Fans of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove stories have a new element to experiencing the stories: food, by way of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook.
Given the role of food and family in the stories, a cookbook is another way to bring life to the stories. The recipes are arranged by types of food (appetizers, breakfast, holiday-themed food, etc.), and each section is associated with a particular character and location within the books. The beginning of each section is preceded with an introduction by protagonist Charlotte Rhodes talking a bit about the characters and their cooking (with some spoilers for the books). The recipes themselves are simple, wholesome fare, with little notes and tips included (and sometimes entertaining notes from the characters themselves, as in the case of the Hearty Bran Apple Muffins: “My friend Helen claims these will keep you regular as clockwork”).
Quite a few of the recipes looked tempting, from the Sunday Sour Cream Coffee Cake to the Fresh Summer salsa. This has plenty of simple, delicious recipes and would work as a good general recipe book, but the only major value added from a general, Betty Crocker-esque cookbook is the connection to the novels. Those novel tie-ins would make it a great Christmas present for a foodie who loves the Cedar Cove novels. It might also be good for book clubs discussing the novels.