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A Taste of Murder [Hardcover]

Jo Grossman
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Sept. 7 1999
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

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Poisoned Pen Press in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently published two cookbooks made up of recipes donated by mystery authors: A Taste of Murder and A Second Helping of Murder. Dubbed Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers. Each book offers 150 recipes with brief stories about how they relate to the writers' books...Broken into sections like A Criminal Past-a and Meating Out Justice, the recipes in the books manage to be both usable and entertaining...Chock full of quirky and delicious recipes and cooking lessons (like Anthony Bourdain's How to Cook Pasta without Getting Whacked) these books are a feast for gourmands and mystery lovers alike. So belly up to the bar, name your poison, have a snack of red herrings and enjoy some murderously good food.
-- Mark Terry, The Oakland Press (MI)


Note: A portion of the profits from both books is being donated to Wholesaler to the Hungry,

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No mystery about how good this cookbook is Oct. 19 2003
By Harriet Klausner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is not a culinary murder mystery. Instead this tome lives up to its title as a mystery lover's cookbook. The recipes come from a cross section of some of the great genre authors either what they ate while solving an impossible puzzler or what their hero or another character cooked. The topics include what one would expect in a mystery cook book such as Dressed to Kill, Quick and Painless, Pasta Mortem, Secret Meat-ings, and Just Desserts, etc. The compilers Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl provide companion wit about the contributor, their sleuth, and/or the recipe.
The recipes are fun, but like some inquisitive reviewers I tested a few of the recipes on my sidekick though I allowed him to "Choose your Poison" within genre (house) rules. He enjoyed "Fowl Play", the non murder by chocolate "Just Deserts", and Millhone's "Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich", etc. However, like most sidekick sleuths he remains clueless as to why he mysteriously has received a few cooked meals from me. Don't worry he is back to the microwave (I'll use the kid to star in the sequel). Genre fans who enjoy items about their heroes or just appreciate a delightful cookbook will want to test the recipes of A TASTE OF MURDER: DIABOLICALLY DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM CONTEMPORARY MYSTERY WRITERS and follow up with the equally tasting and tasteful A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER: MORE DIABOLICALLY DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM CONTEMPORARY MYSTERY WRITERS, the next book in the series (what did you expect with a mystery you always get act two)
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! Sept. 9 2000
By Brenda
Format:Hardcover
Mysteries and menus go hand in hand. Just picking up A Taste of Murder and quickly wading through it, I knew it was a recipe book that would never leave my kitchen.
Readers and chefs can expect great recipes, informative thoughts, witty remarks, and bits and pieces from Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl, who created the wonderful book, and the mystery writers themselves. An impressive introduction tells readers about the relationship between mysteries and menus, and each chapter adds a little more a long with the recipes. Under the chapter headings of First Instincts, Choose Your Poison, The Pot Thickens, Dressed to Kill, Kneadless Violence, Quick and Painless, Pasta Mortem, Something's Fishy, Fowl Play, Secret Meat-ings, No Place to Meat, Faithful Sidekicks, Revenge is Sweet, and Just Desserts, you will find some delicious, tempting meals. Expect to find recipes like, Bill Crider's manly recipe of Sausage-Cheese Appetizer, Cathie John's tasty Cincinnati Chili recipe with a dash of chocolate. Peter Robinson's tempting taste of Warm Pear and Stilton Salad, Sara Hoskins Frommer's bread recipe called Fred Lundquist's Sourdough Oatmeal Bread, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich recipe, Parnell Hall's Stanley's Head Pesto pasta, Anne Perry's Fish Pie, Leslie Glass's April Woo's Crispy Hacked Duck, Penny Warner's Hangtown Fry, Kate Charles's recipe for Quick Vegetarian Cassoulet, H.R.F. Keating's side dish recipe of Carrot Haliva, L.L. Thrasher's Boiled Cookies, and Jonathan Gash's British cake recipe called Parkin.
If you own one of those rare Bed & Breakfasts that includes live mysteries in the vacation weekend package, or know anyone who does, this is one recipe book that will add to the fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! Cooking for a good cause. Sept. 27 1999
Format:Hardcover
What great fun it was to participate in this very worthwhile project and to discover that my fellow mystery writers are such fantastic cooks. The recipes are varied, well presented, and easy to follow. But even if you're not interested in stirring up something diabolically delicious, "A Taste of Murder" also serves up entertaining vignettes and bits of insider information with every recipe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cooking Sept. 23 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Great recipes from great writers. You simply must try Patsy Ward Burk's Taco Soup. You can't get thru the winter without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! Cooking for a good cause. Sept. 27 1999
By Maureen Tan (m-tan@uiuc.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What great fun it was to participate in this very worthwhile project and to discover that my fellow mystery writers are such fantastic cooks. The recipes are varied, well presented, and easy to follow. But even if you're not interested in stirring up something diabolically delicious, "A Taste of Murder" also serves up entertaining vignettes and bits of insider information with every recipe.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cooking Sept. 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great recipes from great writers. You simply must try Patsy Ward Burk's Taco Soup. You can't get thru the winter without it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Murder July 2 2002
By Marilyn Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What a delightful book! Beside including some hiliarious recipes like "Susan Silverman's Boiled Water" from Robert B. Parker, there are interesting recipes from a number of mystery writers and places associated with mysteries. I plan to try the Tea Scones from Brown's Hotel (Agatha Christie's Bertram's Hotel) first. This is a must for mystery readers.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of These Recipes are a Mystery July 26 2011
By moonglow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A Taste of Murder is a collection of recipes from today's top mystery writers.

