A post at Jezebel on Scott O’Dell’s award-winning young adult book Island of the Blue Dolphins brought back a childhood memory of my own: the book’s loving description of how Karana cooks abalone made me insatiable for a dish I’d never even heard of. (At least one commenter at Jezebel has the same memory.) I love when a book is so well written that it can elicit that response. So what non-cookbook caught your fancy in a similar way? An Anne Rice book? Stephen King? (Just kidding.) Do tell! — Mary T.
P.S. If your interest in abalone is now piqued, check out this abalone recipe at eatstuff.net.