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The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook Edited by Kate White (Review #2)

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

There is a lot of food in mysteries. There are protagonists who are chefs or food critics, characters with a regular breakfast spot and grandmas with a dish guaranteed to soothe the weary soul. There are books set in restaurants, cooking schools and shops selling just about every kind of food imaginable. And lastly there are protagonists of just about every ethnic background who savor their culture’s favorite dishes. Now the Mystery Writers of America have come out with a cookbook that gives readers some insight into where all of this food comes from.

The cookbook is set up much like any cookbook with separate sections for appetizers, salads and soups, main courses, side dishes, desserts and drinks. Each recipe comes with a little bit of history for the recipe and ends with a blurb about the author.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For Edited by Kate White

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

This cookbook contains more 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.

The Pasta Revolution by Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

The Pasta Revolution Reviewed by Mary Hilterman

Our whole family loves pasta, but especially my son-in-law. So when Pasta Revolution came my way, I started seeking new recipes for our Sunday family dinners.

Simple Shortcut Recipes: More than 225 Simplified Recipes Plus Time-Saving Tips for Today’s Busy Cook! (Everyday Cookbook Collection) by Gooseberry Patch

Gooseberry Patch Simple Shortcut RecipesReviewed by Mary Hilterman

Gooseberry Patch has come up with a winner with Shortcut Recipes. With a wide variety of recipes that have ingredients readily available in most pantries and tips throughout the book, anyone can make these dishes easily.

Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking by LeAnn Bird

Reviewed by Mary Hilterman

Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking by LeAnn BirdAlthough my recipes for Mexican food have been limited to tacos, your book has inspired me to branch out! The photos made me hungry! Your recipes are concise and the short narratives with each are enjoyable.