Voracious

Voracious

A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books

Book - 2015
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Blogger, butcher, pastry chef, and voracious reader Cara Nicoletti explores the intersection of great books and great food. She discovers the perfect soft-cooked egg in Jane Austen's "Emma" and even creates a recipe for Fava Bean and Chicken Liver Mousse (and a nice Chianti) after reading Thomas Harris's "The Silence of the Lambs." "Voracious" is a book-lover's delight and a foodie's feast that explores the literary and culinary roads to happiness.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316242998
Characteristics: xiii, 283 pages :,colour illustrations ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bolognesi, Marion - Illustrator

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ctkvlk
Mar 08, 2017

Clever idea and appealed to both the English major and foodie in me. A few of the books I hadn't read so those were lost a bit on me, but fun, interesting and clever, especially if you, like me, LOVE books that have food and recipes interwoven.

This book will make you hungry! Food scenes are pastry chef Nicoletti's favorite parts of any book, and so she shares the stories with recipes to match, from brown butter chocolate chip cookies for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and pork pie for Great Expectations, to red wine-rosemary bread for The Odyssey, and clam chowder for Moby Dick.

A pleasure to read, and afterwards motivation made me buy whole vanilla beans, and resolve to pay better attention to literary food scenes.

Kris in PR

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dkadams79
Oct 08, 2016

This author clear LOVES both good literature and good food--and is an excellent writer...her comments about books are insightful and witty, and the recipes they prompt her to make are inspired!

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jerksister1
Feb 02, 2016

Very interesting! The author, once a pastry chef and now a butcher, combines her life-long love of reading with cooking by pairing up specific books with specific recipes. I only tried one recipe but it didn't turn out well, I suspect mainly due to my lack of culinary skills. Still, very easy to relate to the author's love of both reading and eating. Very enjoyable!

ser_library Jan 23, 2016

i enjoyed the titles chosen, the memories of when i read the books discussed, the writing and the recipes.

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bobgrant
Jan 03, 2016

It was okay. Very quick read. I was annoyed at how complicated all the recipes- even the ones that should not have been - were. Hope you have a food processor because even the biscuit recipes requires one.

booklady413 Sep 10, 2015

I loved the way that Cara couples her favorite books from childhood, adolescence and adulthood with recipes.

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