Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Murder By Cook

The novel I started -- but will decidedly NOT finish -- for NaNoWriMo this year is MURDER WITH WHITE SAUCE. It's set during a cooking competition around Kentucky Derby time, and it led me to muse upon the many means of murder and mayhem available to the savvy cook.

BLUNT INSTRUMENT:

  • pots and pans of every size and weight
  • rolling pins, wooden and marble (for pastry)
  • frozen joints of meat (raise your hands, Roald Dahl fans)

SHARP INSTRUMENT:

  • knives
  • kitchen shears
  • skewers
  • chopsticks

CHOPPY THING:

  • cleavers (ugh!)

POISONS:

  • ...er...poison
  • toxic food disguised as wholesome
  • food poisoning (accidental or intentional mishandling)
  • allergens

It's a wonder any of us get out of the kitchen alive.

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You worry me, Marian...

Marian Allen said...

Could be worse. Imagine how worried you'd be if you had to eat my food.

MA