I ve wanted this book from the first moment I saw it I was blessed enough to have a friend give it to me one year on Buy A Friend A Book Day I love it just as much as I knew I would It totally supports my theory that food and mysteries simply go together THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK features recipe from authors on all sides of the mystery spectrum If you have a favorite mystery author, chances are they have a recipe in this book After a short but fun introduction, this cookbook gets right down to business and starts the offered recipes off with the Breakfast chapter The chapters that follow are Appetizers, Soups and Salads, Entr es, Side Dishes, Desserts, and finally, Cocktails.Recipes you ll find are Sugarloaf Caf Sweet Rolls, Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Lemon Pecan Muffins, Mystery Crackers, Cheesy Garlic Artichoke Dip, Murderously Good Maine Chowdah, Mistaken Potato Salad, Zillion Calorie Mac and Cheese, Slow Cooker Meatballs, Comfort Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, Lobster Pesto Risotto, Simplest Ever Potato Pancakes, A Tomato Sauce for All Seasons, Mrs Hudson s Coffee Sheet Cookies, Cozy Southern Chocolate Chip Pudding Cake, The Smoking Gun Margarita, The Switchblade Cocktail, Killer Sweet Tea, and a whole lot THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK, ha something for everyone s tastes It would be so much fun to host a Murder Mystery Dinner and use recipes from this book for the meal Your guests would be so impressed My only negative about this book is the shortage of photos The ones featured are wonderful, but I think photos of all the recipes really should be represented But don t let that stop you from getting this unique cookbook It would be a crime not to add this to your collection 4.5 5 stars.Before I can even start my review of the actual book itself, I d like to mention how beautiful this hardcover is It s a textured cover with a cute pattern of skulls, knives, and forks on the side and a golden ribbon placeholder It looks very old school murder mystery novel, which is a perfect homage considering what book this is The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook is a collection of recipes from dozens of just that mystery authors I m familiar with than a few of these authors Charlaine Harris, Joelle Charbonneau, and Gillian Flynn to name a sample , and the ones I haven t heard of have still made an impact on the mystery genre There s even a special bonus recipe from the one and only Richard Castle of the show Castle which I thought was a great touch The recipes are divided by course for easy navigation, and each course chapter has its own index so it s easy to find your favorite author or your favorite recipe, whichever it may be that you re looking for There s also really cool facts and tips sprinkled throughout the book But what s really awesome about these recipes is that they each have a back story So many of them are pulled from the author s book a character who made this dinner for another character or a character who owned a bakery, things like that I love seeing fiction brought to real life like this, especially since than once I have looked up recipes after reading a book like The Hunger Games and Beautiful Disaster for example If the recipe isn t from a book, there s still a nice personal story about why the author included it It feels like I m in a book club or something, like I m really casually friends with these amazing writers who are giving me new dishes to try It s a cool, cozy vibe to the whole book.I also really like that at the end of the book, there s charts for weight measurement conversions That s a really overlooked thing in cookbooks, in my opinion I wish there had been pictures, but that being said there s a fair amount of photographs in here to help you along the way Some of the dishes that I m most looking forward to making are Male Chauvinist Pigs in the Blanket Nelson DeMille , Grandma Maria s Pasta Puttanesca Lorenzo Carcaterra , and Latvian Solstice Squares William Burton McCormick There s also a cocktails section, for the perfect night in Plus, proceeds go to the MWA, which is pretty cool too.I think this book is fantastic, and any book lover especially a mystery book lover would love to have this recipe collection I also think it d make a perfect gift, due to both the delicious content and the gorgeous presentation.Thanks so much to Quirk Books who provided me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose. Hard Boiled Breakfasts, Thrilling Entrees, Cozy Desserts, And This Illustrated Cookbook Features Than Recipes From Legendary Mystery Authors Whether You Re Planning A Sinister Dinner Party Or Whipping Up Some Comfort Food Perfect For A Day Of Writing, You Ll Find Plenty To Savor In This Cunning Collection Full Color Photography Is Featured Throughout, Along With Mischievous Sidebars Revealing The Links Between Food And Foul Play Contributors Include Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Scott Turow, And Many There should have been pictures but I still enjoyed it and will be following some of the recipes very soon Everything looked and sounded so good I also loved the little touches of decorations and the tiny inserts of snippets from the authors mystery novels. Let s think about this one for just a second How on earth would I be able to pass on this one The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook contains two of my favorite things in the world, mysteries and food It s a no brainer, and I would have deserved to be victim number one, had I not jumped at the chance to get my hands on this one.When I got it in the mail, and I m not exaggerating this, I skipped all the way from the mailbox to my front door I was that damn excited Now it took me a few days to have the time to start trying out some of the recipes, but once I did, I have to admit to being a little impressed These aren t examples of complicated, high cuisine For the most part, the recipes are fairly simple, easy to follow, and it s the kind of food we all love to eat.I m not a huge breakfast eater, but I know it s the most important meal of the day, so I try to get by the best that I can I m really not an egg fan, so the fact I was willing to make an omelet should shock everyone I know, but when I saw who contributed it to the book, I had to go for it I think you guys know that I m a huge fan of Ben H Winters The Last Policeman trilogy, and thank the lord, he included Detective Palace s Three Egg Omelet If you are a fan of the series, you will recognize Hank s customary breakfast It was super easy to make, and while I m still not a huge fan of eggs, I m willing to love anything attached to Hank Palace.After I had perused the entire book, I decided to try out Brad Meltzer s Italian Chicken Again it was a dish with only 7 ingredients, two of them salt and pepper, and it was so easy to make There were only 5 steps to it, the first was to preheat an oven and spray a baking dish I wasn t expecting it to be as good as it was I think sometimes we forget that simple is good, and that sometimes it s the best way to go.And not to name drop, but here are some of the other authors who have contributed recipes of their own Louise Penny, Mary Higgins Clark, Rhys Bowen, Kathy Reichs, Charles Todd, Jacqueline Winspear, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton the peanut butter and pickle sandwich her main character loves so much , James Patterson, and tons This will be one of those cookbooks I go back to over, and over, and over again. