There are many culinary mysteries on the market that have a wide appeal, and other mysteries that include recipes in the book. It appears there is an ongoing fling between the mystery genre and "foodies". There are the Diane Mott Davidson novels, Joanne Fluke, Josi Kilpack, Cecile Lamalle, Ellen Hart, Jerrilyn Farmer, Nancy Fairbanks, Alexander Campion, Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries, even Al Roker's Chef Billy Blessing mysteries But let's take it one step further.
So Donna Leon has created a most unusual cookbook, introducing each recipe with scenes from her books. It is a great concept and brings us the incredible recipes featured in the books but makes the entire collection a book to be read. I checked this out from the library and fell in love with it. I really must buy my own and soon.
I started to wonder if there were other cookbooks inspired by mysteries or mystery authors. I found three more available (I really thought I would find more.) But here are the ones I found.
Robert Weibezahl and Poison Pen Press. They each feature 150 recipes from mystery authors (even Poe) or from mystery classics. The cookbook is divided by clever headings such as The Set-Up, A Shot in the Dark, In the Soup, Crumby Situations, A Brunch of Crooks, The Quick and the Dead, A Criminal Past-a, Red Herrings, Murder Most Fowl, Meating Out Justice, No Bone to Pick, Accomplices, Tough Cookies, and The Proof is in the Pudding. I found both available on Amazon, or try Poison Pen Press directly.
Then I found Appetite for Murder by Kathy Borich. "Off to England for supper with Sherlock Holmes, morning tea with Miss Marple, or a pub crawl with Chief Inspector Morse. Guaranteed to whet your Appetite for Murder, this tantalizing slant on cooking and crime is cooked up especially for mystery lovers. Relive your favorite classic crime fiction and then whip up the food that helped solve the crime."
A reviewer said "bringing together food, interesting fictional detectives, novel and wonderfully attractive culinary sayings, and neatly crafted imaginary crime scenarios. For readers who want to have perfectly penned short vignettes of detectives as varied as Chief Inspector Morse, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Rumpole of the Bailey, Ellery Queen, Hercules Poirot and Chief Inspector Wexford (plus many more) this is a sparkling book."
1 cup cooked butternut squash
1/2 cup mascarpone or cream cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne
1 package round wonton skins
butter, garlic, and sage as needed