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The beloved New York Times bestselling culinary mystery writer delivers a cookbook packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about her writing and cooking life. Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling mysteries featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, a woman who “took the lemon that life had given her and made not just lemonade The beloved New York Times bestselling culinary mystery writer delivers a cookbook packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about her writing and cooking life. Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling mysteries featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, a woman who “took the lemon that life had given her and made not just lemonade but Lemon Chicken, Lemon Bars, Lemon Cookies and Lemon Meringue Pie.” Each Goldy novel includes recipes for scrumptious dishes from the adored character’s kitchen. Now, Davidson has collected these treasured recipes and some brand-new dishes in one volume for the first time. Here are recipes for Appetizers and Soups, Eggs and Cheese, Salads and Starches, Meat, Poultry, and Fish, Breads, Desserts, and finally Low-Carb Recipes (how Davidson lost thirty pounds and kept them off). Most of the dishes came from “playing around with dishes tasted in restaurants.” Others are family favorites, some came from friends, and a few are “happy accidents.” At last, fans can enjoy delicious fare such as Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes with Dijon Cream Sauce, Diamond Lovers’ Hot Crab Dip, Sweethearts’ Swedish Meatballs in Burgundy Sauce, André’s Coq au Vin, Ice-Capped Gingersnaps, Damson-in-Distress Plum Tart, and Dad’s Bread. Part memoir, part writing manual, part cookbook, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook combines the author’s gift for storytelling with her skills in the kitchen. She introduces the recipes with stories about how she came to create them, anecdotes from her experiences as a writer and home cook, and includes her joy at receiving a fan letter from the legendary French Chef herself, Julia Child. Full of irresistible food, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is a must-have book for Davidson fans, food lovers, and cooks everywhere.


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The beloved New York Times bestselling culinary mystery writer delivers a cookbook packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about her writing and cooking life. Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling mysteries featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, a woman who “took the lemon that life had given her and made not just lemonade The beloved New York Times bestselling culinary mystery writer delivers a cookbook packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about her writing and cooking life. Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling mysteries featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, a woman who “took the lemon that life had given her and made not just lemonade but Lemon Chicken, Lemon Bars, Lemon Cookies and Lemon Meringue Pie.” Each Goldy novel includes recipes for scrumptious dishes from the adored character’s kitchen. Now, Davidson has collected these treasured recipes and some brand-new dishes in one volume for the first time. Here are recipes for Appetizers and Soups, Eggs and Cheese, Salads and Starches, Meat, Poultry, and Fish, Breads, Desserts, and finally Low-Carb Recipes (how Davidson lost thirty pounds and kept them off). Most of the dishes came from “playing around with dishes tasted in restaurants.” Others are family favorites, some came from friends, and a few are “happy accidents.” At last, fans can enjoy delicious fare such as Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes with Dijon Cream Sauce, Diamond Lovers’ Hot Crab Dip, Sweethearts’ Swedish Meatballs in Burgundy Sauce, André’s Coq au Vin, Ice-Capped Gingersnaps, Damson-in-Distress Plum Tart, and Dad’s Bread. Part memoir, part writing manual, part cookbook, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook combines the author’s gift for storytelling with her skills in the kitchen. She introduces the recipes with stories about how she came to create them, anecdotes from her experiences as a writer and home cook, and includes her joy at receiving a fan letter from the legendary French Chef herself, Julia Child. Full of irresistible food, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is a must-have book for Davidson fans, food lovers, and cooks everywhere.

