: To honour the great crime writer Agatha Christie, French author Anne Martinetti will be recreating recipes from her books, singling out those suitable for concealing poison as an extra ingredient.
As any devotee of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot knows, the great detectives only have to show up for a meal for some guest to topple over the table clutching their throat and turning blue.
Martinetti will be speaking and cooking at Christie’s beloved holiday house, Greenway — the home she called “the most beautiful place in the world” — now in the care of the National Trust.
The event is part of Christie’s festival this September, held in and around Torquay where she was born on 15 September 1890.
Food, not always lethal, figured heavily in Christie’s books and in her real life. Festival director Anna Farthing recalled that Christie often noted after social engagements that the company had been trying but “the eating good”.
“I think I will share the cake called Delicious Death cooked in the novel A Murder is Announced — it’s a fabulous chocolate cake. Maybe I will also prepare fish butter, the weapon in Sad Cypress, and let people guess if I have added strychnine,” Martinetti added ecstatically.GUARDIAN
I’m very excited to cook at the same place where Christie was, especially when I see the photo of her with her apron