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Yummy Books - Feed Your Head and Your Stomach

By March 16, 2012

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Eating and reading - the simultaneous nourishment of both the body and the spirit - must seem like a natural combination to a writer and foodie Cara Nicoletti . Both a butcher and pastry chef at Brooklyn's Colonie Restaurant, Cara also has a great blog - Yummy Books - in which she combines her love of food and books by concocting, creating, and writiing about literature-themed recipes. A few of my favorites are:

What's great about Cara's blog posts (for me, anyway) is her genuine attention and appreciation the book she is serving up to her readers. Here is an excerpt from a recipe devoted to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, describing why Cara decided to create a Hunger Games Cherry Pistachio Baked Alaska:

When my friends, Emily and India told me that a friend of ours was having a Hunger Games themed birthday party (yes, we are all in our mid-twenties) and that they were in charge of bringing the cake we all started brainstorming ideas. India pointed me to the passage in which Katniss is brought a beautiful cake and it is set on fire right in front of her.

"I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous looking cake on the table and deftly lights it. It blazes up and then the flames flicker around the edges awhile until it finally goes out. I have a moment of doubt 'What makes it burn? Is it alcohol?'" (77)

The only cake that I know of that is covered in warm alcohol and set on fire is a baked Alaska-the most elegant, fanciest dessert I had ever seen as a ten-year-old.

Thanks to our friends at Very Short List - @VSL on Twitter - for sharing Yummy Books with us.


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