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Mystery-themed recipes and other baffling questions about cooking are answered by the Nancy Drew Cookbook for young readers. This series-specific cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly 50% of these special recipes incorporate part of the titles from the first 50 volumes of the classic Nancy Drew mystery series. Examples include "Double Mystery-themed recipes and other baffling questions about cooking are answered by the Nancy Drew Cookbook for young readers. This series-specific cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly 50% of these special recipes incorporate part of the titles from the first 50 volumes of the classic Nancy Drew mystery series. Examples include "Double Jinx Salad," "Ski Jump Hot Chocolate" and "Haunted Showboat Pralines." Other recipes involve places or characters from the series including "Togo Dogs," "Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice" and "Hannah's Cheese Puffs." Different recipes incorporate various mystery themed words into their titles: "Coded Steak Rolls," "Mystery Corn Pudding" and "The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops." Some recipes focus on international fare: "Hong Kong Fortune Cookies," "Versailles Au Chocolat" and "English Style Chops with Herbs." Throughout the cookbook, tips from Nancy for a recipe are suggested. The girl sleuth recommends adding a "mysterious taste," a "taste of intrigue," a "mysterious crunch" or "a dash of mystery."


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Mystery-themed recipes and other baffling questions about cooking are answered by the Nancy Drew Cookbook for young readers. This series-specific cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly 50% of these special recipes incorporate part of the titles from the first 50 volumes of the classic Nancy Drew mystery series. Examples include "Double Mystery-themed recipes and other baffling questions about cooking are answered by the Nancy Drew Cookbook for young readers. This series-specific cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly 50% of these special recipes incorporate part of the titles from the first 50 volumes of the classic Nancy Drew mystery series. Examples include "Double Jinx Salad," "Ski Jump Hot Chocolate" and "Haunted Showboat Pralines." Other recipes involve places or characters from the series including "Togo Dogs," "Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice" and "Hannah's Cheese Puffs." Different recipes incorporate various mystery themed words into their titles: "Coded Steak Rolls," "Mystery Corn Pudding" and "The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops." Some recipes focus on international fare: "Hong Kong Fortune Cookies," "Versailles Au Chocolat" and "English Style Chops with Herbs." Throughout the cookbook, tips from Nancy for a recipe are suggested. The girl sleuth recommends adding a "mysterious taste," a "taste of intrigue," a "mysterious crunch" or "a dash of mystery."

30 review for The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #0)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Well to tell the truth, I have only in fact read very very few of the actual Nancy Drew mysteries (as I have never been a huge fan of the genre). But yes, I do fondly recall that when I signed out The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking from my high school library in the winter of 1980, I was indeed very much impressed (and remain so even now, even today) with both the presented recipes themselves (an expansive array of diverse food and meal suggestions, from breakfasts to candies) and al Well to tell the truth, I have only in fact read very very few of the actual Nancy Drew mysteries (as I have never been a huge fan of the genre). But yes, I do fondly recall that when I signed out The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking from my high school library in the winter of 1980, I was indeed very much impressed (and remain so even now, even today) with both the presented recipes themselves (an expansive array of diverse food and meal suggestions, from breakfasts to candies) and also with the fact that the food preparation instructions are for the most part clear, concise and often embellished with and by suggestions for added nutrition (not to mention that the list of cooking do’s and dont’s at the beginning of The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking is in my opinion an absolutely and totally important, essential and very much to be taken to heart general list which really and truly every young cook should learn and internalise). And with regard to the presented recipes in The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking, I actually have not read enough of the Nancy Drew novels themselves for me to say exactly how many of these have in fact been gleaned from the latter, but that yes, I do find the selection delightful and generally quite appealing with regard to potential taste and nutrition (diverse, and neither too healthy nor too unhealthy, although there is a pretty standard focus on meat and egg based dishes). Furthermore, I also do really love love love the many Nancy Drew stories based recipe titles. Four stars in general for The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking but rounded down to a high three stars, because while the accompanying line drawing like illustrations are of course appreciated, it is still not the same as having actual photographs of the end products, of the meals and foods provided (and no, you also and actually do not really have to be a fan of the Nancy Drew series to either appreciate or to make use The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking in your, in the kitchen).

