Too Many Cooks By Rex Stout – Extended Cut

Our full, extended discussion of Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout. On a trip to the Kanawha Spa to meet and discuss food with Les Quinze Maitres – the world’s best chefs – our detective duo of socialite Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin are dragged into solving the murder of controversial New York Chef Philip Laszio, found dead during his own contest at the meeting. Despite initial reluctance, escalating drama finally drags Nero Wolfe into the fray, but he refuses to stay any longer than initially planned. Can Archie and Nero solve the crime before they have to leave for New York. Nero Wolfe is one of the most prolific detectives at the tail end of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, with Rex Stout putting out over 50 Nero Wolfe stories, leading to some of the most outrageous promotional campaigns in Literature history at the time. This book, in particular, had a national tour featuring dancers and a show band, as well as an accompanying Cookbook.

We spoke with American Crime Writer Lucy Burdette, author of the Key West mystery series, starring foodie Hayley Snow, about writing cozy crime and the appeal of food-related crime fiction. We spoke with Wolfe-food-blogger Kirsten Wright, creator of the Inspired by Wolfe blog, a blog which cooked its’ way through the full Nero Wolfe Cookbook and more. Finally, we spoke with Nine Food and Wine writer Callan Boys about how we can discuss food without ending up like Philip Laszio.

For this episode, Flex was blind and Herds was the veteran. Did Herds finally manage to keep a point from Flex’s clutches? Tune in to find out!

The original episodes:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Death of the Reader’s extended cut brings all three shows for a book into one bundle, with extra content, discussion, and sometimes even a meta discussion; a behind-the-scenes peek at how we put the episode together.

This extended cut was edited by Felix Shannon.

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