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The book lover's cookbook : recipes inspired by celebrated works of literature a
Wenger, Shaunda Kennedy.
Adult Nonfiction TX714 .W347 2003

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From 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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