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Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books Hardcover – 18 Aug 2015

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""Voracious" is charming, poignant, and mouthwatering-a book for anyone who has craved a meal in a novel. Cara Nicoletti's writing captures the nourishment of literature and all the magical and tempting ways food and books enrich our lives." "Kate Christensen, author of "Blue Plate Special "and" The Great Man"""

"Nothing is more comforting than getting to know a new friend through their stories and their food. With Cara Nicoletti's book, I'm certain I have a new friend in her." "Joy Wilson, author of "Joy the Baker: Homemade Decadence"""

""Voracious" satisfies two powerful appetites: for great food and for great books. We come to know Cara and her family as she digs into the lives of beloved authors-Homer, Melville, Woolf, Tartt-and discovers the best techniques for making donuts and braising lamb in wine. Her debut is a feast: warm, big-hearted, and inviting." "Nina MacLaughlin, author of "Hammer Head"""

""Voracious "is a delicious culinary journey through Cara Nicoletti's love affair with reading; from the grilled peaches inspired by Joan Didion's 'Goodbye to All That' to "The Silence of the Lambs "and the chicken liver mousse that followed, this is a delightful, fun, mouthwatering intersection of the things I love most in life: books and food." "Elissa Altman, author of "Poor Man's Feast"""

"A pleasure for hungry readers." ""Kirkus"""

"As inviting as a bowl of homemade chocolate pudding. . . . Nicoletti turns both reading and cooking into eagerly anticipated visceral experiences." ""Publishers Weekly "(starred review)""

"Nicoletti serves up a mouth-watering scramble of memoir, criticism, and book-inspired recipes." ""O Magazine"""

"Like a wonderful appetizer, Nicoletti's entries are easy to digest and full of pleasing surprises." ""Bookpage"""

"This book is wonderful. It will fill your soul and your stomach." "Jeff Garlin, comedian and author of "My Footprint"""

"Her recipes... are enticing. And many of the individual essays, like one on a character in "Mrs. Dalloway" whose repression is expressed through her avaricious relationship with a chocolate eclair, are charming." "Lisa Abend, "The New York Times Book Review"""

About the Author

Cara Nicoletti is a butcher, recipe developer, and author of the literary recipe blog Yummy Books. She comes from a long line of butchers in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Illustrator Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York City and has exhibited her paintings around the globe. Her website is Marion-B.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Morsels 18 Aug. 2015
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard about this book on NPR, and as a fellow literature major/book enthusiast/cooking hobbyist, I was excited to read it. Got it in the mail today, and quickly read through the first half in mere hours. Each recipe is prefaced by Nicoletti's love for the particular work that inspired the recipe. When the book opens, we get her nostalgic and touching memory of reading through the Little House on the Prairie books along with a recipe inspired by Wilder's story. The book is beautifully laid out and each tale is just as wholesome as the recipes inside. Great read for any literary enthusiast who loves to read recipe books before bed. Easily my favorite recipe/lit crit book of the last few years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of food and literature 24 Aug. 2015
By Dr. Allegra Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered in advance because I was fascinated by her blog. When I was very young my sister used to make fun of me and books. I was always with either a book or looking for one. Mostly cooking books which were rather not particularly a young girl's material. Unlike Cara who translated those literary foods into marvelous recipes, I was limited to imagine how they must have tasted, how did they looked, above all how did they tasted.

I happen by her blog some time ago and loved everything about it. Her photography is spectacular, but her recipes are more so. So I am delighted to own her book now. No more running with the iPad into the kitchen to make sure I am doing it just like her. I cannot recommend this book enough. She combined her love for reading with her love for cooking and the result is a delightful trip into the mind of a chef - she would probably won't call herself a chef but I do - I believe it would make a wonderful gift for some young person interested in cooking. Not to speak of what may happen if they happen to become curious about the literary references. Get if for yourself or as a gift, you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great new friend! 22 Aug. 2015
By E. L. Boss - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so good. It just arrived and I am reading it ravenously. I love to eat and cook and read and thus suspected that I would enjoy this book, but I couldn't have imagined how much. The author sums it up best (in a passage about "Anne of Green Gables", one of my most favorite books from childhood) when she says "Realizing that your emotions and experiences aren't yours alone is one of the great powers of reading." So many things have struck a chord with me. For example, I was bracing for disappointment when I started reading the chapter on Nancy Drew; I have never liked Nancy Drew. The author, instead of extolling Nancy's virtues, articulated exactly why I never liked her. This book already feels like a great new friend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at its best 22 Aug. 2015
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When this book arrived, I immediately stopped what I was doing and read a few chapters. Instantly it took me back to those times when I'd be under the covers with a flashlight reading the night away. I adore how Nicoletti weaves her own childhood, memories and growth throughout, using each book and recipe as a backdrop.

I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but I'm most excited about the Chicken Liver Mousse because if anyone knows how to make that dish, it'd be a butcher!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome find! 28 Aug. 2015
By Ande Schoenfeld - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful book! I heard about this book when I heard her interview NPR and then I saw her in the paper. Had to buy it. It's a memoir that's touching and funny mixed with great history and research and analysis of amazing books AND there's a recipe for each chapter. How she wrote this book I don't know but she's really gifted and I read the whole thing in 1 day. I can't wait to try some recipes. This is a must read for everyone!!!
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