With a Cherry on Top: Stories, Poems, Recipes & Fun Facts from Michigan Cherry Country

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Mayapple Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 125 pages
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Cultural Writing. Poetry. Fiction. Memoir. Recipes. Do you know: How maraschinos are made? Why there aren't any pitless cherries? What makes a great cherry margarita? Cherries are to Northern Michigan what oranges are to Florida! In this highly personal view of Michigan's cherry industry, Angela Williams cooks up a delightful confection of reminiscences, poems, recipes, facts and photos. Find out how cherry growing got started in the state and which Michigan cultural traditions were spawned by the cherry industry. Learn what it's like to work through a "pack." Discover all the things you can do with cherry pits. Get official pit-spitting contest rules. And try out mouth-watering recipes for the best cherry pie, a zingy relish of ginger-spiced cherries, and the festive cherry chocolate martini.

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Contents

In the beginning
3
In the orchards
13
Celebration time
41
Getting to work
51
The pies have it
67
On top
77
Fresh faces and phases
89
Everything but the squeal
107
Acknowledgements
120
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Angela Williams grew up in northern Michigan. She studied creative writing and theatre at Western Michigan University, and now works in the cherry industry in Leelanau County.

Judith Kerman is the author of 8 books of poetry and a book of translations. She is the publisher of Mayapple Press.

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