Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For
Ever wonder what some of your favorite mystery writers (and characters) cook and eat? Well now you can find out. The Mystery Writers of America have put together a cookbook showcasing family recipes and dishes inspired by their books.
The selection includes breakfasts, drinks, entrees, and everything in between. Recipes range from fun entries such as Detective Palace’s Three-Egg Omelet (from Ben H. Winters’s The Last Policeman) and Kinsey Millhone’s Famous Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich (courtesy of Sue Grafton) to Lee Child’s somewhat tongue in cheek Coffee, Pot of One and Diane Mott Davidson’s updated Fa-La-La Fruitcake Cookies. Fans of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series can try Madame Benoîts’ Tourtière, which will make the perfect accompaniment to her upcoming eleventh installment, The Nature of the Beast, and I can personally attest to the fact that Laura Lippman’s Aunt Effie’s Salmon Ball and Susan M. Boyer’s Mamma’s Pimento Cheese both make great snacks for reading their respective series.
These are not gourmet dishes, for the most part, and they do run the gamut from simple to somewhat involved but The Mystery Writer’s of America Cookbook does make for a great addition to any food loving mystery fan’s collection.
6/15 Becky LeJeune
THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK ed., Kate White. Quirk Books (March 24, 2015). ISBN 978-1594747571. 176p.