cooking with Grease follows Donna's rise to greater and greater political and
personal accomplishments: lobbying for student financial aide, organizing
demonstrations to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday and
working on the Jesse Jackson, Dick Gephardt, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton
presidential campaigns. 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 Americanto lead a major presidential
Cooking with Grease is an intimate account of Donna's thirty years in politics.
Her stories of the leaders and activists who have helped shape America's future
are both inspiring and memorable. Donna's 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 J. C. Watts as
she is with her Democratic colleagues. Her story is as warm and nourishing as a
bowl of Brazile family gumbo.