  2. 4 out of 5

    ScarlettMi

    I loved this cookbook when I was a kid. I remember trying out some of the recipes and being excited when I could make breakfast for my parents on their anniversary. (I'm sure it wasn't great but my mom faked enjoying it.) I've still got a copy to this day, sitting with my more grown up cookbooks I've acquired over the years. I loved this cookbook when I was a kid. I remember trying out some of the recipes and being excited when I could make breakfast for my parents on their anniversary. (I'm sure it wasn't great but my mom faked enjoying it.) I've still got a copy to this day, sitting with my more grown up cookbooks I've acquired over the years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric Wood

    Who would of thought that Nancy Drew would have her own cookbook! I was pretty excited when I first got this book, I couldn't wait to try out the recipes and see how they all tasted. I yet to try out all the recipes, but so far the ones I tried out are good and bad. Considering this book was first published in 1973, you can expect to find some questionable, yucky recipes in here, like Hannah's Cheese Puffs or Souffle Gruen. Souffle Gruen is the worst recipe I made so far! It. was. FOUL! It was j Who would of thought that Nancy Drew would have her own cookbook! I was pretty excited when I first got this book, I couldn't wait to try out the recipes and see how they all tasted. I yet to try out all the recipes, but so far the ones I tried out are good and bad. Considering this book was first published in 1973, you can expect to find some questionable, yucky recipes in here, like Hannah's Cheese Puffs or Souffle Gruen. Souffle Gruen is the worst recipe I made so far! It. was. FOUL! It was just egg, butter, and cheese you put into a casserole dish and throw in the oven. I gagged when I first took a bite of it and instantly threw it away! However, there were some really surprisingly good recipes as well! The best ones I made so far were Whistling Bagpipe Crunchies, Bess's Secret Chocolate Waffles, and Detective Burgers! They were yummy! Overall, this is a good, fun, nostalgic cookbook that any ND fan will enjoy making recipes from. Just be careful of making some of these recipes cause they are yucky and will leave a bad taste in your mouth!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meltha

    I collect cookbooks, my mother collects Nancy Drew, so voila. My one complaint in this is that the recipes are generally related to the mysteries in name only.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Bess, the "pleasantly plump" one naturally has the best recipes. George, the closeted lesbian, has disgusting healthy recipes. Avoid them Bess, the "pleasantly plump" one naturally has the best recipes. George, the closeted lesbian, has disgusting healthy recipes. Avoid them

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Just a fun collectible book that I have had for a few years. If you love Nancy Drew and vintage cookbooks, you'll enjoy it. Just a fun collectible book that I have had for a few years. If you love Nancy Drew and vintage cookbooks, you'll enjoy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    This Blast From The Past vintage book of 1973 (my copy is dated 1978) will be lots of fun especially for those who have fond memories of reading the Nancy Drew mystery books. It still holds up with classic recipes (albeit with cutesy Nancy Drew related names: Hollow Oak Nest Eggs, Tapping Heels Griddle Cakes, Old Attic Stuffed Tomatoes, Missing Map Cheese Wafers, Sleuth Soup, etc. – you get the idea). The recipes are similar to those found in popular cookbooks of the time period, i.e. Betty Crock This Blast From The Past vintage book of 1973 (my copy is dated 1978) will be lots of fun especially for those who have fond memories of reading the Nancy Drew mystery books. It still holds up with classic recipes (albeit with cutesy Nancy Drew related names: Hollow Oak Nest Eggs, Tapping Heels Griddle Cakes, Old Attic Stuffed Tomatoes, Missing Map Cheese Wafers, Sleuth Soup, etc. – you get the idea). The recipes are similar to those found in popular cookbooks of the time period, i.e. Betty Crocker or Better Homes and Gardens. There’s a glossary of basic cooking terms helpful for young (or any beginning) chefs and clear, easy-to-follow directions. The book also includes some ideas for menus, parties, gifts and gives us picnic, holiday and international options. Fun, quick read. A few cute black and white line drawings add to the vintage charm but there are no color photos. NOTE: My copy has different cover.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie H.

