Cook Like a Mystery Writer

Update: CONGRATULATIONS TO  Robin L. Coxon for winning the cookbook! More than fifty people entered, and the random number generator picked her.

Edith here, getting ready for the Newburyport Literary Festival tomorrow (with Jessie and

MWA_CB_final_300dpi (1)Liz), and Malice soon after!

Mystery Writers of America and Quirk Books recently published a gorgeous hardcover cookbook, edited by Kate M. White. It includes scrumptious recipes from luminary Sisters in Crime like Katherine Hall Page, Louise Penny, Sue Grafton, and Sara Paretsky; authors like Lee Child, Joe Finder, and Harlan Coben; and best-selling writer pals of ours like Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Wicked Cozy Accomplice Sheila Connolly, and Leslie Budewitz. Barb and I each have a recipe in the book, too!

CharlaineHarrisDinnerI made Charlaine Harris’s Very Unsophisticated Supper Dip last Saturday and it was delicious. I modified Charlaine’s recipe, adding fresh red and green peppers, and we ate it with warmed fresh corn tortillas instead of tortilla chips. It was a fabulous cozy dinner in front of a movie. So far I’ve also made Barb Ross’s recipIMG_1640e, invented by her husband Bill Carito, a fabulous Lobster-Pesto Risotto that was perfect for our Easter brunch (somehow I failed to get a closeup of the dish, but it was a big hit with our guests).

I’m running a contest to give away a copy of the cookbook. All you have to do is leave a comment over on the contest link on my web site ( before sundown tonight, Friday April 24! Or heck, a comment here will enter you, too!

Readers: Hungry yet? What author do you hope you’ll find in the cookbook? Have you tried any of the recipes yet?

14 Thoughts

  1. sure, enter me into your contest. I’d love a new cookbook. Some of our favorite family recipes come from mysteries. It took my DIL a while to get used to it.

  2. I don’t cook. Too busy reading/blogging. And too lazy. And considering all the culinary mysteries I read with recipes in them, that’s saying something.

    But I want a copy of this cookbook. Don’t ask me why, but I love getting recipes from mystery authors.

    1. I get that, Mark. Recipe books are cool looking, plus most of the authors have tied the recipes in to their series or characters.

  3. Oh, I would love a copy of that cookbook too. (You don’t want to know how many I have already, but I always search for more.) And I hope you come home from Malice Domestic with a black teapot!

  4. I made clam hash from one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser mysteries. He didn’t have a recipe in there, but the description made me drool, so I looked up a few recipes. It was simple and easy to make. I loved it!

    I would certainly try any of your luscious looking recipes, Edith and would also like to try Barb Ross’s Lobster-Pesto Risotto via her husband Bill Carito. I admit to being very curious about any recipe by Louise Penny and would check out all my favorite authors’ entries.

  5. I missed the dead line..but I will still buy it….Pretty neat to know it is out….I have several author cookbooks…..and use them quite a bit….

  6. It was such a nice surprise to learn I won the cookbook from your web page. I am sure I will have a great time trying them out. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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