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook 5 StarsEdited by Kate WhiteWickedly Good Recipes From Many Favorite WritersQuirk Books, 2015, 176 PagesISBN 13 978 1594747571Reviewed by Patricia E ReidThis cookbook contains than 100 recipes, from breakfast to cocktails, great photography and commentary from legendary authors and fun mystery facts This book will make a wonderful gift for some lucky friend if you can bring yourself to let go You might as well just order two because once you see this recipe book you won t want to let go of it.The introduction includes a reminder of the murder weapon used in Roald Dahl s 1953 short story Lamb to the Slaughter.The proceeds of the sale of this cookbook go to MWA, an organization founded in 1945 and dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre MWA sponsors the annual Edgar Awards named for Edgar Allan Poe and considered the Academy Awards of mystery writers.Breakfast includes recipes ranging from Ellie Hatcher s Rum Soaked Nutella French Toast to Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins Holiday Eggs Richard Castle gives us his recipe for Morning After Hotcakes.For the Appetizer section Nelson DeMille has contributed Male Chauvinist Pigs in the Blanket This is followed up by Kate White s A Very Sneaky Bean Dip There are a number of excellent sounding appetizers to choose from.The Soup and Salad section contains several recipes that I would like to try right now.Kate White gives the reader a very good definition of What Exactly Is A Red Herring This refers to a Red Herring in a mystery and not in a recipe.There is a large section of entrees headed up by David Morrrell s Thomas De Quincey s Pasta Less Pasta I won t tell you what takes the place of the pasta so you will need to get the book I am sure everyone will want Sue Grafton s Kinsey Millhone s Famous Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich.The book contains a chapter on Side Dishes, Desserts and Cocktails The book contains Metric Conversions which is a very helpful addition I haven t named many of the authors in this review but there are so many I know every reader will find at least one favorite author Lee Child presents very exact instructions for making Coffee, Pot of One The recipe even includes the type of coffee and mug to use.You can t go wrong with this cookbook There is a little bit of everything included and some insight into the likes of many of your favorite authors. I have not cooked any of the recipesYET However I have read through the book and read MANY of the recipes and look forward to trying them What I really love about this cookbook is the little stories and such that goes along with the recipes Great book for those who love to read and love to cook I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook via First Reads These are my honest opinions of this book Thank you. This was fun I liked the notes from the authors much than the recipesmany of those were pretty ordinary But the authors comments about their characters were enjoyable and dishy pardon the awful pun I liked that I learned about authors and series I haven t read yet. Kate White, the Vogue editor who also pens the superb Bailey Weggins novels has assemble some delicious recipes from some killer mystery novelists, including Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, Scott Turow, Louise Penny, Lisa Scottaline, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Carolyn Hart, Max Allen Collins, Diane Mott Davidson, Harlen Coben, Brad Meltzer, Rhys Bowen and many, many If you ve read them, they can probably feed your stomach as well as your mind, thanks to this cookbook.Do not miss Brad Meltzer s Italian Chicken Finding that recipe online led me to this cookbook in the first place Linda Stasi provides the recipe to the Original New York Cheesecake, created at Ratner s Kosher restaurant in 1905 Alafair Burke provides Ellie Hatcher s Rum Soaked Nutella French Toast Although Burke s character NYPD Detective isn t much of a cook, this simple recipe is mighty fine Allison Leotta s recipe, The World s Best Red Sauce a.k.a Leotta Sauce that s actually the recipe s name starts with canned tomatoes and is simmered only 10 minutes and is still pretty good although I wouldn t go as far as Leotta herself does And John Lutz s Gooey Butter Cake recipe from St Louis might give you diabetes it takes a full pound of confectioner s sugar , but it s exquisite It would be a crime not to read this cookbook. These recipes run the gamut from three ingredients found in every kitchen to a dozen that I swear I d have to buy over the internet I liked the introductions of each recipe by the author who linked the recipe to one of their books or to a family memory While I m going to pass on Sue Grafton s Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich, I think I might give Louise Penny s recipe for Tourtiere a try some day I liked the nice assortment of recipes from appetizers to desserts and drinks Mamma s Pimento Cheese as given by Susan M Boyer sounds great even though I haven t heard of some of the cheeses she calls for I m also a little intimidated by the idea that it makes 3 quarts I don t think I know enough people to share that amount with I can t wait to try David Housewritght s Corn Chowder recipe I liked the variety of authors whose recipes were included I ve read many of them including Charlaine Harris, Carolyn Hart, Diane Mott Davidson, Laurie R King and Catherine Coulter I was also encouraged to try books and series by other authors because I liked the recipes they included and want to meet their characters.People looking for a cookbook to go with what they re reading would be the perfect audience for this collection.
Kate White is the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels of suspense seven Bailey Weggins mysteries and five psychological thrillers, including The Secrets You Keep Her next suspense novel, Such a Perfect Wife, will be published on May 7, 2019.For fourteen years she served as the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job and the Cosmo beau
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