Book Bites: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Book Bites is Cooking the Books’ more easygoing cousin. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. 

Today, I’m in the Pacific Northwest, & Katie helped me post the latest Book Bites. 

This time around, Marshall Ryan Maresca is stopping by to talk about one-pot dishes and the Maradine Constabulary novels!  Welcome!

Satrine Rainey, the heroine of the Maradaine Constabulary novels, including the upcoming An Import of Intrigue, is the the sole support for her infirm husband and her two daughters. She has to focus on work— specifically being an inspector in the city constabulary– and can’t be at home preparing complicated meals. Simple one-pot dishes, the kind that can be put on a stove and forgotten about for several hours, are a staple in the Rainey household.

marescacoverpicMy household is the same way. As a writer, one of the most useful things in my kitchen is my crockpot. I can set something to cook for dinner and not worry about it for the rest of the day. This gives me more time to get my work done, which is precious for any writer.

One of my favorite recipes of late is for Braised Beef Shoulder, which I set in the crockpot in the morning, and when I check on it in the afternoon, it is a lovely bit of fork-tender goodness.


Braised Beef Shoulder
3-4 lbs of beef shoulder
1/4 cup of butter
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 cup of red wine
1/2 cup water
2 tsp Worcester sauce
salt & pepper to taste
springs of fresh thyme & rosemary




Set your crockpot on high and add everything but the meat. Once the butter is melted, set the crockpot to low heat and add the meat, turning it over twice so it gets coated. It will not be completely covered by the liquid. Set the crockpot at six hours.



Ryan’s new installation in the Streets of Maradine series is also on its way to you in March: 

The Holver Alley Crew: A Novel of The Streets of Maradaine March 7th 2017.

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marescaauthorpicMarshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue and the upcoming Holver Alley Crew. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced. Visit his website at, and follow him on twitter at @marshallmaresca.


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