Whenever I get a package and I'm not expecting anything, it's almost always a book I worked on that the publisher has been kind enough to send me. This time it was one of my favorite books I ever edited: Voracious by Cara Nicoletti.
Nicoletti, a butcher and former pastry chef as well as an English/Latin major in college, offers 50 recipes that are featured in (or inspired by) some of her favorite books from childhood all the way through adulthood. For instance, there are the Buttermilk Pancakes from Pippi Longstocking, Biscuits with Molasses Butter from To Kill a Mockingbird, Pork Pie from Great Expectations, and Honey–Poppy Seed Cake from The Aeneid. But beyond the recipes, it's the little stories and vignettes that introduce them that are so captivating. Whether she's reminiscing about her days on the playground play-acting scenes from the "Little House" books (Breakfast Sausage inspired by Little House in the Big Woods), her miserable Chinatown apartment that was infested with mice (Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies in honor of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), or her summers spent on Nantucket with her grandparents (Clam Chowder à la Moby-Dick), the introductions are what really make this much more than just a cookbook.
I don't always feel strongly about recommending books I worked on, but this one gets an enthusiastic double thumbs-up.