Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Dearly Departed

Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Dearly Departed

by Mary Ann Winkowski, David Powers


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Mary Ann Winkowski's abilities as a paranormal investigator have offered solace to countless people, either by reuniting them with loved ones who have died or by removing unwanted spirits and negative energy from homes, businesses or possessions. Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook is a collection of recipes bequeathed to Mary Ann through spirits of great cooks who have passed on. Arranged as two-page spreads, each entry includes a recipe as well as the story of how the author came to learn it.

Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook is part cookbook and part ghost story anthology; together, these elements create the most entertaining cookbook of the season.

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ISBN-13: 9781578604999
Publisher: Clerisy Press
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Beyond Delicious 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
aya.herron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How often have you ever yearned for Grandma Sue's lost recipe for meatloaf or Aunt Julie's misplaced recipe for sugar cookies? Perhaps your dearly departed loved one bequeathed her recipes to your sister, but the copies she gave you were "changed" and just didn't turn out right. For those of us who have ever searched in vain for a lost recipe, this book is for you.Just in time for Halloween, Mary Ann Winkowski, the ghost whisperer herself, brings us "Beyond Delicious," a book that is a collection of both recipes and ghost stories. Mary Ann is frequently called in to deal with troublesome earthbound spirits, and interestingly enough these ghosts sometimes share recipes before crossing over. This is a collection of just such recipes and the ghost stories related to each.The Bottom Line: "Beyond Deliciou" is an interesting collection of ghost stories and recipes. It is both informative and fun to read. Not only did I find several fun recipes to try, but I learned about earthbound spirits as well. The recipes themselves are unique including several ethnic dishes and older recipes. Many of the recipes require some previous cooking or baking knowledge as directions received from spirits can be a bit vague. Also, there were several typos here and there. Overall, this is a unique book that will entice both cooks and readers interested in stories from the beyond.
cal8769 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about the recipes that Mary Ann Winkowski (TV show The Ghost Whisperer's inspiration) has been given over the years from spirits that she has been called upon to help. Some look delicious and some....well. I was surprised that food would have such meaning to the grieving but then I thought of my grandma and her turkey stuffing and how much I have missed both of them.I am excited to try some of these recipes
palominopup on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was truly a fun read. I was excited to receive this book because it combined two of my favorite things - paranormal stories and cooking. The short stories were great and though I haven't tried all the recipes yet - I am working my way through and everything so far has been delicious.
MissReadsTooMuch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book of ghost stories and recipes, although I'm not sure I would ever want to eat a few of them. I did go through a period in the middle of reading the book where I thought the idea that all these ghosts were stuck in some in between place because they were so angry the ones they left behind weren't cooking their food correctly (and other angry reasons but the bad cooking was a definite theme) and I worried that the author was out charging grieving people for this ghost interpretation service, then I decided I was taking it way too seriously and just read it like a novel. It's better as a novel.
CynWetzel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whistperer¿s Cookbook (More than 100 recipes from the dearly departed) by Mary Ann Winkowski and David Powers. Cincinati, OH: Clerisy Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-57860-499-9 (pbk.), $17.95 U.S.I¿m not sure what I expected; perhaps a book of stories having to do with the television series, The Ghost Whisperer ¿ which I must admit I¿ve never watched, only seen the advertisements. However, the book is a collection of stories, 2-3 pages each with a recipe, of "clearings" the author has done where she received a recipe from a departing "earthbound spirit."The stories that go along with each recipe become repetitive and the writing is mediocre, using the same phrasing and sentences over and over. I wasn¿t particularly impressed with many of the recipes, and some were, to me, quite odd.For example, the recipe on page 273 for stuffing calls for ¿6 heaping tablespoons of breadcrumbs¿ ¿ even with the volume of other ingredients, which only totals ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon ¿ that¿s a pretty small amount of stuffing!Then there¿s the ingredient ¿potato water¿ in the nut roll recipe on page 6, with no explanation for the unknowing as to how to get ¿potato water.¿The recipe on page 217 for shortbread crust calls for ¿1 10-cent package Nabisco shortbread cookies.¿ Those cookies may have been ten cents in the time of the ghost, but the writer gives no equivalent for today¿s shopper.The bottom line, I suppose, is that I do not believe the premise of the book, and so I must read it as fiction. And as fiction, it is a poor read.
randirousseau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I collect ghost stories/hauntings books, I had to have this one. The idea of those "beyond the veil" still trying to pass on cooking advice tickled me a bit.I find I like the stories a bit better than the recipes, which are presented with the flavor of a church ladies cookbook (a friend recognized a few of them as coming off the packages of some of the ingredients!) But, then, who doesn't like to take credit for a favorite recipe, rather than saying "oh, I just follow the instructions on the NoneSuch box!" I guess I was looking for a bit more..... something. I agree with the review that described the stories as a bit "mediocre." But it's still a fun book, I thought.
Violeten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I requested this book simple because of how absurd it sounded. However, its a fun and fast 'read' if you look at the stories and some of the recipes actually sound pretty good.
tammychristine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! I love ghost stories and cookbooks(not cooking just cookbooks!) There is a story for every recipe in the book and a lot of these ghosts stayed behind just to get their recipe to the right person! Some of the ghosts went into the white light after Mary Ann got a recipe from them and she promised to share it so they would be remembered. She said many times that ghosts are just like the people they were-if they were a cranky person they are a cranky ghost. I still hope I never run in to one!
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The stories in this book are really interesting, the recipes...not so much. Most of them sound... severely unappetizing. I also find it odd/interesting/amusing that so many ghosts have food related reasons for sticking around. I always thought I loved food, but, well, not quite to that extent. I'd never read anything by Winkowski before, so I wasn't aware of her particular view of ghosts, so I found some of her methods/ideas hard to grasp immediately since she did not feel the need to explain them. I love any sort of "true" stories of the paranormal, so I might actually have an overly generous attitude toward this book. That being said, I doubt anyone who didn't ahre my opinion would pick up this book. Take that how you will.
L.M.Spaeth More than 1 year ago
Was looking for a book to read and Mary Ann’s books never fail to entertain me. So I figured, why not…let’s try her new recipe book dictated by ghosts. While a lot of the recipes did not titillate my palate, the ghost stories behind them were enjoyable. I love how Mary Ann works her way to the heart of the matter of why the ghosts are still walking the earth and did not go through the white light when they had the chance, as well as their reasons for not doing so. She’s a very clever lady with not only how she handles obstreperous ghosts, but also gets their secret recipes to pass on to us. It’s a unique book worth reading.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun reading each recipe and the ghost story accompanying each. I have to admit to a fondness more for the dessert choices, like Ted's Coconut Kisses, Mitzi's Golden Pumpkin Cookies, Lemon Sour Bars, Elderberry Pie, Frying Pan Cake (sort of a pineapple upside down cake in a frying pan) There were some intriguingly named ones: Hank's Rabbit Pie...take one cleaned rabbit...., Florence's French Pork Pie, Grandma's Cuban Chicken, Toledo Lebanese Meatballs. There were two that I know I will never ever, no way, nuh-uh make: Grandma's Pickled Beet Soup, Secret Harvard Beets...ask my mom, she'll tell you. The stories accompanying each recipe were sweet, funny, odd and any mixture thereof. I do hope that Mary Ann does do a travel book sometime like she thought about in the book. I'd love to read about where she goes and the sites she visits, as much as the ghosts she sees every day. I have a new cookbook for the keeper shelf in the kitchen. I look forward to trying many of these and see what my family thinks. I know the desserts will be a hit. Brown Sugar Refrigerator Cookies or Chocolate Torte to start..... Four spooky yummy beans....