Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook Edited by Kate White
Any mystery connoisseur worth their salt knows that whether it's being used as a villain's nefarious weapon or keeping their favorite detectives going, food plays a major role in the genre. From the comforting breakfast cuisines of Arthur Conan Doyle's Mrs. Hudson to the poison-laced meals of Agatha Christie's fictional victims, food not only provides major plot twists but also defines character.
I totally enjoyed looking through this cookbook and picking out recipes to try and reading little tid-bits from authors about their characters. Several authors I recognized have recipes in this cookbook: Ben H. Winters, Mary Higgins Clark, Sara Paretsky, Kathy Reichs, James Patterson and Sue Grafton just to name a few. Speaking of Sue Grafton; she writes the Kinsey Millhone books which I have been reading for years and years. Her recipe is the famous peanut butter and pickle sandwich that Kinsey is always making as her go-to comfort food. Not that I will ever be trying that recipe, but I thought it was fun to see it in the book! While there are several color photos of the finished products in the book, not every recipe has a photo to go with it which I found a bit disappointing. The cookbook is hardback which is nice and has over 100 recipes that features recipes for breakfasts, appetizers, entree's, desserts and drinks. After each recipe there is a little blurb about the author. So, if you are a mystery fan and you like to eat then check out this book. It will definitely entertain you!
**Thanks to Quirk Books for my copy for review. All opinions are my own**