How many books do you read (that are not receipe books) where at least one of the characters is a chef, owns a bakery, or a restaurant, or a tea shop? These books are called the cullinary cozy mystery theme books.
Here are a just a few authors who write in this theme:
VIVIEN CHEN (Noodle Shop Mystery Series)
DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON (GOLDY BEAR CULINARY)
JENN MCKINLAY (CUPCAKE BAKERY MYSTERY)
BY A.L. HERBERT (MAHALIA WATKINS SOUL FOOD)
ABBY COLLETTE (THE ICE CREAM PARLOR MYSTERIES)
LAURA CHILDS (TEA SHOP MYSTERIES)
TINA KASHIAN (A KEBAB KITCHEN MYSTERY)
WINNIE ARCHER (Bread Shop Mysteries)
KATHY AARONS (A CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY)
SARAH FOX (PANCAKE HOUSE MYSTERY)
Why do we like reading these cullinary cozy mystery theme books so much? Isn't it obvious? We like mysteries and we like food. As you can see from some of the titles above, the characters usually have a specialty. The great thing about some of these books, we can find in the back of the books wonderful receipes used in the story.
For instance, Diane Mott Davidson, who writes the Gold Bear Culinary Cozy Mystery features in the back of her book, Killer Pancakes, original recipes for such luscious (and lowfat) dishes as Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus, decadent Fudge Soufflé, and irresistible what-to-do-with-all-the-egg-yolks bread!
Or Sarah Fox, who writes the Pancake House Mystery series. In her book, The
Crepes of Wrath, you have bonus content that includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
I must tell you though, not all of the books have receipes in the back. So check out the ones that do, you will thouroughly enjoy the food.