MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROM
AVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBER
B. B. HAYWOOD
Great meals don’t have to be a mystery—but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, “Whodunit?”
In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors’ bread and butter—page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.
Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.
This book contains previously published material (-synopsis)
When I heard about this cookbook I was so excited! I mean, my blog IS called books and cooks for a reason. My favorite genre of books are mystery novels and my favorite type of mysteries are cozy mysteries. I like them for so many different reasons. They are easy to read, I enjoy the characters, and it’s fun trying to figure out who did the crime.
So when this cookbook came out I had to grab it! I was excited because the recipes were from so many of the series I already read. There is Laura Childs who writes the Tea Shop mysteries, Cleo Coyle who writes the Coffee Shop mysteries, Leslie Budewitz who writes the Spice Shop mysteries, and Paige Shelton who writes the Country Cooking School Mysteries. These are all series I read as I love mixing up my cooking with my reading.
This cookbook is neat because it has recipes form the books. There are also excerts from many of the different mystery novels included in the book. Many of them are from books I’ve read and it was great to have a reminder of the books, others were from book I haven’t read. It was fun to read some exerts and I now have a lot more books on my to read list!
Included with each recipe is the book it comes from. There are beverages, breakfast, appetizer, main dishes, soups, desserts, and more! If you have a mystery lover at home who likes to cook this is the ultimate cookbook for them. I am so glad I bought a copy of it and will be using it many times in the future.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Of course, as soon as I got this cookbook I had to make a recipe. I wasn’t planning on baking this weekend but when I opened up the book so many recipes were familiar and looked delicious. I settled on a recipe for Cherry Scones from Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames. She writes the Cheese Shop mysteries which I absolutely adore.
The scones are super easy to make. They don’t require any rising time. They are soft, buttery, and filled with dried cherries that are both sweet and tart. They were perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee and delicious as a sweet after dinner.
- ½ c. dried cherries
- ¼ c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- ⅔ c. milk
- 2 T. orange juice
- ⅓ c. sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 ¼ c. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
- Whipped butter, for serving
- Presoak dried cherries in ½ c. hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix butter, milk, juice, sugar, and egg. Add in the flour and baking powder. Beat until all flour incorporated. Add in cherries. Mix well.
- Drop large dollops onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped butter.