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A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books

Cara Nicoletti, Marion Bolognesi (Illustrator)


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An Irresistible Literary Feast

Stories and recipes inspired by the world's great books

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality.

From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.

Cooking through the books that changed her life, Nicoletti shares fifty recipes, including:

The perfect soft-boiled egg in Jane Austen's Emma Grilled peaches with homemade ricotta in tribute to Joan Didion's Goodbye to All That New England clam chowder inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-Dick Fava bean and chicken liver mousse crostini (with a nice Chianti) after Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs Brown butter crv?pes from Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

Beautifully illustrated, clever, and full of heart, Voracious will satisfy anyone who loves a fantastic meal with family and friends-or curling up with a great novel for dessert.

Praise For Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books

"Nicoletti serves up a mouth-watering scramble of memoir, criticism, and book-inspired recipes."—O Magazine

"Voracious is charming, poignant, and mouthwatering-a book for anyone who has craved a meal in a novel. Cara Nicoletti's writing captures the nourishment of literature and all the magical and tempting ways food and books enrich our lives."—Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special and The Great Man

"Nothing is more comforting than getting to know a new friend through their stories and their food. With Cara Nicoletti's book, I'm certain I have a new friend in her."—Joy Wilson, author of Joy the Baker: Homemade Decadence

"Voracious satisfies two powerful appetites: for great food and for great books. We come to know Cara and her family as she digs into the lives of beloved authors-Homer, Melville, Woolf, Tartt-and discovers the best techniques for making donuts and braising lamb in wine. Her debut is a feast: warm, big-hearted, and inviting."—Nina MacLaughlin, author of Hammer Head

"Voracious is a delicious culinary journey through Cara Nicoletti's love affair with reading; from the grilled peaches inspired by Joan Didion's 'Goodbye to All That' to The Silence of the Lambs and the chicken liver mousse that followed, this is a delightful, fun, mouthwatering intersection of the things I love most in life: books and food."—Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man's Feast

"This book is wonderful. It will fill your soul and your stomach."—Jeff Garlin, comedian and author of My Footprint

"As inviting as a bowl of homemade chocolate pudding. . . . Nicoletti turns both reading and cooking into eagerly anticipated visceral experiences."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Like a wonderful appetizer, Nicoletti's entries are easy to digest and full of pleasing surprises."—Bookpage

"A pleasure for hungry readers."—Kirkus

"Her recipes... are enticing. And many of the individual essays, like one on a character in Mrs. Dalloway whose repression is expressed through her avaricious relationship with a chocolate éclair, are charming."—Lisa Abend, The New York Times Book Review

Little, Brown and Company, 9780316242998, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

About the Author

Cara Nicoletti is a butcher, recipe developer, and author of the literary recipe blog Yummy Books. She comes from a long line of butchers in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Illustrator Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York City and has exhibited her paintings around the globe. Her website is

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