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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes

Product Details
Nancy Lynn Jarvis
ISBN: 9780983589174
Amazon Synopsis:
What happens when 128 cozy mystery writers get together to do a cookbook? You get more than 220 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur sleuth’s day job. Regional recipes come from every part of the United States and England — a couple find their way from Australia and Italy, too — and from diverse times. There are recipes from people looking to keep gluten out of their lives, eat vegetarian, or make a treat or two for their furry four-legged friends. And yes, there are recipes that appeal to the sweet tooth, lots of them, in fact. There’s no mystery about what happens when cozy writers get together. They bring the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in their books right along with their recipes. The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to the writer bios in the back of the book. You can look up your favorite cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites; they'll tell you what the recipe means to them. Or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe's author's biography and books. Either way you enjoy the cookbook, you're sure to find great new recipes to make and terrific new cozy authors to read.

MrsK's Review:
Have you ever gotten a new a book that "cried" out to you to browse through it?  That's what happened when this cook book arrived on my doorstep.  At first I just flipped through the covers wondering what type of a journey awaited me.  I was so busy that day, I knew I wouldn't have time to really make a connection.  Yet, every time I passed my kitchen counter... I just had to pick it up and browse some more.

This cook book is full of scrumptious recipes.  Quick and easy, yet so pleasing to our taste buds and moods.  The uniqueness is in the "fun" with the connections to mystery writers who have added their special "finger-print" upon our culinary palates.  As literary lovers, we know the joy of getting with others and discussing our books.  It is always a good book time when we are gathered together, when there is a bounty of food, and our newest book discoveries.  Now we can add to our table these tantalizing delicacies.  We can enjoy the "mysterious" tidbits from these authors.  You will discover new authors, new titles, and new friends. I am thrilled to take this book to our Booked to Dine book club.  It will be passed around for all of us to investigate and then shared at each time we meet again.

The layout of this cookbook is so well organized.  Each recipe provides a quick connection, chosen by the author, to their recipe picks which often are connected to a character, series, and or specified title.  The author's biography has a threaded page number from their recipe to their personalized introduction... complete with book titles and Internet addresses.  The table of contents is user friendly according to what you might want to "cook up" for your family and friends.  The Author Biographies are the best reading, 128 moments to investigate.  As readers, we know that there is never enough time to read all that we would like to read.  Never enough hours to discuss what we have discovered or enjoyed.  Now we will add never enough time to cook, read, and talk!

Praises for a great collection and cook book idea,

Yummy reading, cooking, and sharing!
Book clubs will spend many gatherings discussing this book.
Email Nancy  Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty-five years but was having so much fun writing that she let her license lapse in May of 2013.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy's work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years. Writing is her newest adventure.
She put Regan, Tom , and Dave from the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Series on hiatus to write Mags and the AARP Gang, a comedy/adventure about a group of octogenarian would-be bank robbers, but she missed her characters, so they're back to solve another murder in recently released "The Murder House."
Nancy squeezed in editing "Cozy Food," a compilation cookbook in which 128 cozy mystery writers contributed recipes from their books and their lives. What she will work on next is unclear. She has ideas for a sixth Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries book, a complete departure book of historical fiction, and an idea for a new cozy series called Geezers With Tools about two old guys who encounter murder while working as handymen and pursuing widows.

"I received this book for free from Good Read Publishers and Nancy L Jarvis for this review."

1 comment:

Nancy Lynn Jarvis said...

Thank you so much for your review and especially for your comments about how well the cookbook is organized. You made my hubby's day since he was the mastermind behind all the connections.

Is it OK for me to say I love this book if I'm the editor? It was such fun to do and to use that I can't help saying it.

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