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Books and Cookbooks

If you’ve read my books, you know I love including food (and wine!) in my stories.  Yesterday when I ran across a Buzzfeed article about cookbooks and books, I was reminded of my all time favorite cookbook from a book series.


I LOVED Nancy Drew books when I was growing up and in fact I am slowly putting together a collection of the 1960’s-70’s library (and book club) editions.  They were really popular and I have at least 3/4 of the series (bought for around $5/book at garage sales and antique stores over the years).  I’ve been collecting them for about 15 years now.

The one thing I don’t have is the Nancy Drew Cookbook.  The recipes were TERRIBLE (for that matter, so were a lot of the stories), but I loved it for the cheesy nostalgic value.  How can you beat recipes with names like Coded Steak Rolls, Mystery Corn Pudding, and The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops? I remember checking it out from the library dozens of times as a kid, but for the life of me, I can’t actually remember if I ever made anything from it.

In all the years I’ve been looking, I’ve never found the cookbook.  I could buy it off Amazon for around $20.00, but somehow that seems like cheating.  It’s more fun to peruse garage sales, used book stores, and antique shops for it.  Who knows, maybe someday I’ll figure out the mystery of the missing Nancy Drew Cookbook.


What about you? Do you have a favorite cookbook from your favorite book or series?

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