Book Review: The Emily Dickinson Cookbook
The Emily Dickinson Cookbook: Recipes from Emily’s Table Alongside the Poems That Inspire Them by Arlyn Osborne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m one of those people that reads cookbooks for fun. Yes, I also cook from them but they are delightful entertainment even when I’m not in the kitchen. I’m also a literary sort by nature and love the classics. Imagine my delight when I found The Emily Dickinson cookbook!
The pages of this cookbook are sweet and airy, light and gentle, filled with recipes of course, but there’s more. Emily’s poetry is deftly paired with harmonizing recipes. The author also provides thoughts and interpretations, as well as anecdotes about Emily’s life.
The assortment of recipes is eclectic and charming. There’s Honey Lemonade, Sticky Baked Peaches, Pumpkin Corn Chowder, and Jasmine Tea Biscuits, to list just a few. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all well-represented, and of course suitable recipes for teas and desserts are plentiful.
If ever a cookbook made a good excuse to curl up in a pillow nest with a cup of tea, this would be the one. I’m hoping it sparks a trend of literary cookbooks!
My thanks to author Arlyn Osborne, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.