Good Enough to Eat--Recipes Included!

Isis Crawford
When the bride-to-be takes an arrow to the chest and drops dead hours before her wedding, caterers--and sisters--Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: They've got an archery-inclined killer to find.
Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays

"In this deliciously entertaining slice of Southern life (and death), inveterate hostess Gayden Metcalfe explains everything you need to know to host an authentic Southern funeral, such as: Can you be properly buried without tomato aspic? Who prepares tastier funeral fare, the Episcopal ladies or the Methodist ladies? And what does one do when a family gets three sheets to the wind and eats the entire feast the night before a funeral?"

Nancy Bell
"Nancy Bell returns with another delicious installment in her series of rural Texas mysteries featuring local doyen Biggie Weatherford as amateur detective. Once again, young J.R. faithfully narrates the humorous exploits of Biggie, his grandmother. Filled with plenty of quirky characters and down-home Texas flair, Bell's stories continue to delight.

"An old friend of Biggie comes back to Job's Crossing. Rex Barnwell and his young wife have returned to convert his father's ranch into a retreat for overweight teenage girls, and Biggie is forced to reveal a secret that she has always kept from J.R. Not long after this startling revelation, Rex is murdered. Knowing full well that he won't be able to keep Biggie away, the Texas Ranger in charge of the case enlists her help."

Lou Jane Temple

Heaven Lee, Kansas City chef and reluctant heroine, is one tough cookie. Not only can she slice, dice, and julienne the finest food in town, she's got nerves of steel to match her culinary skills. This time, Heaven Lee takes on the fine art of making bread. But when one of her associates mysteriously winds up dead in the dough, perfecting her breadmaking skills is suddenly the last of Heaven's worries, as someone with a taste for murder is on the loose.

Susan Wittig Albert

China Bayles attends a chili cook-off where a womanizing judge dies of an allergic reaction to peanuts. And since everyone knows peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili, China knows something suspicious is afoot.

Nancy Fairbanks
Carolyn Blue's trip to San Francisco includes a visit to her mother-in-law, a few earthquake tremors-and a stint in prison as a murder suspect. A column on prison food might make for an interesting change of pace...
Laura Childs

First in a series featuring Charleston tea shop owner Theodosia Browning. When Theodosia caters a tea for 200 at the annual historic homes garden party, she much track down the killer of an esteemed guest.

Diane Mott Davidson

The Caterer:
Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door.

The Dish:
Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she's beginning to think she's got it made--catering decadent dinners and posh society picnics, murder strikes.

Jeanne Ray
"Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn't, she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn't a person with discipline, that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don't eat the whole cake. You don't eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that's safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what's served on the happiest days of your life.

"This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake."

Deborah Blumenthal

Maggie O'Leary has discovered her secret to success, and it is hidden between oysters and savory cheesecake. As America's Anti-Diet Sweetheart, Maggie has captured the attention of the American population. That is until the phone rings and Mike Taylor, Hollywood's sexiest actor, wants her to come to Hollywood to help him prepare for his upcoming role as a diet doctor.

Joanne Harris

From the bestselling author of Chocolat comes a sensual literary concoction of tragedy, secrets, and the relationship between a daughter and her mother. Returning to the small Loire village of her childhood to run a cafe, Framboise Dartigen soon finds that hidden among her mother's recipes are clues that will lead her to the truth of long ago.

Fannie Flagg

"Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the '30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present - for Evelyn and for us - will never be quite the same again...."
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J. Lynne Hinton

This spirited debut novel forms the recipe for the celebration of women, faith, friendship, and delicious Southern food. "Friendship Cake" involves five women of the Hope Springs Community Church in North Carolina as they knead their sorrows and joys into loaves of bread nd their hopes and dreams into pecan pies.

Tamar Myers

An imprisoned con man gives up the ghost after sampling one of Magdalena Yoder's most famous dishes--and lands her in the middle of a grueling mystery.

