Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Taste From Childhood

So, what's this all about?

Including food in our mysteries is as natural as breathing for us.  We love cooking and we love eating, and so not wearing a Size 2 is also as natural as breathing.  But, let’s not go down that path.  Our point today is that we also love including recipes in our books.  We first started that with the first book in our book collector series: The Christie Curse.  ‘Somehow’, Signora Panetone, an eccentric Italian cook, had wiggled her way into the narrative and would appear three times a day to offer towering plates of food to our other characters.  Our young sleuth, Jordan Kelly Bingham, who many of you will remember was raised by her crooked uncles and fed a fairly steady diet of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and beans and franks is enchanted and never minds being urged to overdo it all.  

Our readers responded positively too:  maybe we all like the idea of being waited on with delicious food?  We do.

As some of our relatives have this exact refrain: “Eat! Eat! Whatsa matter, you don’t like it?”, it felt so right to us to incorporate that into the dialogue.  We have included three of the signora’s recipes in each book so far. 

This week we are double testing our three recipes for The Hammett Hex, which is now available for PRE-ORDER HERE

 Because THE HAMMETT HEX takes place in San Francisco and some new characters enter the fray, we are including three recipes that Officer Tyler “Smiley” Dekker remembers fondly from his childhood.  Ahem, they may have been popular with some other childhoods, no names mentioned.  Maybe even yours?

The recipes are Gram’s Best Fried Chicken, Favorite Lemon Pudding, and Chocolate Chip Meringue Kisses.  We tried a number of updates with the fried chicken, including coconut oil and variations on the spices and in the end came back to this one. 

We’ve included a few shots of the third and best test of the fried chicken:  trust us, it didn’t last long. 
So what are your favorite foods from days gone by?  Do you like our choices?   Do recipes in the back of mysteries appeal to you?  

And don't let us forget to wish you a Happy St. Paddy's Day!