A Literary Holiday Cookbook—a book review

I don’t give up the holidays easily. As I write this, my wreath is still on the front door and a Nativity scene hasn’t been packed up yet. Undecorating the tree can bring tears or at least heavy sighs.

Thanks to my new daughter-in-law’s good taste, I have a holiday cookbook that I think will keep me in a festive spirit all the year long. Thanks, Nina, for A LITERARY HOLIDAY COOKBOOK, Festive Meals for the Snow Queen, Gandalf, Sherlock, Scrooge and Book Lovers Everywhere.

While author Alison Walsh has devised all kinds of recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, she has paired them with some of my favorite authors and characters.

Pooh’s Honey Lemon Cookies, anyone? Or Sugar Plums for the famous ballet’s Nutcracker? A feast for Christmas with the March family of Little Women. Dracula and Edgar Allan Poe’s scary stories figure in Halloween recipes, of course.

There are elaborate meals, quick snacks and festive sips. Easy to follow recipes are accompanied with mouth-watering photos and quotations from the books. Walsh even explains how the stories inspired her recipes.

When I get finished reading the book I have every intention of trying out these recipes. For now, the book itself is truly satisfying.

The INN BY THE LAKE features a French-born chef who loves to cook. The ebook is available now. Paperback will be released in February.

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