30 review for Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook: Cooking, Writing, Family, Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    My grandmother may not have been the one to ignite my reading passion but she sure did feed it regularly. My parents got me started on horror and my grandmother got me started on mystery/thrillers with the likes of Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Faye Kellerman, Nevada Barr, and, of course, Diane Mott Davidson. Anyone who's read Diane Mott Davidson knows that in addition to the fantastic mysteries and getting to know Goldy and her family, there are recipes. It makes sense right? Goldy is a c My grandmother may not have been the one to ignite my reading passion but she sure did feed it regularly. My parents got me started on horror and my grandmother got me started on mystery/thrillers with the likes of Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Faye Kellerman, Nevada Barr, and, of course, Diane Mott Davidson. Anyone who's read Diane Mott Davidson knows that in addition to the fantastic mysteries and getting to know Goldy and her family, there are recipes. It makes sense right? Goldy is a caterer and many of the plots revolve around food in one way or another: in the series debut, Catering to Nobody, Goldy's own ex-father-in-law dies after eating her food and Goldy has to prove that she didn't kill him! Readers, every time a new Goldy mystery hit shelves I'd borrow my grandmother's copy and tear through it. Throughout the reading I'd slap the recipe pages on the copy machine so I could try them after returning the book to her (or while reading but avoiding splatter). Over the years I've tried recipes like Models' Mushroom Soup, Rainy Season Chicken Soup (an absolute favorite for cold weather eating), Slumber Party Potatoes (three words: THE CHEESE SAUCE!), Penny-Prick Potato Casserole, New Potato Salad ('cause you can never have too many potato recipes in your pocket), Shuttlecock Shrimp Curry, and many others. I even recall with great fondness (and probably still have) recipe promo cards the publisher printed to go with the books. That shrimp curry, by the way, is to die for. Seriously. In college I started making it with chicken (budget friendly) and it's equally as good. The Goldy recipes have had pride of place in my collection since I started reading the series, so when I found out that there was going to be a whole cookbook full of them, of course I had to have it! The book, which came out in September, features almost every single recipe that's appeared in the series. Honestly, without checking against the originals I couldn't even tell you what's missing. All I know is that all of my own personal favorites are featured, along with many others I've meant to try over the years. And best of all? They're all in one place! Alongside the recipes, the author has included stories about her own family life, writing, and notes on the recipes themselves - origins, tips, etc. Honestly, guys, this is the absolute perfect cookbook for any fan of the series. PERFECT! I don't know anyone who can resist trying Diane Mott Davidson's recipes while reading the series and I bet I'm not the only one with messy copies of these recipes on hand.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I really like the Goldy books, so this was a fun read. I like reading about how Diane came up with different things for the book. This one also has most of the recipes in it, so that is great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    I really enjoyed Diane Mott Davidson's mystery series featuring Goldy Schulz, caterer. Though the early books were better than the later books. The recipes, particularly the sweets, each sounded yummier than the next. I even made a few. So having them all collected in one place along with interesting anecdotes is delightful. What I discovered about myself is that Tex-Mex is not really my thing. Maybe if I had grown up in the Southwest I would feel differently but in the Northeast in the 70s and I really enjoyed Diane Mott Davidson's mystery series featuring Goldy Schulz, caterer. Though the early books were better than the later books. The recipes, particularly the sweets, each sounded yummier than the next. I even made a few. So having them all collected in one place along with interesting anecdotes is delightful. What I discovered about myself is that Tex-Mex is not really my thing. Maybe if I had grown up in the Southwest I would feel differently but in the Northeast in the 70s and 80s and 90s there was very little Tex-Mex and what was wasn't very good. So I never developed a real taste for it. I am much more as Asian flavors girl. I also no longer cook the way I did when these books were first published. I don't mean low fat or low carb or anything like that, just that cooking hasn't been fun in a long while so anything with a lot of ingredients leaves everything to be desired. So while these recipes still sounded great, I realized I wouldn't really cook them. The anecdotes were definitely the reason to read the cookbook because she talked about how and why the recipes were developed, how they got into the book, who ate them - who didn't! Definitely entertaining and if you like Tex-Mex, definitely recommended because these are not difficult recipes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Makes me want to read the Goldy series I haven't read any of author Davidson's Goldy series mysteries but after reading the author comments in GOLDY'S KITCHEN COOKBOOK I sure do want to. I am a sucker for cookbooks and that is why I ordered this book - and I was not disappointed. There are LOTS of yummy sounding dishes in this cookbook and most of them sound easy to make. I'm going to start with the "Monster Cinnamon Rolls" and keep going through the dessert section. The author is a woman after my Makes me want to read the Goldy series I haven't read any of author Davidson's Goldy series mysteries but after reading the author comments in GOLDY'S KITCHEN COOKBOOK I sure do want to. I am a sucker for cookbooks and that is why I ordered this book - and I was not disappointed. There are LOTS of yummy sounding dishes in this cookbook and most of them sound easy to make. I'm going to start with the "Monster Cinnamon Rolls" and keep going through the dessert section. The author is a woman after my own heart since the dessert section is easily the biggest section in the cookbook. And cookie recipes - ones I haven't tried before. I'm reading this on vacation and can hardly wait to get back to my kitchen to try some (most) of these out. NOTE: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    An interesting book. Diane Mott Davidson share memories and stories about her writing career as well as recipes. I enjoyed the segment on soups the most probably. There were more recipes with a somewhat Southwest flavor than I would use but they sound good. If you enjoy cookbooks and writers, I think you'd like this book. Now, we need a new Goldy Schultz novel please.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Just ok, not worth the $12 ebook. I did enjoy her behind the scenes tales of how she conceived Goldy and that some of the stories did come from some real life experiences.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katey

