‘The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook’ Is A Must Buy for Foodies and Bibliophiles [REVIEW]

James Patterson's Grandma's Killer Chocolate Cake

Serve up one of your favorite mystery writer’s yummiest recipes, like Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake from James Patterson. (Photo courtesy Quirk Books)

Jathan and I love to cook nearly as much as we love to read. Or maybe it’s the other way around! Either way, when I received a copy of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For, written by a host of my favorite authors and edited by Kate White, I was in awe.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

Quirk Books

Each page is filled with scumptious recipes and the stories behind them from the likes of Mary Higgins Clark (Mary’s Celebratory Giants Game Night Chili, p. 49), Catherine Coulter (Big Bang Guacamole, p. 30), J.A. Jance (Sugarloaf Café Sweet Rolls, p. 14), Louise Penny (Madame Benoît’s Tourtiére, p. 82), and Scott Turow (Innocent Frittata, p. 84), just to name a few.

I am happy to annouce the cookbook also features a few gluten-free recipes, such as David Morrell‘s Thomas De Quincey’s Pasta-Less Pasta (58) and Brad Meltzer‘s Italian Chicken (99).

I love making up recipes that tell a story, so when I serve it to guests I can tell them who made it originally, who gave it to me, etc. And now you can tell your friends, “Oh, James Patterson gave me that recipe! Isn’t his Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake the bomb?” (148)

It is also fun to gather recipes from others depending on their locale, taste and interests. Ever since my husband introduced me to Louisiana cuisine, I always love trying seafood recipes from this area. So I can’t wait to try Laura Joh Rowland‘s Crab Cakes recipe (111). Yum!

The recipes in this collection are so good, the book has now been nominated for the Boucheron World Mystery Convention Award for Best Critical or Nonfiction Book! So what are you waiting for? Cook up a recipe worth killing for today. Bon Appétit!

Kate White

Kate White


Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Weggins mysteries and five psychological thrillers, including The Wrong Man and the upcoming The Secrets You Keep (March 2017). Her books have been published in 18 countries and praised by everyone from The Today Show to the New York Times.

She worked for 14 years as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine before leaving in 2013 to work as an author and speaker full time. In addition to writing fiction, she has written several popular career books, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do

Visit Kate’s home on the Web, like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Edited by Kate White
176 pgs. Quirk Books. $24.95.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to ‘The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook’ Is A Must Buy for Foodies and Bibliophiles [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    Our culinary team doesn’t only cook up their own yummy creations, but they test out the latest gadgets, gizmos and cookbooks for you too. Check out this awesome batch of recipes written by your favorite authors and collected by the Mystery Writers of America. It’s a novel way to approach cooking. Novel way. Get it? LOL Oh, nevermind. Just enjoy!

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