Review ~ Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

This wonderful cookbook gets full marks at every level.

The book, itself, is lovely. A hardcover book with a textured front, gold spine, gold and white lettering and decoration on the front, and a gold ribbon to use as a bookmark. The photographs of the dishes are top notch. There is a a real art to photographing food and these pictures and their presentation is excellent.

This is probably the first cookbook that I have read cover to cover. You can’t help doing so as the authors have penned short commentaries about their cooking and their recipes. Lee Child’s instructions on how to make coffee, and the quips before each section had me in stitches. Kate White, the editor, has also penned interesting, short sidebars of information on food, poisons and murder.

Each of these delights is amazingly easy to make. Harlan Coben’s Myron’s Crabmeat Dip directions, for example, is one line long: “Mix ingredients together while heating on stove. Serve warm.” It can’t get any easier! After all, if you are busy writing you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. These are easy, tasty repasts.

I was delighted to find Kinsey Millhone’s Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich in here, as I have been enjoying this crazy sounding concoction for years. Frankie Y. Bailey’s muffins and Brad Meltzer’s chicken will be the first ones we’ll try.

Perhaps what is most enjoyable is that these short entries make the writers very human. Their personalities shine through. This book is for people who enjoy mysteries, beautiful, readable books and wonderful yummy food.

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