ROUX THE DAY, and DINE AND DIE ON THE DANUBE EXPRESS, by Peter King
Culinary skullduggery in the Big Easy where the Gourmet Detective tries to track down an old family cookbook, but mostly manages to eat very very well. The menus and food lore are superb.The Danube Express, a fictional train, is delightful, with many eastern Europe cooking terms and dishes deliciously explained, and a series of crimes and almost-crimes to be investigated. Roux the Day is a culinary crawl through New Orleans with, of course, a foodie-tinged murder and intrigue. All of King's mysteries are great fun, the perfect afternoon read. If you have any interest in the arcana of cooking, this amazingly knowledgeable author has written the perfect series. For devoted cooks, these’ll be a 5+, for non-foodies probably a 3.