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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425193624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425193624
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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Patricia Cornwell divides her time between Richmond, Virginia and New York. She has won numerous awards for her ground-breaking Dr Kay Scarpetta series. She has helped to establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine and serves as its Chairman of the Board.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
There's almost nothing I didn't want to cook in this book. It's not for an inexperienced cook,but will encourage the nervous to experiment. There's something very comforting about all of the dishes described, especially Zuppa di Aglio Fresco,(or fresh garlic soup in English), its a wonderful cold cure. Many of the recipes are quick enough to do on a weekday night. This book has all the pazazz of Jamie Oliver with the comforting confidence of Delia Smith. All in all a book I will return to again and again, it makes you want to cook. Just what the doctor ordered.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will be primarily of interest to those who have read and enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta novels, like to cook from scratch, and do not know much about how to make high quality Italian pasta dishes.
I suggest you buy the book for yourself and try it out before giving it as a gift. For many people, this will not be an appropriate choice because of aversions to the death and danger themes in the novels, their own cooking interests, or their current level of cooking knowledge. For example, if I gave this book to my favorite Italian aunt, she would chase me out of the house with a pan in her hand, feeling that I had insulted her wonderful cooking!
If you are like me, you enjoy the stories about Ms. Patricia Cornwell's fictional heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia. While trying to save the lives of Virginia's citizens, her own life and those of her friends and family are often at risk. Where Shakespeare had his clowns and fools to relieve the tension, food helps in these novels. "After Scarpetta puts her hands on death all day, she needs to come home to abundant beauty, wine, and delicious food with family and friends."
Ms. Cornwell reports that "like Scarpetta, I cook intuitively and sometimes whimsically." For example, she found that pizza crust turns out better with olive oil and honey. As a result, she thinks that "people should approach cooking with the heart and not as technicians." "Many of my signature dishes, such as my Scarpetta Stew, never come out the same way twice."
"But I am all of my characters, so I can cook like Lucy and Marino, too." The restaurant recipes come from actual restaurants mentioned in the books. In some cases, the restaurants made up the recipes to respond to requests from patrons who are Cornwell fans.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Emma Cresswell on 30 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have a number of cook books but I must say this is one of my favourites. The pictures of the different meals are presented lovingly with vibrance and colour.
At first when I received the book I was a bit overwhelmed with the receipes as the majority are Italian and I thought would be impossible. However you soon come to realise that you have a good mixture of receipes.Ones which need every day cupboard ingredients, to others which you may have to buy special but not impossible to find ingredients.
I believe this cookbook is great for giving new twists to old ideas, for instance I now grill fish marinated in Lime and pepper juice to give a slightly different taste to my meals. Not only does it help with everyday meals, it is fantastic if you want to make a special meal for partner and friends which is slightly unique compared to your usual other cookbooks. eg Jack Daniels Chocolate Pecan Pie (how can any of your friends be disappointed with being given a slice of that for dessert).
As the book has been well thought out and presented well, with numerous recipes to fulfill any mood, and has brought me more interesting ways of cooking, I have placed this cookbook as one of my favourite of all time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will be primarily of interest to those who have read and enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta novels, like to cook from scratch, and do not know much about how to make high quality Italian pasta dishes.
I suggest you buy the book for yourself and try it out before giving it as a gift. For many people, this will not be an appropriate choice because of aversions to the death and danger themes in the novels, their own cooking interests, or their current level of cooking knowledge. For example, if I gave this book to my favorite Italian aunt, she would chase me out of the house with a pan in her hand, feeling that I had insulted her wonderful cooking!
If you are like me, you enjoy the stories about Ms. Patricia Cornwell's fictional heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia. While trying to save the lives of Virginia's citizens, her own life and those of her friends and family are often at risk. Where Shakespeare had his clowns and fools to relieve the tension, food helps in these novels. "After Scarpetta puts her hands on death all day, she needs to come home to abundant beauty, wine, and delicious food with family and friends."
Ms. Cornwell reports that "like Scarpetta, I cook intuitively and sometimes whimsically." For example, she found that pizza crust turns out better with olive oil and honey. As a result, she thinks that "people should approach cooking with the heart and not as technicians." "Many of my signature dishes, such as my Scarpetta Stew, never come out the same way twice."
"But I am all of my characters, so I can cook like Lucy and Marino, too." The restaurant recipes come from actual restaurants mentioned in the books. In some cases, the restaurants made up the recipes to respond to requests from patrons who are Cornwell fans.
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