Lily Prior
This delicious debut novel is set in Sicily, and centers around Rosa Fiore, a middle-aged librarian who has resigned herself to a loveless life. She expresses her passion through cooking, which leads to an unexpected love affair.
Laura Esquivel

A #1 bestseller in Mexico in 1990, this charming, imaginative, and just plain fun novel of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico includes unique recipes at the beginning of each chapter for a variety of traditional dishes.

Curtiss Ann Matlock

One part laughter. Two parts love. Mix together and enjoy! Christmas in Valentine, Oklahoma, is presented through the eyes of 13-year-old Corrine, whose birth mother is back in town and determined to rebuild her relationship with the daughter she abandoned.

Abigail Stone

A single mother living next to a garbage dump in Vermont copes with the stresses of dating, working, and mothering with her own unique recipes, such as Sweet Vacation Pie and Consumer Cry Croissants.

Amulya Malladi
"Between the pressures to marry and become a traditional Indian wife and the humiliation of losing her job in Silicon Valley, Devi is on the edge–-where the only way out seems to be to jump. . . . Yet Devi’s plans to “end it all” fall short when she is saved by the last person she wants to see: her mother. Forced to move in with her parents until she recovers, Devi refuses to speak. Instead, she cooks . . . nonstop. And not the usual fare, but off the wall twists on Indian classics, like blueberry curry chicken or Cajun prawn biryani. Now family meals are no longer obligations. Devi’s parents, her sister, and her brother-in-law can’t get enough–and they suddenly find their lives taking turns as surprising as the impromptu creations Devi whips up in the kitchen each night. Then a stranger appears out of the blue. Devi, it appears, had a secret–-one that touches many a nerve in her tightly wound family. Though exposing some shattering truths, the secret will also gather them back together in ways they never dreamed possible. Interspersed with mouthwatering recipes, this story mixes humor, warmth, and leap-off-the-page characters into a rich stew of a novel that reveals a woman’s struggle for acceptance from her family and herself."
Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
Twenty-something GourmetGirl Chloe Carter becomes entangled in a murder investigation when her dinner date is stabbed (before dessert!) and the chief suspect, a chef, is her newest romantic focus.
Joanne Fluke
When a flour company chooses Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the site for its annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as head judge. When a fellow judge is found dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, the stakes are rising faster than dough. Hannah will have to be careful because someone is cooking up a recipe for murder.
Katherine Hall Page

Thriving on the success of her new catering company, Faith runs into former classmate Emma Stanstead while catering an exclusive party on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Emma is terrified, and soon Faith is caught up in a desperate race to discover who's threatening to reveal the dark secret of Emma's past -- one that would quickly put an end to her husband's fast-rising political career -- before it's too late. But it isn't long before Faith realizes that Emma's life is in more danger than her reputation.

Katherine Hall Page
Something is very wrong on Sanpere this summer . . . Escaping the misery of a particularly sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family take a long drive to their favorite getaway, peaceful Sanpere Island off the coast of Maine. But things have changed since their last visit. The unique ambience of Sanpere is being threatened by aggressive real estate developer Harold Hapswell, whose plans to fill the island with huge, showy new mansions has infuriated many residents. Tensions are high, with animosity between year-round islanders and "summer people" reaching dangerous new levels. It's no wonder that, in an atmosphere so thick with ill feeling, murder rears its ugly head. The first outrage occurs when a successful real estate agent nearly dies after drinking a turpentine-laced cup of soda pop. Then, while exploring the grounds of Sanpere's historic, now-abandoned lighthouse, Faith has the misfortune of stumbling across the corpse of Harold Hapswell himself. His death is officially ruled an accident, but Faith's tried-and-true instincts tell her otherwise -- an unsettling inkling that is confirmed by the discovery of a second, more obvious homicide.
Lee Smith

Three generations of women pen Christmas letters: gossip, love, marriage, babies, death, divorce and recipes.

