10 cookbooks for writers

Looking to get an early jump on holiday shopping? Check out these options for wordsmiths who are also handy in the kitchen.

Cookbooks for writers

It might be early for holiday shopping—but it’s never too early for good food.

Though not every writer loves the kitchen, for those who do a cookbook can be a delightful companion.

What happens when you combine a love for writing with a love for food? You end up with cookbooks by writers and cookbooks for writers. Check out the list below.

1. “The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For” includes recipes from mystery writers Scott Turrow, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and others.

2. “The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes”includes personal stories and recipes from 76 writers and artists. Writers include Anthony Doerr, Joyce Carol Oats and Neil Gaiman.

3. Written with “a writerly sensibility and a Western point of view,” “The Western Writers of America Cookbook: Favorite Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Writing Wisdom also features brief biographies of the recipe contributors.

4. Roald Dahl’s Cookbook” was published in 1996. In addition to family recipes, the book contains anecdotes from Dahl’s family and life.

5. The New Great American Writers Cookbook includes recipes and memoirs from the contributors/writers. Featured writers include Dave Barry, Jonathan Franzen and Elmore Leonard.

6. Cooking for that special someone? Check out “A Romance Writer’s Cookbook: For Men and Women by Elaine Angelus Kehler, author of the “Desire” series .

7. “Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen” by fiction writer and food columnist Laurie Colwin shares recipes, tips and “hilarious stories of meals both delectable and disastrous.”

8. Technically a cookbook for writers, Kindle book “Rapid Recipes for Writers . . . And Other Busy People promises “Your family will never suspect that you’ve been slaving over a hot keyboard all day long if you spring these quick and yummy dishes on them.”

9. Not exactly a cookbook, “Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food (At Table) explores food from the Midwest, “from the heartwarming to the downright weird” through essays by novelists and musings from newspaper columnists, cookbook authors and chefs.

10. Finally, you shouldn’t forget about “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. This book features 65 drink recipes and a dose of literary commentary, including “Vermouth the Bell Tolls” and “The Postman Always Brings Ice.”

Are there any other cookbooks you’ve come across? Share them below.

Laura Hale Brockway is a writer and editor from Austin, Texas. Read more of her posts on writing and gift giving on PR Daily and at impertinentremarks.com.

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