Monday, May 4, 2015

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook + An Awesome Mac & Cheese Recipe!

Something you may or may not know about me is that I don't really cook. This isn't a fact about me that I'm happy about, and really if I could magically give myself a love for cooking, I would. Oh, how much easier life would be. Now, even though I rarely cook, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy cookbooks. In fact, I LOVE cookbooks! A fun and interesting themed cookbook always inspires me to cook - and the only way for me to get better in the kitchen is to cook more! So when Quirk Books asked if I'd be interested in reviewing The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook I jumped at the offer!

Mystery Writers of America

"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."

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those devoted to the genre. Membership is free and open to the public! Prior to this book I didn't know much about them, but I've looked into it more and it's really awesome! They also provide scholarships for writers, teach writing seminars, sponsor conferences and present the Edgar Awards!

Mystery Writers of America

Each recipe in the book is written by a different author in the Mystery Writers of America. Some of the recipes are related to books they've written, recipes they like to eat while they write, or just recipes they like for another reason. Either way, it was interesting to read the introductions each author wrote for their recipe and how they connected it to their books and lives.

Before writing this review I wanted to try making one of the awesome recipes in the book. While I was extremely tempted to try making Alafair Burke's Rum-Soaked Nutella French Toast, I decided to start with something I had a bit more experience with - macaroni and cheese! While I'm a huge (HUGE)| mac and cheese fan, I'd never made it in an oven before (as the recipe required). It required a lot more prep work than I was used to, however I'm used to making mac and cheese by simply boiling noodles and tossing in a brick of Velveeta. Either way, it was DELICIOUS and definitely worth the extra effort!

I'm far from a food photographer, but I tried.

Dispersed throughout the books are other fun facts and information about the connection between food and mystery novels. Agatha Christie loved adding poison into her characters drinks, and many Sherlock Holmes stories had a lot to do with food! I loved reading this book and learning both more about food and mystery writing :)

Run down -
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook
Author: The Mystery Writers of America, edited by Kate White
Published + Publisher: March 24th, 2015 by Quirk Books
Pages: 176 (hardcover)
Source: Courtesy of Quirk Books!

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