John Lancaster
"A wickedly funny, urbane ode to food. Traveling from Portsmouth, England, to the south of France, Tarquin Winot, the book's impeccably correct and snobbish narrator, instructs us in his philosophy on everything from the erotics of dislike to the psychology of the menu. Under the guise of completing an altogether new sort of cookbook, Winot is in fact on a much more sinister mission that only gradually comes to light."
Diane Mott Davidson

"It should be the happiest day of Goldy the caterer's life. After years of putting the disaster of her first marriage behind her, she has finally found the courage to love again. Soon she'll be walking down the aisle of St. Luke's Episcopal Church to wed the man of her dreams, Tom Schulz, a homicide detective who shares Goldy's passions for preparing food and solving crimes.

"But moments after Goldy's put the finishing touches on the scrumptious wedding feast, and just before the ceremony begins, she receives an urgent phone call from the groom. The wedding is off, and the reason is a killer.

"In The Last Suppers, Diane Mott Davidson mixes irresistible suspense with delectable humor to create a five-star treat for readers and cooks alike. Included are Goldy's original recipes for such delicious dishes as her heavenly Dark Chocolate Wedding Cake with White Peppermint Frosting, savory Shrimp on Wheels and zesty Fusilli in Parmesan Cream Sauce."

Nancy Pickard

" Summoned from her Arizona ranch to take charge of her teenage great-nephew and his twin sister, Genia Potter takes a rental on the Rhode Island coast. Old acquaintance Stanley Parker is only too happy to welcome Genia to bucolic Devon. He has already put the boy to work in his greenhouse, and Genia and her great-niece are soon busily preparing for the tasting party that she and Stanley are hosting that evening at her cottage. A passionate cook and recipe collector himself, Stanley has already roped Genia into collaborating on The Secret Ingredient Cookbook, chock-full of Rhode Island culinary mysteries.

"Now is their chance to test some recipes and solicit others from each of the invited. Stanley has carefully selected the six guests. And each has been asked to contribute a recipe with one secret ingredient. Genia asks no questions -- until the lobster bisque is cold and all but one are present. Where is Stanley? Dead. And unlamented. Has one of the guests concocted a secret recipe for murder?'

Michaela Roessner

Young Tomasso de Befanini, befriended by the great Michelangelo, seems destined for a life as master chef. But when war threatens the city's future, Tomasso finds himself playing a crucial role in a grand and intricate mystical design. Includes recipes.

Mignon F. Ballard

"Things in the town of Stone's Throw, South Carolina, rarely get much spicier than the extra red pepper Lucy Nan Pilgrim sprinkles into her homemade cheese straws. So when an elderly but surprisingly childlike woman calling herself Shirley shows up on Lucy's doorstep looking for her mama, Lucy thinks it must be another of her friend Ellis's pranks. But Ellis doesn't know a thing about it, and what's more, the two suspect the woman might be Ellis's cousin, Florence, who disappeared as a child more than fifty years earlier.

"When the mysterious woman vanishes from Lucy's house, she and Ellis don't know what to think. And considering that Calpernia Hemphill, the town's theater and music aficionado, has just been found dead of an apparent fall from the tower at Bertram's Folly, life in Stone's Throw suddenly seems less safe than sinister. Luckily, guardian angel Augusta Goodnight shows up to calm Lucy's nerves (with a basket of strawberry muffins, of course)."

Nancy Fairbanks
The CEO of a large pharmaceutical company invites Carolyn and Jason Blue to New York and offers Jason a job as a consultant. But before Carolyn gets a chance to get a true taste of the Big Apple, the CEO is dead--keeled over from a heaping helping of pastrami. Carolyn wonders if the well-liked CEO hadn't ruffled one too many feathers.
Includes over a dozen authentic New York recipes.
Karen Stolz

Follow the arc of a girl's life as she grows to womanhood. From crushes to surprise baby sisters to nail polish to a devastating death, Roxanne is our guide through a life that has moments of tenderness, poignancy, sorrow, and great humor, as well as some wonderful baking memories. A sumptuous novel -- though like the best pie, tart in all the right places.