Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyFourteen tales of culinary skullduggery with recipes from the likes of Nancy Pickard, Anne Perry and Tamar Myers in Criminal Appetites. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Food is the stuff of life¿and in the case of this anthology, it's the stuff of death, crime, mysterious mayhem, and dysfunctional families. In his introduction, editor Jeffrey Marks compares writing mystery stories to preparing good recipes. He says the storyline is the stock, the characters are the meat and vegetables, and the humor, dark or not, is the spice. 'And just as fourteen chefs could start with the same pot of beef stock and create the same number of delicious meals,' Mr. Marks says, 'authors can take the same concept, that of a meal leading to death, and create narratives as unique and rich as the chef's meals.' To make each entry in the anthology even more delectable, a related recipe or two follows each story. For meat-and-potatoes folks, there's Baked Potato Salad, Potato Salsify Pie, and Lime-Tequila Marinated Steak with Red-Pepper Sauce; for the more adventurous, there's Caviar Stuffed Eggs, Pot-au-feu, and Pots de Crème. For the sweet tooth, you'll find Green Apple Pie, Spiced Coffee Cookies, Cinnamon Biscuits, Charming Billy's Banana Pie, and Mexican Brownies with Canela Whipped Cream (without the¿ah¿special ingredient used in the story). Overall, this was a terrific idea for a themed anthology, and the execution of the idea was just as good. Since the stories and recipes are so different, there should be something in it for any taste--in food and in mystery short stories. In almost any anthology, there are usually one or two stories that I don't read, just because they don't catch my interest right away. In this one, however, I read and enjoyed every story. Just don't read it on an empty stomach, because the consistent food references and the appetizing recipes will make you even hungrier.