Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook: Cooking, Writing, Family, Life
Diane Mott Davidson
William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
have enjoyed all of Diane Mott Davidson's seventeen novels featuring Goldy, her cheating husband,
, and her closest friend, the Jerk's first wife. Friend and she go through many harrowing adventures featuring Goldy, an amateur detective masquerading as a caterer. Or a caterer masquerading as a detective.
oldy is highly effective wearing both hats. She solves murders even when authorities beg her to keep out of their investigations. She does this with wonderful humor as well as an intuitive brain. All the while whisking together foods to die for. Some of her characters do die, but not usually from Goldy's food.
uthor Diane Mott Davidson, in the guise of Goldy, has written a cookbook filled with recipes that appeared in her many novels. In so doing, she explains how she came to create, revise, and adapt the luscious foods, using her family (husband and three sons) as test subjects. I would have loved to be a courtesy member of the family while she whipped and roasted, glazed and grilled and baked. I'd have been happy to taste test anything put before me.
er recipes include old-time favorites brought up to date, new ideas, mistakes that turned out to make the cut. Good food, all. In Davidson's
, she explains how she became a writer; how Goldy was born; how she realized she could combine her love of cooking with her life-long desire to write. She has done very well in both categories, being named the '
divine diva of the culinary cozy
' by Publisher's Weekly.
avidson has divided her recipes into various subtitles; ergo
Appetizers and Soups or How Do I Look
Eggs and Cheese or My Agent Is Still a Vegetarian
Breads, or This Is Not Your Low-Carb Chapter
; etc., etc., etc.. Her humor will not be contained as her fans will attest.
hili Rellena Torta
Exhibition Salad with Meringue-Baked Pecans
Love-Me-Tenderloin Grilled Steaks
Shrimp on Wheels
Cinnamon Griddle Scones
Labor Day Flourless Chocolate Cake with Berries, Melba Sauce and White Chocolate Cream
(be still my heart) are just a few of the appetizing recipes waiting for you to try them.
ou probably have enough cookbooks by now to last you, but
Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook
should proudly join them. I will guess that it will become the most used one on your shelves.
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