by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Cozy Food came about because I spotted a perfect cozy cookbook cover. The graphic was so cute, I purchased it. I’d take a peek at it every once in a while and it always made me smile and wish I was doing a cookbook instead of writing mysteries. Finally I figured the only way to end my growing obsession was to have other writers talk me down.
After writing six books, I’d come to “know” a fair number of cozy writers because of online connections. I sent them emails and waited for them to say doing a cookbook was a ridiculous idea. Not one of them did. Instead, they wanted in and asked where to send their recipes.
Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes has more than 224 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur detective’s day job and is filled with the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in cozy mysteries.
Writers sent in recipes from their amateur sleuths who work as event planners, book store owners, crafters, journalists, and culinary masters, as well as from those who put food on the table in less conventional ways working as morticians, square dance callers, and fugitives hiding in plain sight in dead end jobs, to name a few. Recipes are related to sleuths of all ages and mental conditions, too, like one from an octogenarian cruise ship sailor who detects while dealing with short term memory loss.
The recipes in Cozy Food come from various times. Most are current, but there are recipes from the 1930s and the 1880s (one is delivered in verse) and if the recipe title “Dried Mammoth Meat Jerky adapted for Cro Magnons and Modern Humans” is to be believed, even from prehistory.
The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to writer bios in the back of the book. You can look up a cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites, or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe’s author’s biography and books. Even if you love cozies, I bet you can’t name 128 cozy writers—more if you count AKAs. Have a look around. Either way you enjoy the cookbook, you’re sure to find great new recipes to make and terrific new cozy authors to read.
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