    The recipe names are a hoot! All are references to particular Nancy Drew mysteries. As a big fan of the series as a kid, this was a fun thing to come across at a used bookstore.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Partly hilarious, partly a glimpse into 1970s cooking, which is a little horrifying.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    A 1973 mystery-themed cookbook designed to capture the imaginations of younger fans who were avid readers of the Nancy Drew series of books. The recipes are standard for the time [fruit gelatin mold, frozen fruit salad], some hold up quite well [deviled eggs, corn pudding, cookout potatoes], and none are particularly difficult for a tween or teen to complete. With “mysterious” titles, or dishes named for characters in the series, the mystery fan chefs can create meals for breakfast, brunch, lunc A 1973 mystery-themed cookbook designed to capture the imaginations of younger fans who were avid readers of the Nancy Drew series of books. The recipes are standard for the time [fruit gelatin mold, frozen fruit salad], some hold up quite well [deviled eggs, corn pudding, cookout potatoes], and none are particularly difficult for a tween or teen to complete. With “mysterious” titles, or dishes named for characters in the series, the mystery fan chefs can create meals for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, picnics, backyard barbeques, and holidays. There are international dishes and recipes for give-away treats. Nancy even adds her distinctive touch to the recipes, suggesting ideas for additions to the basic recipe. Although the recipes don’t significantly differ from those found in other cookbooks of the time, the charm is in the cookbook’s efforts to relate itself to the beloved series and there are sure to be some readers who fondly recall cooking with Nancy. Along with the recipes, young chefs will find a guide to success with recipes, a list of cooking terms, and a table of weights and measures equivalencies.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    adorable cookbook, easy to follow recipes for kids and teens, perfect for Nancy Drew lovers! I like how many of the recipes are named after Nancy's mysteries, like Crumbling Wall Coffee Cake or Blackwood Hall Muffins (one of my favorite Nancy Drew books!), Moonstone Castle Carrot Salad or Scarlet Slipper Raspberry Punch. I plan on making Chief McGinnis's waffles, Nancy's scrambler, Ned's potato pancakes, the French quiche and the Haunted Showboat pralines :) adorable cookbook, easy to follow recipes for kids and teens, perfect for Nancy Drew lovers! I like how many of the recipes are named after Nancy's mysteries, like Crumbling Wall Coffee Cake or Blackwood Hall Muffins (one of my favorite Nancy Drew books!), Moonstone Castle Carrot Salad or Scarlet Slipper Raspberry Punch. I plan on making Chief McGinnis's waffles, Nancy's scrambler, Ned's potato pancakes, the French quiche and the Haunted Showboat pralines :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Talea

    The recipes are good basic recipes though dated in some cases. Those of us that grew up reading Nancy Drew not only will it bring back memories of the character, but also of the flavors from our mother's and grandmother's kitchens. The popcorn balls, coffee cake, smothered pork chops, and pear salad types of recipes will take you back to the 70's in the best of ways. The recipes are simple enough that I'd feel comfortable letting my kids make them with minimal supervision. The recipes are good basic recipes though dated in some cases. Those of us that grew up reading Nancy Drew not only will it bring back memories of the character, but also of the flavors from our mother's and grandmother's kitchens. The popcorn balls, coffee cake, smothered pork chops, and pear salad types of recipes will take you back to the 70's in the best of ways. The recipes are simple enough that I'd feel comfortable letting my kids make them with minimal supervision.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mcbroom

