Hi, Reader! My name is Cara Nicoletti and I’m a butcher, former-pastry chef and writer
living in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up working in my grandfather’s butcher shop outside of Boston and have been working in kitchens since I moved to New York in 2004 to attend NYU. For me, there has always been a connection between eating and reading. There is nothing as engrossing as the eating of a truly great meal and nothing that nourishes my spirit quite like the reading of a good book. Hemingway himself once said “I have discovered that there is romance in food when romance has disappeared from everywhere else.” Perhaps it is because of this symbiosis that, for me at least, some of the most romantic, most poignant scenes in literature are scenes of cooking and eating.

I currently work as a butcher at The Meat Hook in Brooklyn and am in the process of writing a book about my love affair with reading and cooking, to be published by Little, Brown next year!

For updates and fun offers you can also “like” the Yummy Books facebook page, or for book, butchery, and tomfoolery-related photos and tweets you can find me on twitter and instagram @caranicoletti

Email me! Nicoletti dot cara at gmail dot com


27 thoughts on “About”

  1. Sarah Bailey said:

    Ran into your parents the other night and mentioned this, it looks incredible and I can’t wait to make some of these desserts. Congrats

  2. This blog makes me very happy. When I think Cara I think books and being fed. And David Lynch I guess. And the Celtics. But I’m not sure how you can work in those other two.

  3. Ken Shulman said:


    This is wonderful. Great idea, great images, great writing. Nice work and looking forward to reading more.

  4. Nice job! Those Cardamon buns are happening at my house immediately.

  5. Love your blog!

  6. Cara, stumbled upon this and love, love it! You’re a wonderful writer (no surprise) and the food!! (good thing i just ate!) Hope all is well w/ you! peace in the new year.

    • Hi, Mr. Leeming!
      What a great surprise! Thank you so much for reading. I still remember the note you left in my mailbox after I gave my senior speech–I count you among the people who inspired me to keep reading and writing. Hope all with you is wonderful!

  7. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. A. Lore said:

    Hi! Awesome blog! How can I subscribe via email? Thanks!

    • Thank you! In the bottom right-hand corner of the blog there should be a little plus sign that says “follow.” Once you click it you can enter in your email address and it will update you whenever I post! If it doesn’t show up your browser might be out of date. So happy to have you!

  9. Hi Cara,

    Love the blog. Would love to chat about your ambitions to pursue a book project based on your work here. Hope you’ll be in touch.

    Jason Allen Ashlock

  10. I love this blog! It’s true–there’s a real connection between reading and eating, perhaps the amount of sensation and imagination that come from each activity. I can’t wait to read more of your stuff!

  11. I love your blog! It is such an amazing idea, and you have such great photographs and style. Am looking forward to reading more in the future.

    • Thank you so much! The Hunger Games meal you prepared is absolutely fantastic–those rolls! It was so hard to resist making that lamb stew, but the flaming cake was calling to me. Thanks for stopping in!

  12. Thanks for following me blog! I am so glad we found each other. I love your photos. Well done!

  13. I love your blogs header pic. Did you design it? I’d be interested in what program you used, if any. I’d like to try to make my own.

  14. Oh, and the food pics are gorgeous….(except the pig one; I love animals.)

  15. Oh heck yes. New favorite food blog.

    Wouldn’t it be great to be able to read and eat at the same time? But that gets messy really fast, and I have poor hand-mouth coordination which means I have to look at my food as I’m eating it, making it impossible to read.


    • I wish I could say I didn’t know anything about this dilemma, Claire, but (alas) most of my books are covered in jelly fingerprints and tomato sauce shmears. So happy to have you!

  16. What a delightful blog! This librarian’s daughter can’t wait to catch up on all your posts.

    • Thank you, Michelle–so glad to have you! How wonderful to have a librarian for a parent, did you ever get to wander around the library after it was closed? As a kid I always thought that would be the most thrilling thing in the world (I’m not much of a dare-devil). Thanks again for stopping in!

  17. Hi! A friend just passed on your blog and I love the idea, also being obsessed with books and food. I thought of it this morning when I received a newsletter from Small Demons, which pulls out references (to pop culture, people, locations, and the all encompassing “things”) in books and links them to other books (here’s the food and drinks one: https://www.smalldemons.com/things/products_brands/food_drinks).

    Keep up with the good work! The Hunger Games cake and Jane Eyre buns look especially enticing. Do you think you will do a new author each time, or add multiple recipes from books of the same author?

  18. Cara,

    I remember you telling me about your blog a few years ago at Think. I’m not sure which I’m more sad about; the fact that I didn’t delve in sooner, or that I have not created something as deliciously ingenious! I’m reading, eating, and sharing.



  19. You left a super sweet comment on my blog last week and I just realized that you were you! I’m such a fan of your blog, YOU are great, haha.

  20. I can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough to do this together….read the book, eat the food. Thank you for sharing your inspiration….blessed be.

  21. I absolutely LOVE your blog! What a wonderful idea for a food blog and for endless sources of recipe inspiration. 🙂

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