the cozy cookbookThe Cozy Cookbook

Berkley Prime Crime

Trade Paperback Original

320 pages


Went on sale: Apr. 7

What can be better than sitting down in your armchair and reading a cozy mystery late at night?  You don’t need a detective’s notebook and a bunch of clues to figure that out. New York Times Bestselling cozy mystery authors have gathered their favorite recipes for “The Cozy Cookbook.” Over one hundred delicious recipes have been chosen from Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton.

What a clever way to introduce Berkley Prime Crime mystery authors that you may not have read yet. Take for example, Julie Hyzy, who writes the White House Chef Mysteries and Manor House Mysteries. One of her latest titles is “All the President’s Menus.” The first excerpt in the cookbook is from “State of the Onion,” which introduces Olivia Paras, who has the unbelievable job of being a White House Assistant Chef. Talk about wanting the most respected job in a United States kitchen. Her dream was to become Executive Chef. Does she get her wish? Read the series and find out. The Eggs Benedict recipe from “Eggsecutive Orders” is featured in the breakfast section of the cookbook, along with Delilah’s Grilled Breakfast Sandwich from Avery Aames’ “Clobbered by Camembert” mystery.

Ellery Adams “Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, “Pecan Pies and Homicides,” is the second featured excerpt. I love all the elegant covers chosen for her series which is set in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia. Baker Ella Mae LeFaye is the amateur sleuth whose perspective goes beyond the ingredients of her recipes. She’s concerned about the well-being of her neighbors and protecting her town from dark forces. You’ll find a recipe for “Charmed Bacon-Lattice Breakfast Pie” from Ellery and a “Spinach Quiche” from Julie that would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night? Connie Archer’s mystery “A Spoonful of Murder” is the first in her “Soup Lover” Mystery Series. The excerpt shares how Lucky Jamieson not only has to deal with the death of her parents, but the responsibility of operating her family’s business, “By the Spoonful.” Don’t forget to try “Jenna’s Monte Cristo Sandwich,” with your cup of soup. The recipe is from Daryl Wood Gerber’s “Inherit the Word.” Loved the book.

After Julie Hyzy’s “Hail to the Chef” excerpt there’s a great cinnamon bread recipe for those willing to make a sweet treat loved for generations. Connie Archer’s Zucchini Bread and Victoria Hamilton’s Golden Acres Banana-Bran Muffins are also included.

The Cozy Cookbook is a must for your cookbook shelf or the perfect gift for your Mother on Mother’s Day. The type is easy to read. The excerpts are like appetizers and the books are probably a keystroke away on amazon.com. You’ll probably have to clear another shelf just for the authors mentioned in this book. What a great idea to put this collection together.

Four tempting recipes out of five

Denise Fleischer


April 14, 2015