The Little Library Cookbook

The Little Library Cookbook

100 Recipes From your Favorite Books

Book - 2017
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"What a joy this is for hungry readers everywhere: stylish, fun and clever. If there is comfort food, there is also comfort reading, and The Little Library Cookbook is it." --Bee Wilson
This enchanting collection of over 100 literary-themed recipes will delight booklovers.

Would you like to taste Paddington Bear's marmalade? Or a clam chowder from Moby Dick ? Drawing from her popular food blog, The Little Library Café, Kate Young has created more than 100 recipes inspired by beloved works of fiction--classics and contemporary bestsellers alike, including stories for all ages. The appealing cookbook offers delectable dishes to serve for breakfast, family dinners, holiday meals, midnight feasts, and parties and celebrations. You'll learn how to prepare the afternoon tea served at Manderley and decadent tarts the Queen of Hearts would love--all while reading food-related excerpts from your favorite books.
Published: New York :, Sterling Epicure,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781454930129
1454930128
Branch Call Number: 641.5 YOU
Characteristics: xix, 300 pages :,color illustrations ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Timms, Lean - Photographer

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VaughanPLGraeme Jul 30, 2020

This is a beautiful book with lots of nice photos and some really great writing about food. Quite a few of the recipes appealed to me, particularly a lot of the sweet ones. Unfortunately the three recipes I tried all turned out to be okay, but not great. Perhaps I just had some bad luck with the recipes I chose.

I made the fruity nutbread inspired by the children's book series Redwall and it was hearty and nutritious, but fairly dense and just not to my taste.

The other two recipes I tried were both inspired by A Christmas Carol. First was a mulled wine called smoking bishop. It was quite tasty and I'm glad I tried it, but it was a bit of a process to make (clove-spiked oranges were roasted, spices were infused into water, clementines were squashed with sugar) and ultimately I don't think it was any better than other mulled wine I've had. The other Christmas recipe I tried was for traditional Christmas pudding (plum pudding). This was also kind of a fun experiment that involved boiling the cloth-wrapped pudding, then hanging it to dry and aging it for a couple of months. It smelled fantastic while it was aging (you could really smell all the spices, rum, and fruit), but when we finally ate it at Christmas I was a bit disappointed in the flavour. It certainly wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was any better than the store-bought puddings we usually have.

In spite of not having great success with the recipes I tried, I still have a couple more I'd like to try at some point. Perhaps I'll have better luck with them. Even if I don't though, I enjoyed this book for all the great food writing and photography.

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1_Great_Book
Mar 05, 2019

This is a fun book to look in and spend time with on occasion. Great to add to a collection. The title is a bit misleading - the recipes really have nothing to do with the stories themselves, but the author connected the story with a recipe in her own mind, rather than compiling recipes originating from each story. Still, a good companion when in a literary mood - cooking good comfort food while reading a good book.

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jmreid1220
Feb 22, 2019

A delightful glimpse into the life of a young woman with a love of both books and delicious dishes. The author takes us along for a ride from Australia to London and she introduces us to some of the stories that have inspired the offerings in this special cookbook.

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GLNovak
Dec 18, 2018

Lots of narrative in this cookbook to keep you interested, and the recipes aren't bad either. I made the Crumpets and they were easy to make and turned out pretty tasty with butter and honey.

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