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July 29, 2013


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Merisi in Vienna

Simona, that truly sounds like an intriguing recipe!
I have read several books by MFK Fisher, even managed to not lose at least three of them during the move across the Atlantic, but I think I missed "How to cook a Wolf" - something in the back of my mind says it was out of print or such, back when somebody else recommended it.

Saluti da Vienna,

P.S.: The paperback edition seems to be available, put it on my wish list. ;-)
Do you have any plans of traveling to Venice?


Some of the heirloom recipes have soooo much sugar in them. Kudos to you for decreasing it. Great book. Thank you for suggesting it and hosting.


One day, should I happen to have a can of tomato soup around (not the norm here), I should make this interesting cake. Yours looks delicious.

Alicia (foodycat)

I am so intrigued by this recipe! I am glad you made it. Since cheese (specifically Wensleydale) is a traditional accompaniment to Christmas cake in some parts of the UK, I can well believe the manchego was a good match!


Mmmmmm! I love your posts - I always learn something new about food and writing! Thanks for letting me play as well, friend!

A Canadian Foodie

Love the idea = but would rather use homemade soup.

Simona Carini

Ciao Merisi. I hope you'll get How to Cook a Wolf and you'll enjoy reading it. I wish I could say that I do, but unfortunately, my summer plans are dictated by the need to be with my father for two weeks in August. I won't be in Italy in October, like I have in the past few years. So, I am afraid my nostalgia for Venice won't get any relief any time soon. I'll let you know if my plans change.

Thank you Debra for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the selection.

Thanks Claudia. I bought the can I used on purpose. Canned food is not the norm in our house either (though I have a stash for earthquake preparedness' purposes). I admit though that when I travel or go camping, I resort to prepared organic soups, the ones sold in cartons, as they are a good solution for a quick and nourishing meal.

Thank you so much for the bit about Wensleydale and Christmas Cake, Alicia. I must admit I am loving the combination of my cake with cheese more and more. I am also wondering if another type of soup would be good as well.

Thanks to you, Rachel: I am so glad you joined this edition of the Club!

Hi Val. You make a good point and I have a confession to make: much as I love tomatoes, I am actually not fond of tomato soup. But maybe your gently nudge will make me try again a homemade version out of which I can take enough to make the next cake.


I will certainly keep an eye open for this book. ;-) I'd love a taste of this cake. Mmm!

Rachel @ The Crispy Cook

Thanks so much for picking this great book for our little foodie book club. I really enjoyed reading it.


When I think cake, I think sweet. But I enjoy savory breads such as zucchini. This would feel more like a veggie bread and I know it would be good with a bowl of soup. Very nice. I loved the selection for CtBs.

Simona Carini

Ciao Paz. I think you'd enjoy it (both the book and the cake).

You are more than welcome, Rachel. I am glad you did.

Hi Tina. It may go well with soup: I hope you give it a try. I am glad you liked the book.

Deb in Hawaii

First Simona, thank you for the book choice. I had been meaning to read some of Fisher's work but CTB is the push I need sometimes. ;-) I look forward into delving into some of her other works. Lovely review post and I am glad you made the cake. Your version is studded with all the fruit and nuts and doesn't need the frosting--so much more fun than the version I made a few years ago. I love the cheese pairing idea too--perfect! It is an intriguing cake--I thought for sure I would be able to taste the soup. ;-)

Simona Carini

Dear Deb, I am so glad you enjoyed the book! It remains my favorite of all the Fisher's book I've read, though I liked also the other ones I read and I have a couple yet to read. I think she is like a trusted friend: you can always count on her to make you smile, think, forget everything else for a bit. I was not very convinced the cake would turn out good, so it was a nice surprise. I hope you'll give it another try.


I am intrigued by this and nervous of it at the same time. I just can't imagine how it tastes.

Thanks for submitting it to Bookmarked Recipes, the roundup is now live.


Simona Carini

I was nervous too, Jac, but I am glad curiosity won. Thanks!

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