    I don't cook at all but I do like to look at Cookbooks. especially vintage ones. Vintage finds such as stuffed tomatoes just to mentin a few. Cleverly named for Nancy Drew books, the book had recipes for parties and other special occasions. A great find!!!! I don't cook at all but I do like to look at Cookbooks. especially vintage ones. Vintage finds such as stuffed tomatoes just to mentin a few. Cleverly named for Nancy Drew books, the book had recipes for parties and other special occasions. A great find!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    While outdated, published in 1973, this was a fun read. I was able to write down a few recipes to try, a fun book for any Nancy Drew fan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was a book that I bought for my youngest child. I had a copy of my own when I was growing up. I enjoyed making the recipes when I was growing up, and it was a lot of fun seeing my daughter and son trying them out. I loved the whimsical take on the recipes and the names they gave for the different dishes. I think anyone who feels a little nostalgic should give this ol' recipe book a go. After all, it's a mystery every time you make something new--the flavor that is! :) This was a book that I bought for my youngest child. I had a copy of my own when I was growing up. I enjoyed making the recipes when I was growing up, and it was a lot of fun seeing my daughter and son trying them out. I loved the whimsical take on the recipes and the names they gave for the different dishes. I think anyone who feels a little nostalgic should give this ol' recipe book a go. After all, it's a mystery every time you make something new--the flavor that is! :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    MysterySeeker

    interesting recipes, sound amazing, look delicious, and enticing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Love Nancy these recipes are interesting,will try several

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    If I had discovered this book when I was nine, I would have spent the next three years talking my mom into letting me try every recipe in this book. For a book challenge, I needed to read a book written the year I was born (1973) and when I stumbled across this in the store, I wanted desperately to buy it just to sit in on the shelf with my childhoold Betty Crocker Junior Cookbook. I checked out the date and as soon as I saw 1973, it was added to my cart. The nostalgia I felt when I read this mak If I had discovered this book when I was nine, I would have spent the next three years talking my mom into letting me try every recipe in this book. For a book challenge, I needed to read a book written the year I was born (1973) and when I stumbled across this in the store, I wanted desperately to buy it just to sit in on the shelf with my childhoold Betty Crocker Junior Cookbook. I checked out the date and as soon as I saw 1973, it was added to my cart. The nostalgia I felt when I read this makes up for the fact that there is a recipe that involves non-fruits in gelatin. I mean, I know it was the 70s, but still...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    This is an interesting cookbook first published in 1973 and has little clues from Nancy Drew on each recipe. I really enjoyed the reference to items you would not find in as much use today for example an aluminum ice tray with the middle rack for cubes. Several of the recipes require the ingredients to be frozen and that called for removing the middle tray of the ice cube tray---really dated me!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    I picked this up for the nostalgia, to be honest the recipes are not that good (even by 70's standards) but I used to take this book out of the library and try to make my first attempts at following recipes. What a blast! I picked this up for the nostalgia, to be honest the recipes are not that good (even by 70's standards) but I used to take this book out of the library and try to make my first attempts at following recipes. What a blast!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I went through a big Nancy Drew phase when I was in third grade. While I haven't heard any rave reviews for the recipes, I can't resist the kitsch of names like Scarlet Slipper Raspberry punch, Shadow Ranch Barbecue Beans and Twisted Candles Peach Crisp. I went through a big Nancy Drew phase when I was in third grade. While I haven't heard any rave reviews for the recipes, I can't resist the kitsch of names like Scarlet Slipper Raspberry punch, Shadow Ranch Barbecue Beans and Twisted Candles Peach Crisp.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A scream!!! Loved finding this edition, and love the recipe names. some of them look like they might even turn out! Cannot wait to try some. As a kid I preferred Agatha Christie to Nancy Drew, but as a nancy myself I have a lot of fun re-discovering Nancy. Hysterically kitchy in a way I adore.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Not one recipe turned out. Some recipes didn't list ingreidents yet had them in the directions. My hero let me down! Not one recipe turned out. Some recipes didn't list ingreidents yet had them in the directions. My hero let me down!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    mmm...tasty

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    awesome stuff

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sumi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  29. 5 out of 5

    William Land

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Ehlohelz

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