Some of the recipes in this book sound good (the "Spaghetti Angelica") but others are a waste of paper, like how to prepare boxed macaroni and cheese, how to boil water and how to make "beans on toast". It's a mystery why a few of these writers couldn't come up with more inventive recipes to share with their fans.

Note to vegetarians: there are some meatless recipes in the book but many contain oysters, eggs or cheese. You may enjoy the "Night-in-the-Cooler-Eggplant Salad" or "Myron's Potatoe Latkes" .

Not being a mystery buff, I would've liked to see a little more tie-in to the mystery books these authors write...something to entice me not only into the kitchen but into the library to check out a novel by one of the authors whose recipes are featured in this book.

Another downside to this book is that there is no index, making it hard to locate a recipe quickly.

Afternote: The "Spaghetti Angelica" sounded so good I decided to try it. It's a mix of cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, parsley and mushrooms (I left out the nutmeg) that you stir into spaghetti. I found it quite tasty!
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! Sept. 9 2000
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mysteries and menus go hand in hand. Just picking up A Taste of Murder and quickly wading through it, I knew it was a recipe book that would never leave my kitchen.
Readers and chefs can expect great recipes, informative thoughts, witty remarks, and bits and pieces from Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl, who created the wonderful book, and the mystery writers themselves. An impressive introduction tells readers about the relationship between mysteries and menus, and each chapter adds a little more a long with the recipes. Under the chapter headings of First Instincts, Choose Your Poison, The Pot Thickens, Dressed to Kill, Kneadless Violence, Quick and Painless, Pasta Mortem, Something's Fishy, Fowl Play, Secret Meat-ings, No Place to Meat, Faithful Sidekicks, Revenge is Sweet, and Just Desserts, you will find some delicious, tempting meals. Expect to find recipes like, Bill Crider's manly recipe of Sausage-Cheese Appetizer, Cathie John's tasty Cincinnati Chili recipe with a dash of chocolate. Peter Robinson's tempting taste of Warm Pear and Stilton Salad, Sara Hoskins Frommer's bread recipe called Fred Lundquist's Sourdough Oatmeal Bread, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich recipe, Parnell Hall's Stanley's Head Pesto pasta, Anne Perry's Fish Pie, Leslie Glass's April Woo's Crispy Hacked Duck, Penny Warner's Hangtown Fry, Kate Charles's recipe for Quick Vegetarian Cassoulet, H.R.F. Keating's side dish recipe of Carrot Haliva, L.L. Thrasher's Boiled Cookies, and Jonathan Gash's British cake recipe called Parkin.
If you own one of those rare Bed & Breakfasts that includes live mysteries in the vacation weekend package, or know anyone who does, this is one recipe book that will add to the fun. It's a wonderful grouping of talent and taste. The recipes are worthy on their own, but it's nice to have a little mystery with one's meal - don't you think? Others must agree because it been nominated in the Anthony Mystery Awards for Best Non-Fiction.
You can't go wrong spending the dough on this one.
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