(This is part of a package of articles about author David Morrell.)

By David Steinberg

Right there on page 58 is David Morrell’s recipe.

Not a recipe for a novel from Morrell, who’s a Santa Fe resident and respected author of mysteries and thrillers.

This recipe is for something eatable, and no doubt quite tasty. It’s an entree he calls “Thomas De Quincey’s Pasta-Less Pasta.” It is in the newly published collection “The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.” (Quirk, $24.95)

The collection features recipes by 110 mystery writers for food and drinks in various categories.

Morrell’s recipe is named for the lead character in his two murder mysteries set in Victorian England. The most recent mystery is “Inspector of the Dead.” The character of De Quincey is based on a historical figure of the same name.

The recipe is Morrell’s, not De Quincey’s. Its main ingredient is peeled zucchini. “Pasta would have been unknown to De Quincey. Even if it had been available in Victorian England, its heaviness would probably have made it difficult for him to digest,” Morrell wrote in the introduction to his recipe.

De Quincey, you see, was an opium addict, in real life and in the two novels. Despite that his ingestion of opium, Morrell thinks De Quincey’s thoughts were unbelievably brilliant. His reaction to gluten might have clouded his brain, the author writes.

In this cookbook, Morrell is in good company.

There’s an appetizer recipe from J.A. Jance (“Sugarloaf Cafe Sweet Rolls”), Sandra Brown (“Mystery Crackers”), Mary Higgins Clark (“Mary’s Celebratory Giants Game Night Chili”), Scott Turow (“‘Innocent’ Frittata”), James Patterson (“Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake”), Meg Gardiner (“The Kinsey Mill Oklahoma Biscuits”). And many, many more recipes to make your mouth water and stomach rumble.

The book’s editor is Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and herself an author of a mystery series and three suspense novels.

The book’s introduction states that “considering how intertwined food and murder are in fiction, Mystery Writers of America decided it would be a crime not to celebrate this idea…” Hence this cookbook.