    Yes, believe it or not, I have finished reading this book in one evening. Seeing as it's mainly a cookbook, I just read the introduction, chapters (7), and epilogue. Hence, a very short book. It's nice to see some insight into the author's frame of mind, and to see how some of her stories and characters were developed. I haven't read all the books in the series yet (3 remaining), but I plan to finish this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    Anytime I've picked up this book I've ended up ravenous, mouth watering and hankering for chocolate! Some translation is required as it is written for the American chef and measurements and certain ingredients need to be figured out. I enjoyed the little insights into the home life and story of the writer but was very sad to read at the end that she's taking a break from Goldy! I'll definitely be cooking something from the Desserts chapter 😋

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna Siebold

    I like the interspersion of personal facts and incidents along with the recipes. I also like that she tells us in which book the recipe previewed. There were a few too many Tex-Mex or Southwest flavored dishes for my tastes, but the dessert category, especially if you like chocolate, is well represented. I tried the savory spinach cheesecake for a work function and that was absolutely delicious.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    It is a compilation of all her recipes to date from all the books she has written. I may end up buying it since my daughter and I enjoy cookbooks and while there were so many recipes that I would not make (allergies) there were quite a few I did mark as interesting and wanting to try. It is a good one to take a look at.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    ☹️ You left out killer pancakes ( one of my husband’s favorites.) When is a new Goldy book coming out?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kovaleski

    Great book to have even if you've tagged recipes throughout the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: In the early 1980s, I started to write about a character named Goldy. Ms. Davidson is the author of 17 books whose protagonist is Goldy Schulz, a caterer with a troubled son. She is also a domestic abuse survivor, and a solver of mysteries. Ms. Davidson didn’t grow up in a “food” household, but she was exposed to a woman who cooked from scratch, and she was fascinated. This is a delightful book. It truly is an amalgamation of Ms. Davidson’s memories, personal philosophies, and of First Sentence: In the early 1980s, I started to write about a character named Goldy. Ms. Davidson is the author of 17 books whose protagonist is Goldy Schulz, a caterer with a troubled son. She is also a domestic abuse survivor, and a solver of mysteries. Ms. Davidson didn’t grow up in a “food” household, but she was exposed to a woman who cooked from scratch, and she was fascinated. This is a delightful book. It truly is an amalgamation of Ms. Davidson’s memories, personal philosophies, and of delightful recopies. Each section begins with a personal story, and each recipe has a small tip or personal notation at the top. The recipes are a blend of those perhaps not seen in other places and/or a twist on a recipe one knows. Dessert lovers should be particularly attracted by this book as nearly the last third of it is desserts, both chocolate and non-chocolate. What’s nice, however, is that none of the recipes is overly complex or beyond the level of a basic cook. In fact, although there are no illustrations, the recipes are so well written, one does not feel for the lack of them. “Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook” is a delight for fans of Ms. Davidson, Goldy fans, cooks, and those who simply enjoy reading cookbooks. GOLDY’S KITCHEN COOKBOOK (Cookbook/Autobiography) – VG Davidson, Diane Mott Wlm. Morrow – Sept 2015

