9 cookbooks for book lovers

PR pros have to eat just like everyone else. Here are some repositories of culinary delights for literature fiends—and their friends, too.

Are you looking to combine your love of books and a passion for good food?

As a follow up to a previous PR Daily post on cookbooks for writers , let’s take a look at cookbooks for book lovers. In addition to challenging and novel recipes, literary cookbooks offer a glimpse into the life of the author, their characters, and the time, place and culture from which they hail.

1. “Jane Austen Cookbook” has recipes taken from the Austen family’s “Household Book.”

Would love to try: Martha’s almond cheesecakes

No thanks, I ‘ll pass: Wine-roasted gammon and pigeon Ppe

2. “Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane Austen” features authentic regency recipes adapted for modern cooks.

Would love to try: Strawberry tartlets

No thanks, I ‘ll pass: Calf’s foot jelly

3. “Dinner with Dickens: Recipes inspired by the life and work of Charles Dickens” includes menus and recipes from Dickens wife, Catherine, and recipes based on the food served in his novels.

Would love to try: Dickens family’s Twelfth Cake

No thanks, I ‘ll pass: Dandelion sandwich

4. “Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Cookbook” features full menus from four famous meals that occur in the stories of the famous detective as compiled by two Holmes experts.

Would love to try: “Breakfast at Baker Street”

No thanks, I’ll pass: “On the chase”

5. “The Hemingway Cookbook” has more than 125 food and drink recipes from the Ernest Hemigway’s life, collated from period recipes and his favorite restaurants.

Would love to try : Campfire apple pie

No thanks, I’ll pass : Fillet of lion (“First obtain your lion.”)

6. The Joyce of Cooking: Food and Drink from James Joyce ‘s Dublin is a traditional Irish cookbook and a shortcut (of sorts) to understanding the works of James Joyce.

Would love to try : Puddeny pie

No thanks, I’ll pass: Oxtail soup

7. “Cooking with Shakespeare” collects 180 recipes from the Elizabethan period adapted for modern cooks. “Passages from the plays relate the recipes to Shakespeare’s works and help students understand both his plays and the world in which he lived.”

Would love to try: Buttered beere

No thanks, I’ll pass: Aphrodisiac tart with sparrows’ brains (the authors recommend substituting Spam)

8. Dinner with Tennessee Williams is “part food memoir and part cookbook,” exploring the food and history of 1940s New Orleans. Each chapter is based on Williams’ plays.

Would love to try: Lavender, honey, and goat cheese beignets

No thanks, I’ll pass: Chicory coffee

9. “Leo Tolstoy’s family recipe book” offers 50 original recipes that give you a “glimpse of the family life of the author of Anna Karenina, War and Peace and other masterpieces. This book is an invitation to the writer’s home, where hospitality was a staple law, no matter where the family lived . . .”

Would love to try: Vegetarian beet borscht

No thanks, I’ll pass: Kasha (gruel)

How about you, PR Daily cooks and foodies? Are there any recipes you would like to try?

Laura Hale Brockway is a writer and editor from Austin, Texas. Read more of her posts on writing and the love of literature on PR Daily and at impertinentremarks.com.

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