Time to get back together and share some food, some reading and some good conversation!
We're going to read and eat and view all matters pertaining to Nero Wolfe--the fictional detective created in the 1930's by author Rex Stout. In addition to his ability to sniff out various, ingenious perpetrators of crime (all mostly done without ever leaving home), Nero Wolfe is a gourmand, a gourmet, a connoisseur of wine and brandy and a serious imbiber of beer.
Our Wolfe book will be "Too Many Cooks" which Wikipedia introduces: "Wolfe, a knowledgeable gourmet as well as a detective, attends a meeting of great chefs, The Fifteen Masters, at a resort in West Virginia, and jealousies among them soon lead to strife; then, one of the chefs is murdered. Wolfe sustains his own injury in the course of finding the culprit but also obtains the secret recipe for saucisse minuit." The book is available at discount prices online and as an ebook. I am not certain about the libraries--they seem to have some collections, so it should not be hard to find.
Our Wolfe video will be "Death of a Doxy", from the A&E series starring Timothy Hutton. As always, there is food: "Business is taboo at the dinner table, but crime and criminals aren't, and the Rosenberg case hogged the conversation through the anchovy fritters, partridge in casserole with no olives in the sauce, cucumber mousse, and Creole curds and cream."--Death of a Doxy
And finally, we will share food and drink based on recipes inspired by Nero Wolfe and collected by Rex Stout in "The Nero Wolfe Cookbook." This book is rather hard to find and can be a very expensive collector's item. Jennifer has a copy! So, if you would like for us to post some recipes, please let me know.
Here are a few websites that feature recipes from the book:
http://page-210.blogspot.com/2010/10/cookbook-39-nero-wolfe-cookbook.html (planked flank steak)
http://page-210.blogspot.com/ (scroll down for the cucumber mousse recipe)
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=39939.0 (roasted corn on the cob)
http://www.elook.org/recipes/appetizer/5742.html (Anchovy butter)
That's it! We'll have fun. See you soon.