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Appetite for Murder: A Mystery Lover's Cookbook Paperback – November 10, 2003
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Kathy Borich spent twenty-two years luring reluctant readers to the joys of literature by spicing up the dry pages with authentic cuisine in her English classroom. She has presented many seminars on the subject. Currently she enjoys giving Mystery Cooking classes featuring many of the recipes found in this book. Kathy credits her love of cooking to her Italian/French grandmother "who raised me among the powerdered lace of drying pasta and the warm earth of a backyard tomato garden."
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One of the aspects of the recipes I noticed is that several could be adapted to a heart-healthy regimen. The baked cod with cucumber sauce and meringues with strawberries from Melrose Plant's Pub crawl, mushroom omelettes from Savarini's by way of Margery Allingham, and spinach crepes from The Orient Express could, with easy adaptations, find their way into South Beach Diet fare. Perhaps Ms. Borich will now take on the adventure of "South Beach Diet Meets Appetite for Murder". I'll gladly purchase that one, too.
This is a delightful book, with a very neat play on the word `cookbook', for it is both an actual cookbook and also cooks up a wonderful collection of famous and much-loved everyday English detectives written by well-known English crime writers, cast in light-hearted settings of short descriptions of imaginary crimes. It creates appetites and recipes to die for! The book is a beautifully fresh idea, light as a soufflé, bringing together food, interesting fictional detectives, novel and wonderfully attractive culinary sayings, and neatly crafted imaginary crime scenarios. For readers who want to have perfectly penned short vignettes of detectives as varied as Chief Inspector Morse, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Rumpole of the Bailey, Ellery Queen, Hercules Poirot and Chief Inspector Wexford (plus many more), this is a sparkling book. Each vignette is accompanied by culinary aphorisms to delight and charm: `The curry was like a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It stunned, it made one fear great art' or `Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had nothing to live on but food and water'. Each character vignette is also followed by several recipes. We meet the simple pleasures of `spinach crepes', herbal delights such as `French potato salad bathed in vermouth, chervil chives and tarragon', the full-blooded `shepherd's pie', the delicacy of `orange and walnut crumpets', and the wonderfully indulgent `Birnennwecken pear cake from the Berne district with pears, prunes, and figs soaked in wine' or `drunken strawberries'; there is something for the palette of every gastronome and reader of fictional detectives. We have `A `Wimsical' Picnic with Lord Peter, `Chief Inspector Morse's Fish and Chips to Die For', and `Aboard the Orient Express; in all twenty chapters of delights, beautifully written and presented, with photographs, recipes, prose and sayings. This book has been lent out to very many friends, and they are all captivated by the recipes, the idea, and the writing. Not only is it a perfect table book, but also a kitchen recipe book whose straightforward recipes cannot fail to charm. It would be an excellent present for lovers of English, cooks and gourmets alike.