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Apr 11, 2009 03:50 AM

Fiction books with recipes?

I used to like the Goldy Schulz mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, but have grown tired of the character. I think it's all the food talk, more than the actual recipes that I like. Any other fiction books along these lines that you recommend?

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  1. Under the Tuscan Sun has a few. The haselnut gelato is killer good.


    1. The Commissario Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri has many scenes which describe what the Commissario has to eat for lunch at home made by his housekeeper, and dishes he is served at his favorite Sicilian tratoria. Not so much actual recipes but enough descriptions of food that you get a sense of how to cook ....or you are already familiar with the dishes. Why just yesterday Salvo had capponata with freshly baked bread made by Ardellina washed down with a half litre of red wine. Then later at Enzo's he ate grilled freshly caught sardines and spaghetti with squid ink sauce, a mixed salad, and espresso corretto. Of course the ever present carafe of wine was on the table along with a bottle of mineral water, as usual.

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      1. re: Gio

        I love the Montabano series. Food, sarcasm, humor, mystery, and a huge dollop of Italian politics.

      2. Oldies but goodies: the Inspector Maigret series by George Simenon describes the many wonderful classic French dishes prepared for the Inspector by his wife, Mme. Maigret.
        There's also a Mme. Maigret cookbook.

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        1. re: garlic17

          The Supper Club Mystery Series by J.B. Stanley has recipes. Southern small town stuff. Cute.

        2. Bread Alone, by Judith Ryan Hendricks, about a young woman running from her divorce who ends up baking bread for a living has actual recipes, most for yeast breads, with a few quick breads.

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          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            Since posting this, I read the sequel, The Bread Baker's Apprentice, which has more recipes for baked goods.

          2. A friend of mine publishes a mystery journal. Check out this site and there are several lists of books with recipes.,


            Do a search for cooking or recipes.