Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books

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Nancy Drew may seem old hat to modern kids but for sure they still crave the double chocolate walnut sundae treats they read about. So does Cara Nicoletti. And she remembers just what the kids devoured in all the books she enjoyed, the ones she curled up with as a teenager, even the more sophisticated, complex ones in recent years. Her gloriously evocative book draws together some fifty books that left her with mouth-watering memories. She shares her delight in the foods with a disarmingly witty, perceptive narrative and by adapting recipes as varied as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s breakfast sausage, the challenging white garlic soup in Pride and Prejudice and her adaptation of the ornery daughter’s hot cheese sandwich in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.

Even when life sounds dismal, Nicoletti’s ebullience and witty family and workplace tales style reveal unrequited optimism. Bucking the trend of healthy diets, she tells of favorite dishes she has not forsaken and how a smoked cow’s tongue sandwich on Wonderbread was an especially delicious after school snack from her butcher grandfather. His legacy has brought her to butchering today, with time out in restaurants and pastry making. It’s a joy to find an unpretentious foodie drawing us into her guilt-free pleasures of eating and reading.

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Author Cara Nicoletti, Marion Bolognesi, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date 2015-Aug-18
ISBN 9780316242998
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Issue December 2015
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


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