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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I will return to again and again.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Cooking
Some interesting recipes. Looking forward to trying them out on my friends and family. Should be fun to use them as test dummies.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I will return to again and again., 10 Jan 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Well on Your Way to the Solution!, 6 May 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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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. You get the addresses for the restaurants, as well, in case you would like to visit any of them.
This unique cookbook combines several interesting and tasty elements: Excerpts from 11 of her novels referencing food (Postmortem, Body of Evidence, All that Remains, Cruel and Unusual, The Body Farm, From Potter's Field, Cause of Death, Unnatural Exposure, Point of Origin, Black Notice, and The Last Precinct); recipes of dishes mentioned in those books cooked by Dr. Scarpetta, her family or friends, and the restaurants the fictional characters visit; sidebars on how to prepare and store many basic Italian and French food ingredients and sauces; and gorgeous full-color photographs of each dish displayed on beautiful colored plates and printed on fine quality glossy paper. Almost all of the dishes can either be prepared quickly or by using advance preparation, completed quickly. So they are good for a person who wants a tasty meal after working all day.
As an example of how this works together, each book's section opens with two pages of quotes. Unnatural Exposure includes the quote, "A shadow passed over her face as she opened a jar of horseradish." This section has Kay's Stew with Red Wine and Garlic (containing many more ingredients than I would ever have thought of for a stew) which she served Marino for Halloween dinner. This is followed by a lengthy sidebar about tomatoes, describing varieties, buying, storing, and preparing them. Next, is Jumbo Shrimp with Bev's Kicked by a Horse Cocktail Sauce which Kay had during a dinner with Wesley. Bev is the woman who helped Kay pick out the seafood at the store. There's also Bev's Lump Crab Cakes. The final recipe is Lila's Clam Stew (a recipe Lila was selling on the street for 25 cents before dying of smallpox).
So the book has a strong literary flavor, as well as a distinct preference for vivid Continental tastes. The earliest recipes are almost all southern Italian, but then move into northern Italy, and later branch out into some basic French dishes (such as onion soup and Béchamel sauce). There's an English breakfast, a little standard American food, and a couple of Southern specialties (baby back ribs and Jack Daniels chocolate-pecan pie).
There's a heavy accent on using very fresh, high quality ingredients. You are encouraged to make your own pasta (but you are told how to use purchased pasta, if you insist). People who know Italian cooking very well will mainly be interested in the variations here of standard dishes. People who do not know Italian cooking will find an easy and pleasant introduction awaiting them. There are also suggestions for what staples to keep in the pantry, what partially-made items to keep in the freezer, and what fresh ingredients to buy weekly at the store.
I think the most fun way to use this book would be to hold theme dinners with friends, where each person does one dish to make a whole meal. Then, you could light some candles, and take turns reading your favorite parts of a given novel as you sipped some nice wines to complement your meal.
If you want to assemble meals outside of the format of each novel, you will find that the table of contents is also organized by course in cross-referencing the whole book.
Of the dishes here, I was most interested in trying the Veal Breast Stuffed with Spinach Pistou, Pork Loin with Fig and Prosciutto Stuffing, Ravioli with Squash and Chestnut Filling, Lasagna cui Carciofi, Kay's Stew with Red Wine and Garlic, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie, and Crostini di Polenti con Funghi Trifolati.
May you enjoy the friendly surprises in these recipes as much as you do Ms. Cornwell's novels!
What other books can you read which will be spiced up by preparing some special food to go with them?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly delightful and delicious....ummmmmm, 30 Jan 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Well on Your Way to the Solution!, 6 May 2004
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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. You get the addresses for the restaurants, as well, in case you would like to visit any of them.
This unique cookbook combines several interesting and tasty elements: Excerpts from 11 of her novels referencing food (Postmortem, Body of Evidence, All that Remains, Cruel and Unusual, The Body Farm, From Potter's Field, Cause of Death, Unnatural Exposure, Point of Origin, Black Notice, and The Last Precinct); recipes of dishes mentioned in those books cooked by Dr. Scarpetta, her family or friends, and the restaurants the fictional characters visit; sidebars on how to prepare and store many basic Italian and French food ingredients and sauces; and gorgeous full-color photographs of each dish displayed on beautiful colored plates and printed on fine quality glossy paper. Almost all of the dishes can either be prepared quickly or by using advance preparation, completed quickly. So they are good for a person who wants a tasty meal after working all day.
As an example of how this works together, each book's section opens with two pages of quotes. Unnatural Exposure includes the quote, "A shadow passed over her face as she opened a jar of horseradish." This section has Kay's Stew with Red Wine and Garlic (containing many more ingredients than I would ever have thought of for a stew) which she served Marino for Halloween dinner. This is followed by a lengthy sidebar about tomatoes, describing varieties, buying, storing, and preparing them. Next, is Jumbo Shrimp with Bev's Kicked by a Horse Cocktail Sauce which Kay had during a dinner with Wesley. Bev is the woman who helped Kay pick out the seafood at the store. There's also Bev's Lump Crab Cakes. The final recipe is Lila's Clam Stew (a recipe Lila was selling on the street for 25 cents before dying of smallpox).
So the book has a strong literary flavor, as well as a distinct preference for vivid Continental tastes. The earliest recipes are almost all southern Italian, but then move into northern Italy, and later branch out into some basic French dishes (such as onion soup and Béchamel sauce). There's an English breakfast, a little standard American food, and a couple of Southern specialties (baby back ribs and Jack Daniels chocolate-pecan pie).
There's a heavy accent on using very fresh, high quality ingredients. You are encouraged to make your own pasta (but you are told how to use purchased pasta, if you insist). People who know Italian cooking very well will mainly be interested in the variations here of standard dishes. People who do not know Italian cooking will find an easy and pleasant introduction awaiting them. There are also suggestions for what staples to keep in the pantry, what partially-made items to keep in the freezer, and what fresh ingredients to buy weekly at the store.
I think the most fun way to use this book would be to hold theme dinners with friends, where each person does one dish to make a whole meal. Then, you could light some candles, and take turns reading your favorite parts of a given novel as you sipped some nice wines to complement your meal.
If you want to assemble meals outside of the format of each novel, you will find that the table of contents is also organized by course in cross-referencing the whole book.
Of the dishes here, I was most interested in trying the Veal Breast Stuffed with Spinach Pistou, Pork Loin with Fig and Prosciutto Stuffing, Ravioli with Squash and Chestnut Filling, Lasagna cui Carciofi, Kay's Stew with Red Wine and Garlic, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie, and Crostini di Polenti con Funghi Trifolati.
May you enjoy the friendly surprises in these recipes as much as you do Ms. Cornwell's novels!
What other books can you read which will be spiced up by preparing some special food to go with them?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to cook some of the recipes, 2 Mar 2014
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Love the author, love the character from the books, food looks good.

A book I would definitely recommend to Scarpetta or Cornwell fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow, 5 May 2013
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lovely book ,connected to her books that she has written, recipies are easy to follow. also a good price paid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 28 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Food to Die for: Secrets from Kay Scarpetta's Kitchen (Paperback)
Now whenever I read the Scarpetta books I will know I can find the recipes from the "cooking scenes" in Patricia's cookbook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Scarpetta's fans!, 29 Jan 2010
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If like me you were salivating when reading the bits when Scarpetta was cooking, this is ideal for you!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 27 Jun 2014
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Book in great condition, have yet to try anything....but the food looks very tempting
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Cooking, 7 May 2014
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Some interesting recipes. Looking forward to trying them out on my friends and family. Should be fun to use them as test dummies.
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