Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cozy Mystery Cooking!


My review today is of a book that's a combination of my two favorite styles of books.
Cookbooks and cozy mysteries!
In 2015, Diane Mott Davidson, author of the Goldy's Schulz Mysteries, took Goldy's recipes from her books, along with some new ones, and wrote
Cooking, Writing, Family, Life

The beloved New York Times bestselling culinary mystery writer delivers a cookbook packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about her writing and cooking life.
Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling mysteries featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, a woman who “took the lemon that life had given her and made not just lemonade but Lemon Chicken, Lemon Bars, Lemon Cookies and Lemon Meringue Pie.” Each Goldy novel includes recipes for scrumptious dishes from the adored character’s kitchen. Now, Davidson has collected these treasured recipes and some brand-new dishes in one volume for the first time.
Here are recipes for Appetizers and Soups, Eggs and Cheese, Salads and Starches, Meat, Poultry, and Fish, Breads, Desserts, and finally Low-Carb Recipes (how Davidson lost thirty pounds and kept them off). Most of the dishes came from “playing around with dishes tasted in restaurants.” Others are family favorites, some came from friends, and a few are “happy accidents.” At last, fans can enjoy delicious fare such as Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes with Dijon Cream Sauce, Diamond Lovers’ Hot Crab Dip, Sweethearts’ Swedish Meatballs in Burgundy Sauce, AndrΓ©’s Coq au Vin, Ice-Capped Gingersnaps, Damson-in-Distress Plum Tart, and Dad’s Bread.
Part memoir, part writing manual, part cookbook, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook combines the author’s gift for storytelling with her skills in the kitchen. She introduces the recipes with stories about how she came to create them, anecdotes from her experiences as a writer and home cook, and includes her joy at receiving a fan letter from the legendary French Chef herself, Julia Child.
Full of irresistible food, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is a must-have book for Davidson fans, food lovers, and cooks everywhere.



I’m just going to say this up front and get it over with. If you have read any of my cookbook reviews you know I love photos in cookbooks. There are no photos in this one. None. I would love to have seen some pictures of author Diane Mott Davidson’s finished recipes. Even just a few snapshots of some of the dishes she created for her character Goldy Schulz. Okay. That’s out of my system. On to the rest of the book.

GOLDY’S KITCHEN COOKBOOK starts out with a lengthy introduction where I learned much about the author and her family. Since I haven’t read any of the books in her Goldy Schulz Mysteries (Why did I get the cookbook? Because I love cozy mysteries, and I love cookbooks.), I didn’t know much about her. Why did I get the cookbook? Because I love cozy mysteries, and I love cookbooks, so it seemed like the thing to do.

Through seven chapters and 350 pages you’ll find recipes for, Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes with Dijon Cream Sauce, Rainy Season Chicken Soup, Tomato-Bree Pie, 0Doll Show Shrimp and Eggs, Jailbreak Potatoes, Wild Man’s Rice Salad, Tangy Lime Love-Me Tenderloin Grilled Steaks, Chicken Piccata Supreme, Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic, Basil, and Vegetables, Got-a-Hunch Brunch Rolls, Irish Soda Bread, PiΓ±a Colada Muffins, Chocolate Snowcap Cookies, Deep-Dish Cherry Pie, and lots more! Each recipe comes with the title of the book it can be found in.

All in all, I’m happy to have GOLDY’S KITCHEN COOKBOOK as part of my cookbook collection, though I’m glad I found it at a bargain price. It is a nice book. Author Davidson’s wit shows through in some of her descriptions and notes. And, there is an overabundance of recipes to choose from. I’m sure there must be something for everyone’s taste. Even some low-card dishes are included.

I’m sure diehard fans of theGoldy Schulz Mysteries will love to have GOLDY’S KITCHEN COOKBOOK to display with their Goldy books. 

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  1. Thanks for the review! Like you I want photos. Mine may not look quite like the photo, but it gives you something to strive for. :) I think it would be interesting t mix cozy mysteries and cookbook though.
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  2. I love this mystery series and have tried several of the recipes from her various books. I agree, no photos makes a cookbook a bit disappointing, but it's fun to see recipes from authors you admire.