AUTHOR: Cara Nicoletti
STARTED: January 5, 2016
FINISHED: January 25, 2016
GENRE: Memoir / Food / Cookbook
FIRST SENTENCE: Growing up in a family of butchers and food lovers, I was surrounded by the sights and sounds and smells of cooking from an early age.
SUMMARY: [From BN] As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.
THOUGHTS: If ever there was a book custom built to suit my reading style, it was this one. I assume that is why the most excellent Lady B gave it to me for Christmas. I love books about books. I love food. I love it even more when the two mix in some way.
This book was fantastic. It's not a difficult read, but it most certainly is a fun one. Each chapter focuses on a particular recipe inspired by a book the author has read. She introduces each food with vignette story from her life - why this book/recipes speaks to her, a tangentially related story from her past, that sort of thing. It's a well-structured book that does a fantastic job of introducing you to the author and the recipe.
There's not much else to say about this book, since it's so straightforward and enjoyable. I plan on making the rosemary wine bread sooner rather than later. My mouth is watering already.
RATING: 9/10 [Excellent]