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Brooklyn-based butcher’s new memoir combines her love of food and books

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October 15, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Cara Nicoletti. Photo Credit ©Juddy Magee
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For some — including third-generation butcher, baker and celebrated blogger Cara Nicoletti —the earthy pleasures of food and books are irrevocably twined. Nicoletti’s new memoir with recipes, titled “VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books,” is cause for people of the page and the plate to rejoice.  

The Brooklyn-based author’s popular blog celebrates her love affair with reading, cooking and eating. As a young bookworm reading under the counter of her grandfather’s butcher shop, Nicoletti discovered how sharing food and stories can bring us all to life. In “Voracious,” she cooks her way through the books that helped her get through tough adolescent years and find purpose and satisfaction as an adult.

Enchanted by the food scenes in her beloved books that gave characters texture and depth, Nicoletti began creating recipes inspired by their stories. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods” to Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting from Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections,” these books — and dishes — lead Nicoletti through the horror that is middle school to her first love, and into devastating heartbreak, personal loss and professional change.  

Among 50 recipes and widely loved books, “Voracious” features currant buns from “The Secret Garden,” salted chocolate caramels from “Anne of Green Gables,” chocolate eclairs from “Mrs. Dalloway” and a whole roasted trout from “The Dog Stars.”

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