The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and Passages that Feature Them by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger, Janet Kay Jensen, Janet Kay Jensen |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and Passages that Feature Them

by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger, Janet Kay Jensen, Janet Kay Jensen
     
 
THE BOOK LOVER'S COOKBOOK

Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature
and the Passages that Feature Them

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen
Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby's Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod's Slapjacks, as featured in Washington

Overview

THE BOOK LOVER'S COOKBOOK

Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature
and the Passages that Feature Them

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen
Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby's Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod's Slapjacks, as featured in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There's homey comfort food like Good Times Roasted Garlic Chicken, inspired by Maya Angelou's Even the Stars Look Lonesome; Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole (Elizabeth Berg's Open House); and Sober Shepherd's Pie (Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary) . . . Sample salads, breads, and such soul-warming soups as Henrietta's Sweet Yam Soup (Alice Walker's The Color Purple); Mr. Casaubon's Chicken Noodle Soup (George Eliot's Middlemarch); and Mrs. Leibowitz's Lentil-Vegetable Soup (Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes) . . . After relishing appetizers and entrees, there's a dazzling array of desserts, including Carrot Pudding (Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol); Effie Belle's Coconut Cake (Olive Ann Burns's Cold Sassy Tree); and the kids will love Aunt Petunia's Baked Custard Pudding, which they read about in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Sprinkled throughout with marvelous anecdotes about writers and writing, The Book Lover's Cookbook is a culinary and literary delight, a browser's cornucopia of reading pleasure, and a true inspiration in the kitchen.
Shaunda Kennedy Wenger enjoys creative cooking and writing children's stories and articles. She is currently working on a novel. Herwork has been published in Babybug, Ladybug, Wonder Years, American Careers, South Valley Living, and Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud (The Education Center, 2000). She is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She regards her monthly book club meeting as one life's essential ingredients.

Janet Kay Jensen is published in Healing Ministry journal and The Magic of Stories. She has received numerous awards for essays, poetry, and short stories, including three ByLine Magazine honorable mentions. A speech-language pathologist, she holds degrees from Utah State University and Northwestern University. She is writing a novel, teaches poetry classes to jail inmates, and is a literacy tutor. Married and the mother of three sons, she is a consultant at Utah State University.

TASTY RECIPES AND THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THEM

Jo's Best Omelette . . . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
No Dieter's Delight Chicken Neapolitan . . . Thinner by Stephen King
Law-Abiding Saltibocca . . . Dark Lady by Richard North Patterson
Grand Feast Crab Meat Casserole . . . At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Persian Cucumber and Yogurt . . . House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Tamales . . . Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Soul of New Orleans Jambalaya . . . The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Eleanor Jane's Tuna Casserole . . . The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Veteran Split Pea Soup . . . The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Alternative Carrot-Raisin-Pineapple Salad . . . Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Summer's Day Cucumber-Tomato Sandwiches . . .
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
Applesauce, Just as It Should Be . . . Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Dump Punch . . . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Not Violet, But Blueberry Pie
. . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Innocent Sweet Bread . . . The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Vanilla Frosting . . . Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

. . . and many other delectable dishes for the literary palate!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
For anyone who has ever wanted to taste the food that plays a role in their favorite books, this charming volume provides the recipes. Wenger and Jensen, both chefs and avid readers, have pored over volumes from Little Women to The Importance of Being Earnest, found food-related passages and devised recipes for each. For example, Catch 'Em to Eat 'Em Chicken and Dumplings was inspired by this passage from Frannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: "Even at 11, they say she could make the most delicious biscuits and gravy, cobbler, fried chicken, turnip greens, and black-eyed peas. And her dumplings were so light they would float in the air and you'd have to catch 'em to eat 'em." Scattered between recipes and passages are quotations from authors about food and writing. At times, Wenger and Jensen may stretch to link some of their recipes to literature-Baked Stuffed Mushrooms follows a passage from Alice and Wonderland-which seems rather unnecessary given that there are so many books with appropriate food descriptions. Nonetheless, their volume provides a fun read for any bibliophile-cum-foodie. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Descriptions of food in literature and writers sharing their favorite recipes serve as the foundation for two different yet equally entertaining cookbooks. In their quirky The Booklover's Cookbook, chefs Wenger and Jensen preface more than 170 recipes with excerpts that mention that particular food. Both the recipes and the novels/nonfiction works from which they are taken vary from classic (Mr. Casaubon's Chicken Noodle Soup from George Eliot's Middlemarch) to contemporary (Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole from Elizabeth Berg's Open House). Short quotes from authors on writing or books are also deftly sprinkled among the recipes. Readers with an interest in cooking will find plenty to amuse and tempt them in this terrific book, which gracefully combines literary descriptions with culinary delights. The editor of several books (including the 1981 first edition of this one), Wells collects more than 150 new recipes from a diverse selection of contemporary writers, journalists, and poets, running the gamut from drinks to desserts. Those authors who include a paragraph or short essay about their selection succeed in beautifully reflecting their style. From Ellen Gilchrist's advice on giving a dinner party to Kate Lehrer's Devil's Food Cake, these supplementary bits of text, along with pithy quotes from writers who declined to contribute, add just the right dash of wit and humor to a truly enjoyable cookbook. Both titles are recommended for public libraries, especially those with patrons who have an interest in literature or the culinary arts.-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345465009
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.19(d)

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