Ann Waldron has a series of murder mysteries set at Princeton; Unholy Death in Princeton, for example, was set at Princeton Theological Seminary. And the most recent one I have read, A Rare Murder in Princeton features rare books and manuscripts, librarians, and related matters. This one is set at Princeton University. All sorts of rarefied terms and examples fly -- autographs (i.e. hand written manuscripts) of Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds, the Bay Psalm Book (which turns out to be the first book printed in America), finding guides and incunabula. The food, though, is not so rarefied -- more like comfort food, prepared by the chief character, McLeod Dulaney, who hales from Florida but visits Princeton now and then to teach a semester. Like McLeod, the author is a southerner (though from Alabama) transplanted to New Jersey, a journalist and book author. For those interested in religion, Henry Van Dyke, author, among other things of The Other Wise Man, appears as a running theme in this mystery (unrelated to the puzzle of who is murdering people, though it provides McLeod a rationale for spending time in the Rare Book Room, reading boxes and boxes of material). This Princeton mystery is more a book with recipes than a mystery based on food. The recipes appear on the last few pages -- for pork chop, apple and sweet potato casserole; chocolate mousse; and scallop chowder. Each sounds delightful -- hearty comfort served up by a main character who thinks food can accomplish a lot to ease the soul, to set the tone of a conversation, to make life more full and more fun, to persuade folks to answer her none too subtle questions. She may be right. The book was just the right antidote to the tensions of real life -- and just the right length to provide a hearty comfort food for the mind. I admit, I read it more for the academic mystery than the food -- but still, it does fit under Murder on the Menu.