Food To Die For: Recipes and Stories from America’s Most Legendary Haunted Places

Harper Celebrate. Jul. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781400245598. $29.99. COOKING
Paranormal investigator Bruni combines her work as a TV host, podcaster, author, and self-described foodie to highlight some of the most famous haunted locations in the United States and pair them with recipes that reflect their history and ghostly lore, in a book written with Julie Tremaine. Enthusiasts can read about the Lizzie Borden home and make her killer meatloaf, then get drawn in to the White House to learn about Mary Todd Lincoln’s obsession with spiritualism and make her favorite white almond cake. Featured are additional infamous haunted homes, hotels, and landmarks that are showcased with bold photography, along with sometimes-macabre paired recipes. Bruni also includes explanations of the basics of paranormal investigation, which lends credibility to the subsequent stories of hauntings. The recipes, while written a bit inconsistently (some list ingredients first, while others list preparation steps first), offer many options to put on spectacular themed events and dinner parties.
VERDICT This niche cookbook will be of great interest to a specific group of readers and cooks, paranormal activity aficionados and fans of ghostly legends in particular.
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