Summary: Hard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more--this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 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 more. (Summary and image from goodreads.com. I was provided a book in exchange for an honest review.)
Rating: How delightful! If you have ever wondered what your favorite authors would serve at a dinner party, and why, this is the kind of cookbook you’ll want to dive into. Enclosed within are tidbits of why and how these recipes were chosen, how they have either impacted the authors’ lives or the lives of their characters. I have enough of a snoop in me that reading tidbits like that just delight me.
Many of these recipes aren’t ones I will be able to enjoy, either because of the inclusion of alcohol (religious reasons) or sugar to the extent I couldn’t modify it out (allergies. Yes, I’m allergic to sugar.), but I love reading good recipes. Many of these are ones I can’t wait to make — in fact, there’s one I’ve been craving since I read it. I have all the ingredients in my kitchen, I just haven’t had the time to make it yet. But I can’t wait!
The pictures and illustrations included in the book are so much fun. They quietly reinforce you’re reading about mystery writers, whether it’s by the butt of a revolver included next to a plate of pasta, or a skull and crossbones thumbnail introducing the next section of recipes. At the risk of sounding repetitive, all of these little details came together to make reading this cookbook an absolutely delightful experience.
Rating: Four stars