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I enjoyed reading the behind-the-scenes information regarding Goldy's recipes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I haven’t read the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series (17 books), but I have a few hardcover copies of some of them and may read them in the future. The book is full of great sounding recipes, and stories about her life. I enjoyed reading about her life, her books, and learning how she came up with these recipes. My favorite stories were that her dad eased his stress by baking bread, and about a blizzard her family went through in 2003 where they lost electricity for a week. I could related to tha I haven’t read the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series (17 books), but I have a few hardcover copies of some of them and may read them in the future. The book is full of great sounding recipes, and stories about her life. I enjoyed reading about her life, her books, and learning how she came up with these recipes. My favorite stories were that her dad eased his stress by baking bread, and about a blizzard her family went through in 2003 where they lost electricity for a week. I could related to that. Although I don’t ever remember losing electricity from a blizzard when I lived in Ohio, we have lost electricity many many times since I’ve moved to Florida. Sometimes from lightening, sometimes from a hurricane. A few times we were without power for a few weeks. It’s not fun! I’m a steak lover, and it just so happened that the recipe that went along with the blizzard story is Love Me Tender Grilled Steaks from The Whole Enchilade, book 17 in the series. I haven’t made the steaks yet, but I will as soon as I get to town and buy the steaks. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone whether you read her Goldy series or not. There are some very interesting stories and the recipes sound good with not too many ingredients, or time to make them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra Jeakins

    I am a HUGE fan of Goldy Schultz mysteries! Short of a new Goldy mystery this is the perfect next best thing. GOLDY'S KITCHEN COOKBOOK: COOKING,WRITING,FAMILY & LIFE BY DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON was not a difficult read because it is loaded with recipes that have made mine and other Goldy mystery fans mouths water! Not only do we get great recipes but little tidbits from Diane Mott Davidson as well. I love the way this is set up. You get the recipes from the mystery books complete with notations of wh I am a HUGE fan of Goldy Schultz mysteries! Short of a new Goldy mystery this is the perfect next best thing. GOLDY'S KITCHEN COOKBOOK: COOKING,WRITING,FAMILY & LIFE BY DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON was not a difficult read because it is loaded with recipes that have made mine and other Goldy mystery fans mouths water! Not only do we get great recipes but little tidbits from Diane Mott Davidson as well. I love the way this is set up. You get the recipes from the mystery books complete with notations of which book they come from as well as some history and life of the author,which gives fans an insight on how she created Goldy & John Korman. Diane Mott Davidson doesnt just write a bunch of recipes she is telling us about the recipes,how they came to be and how she has modified them to perfection. The writing of this "cookbook" is like a bunch of friends sitting around with cookies and a drink swapping gossip and recipes.To me, its just a down home type of book which I enjoyed very much. Read it as a book not a cookbook,I did and enjoyed it immensely I received this book from goodreads in exchange for a review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I won this through goodreads as an advanced copy... Was so happy to see Diane had put all the recipes together in one book!! Loved the stories that went with the recipes and about her writing...This made me one very happy fan of hers!! I liked how she grouped the recipes as in a regular cookbook. It made it easy to find the recipes.Some of the recipes I had already tried from her books. Looking forward to trying out many more in here, especially the soups and breads. There are many more than I exp I won this through goodreads as an advanced copy... Was so happy to see Diane had put all the recipes together in one book!! Loved the stories that went with the recipes and about her writing...This made me one very happy fan of hers!! I liked how she grouped the recipes as in a regular cookbook. It made it easy to find the recipes.Some of the recipes I had already tried from her books. Looking forward to trying out many more in here, especially the soups and breads. There are many more than I expected to find here. So mystery readers -- you will be happy with this if you are a fan of recipes of culinary mystery authors!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Disclaimer: I haven't read any of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy series, and I can't/don't cook, so I'm definitely not of the target market for a book like Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook. Davidson's personal anecdotes are mostly uninteresting, but she does offer some good tidbits about the inspiration and ideas portion of the writing process. The recipes seem fine and user-friendly, as far as I can tell. Because the author didn't grow up in a cooking household, hope can be found for someone like me who mi Disclaimer: I haven't read any of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy series, and I can't/don't cook, so I'm definitely not of the target market for a book like Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook. Davidson's personal anecdotes are mostly uninteresting, but she does offer some good tidbits about the inspiration and ideas portion of the writing process. The recipes seem fine and user-friendly, as far as I can tell. Because the author didn't grow up in a cooking household, hope can be found for someone like me who might, one day, want to take on the challenge of learning to cook. ***I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways.***

