A Taste of Murder: Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers

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Including : Lilian Jackson Braun * Harlan Coben * Sue Grafton * Tony Hillerman * John Lescroart * Sharyn McCrumb * Richard North Patterson * Robert B. Parker * Anne Perry * And Dozens More!

From Red Herrings to Just Desserts . . .

It's no accident that lovers of mystery savor diabolically delicious food. So sink your teeth into more than 130 wickedly delectable treats concocted by today's most popular mystery authors--sumptuous recipes that promise dinner to die for.

Sample Sue Grafton's PI special: The Kinsey Millhone Famous Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich--deadly, delicious, and concealed between two innocent slices of bread. Head for the desert with Tony Hillerman for a quick, painless bite of Salami à la Chama River. You know something's fishy when Donald E. Westlake offers John Dortmunder's favorite hot thrill, May's Mother's Tuna Casserole. Suspense writer Richard North Patterson whips up Sea Bass in Orange Sauce . . . .and Robert B. Parker parts with the much-in-demand Susan Silverman's Boiled Water.

Eat and be wary. A Taste of Murder has something for everyone--from kneadless violence to sweet revenge: sinfully sumptuous cuisine whipped up by America's masters of crime.

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Penzler Pick, March 2000: Okay, okay, it's not a mystery. It's a recipe book. But these are recipes from some of the best storytellers of our time, so you can expect a little more than a list of the 435 ingredients of a first-rate cassoulet and the 23 steps requiring an equal number of hours to produce it.

No, here we have the recipes for such culinary challenges as Kinsey Millhone's Peanut Butter and Pickle sandwich, with secrets that include informing the would-be Paul Prudhomme that the peanut butter should be spread on a slice of bread, covered with sliced pickles, and then (and this could be the key to it all) covered with a second slice of bread. Whew! If you're not exhausted yet, there is also Susan Silverman's recipe from Robert B. Parker, who declined to provide anything more ambitious because a Spenser cookbook is in the works. (Note: It has been in the works for 15 years.) The recipe is for boiling water.

But there really are some superb recipes from a talented corps of writers who know how to cook, and there are delicious anecdotes, some sound advice on where and when to eat what you've just learned how to cook, and even recipes for foods you've never heard of (like Liza Cody's Bacon Buttie, the perfect tidbit that provides the thrill of risking a coronary).

Among the contributors are Lilian Jackson Braun, Donald E. Westlake, Anne Perry, Tony Hillerman, Carol O'Connell, Parnell Hall and, of course, Anthony Bourdain, whose hilarious culinary mysteries are a sidelight to his real life as a master chef. --Otto Penzler

About the Author:

Jo Grossman is the former proprietor of The Mystery Café, a mystery bookstore/café in Sheffield, Massachusetts, that combined her love of good food and good crime novels. She worked in film and television for many years, including a three-year stint on In the Heat of the Night. She lives in Massachusetts and still wants to be Nancy Drew when she grows up.

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