The Book Lover's Cookbook

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The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger

Publisher: Ballantine BooksFormat: Paperback

THE BOOK LOVER'S COOKBOOKRecipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literatureand the Passages that Feature ThemShaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay JensenWake 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 Connie May's Tomato Pie, created with and inspired by Connie May Fowler" (Remembering Blue)"; Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole (Elizabeth Berg's “Open House”); and Amish Chicken and Dumplings (Jodi Picoult'“s” “Plain Truth”) . . . Sample salads, breads, and such soul-warming soups as Nearly-a-Meal Potato Soup (Terry Kay's “Shadow Song”); 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 C.S. Lewis's Turkish Delight from “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”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. Her work 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 THEMJo's Best Omelette . . . “Little Women” by Louisa May AlcottNo Dieter's Delight Chicken Neapolitan . . . “Thinner” by Stephen KingExtra-Special Rhubarb Pie . . . “The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra DallasGrand Feast Crab Meat Casserole . . . “At Home in Mitford” by Jan KaronPersian Cucumber and Yogurt . . . “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus IIITamales . . . “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura EsquivelBev's No-Fuss Crab Cakes . . . “Unnatural Exposure” by Patricia CornwellMacaroni and Cheese . . . “The Accidental Tourist” by Anne TylerVeteran Split Pea Soup . . . “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen CraneAlternative Carrot-Raisin-Pineapple Salad . . . “Midwives” by Chris BohjalianSummer's Day Cucumber-Tomato Sandwiches . . .“Women in Love” by D. H. LawrenceRefreshing Black Cows . . . “The Book of Ruth” by Jane HamiltonDump Punch . . . “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane AustenNot Violet, But Blueberry Pie. . . “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald DahlInnocent Sweet Bread . . . “The Bluest Eye” by Toni MorrisonDaddy's Rich Chocolate Cake . . . “Fatherhood” by Bill Cosby. . . and many other delectable dishes for the literary palate“From the Hardcover edition.”

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