Recipe for Confusion Nov09

Recipe for Confusion

“Recipes?” editor wants me to write about that? What do thriller-writers know about recipes? We can cook up a metaphor – a recipe for success, disaster, or confusion.   We can use one as a clue. “As he examined the blood from the chef’s wound, Detective Poirot realized that some of it had spattered on to the recipe for the soufflé.”   We can use it as a puzzle. “I think I have it, Watson. It’s telling us to turn Right at the Edge of the Corpse and look Inside the Pantry….”   Cooking a meal? They’re asking the wrong writer.   But, wait. If it’s a drink recipe, that’s different.   I claim the recipe for the world’s...