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Posted on June 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM by Craig Jacobson
The Mitford series by Jan Karon is one of my favorite reads. It’s easy to become attached to the people of this quaint little town in the foothills of North Carolina. Throughout these seven books, the most scrumptious foods are described, leaving your mouth watering. However, there are no recipes to help you recreate these wonderful dishes. Karon took care of this by writing Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader. It’s filled with scenes from her previous books and 150 recipes including Esther Bolick’s delicious Orange Marmalade Cake.
There are many books that tell a good tale and include recipes for the reader to try out. A Taste for Nightshade is one that combines history, mystery, and recipes from 19th century England. In Off the Menu, Alana is an executive culinary assistant to a celebrity chef in Chicago. Not only does she develop recipes for him but she shares them with the reader as well as her hectic life behind the scenes and her romance with RJ. If you like good food and a good laugh this book is for you. In The Quilter’s Kitchen, food and recipes become the inspiration for the quilting squares created by the new head chef for Elm Creek Quilts.
Sally Andrew and Isis Crawford have both written a mystery series that includes recipes in each book. There must be something about murder mysteries that work up a good appetite because the Hannah Swenson Mysteries, the Lucy Stone Mysteries, and the Coffeehouse Mysteries are all series of books that also include recipes in their stories.
If you enjoy a little romance sprinkled with some recipes, then try these titles: Cupcake Club Romance, The Love Goddess Cooking School, The Apple Orchard, or Little Beach Street Bakery.
In Wisconsin, our favorite foods vary from cream puffs, to Ojibwe rice, to Hmong egg rolls, to the Friday fish fry. If you would like to know more about Wisconsin’s culinary traditions, then please join us for the program “The Flavor of Wisconsin” on June 14th at 6:00 PM in the Tolzman Community Room to learn more about what we gather, produce, cook, and eat.
Happy reading and bon appetite!
Pictures courtesy of Easicat.