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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!

    Dracula and the Bloody Satisfaction of Chicken Paprikash

    Dracula and the Bloody Satisfaction of Chicken Paprikash

    Being the former Goth girl that I am, of course there is no monster I love more than that big, bad granddad of vampires, Dracula! We have a return guest in Allie Pino, whose upcoming Gothic Cookbook takes a bloody delicious bite out of Stoker's literary masterpiece, and we talk about the Gothic in literature, Gothic food and the sheer sexiness of vampires. I also share my method for a delicious, very garlicky, tomatoey Eastern European chicken dish that is native to Transylvania, so enjoy and watch out for those fangs!

    To learn more about Allie Pino and her upcoming Gothic Cookbook, and to learn how to get a copy for yourself or your favorite Goth, visit: https://unbound.com/books/a-gothic-cookbook/ and use code GOTHICPOD10 for 10% off! You can also follow her on Instagram @sasacharlie or use the hashtag #Gothiccookbook so give her a follow!

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    • 52 min
    The Great Gatsby and the Jazzy Joys of Mint Juleps

    The Great Gatsby and the Jazzy Joys of Mint Juleps

    Please note: We experienced some technical difficulties while recording so I apologize for the audio quality in places where it fades out. 

    Happy end of April, Constant Listeners! It's National Jazz Appreciation Month, and I thought I'd focus on one of the Jazz Age books that I love most in the world. We are also talking with Dr. Eddie Tafoya, repeat customer here at the podcast, where we discuss Jay Gatsby's pride and pecadilloes, we debate whether he truly loved Daisy or just what she represents, and I extol the virtues and joys of that most 1920s of cocktails, the mint julep!

    To learn more about the work of Dr. Eddie Tafoya, visit: www.eddietafoya.com

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    • 53 min
    The Chef's Secret and the Renaissance-ish Delights of Veal Meatballs with Pinenuts

    The Chef's Secret and the Renaissance-ish Delights of Veal Meatballs with Pinenuts

    It's the marvelous month of March, and this month's episode features a wonderful book set in Renaissance Italy that is filled to the joyous brim with luscious food descriptions, a forbidden love, and a secret that brings to mind The DaVinci Code. I am also interviewing the book's author, the wonderful and talented Crystal King. We talk Italian cuisine, culinary appropriation, which social media platform would Renaissance chefs use most, and I also share a recipe for polpette di vitello con pinoli, e cipolla con una riduzione di aceto balsamico, which was published in the companion cookbook to King's novel, so give it a listen and try not to drool!

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    Learn more about the works of Crystal King at: https://www.crystalking.com/

    • 57 min
    The Farolitos of Christmas and the Seasonal Happiness of Biscochitos

    The Farolitos of Christmas and the Seasonal Happiness of Biscochitos

    A belated holiday-themed episode awaits you today! We are discussing the ultimate New Mexico Christmas food - the biscochito, and I interview the talented Eric Martinez of Los Foodies, which is an amazing food magazine and marketing group here in our home state. Eric and I talk about the importance of food for a truly New Mexico Christmas, and the origin story of biscochitos in Rudolfo Anaya's classic children's book The Farolitos of Christmas and I share my dear grandmother's tried and true method for making these wonderful anise-studded cookies, so enjoy!

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    • 56 min
    Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Dysfunctional Joy of Chicken Pies in Coffins (or The Funeral Baked Meats)

    Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Dysfunctional Joy of Chicken Pies in Coffins (or The Funeral Baked Meats)

    To be or not to be, that is the question, and one of many questions and quandaries we'll be discussing in today's episode, focusing on my favorite of all William Shakespeare's plays, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. My special guest, author and marvelous cook Giovanni Franceschini, joins me to talk about his satirical novel Dinner at Shakespeare's Globe (written under his pseudonym Tonno Bisaccio) which recreates several Shakespearean plays in hilarious ways focusing on food. Giovanni and I will also discuss the meaning of food in The Bard's work, which is our favorite Shakespearean meal and answer the age-old question - was Shakespeare really Shakespeare?

    Learn more about Giovanni Franceschini's awesome book of rhyming couplets and recipes - and consider buying it - at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082RFLCXK/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2

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    • 50 min
    Rebecca and the Gothic Pleasure of Ravioli in Tomato-Chicken-Cream Sauce

    Rebecca and the Gothic Pleasure of Ravioli in Tomato-Chicken-Cream Sauce

    We're entering the holy season of Halloween, and what better way to kick off this eerie time of the year with a discussion of one of literature's great Gothic novels and its melodramatic themes of love, grief, obsession, and of course food! I also get to interview the wonderful Alessandra Pino, or Allie as she is known to her friends, the co-author of the marvelous illustrated book of recipes titled A Gothic Cookbook and we share our thoughts on the various foods mentioned in Rebecca, as well as a character analysis of the nameless heroine of the tale and we answer the great question - was Mrs. Danvers in love with Rebecca? 

    You can learn more about Allie's work on her Instagram feed at: www.instagram.com/agothiccookbook @agothiccookbook or on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/foodforflo @foodforflo, and you can learn more about her cookbook at: unbound.com/books/a-gothic-cookbook. If you're interested in supporting the cookbook and purchasing a copy, use the discount code: GOTHICPOD10 

    If you enjoy this podcast, you might like my blog, so give it a whirl at: www.foodinbooks.com

    You can also like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks

    Or you can follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks

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