“I encourage people to have music meals by picking out some recipes, listen to some songs they aren't familiar with and fall in love with The Beatles all over again.”
The book takes Beatles song titles, including some deep cuts (sorry!), and turns them into Beatles-inspired recipes. Just the titles of some of them give a taste of what's cooking.
There's “Lady Medallions” using filet mignon, brandy and chives; “Tangerine Tree and Marmalade Sky Bread”; “I Relish Her Majesty,” a relish with nuts and gelatin added; “Strawberry Pie Forever”; “I Want to Tell You About This Fab-4-U-Lous Flour-Less Chocolate Cake”; “Re-Act Naturally,” with bananas, dark brown sugar, banana liqueur and rum; “Here, There and Everywhere Sausage Square”; and “Stuffed Sgt. Peppers.”
“Recipe Records: A Culinary Tribute to the Beatles” is Stagg's third book of musical recipes. How did the Beatles book come about?
“My best friend and I love music and food and we dreamed up the idea and wrote the first book, 'Recipe Records'” she told us. “It was pretty popular, so we kept the momentum going by beginning to write the Sixties edition, 'Recipe Records the 60's Edition.'
“After beginning the project, my best friend, Maggie, fell ill and sadly, unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 44. She passed 1 1/2 yrs ago. It took me a long time to dig out of my funk and decide to work on the Sixties again. Once I got it finished, someone approached me about doing a Beatles cookbook. I instantly knew that it would be terrific to do this and it took me about 30 days to write it.”
Stagg, who hosts a weekly radio podcast on Blog Talk Radio, says the book is both a tribute and a cookbook.
“My intention with the Beatles book is this: The book is not only functional, but it is a written artistic tribute to my favorite band The Beatles. I am surrounded by folks who are less than impressed by The Beatles and I'm constantly trying to sway people into my camp by sharing the fascinating stories about The Beatles and trying to show people how the impact of this band affects every aspect of the music world,” she says.
“No other musician has affected music in the same way. I'm hoping to win over a new generation of fans of the Fab Four. People who have no knowledge of the Beatles will read various trivia and stories about the Beatles that they wouldn't ordinarily be exposed to. I sell a lot of books to college kids, newlyweds and young women. The recipes are tried and true, but they are also beautiful when served with great company and great music.”
All three books are available through her website.