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A podcast about food in literature, the inspiration behind the stories, and how the recipes come to life in my kitchen!

Cooking The Book‪s‬ Vanessa Baca

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A podcast about food in literature, the inspiration behind the stories, and how the recipes come to life in my kitchen!

    The Shining and the Truly Terrifying Pleasure of Tomato-Basil Bisque

    The Shining and the Truly Terrifying Pleasure of Tomato-Basil Bisque

    We're taking on the King of horror literature today, my main man Stephen King, and the book that is arguably one of his masterpieces, discussing the literary merits of the book vs. the notorious Stanley Kubrick film, and making some good old comfort food in today's episode, so enjoy!

    If you like my podcast, you'll probably enjoy my blog at:
    www.foodinbooks.com

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    • 14 min
    Pablo Neruda's Ode to Tomatoes and the Sensual Pleasures of Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Pablo Neruda's Ode to Tomatoes and the Sensual Pleasures of Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes

    This episode features the poetry of my very favorite poet in the entire world, the late, great Pablo Neruda, and his culinary and sensual take on food in poetry, particularly the seemingly humble tomato, as well as my interpretation of it, and some meanderings on the nature of food and sexuality, so enjoy with your lover by your side! And many thanks to the hilarious, charming, handsome and occasionally annoying Dr. Eduardo Tafoya for doing the reading on today's episode!

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    • 15 min
    The Haunting of Hill House and the Spooky Joy of Chicken with Plums and Radishes

    The Haunting of Hill House and the Spooky Joy of Chicken with Plums and Radishes

    A bit late for Halloween, nonetheless we're talking one of the greatest novels in horror literature and how its ambiguity makes it that much more terrifying, and a delicious and unexpected dish of chicken with plums and radishes, so please join us!

    Like what you hear? Check out my food blog at: www.foodinbooks.com!
    You can also like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks
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    Special thanks to Dr. Eddie Tafoya, professor, comedian and author, who provided some of the audio in today's episode. If you want to learn more about his work, visit: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2007937.Eddie_Tafoya

    • 16 min
    The Exorcist and the Demonic Pleasures of Split Pea Soup

    The Exorcist and the Demonic Pleasures of Split Pea Soup

    It 's the high holy season for those of us drawn to the darker side of life, and in honor of Halloween, I'm talking about a favorite book of mine that spawned one of the most shocking and horrifying films ever made, and tying it in with a delicious potful of soup that is just perfect for this season of falling leaves, crisp evenings, ghosts and ghouls, so give it a listen!

    Here is an interesting article if you want to dig more into the true story behind this book:
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/roland-doe-the-exorcist-true-story

    If you like what you hear, check out my blog over at : www.foodinbooks.com, or you can like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks, or even better, follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks

    Happy Halloween, you little monsters!

    • 14 min
    Bless Me, Última and the Spiritual Bliss of Blue Corn Cakes

    Bless Me, Última and the Spiritual Bliss of Blue Corn Cakes

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and to memorialize a wonderful author who was also a dear friend and mentor, I'm discussing the pivotal book Bless Me, Última by the late, great Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya and sharing my method for making a savory New Mexico treat that incorporates our favorite seasonal green chile! 

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    • 14 min
    The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires and the Bloody Thrill of Cheese Straws

    The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires and the Bloody Thrill of Cheese Straws

    We're talking some Southern-fried vampirism today, along with a tasty appetizer that no self-respecting Southern housewife would be caught dead without, so check it out and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts!

    If you like this podcast, you'll love my blog so take a gander over at: www.foodinbooks.com

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    • 15 min

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