BOOK REVIEW: TURKEY FLAMBE
Food columnist Carolyn Blue is off to New York for her tenth adventure in Turkey Flambe. Her book on the restaurants and cuisine of New Orleans has finally been published and Carolyn, accompanied by her friend Luz, are in New York for the book launch party. Things immediately take a turn for the worse though when her editor insists that Nancy flambes her turkeys for a spectacular effect. It was spectacular alright-the flames shot up to the ceiling, caught the tablecloth on fire and then the flaming turkeys were pitched off the balcony! While at first it seemed like a publicity stunt gone bad, by the next day it was evident that someone had tampered with either the turkeys or the cognac and Carolyn was in trouble with the police once again.
While finding the culprit, Carolyn and Luz take readers on a hilarious ride through New York City. Readers get to visit to Lincoln Center for a performance of Rigoletto. You don't have to know the opera to to laugh out loud at Luz's description of the experience. One can't help but chuckle at Carolyn's bumblings while buying her first cell phone ever in Chinatown. A possible brush with the Mafia, three Chinese men following Carolyn, a woman who holds seances and a multitude of other colorful characters to make this book just a whole lot of fun to read.
While there are many mystery series that are set in the food world, the Carolyn Blue series is unique in that author Fairbanks sets each book in a different place and the recipes reflect the culture of the setting. In this case, the recipes are a celebration of the ethnic mixture of New York City,with samplings from Italian, Indian, Jewish, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Peruvian cuisine. Along with the recipe is often a bit of the history of the dish or an unusual ingredient in it. This makes the Carolyn Blue series among the best.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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