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Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter. Acclaim for his books includes a Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize; the Bordighera Poetry Prize; the Grolier Poetry Prize; and a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications. He holds an MFA and a PhD from Columbia University and teaches literature, food ethics, and writing at Columbia University and The New School. Massimilla is co-author, with Myra Kornfeld of Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare (Tupelo Press). Cooking with the Muse offers 150 nutritious international recipes with a plenitude of imaginative poetry about food and ingredients, along with enlightening literary essays, playful culinary and historical notes, and 200 beautiful full-color photographs. Here’s a feast of words and images, with easy-to-follow steps for preparing individual dishes and whole meals. The book includes a vast array of classic and contemporary poems, each perfectly paired, like a fine wine, with each dish.