The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - Cooking - 326 pages
THE BOOK LOVER’S COOKBOOK

Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature
and the Passages that Feature Them

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen
Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby’s Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot’s All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod’s Slapjacks, as featured in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There’s homey comfort food like Connie May's Tomato Pie, created with and inspired by Connie May Fowler (Remembering Blue); Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole (Elizabeth Berg’s Open House); and Amish Chicken and Dumplings (Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth) . . . Sample salads, breads, and such soul-warming soups as Nearly-a-Meal Potato Soup (Terry Kay’s Shadow Song); Mr. Casaubon’s Chicken Noodle Soup (George Eliot’s Middlemarch); and Mrs. Leibowitz’s Lentil-Vegetable Soup (Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes) . . . After relishing appetizers and entrees, there’s a dazzling array of desserts, including Carrot Pudding (Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol); Effie Belle’s Coconut Cake (Olive Ann Burns’s Cold Sassy Tree); and the kids will love C.S. Lewis's Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Sprinkled throughout with marvelous anecdotes about writers and writing, The Book Lover’s Cookbook is a culinary and literary delight, a browser’s cornucopia of reading pleasure, and a true inspiration in the kitchen.
Shaunda Kennedy Wenger enjoys creative cooking and writing children’s stories and articles. She is currently working on a novel. Her work has been published in Babybug, Ladybug, Wonder Years, American Careers, South Valley Living, and Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud (The Education Center, 2000). She is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She regards her monthly book club meeting as one life’s essential ingredients.

Janet Kay Jensen is published in Healing Ministry journal and The Magic of Stories. She has received numerous awards for essays, poetry, and short stories, including three ByLine Magazine honorable mentions. A speech-language pathologist, she holds degrees from Utah State University and Northwestern University. She is writing a novel, teaches poetry classes to jail inmates, and is a literacy tutor. Married and the mother of three sons, she is a consultant at Utah State University.

TASTY RECIPES AND THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THEM

Jo’s Best Omelette . . . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
No Dieter’s Delight Chicken Neapolitan . . . Thinner by Stephen King
Extra-Special Rhubarb Pie . . . The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Grand Feast Crab Meat Casserole . . . At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Persian Cucumber and Yogurt . . . House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Tamales . . . Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Bev's No-Fuss Crab Cakes . . . Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
Macaroni and Cheese . . . The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Veteran Split Pea Soup . . . The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Alternative Carrot-Raisin-Pineapple Salad . . . Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Summer’s Day Cucumber-Tomato Sandwiches . . .
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
Refreshing Black Cows . . . The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
Dump Punch . . . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Not Violet, But Blueberry Pie
. . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Innocent Sweet Bread . . . The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Daddy's Rich Chocolate Cake . . . Fatherhood by Bill Cosby


. . . and many other delectable dishes for the literary palate!

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Contents

FIRSTPICKING BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
17
HOMERS APPLESAUCE DOUGHNUTS
26
STUFFED PIG STOMACH WITH OYSTER FILLING
33
AMISH CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
39
WILLIN FISH FILLETS
69
THANKSGIVING SPINACH CASSEROLE
77
Quote by Ridley Pearson
83
CELEBRATION POTATOES
90
IRISH SODA BREAD
182
SAFE AND WHOLESOME REFRIGERATOR ROLLS
190
MERRY PUNCH
196
EXTRASPECIAL RHUBARB PIE
202
WILD STRAWBERRY PIE
206
TODIEFOR PEACH PIE
214
A SMALL MESS OF CHERRY TARTS
220
MISS MAUDIES LANE CAKE
226

NEW ROAD CHICKEN PIES A K A TURNOVERS
94
UPLIFTING RICE NOODLES WITH PEPPERY MEAT SAUCE
105
CORN TORTILLAS
114
SOUPS
121
Quote by John Steinbeck The Pearl
137
SWANGERS FULFILLING WHITE BEAN SOUP
142
MR CASAUBONS CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
148
PERFECTION SALAD
155
SUNSHINE EGG SALAD
162
APPETIZERS BREADS AND OTHER FINGER FOODS
167
CREAMY BUTTER FROSTING
229
DELICIOUS FRUITCAKE
236
ESTHERS ORANGEMARMALADE LAYER CAKE
244
CARROT PUDDING
250
OR CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE
256
CHOCOLATECOVERED PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
299
Credits
309
Index
319
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About the author (2003)

Janet Kay Jensen is co-author of The Book Lover's Cookbook, Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages That Feature Them. Her work also appears in Writing Secrets, Everton's Family History Magazine, ByLine, Meridian, and The Magic of Stories. She holds degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University and Northwestern University and is an adult literacy tutor. She is a member of Author's Guild and has won numerous awards from the League of Utah Writers. She and her husband are the parents of three college student sons.

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