I'm happy to host Christy Dorrity, author of The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook. I love deliciousness as much as reading, so I was excited to hear that Christy was creating a book combining them! The cookbook features reviews on 20 books and a corresponding recipe for each. Christy was nice enough to answer a few questions about the cookbook and her taste in all things tasty.
What made you decide to do a book-themed cookbook?
A book-themed cookbook is natural for me because I love both reading and cooking. I often want to live longer in the world of a book I've finished and I have found pleasure in concocting recipes that extend the experience.
When I started a book review blog, I matched each review with a companion recipe. Now when I read, I watch for foods that influence the main characters, or themes that could be turned into recipes. I like the recipes to have significance and relevance to the messages that come across to me in a book.
Have you ever tried to make any of the food the characters eat in a book? (like the lamb stew from The Hunger Games...)
In The Revenant by Sonia Gensler, Willie serves her guests gingerbread, a recipe I include in the cookbook. And the characters in Alvor by Laura Bingham and The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal eat breads that I duplicated on my own for the cookbook.
If you could have any fictional character be your chef, who would you pick?
I would have to pick Sadie Hoffmiller from Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries. She is always cooking up something delicious and putting her whole self into it. Lemon Tart, Josi's first Sadie adventure, is featured in The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook, along with Sadie's recipe for "To Die For Lemon Tart."
Which recipe is your favorite?
That's like asking which child I'm attached to most. I can tell you which recipe I would make right this minute--"Harmony Hominy Soup" that accompanies The Maze Runner by James Dashner. The combination of broth, fresh veggies and lime juice is perfect for a hot summer day.
And now, for some extra fun. Want to win a Kindle? Or a copy of The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook?
If you'd like a comment topic, tell me your favorite food from a book. Good luck!