I can’t imagine a better title for this book. On Cara Nicoletti’s blog, Yummy Books, the butcher and former pastry chef writes: “There is nothing as engrossing as the eating of a truly great meal and nothing that nourishes my spirit quite like the reading of a good book.” Voracious proves that good food and good books have more in common than you might think.
In Voracious, you’ll find a smorgasbord of recipes inspired by Nicoletti’s favorite books, from the innocent brown butter chocolate chip cookies inspired by If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to the fiendish fava bean and chicken liver mousse inspired by The Silence of the Lambs. The recipes are creative and undoubtedly delicious, but it’s the literary commentary that makes Voracious a great read instead of just a cookbook. Nicoletti makes the chapters personal by poignantly describing how her chosen books not only inspired recipes but also how they impacted her life. I can’t remember ever reading a cookbook cover to cover like this, which makes Voracious something special.
My only caveat is that some of the recipes take a bit of skill and specialized equipment like ice cream churns and food processors. But not all the recipes are like that. I made the white garlic soup inspired by Pride and Prejudice, which required nothing more complicated than a dutch oven. The soup was incredibly good: creamy and packing a big punch of bright garlic flavor. The preparation portions of the recipes are very detailed with a ton of helpful tips for those of us who are less than skilled in the kitchen. But, again, it’s the writing that really makes this book shine.