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fredell Boston

    Not sure exactly what I expected. But, I really did enjoy reading Mott Davidson's reminiscences and reasons for the recipes included in her books and this Cook Book. I AM copying some of the recipes for later use. I will continue to read future editions of Goldy's adventures in mystery-land and her wonderful, quirky band of characters. It was great fun to read how some of these folks came to be. As well as her insights into the interesting world of writing fiction. The fact that these wonderful m Not sure exactly what I expected. But, I really did enjoy reading Mott Davidson's reminiscences and reasons for the recipes included in her books and this Cook Book. I AM copying some of the recipes for later use. I will continue to read future editions of Goldy's adventures in mystery-land and her wonderful, quirky band of characters. It was great fun to read how some of these folks came to be. As well as her insights into the interesting world of writing fiction. The fact that these wonderful mysteries are set in my home state of Colorado is an extra plus!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nellie

    I expected this to be a straight up cookbook. I was pleasantly surprised to find more. Peppered throughout the book are tips and coaching on how to become a writer. This is valuable advice. The recipes are introduced with how the recipe was created. Recipes also have tips for successful outcomes. There are a few never before published recipes. This is a great book that I will add to my library.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hartlaub

    This is a fun cookbook, interspersed with snippets about the author's family life, creative process, recipe development and a section of tips for writers. Reading through the compilation of recipes from the series, I was amused to find how many of Ms. Davidson's recipes have become staples for Christmas cookies, Sunday mornings and general dinner favorites. Many of the recipes are easily converted (one for one) to gluten free baking and taste as good as those that are gluten-full.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Another cookbook that has a fun mystery twist to it that I might have to buy for myself. The food looks and sounds great. Definitely some that I would like to make for my family to try. Minus the posion of course. I am really liking these cookbooks with a twist of mystery in them. Kudos to this author for thinking outside of the box a ding an amazing book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Goldenberg

    I am really loving this book! I read all of her books over the years, and was not going to bother reading this one as it's a cookbook and I have all of her books with the recipes in them, but when I heard it was also about her though process in writing her books, I couldn't get my hands on a copy fast enough! And, in the end, I've made 2 of her recipes and enjoyed them !!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lewis

    I have long been a fan of the Goldy books by Diane Mott Davidson, so I enjoyed this glimpse into the author's personal life. The recipes are fine - a few of them I have made over the years, but in general I am not a fan of the food Goldy cooks (excessive dairy products and mayonnaise - which I don't eat - in practically everything).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I won this as a GoodReads First Read. It has been fun reading the recipes and remembering the book where it was originally found. I have been enjoying it and am looking forward to making some on the recipes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved this cookbook! I remember reading some of the Goldy novels some time ago, and really liked them. Now I have the recipes, and the real stories from those books. I think it's great, and so is the food I am going to make with this cookbook.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    A Goodreads giveaway. Thank you. Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook was fun and entertaining. The recipes look scrumptious and most seem easy to make, while the descriptions and anecdotes were lighthearted and informational.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is just a fun book about writing, family, and food. Chock full of the recipes from all the Goldy books. Sadly, Diane Mott Davidson implies there may be no more of her wonderful, fun mysteries. Say it ain't so!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    What a fun book to look at the recipes from Diane's books about Goldy the caterer. I loved the chapter starts where she speaks of how she came up with the recipes and ideas for book titles. I love getting the inside scoop from authors and I love to find new recipes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Richmond

    Great Read It was wonderful to relive the recipes from the Goldy series and hear about her inspirations for them. I loved getting the insight of how she came up with her book titles.

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