Cooking with the Muse – a lovely warm book review for a cold, cold day

An unexpected gift turned out to be a lovely treasure.

Cooking with the Muse  A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare   by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimila

Thanks to an inquiry about finding an agent for my own upcoming cookbook Pachamama’s Beautiful Food, I was serendipitously connected with culinary book agent Lisa Ekus, and within one email, read I was being gifted a copy of this rightfully described SUMPTUOUS  book. I had mentioned to Lisa that in perusing her recent titles, I was particularly drawn to Cooking with the Muse.

When I received the book I was excited. Still in it’s envelope packaging, it had a definite heft and size, and I was impatient to open it up and delve in.

As you can guess from the photo above, the book is absolutely gorgeous. And fascinating.

“Co-authors Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld celebrate the deep connection between poetry and food, revealing how literature and poetry honor the glories of fresh ingredients, nutritious cooking and delectable dishes.”

I have never seen a cookbook that has delved so deeply into the history of food related poetry, and if you are as fascinated by food culture and history as much as I am, you’ll enjoy reading Cooking with the Muse, even if you aren’t cooking recipes from it. And as  a woman who rhapsodizes on nature and food, and blends spirituality into every recipe, I am in heaven with this book.

But yes, dear reader, I wanted to cook recipes from it, and there are many I have marked – including a smooth, delicious looking, layered “Spiced Espresso Chocolate Pudding with Pumpkin Whipped Cream” — YUM! And for summer, “Cantalope-Tomato Salad with Olives, Ricotta and Basil Vinaigrette”. Along with many more. All of the recipes are gluten free, and include many selections that are vegetarian, along with many meat, seafood and poultry based.

And though I wanted to make nearly every recipe I encountered, I chose this one –

Mediterranean Cauliflower – Kale Roast with Feta


The flavors are at once rich, sharp, lively and bright.


It’s a lovely combination, and to me, perfect for cold weather. Myra offers the recipe in the Winter chapter of the book. Leafing through all the imaginative recipes and thoughtful, unique and beautiful poetry gleaned to fit, I found myself longing for summer –


when I can offer my own personal Ode to the Watermelon.

Visit  to find out more about this luscious book you should surely add to your collection. Published by Tupelo Press.

4 Comments Add yours

    1. Hi there! Thanks for the pingback, and your beautiful book! Could you please just correct the word “Pachamana’s” to Pachamama’s? Thanks so much! Cheers!

  1. Roberta Binder says:

    Plan to share this with several foodie friends and so look forward to your book…I’ll be in line for my very own precious copy.

    1. It’s a beauty, Roberta, sure your friends will enjoy it. Ooh, I wish I had some lovely news to tell you about moving forward with my book.

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