The Emily Dickinson Cookbook Review

The Emily Dickinson Cookbook Review

Title: The Emily Dickinson Cookbook: Recipes from Emily's Table Alongside the Poems That Inspire Them
Author: Arlyn Osborne
Published: January 11, 2022, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 112
Cover Price: $19.99 Hardcover, $9.99 Kindle

Emily Dickinson, considered one of the greatest poets of all time, was a pro in the kitchen, and according to Arlyn Osborne, author of The Emily Dickinson Cookbook: Recipes from Emily's Table Alongside the Poems That Inspire Them, wrote poems on food wrappers and recipes in her poetry book. She was known as an accomplished cook and won prizes in baking contests.

The cookbook includes recipes inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poems; some seem typical of the seventeenth century, when Emily Dickinson was alive, and some seem to be modernized. Most are recipes that will appeal to everyone who cooks, as well as anyone who eats. The fact that Osborne has done a lot of research on Emily Dickinson and has paired her poems with tempting recipes shows some real imagination, and makes for not only good recipes to make, but also good read. This is a good one to curl up in a corner and just enjoy the poems and prose. It also includes delightful illustrations, as well as beautiful photographs of some of the dishes.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner and are easy to follow. None are particularly difficult or time consuming, and most have minimal ingredients. They are definitely doable for almost everyone.
All told, this is a delightful cookbook and is especially fun for those who love literature and classic poetry. It’s also full of good recipes.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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