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Adriana Trigiani’s Mafalda’s Cotoletta alla Milanese (Breaded Veal Cutlet)

July 6, 2019

Every recipe in my family cookbook, Cooking With My Sisters, has a name, and not just the one to describe the food, but a name designated to the creator, the cook, or the person in the kitchen who took the age old instructions handed down on bits of paper and at long last, perfected the dish. […] Read More

Delia Owens’s Recipe for Pa’s Hush Puppies from WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

July 1, 2019

  From Delia Owens: Cooking is a huge part of Kya’s life in this novel. The reader gets to hear about all of the meals she makes for herself because she has to learn to cook and become independent at an incredibly young age. These recipes are some of her favorites and are a part […] Read More

Heidi Diehl’s Hinterkopf Geburtstagskuchen (Birthday Cake)

June 17, 2019

      In Lifelines, Louise falls in love with German drummer Dieter Hinterkopf when she travels from  Oregon to Düsseldorf to study art in 1971. The Hinterkopf Geburtstagskuchen is Dieter’s family‘s traditional birthday cake. Louise’s mother-in-law, Hannelore, instructs Louise to make the cake for her Dieter, part of the complicated family history that Hannelore shares. The […] Read More

Jenna Blum: Peter Rashkin’s Latkes with Beet Dip & Horseradish Crème Fraîche

June 4, 2019

  One of the amazing things about creating the menu for The Lost Family was reconnecting with my own. I knew I wanted the book’s restaurant, Masha’s, to be a fusion of Jewish and German food—Peter and his first wife Masha’s culinary heritages, respectively—and, since we’re introduced to Masha’s in 1965, the menu items  would also […]

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Eugenia Kim’s Easy Cabbage Kimchi

November 4, 2018

In The Kinship of Secrets, kimchi is featured in both Inja’s Korean story and Miran’s American story (the two young sisters at the heart of the novel). In Seoul, Inja’s aunt makes terrible kimchi that worsens as it ferments over the winter. As a way to earn money, Miran’s mother makes gallons of fresh kimchi and […] Read More

Sarah McCoy: Marilla’s Plum Puffs from MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES

October 23, 2018

  Marilla is renowned for her Plum Puffs in both Anne of Green Gables and in Marilla of Green Gables. In Marilla of Green Gables, readers discover how Marilla comes to learn the recipe and the special people she bakes with and for.     From the recipe collection of author Sarah McCoy, borrowed from Aunt Maud’s Recipe Book: […] Read More

Five-Spice Meatballs & Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

October 11, 2018

In What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, while living as an Iranian refugee in Sweden, Nahid looks back on growing up in Iran and her life as a “young person with great potential.” She reminisces about the summer nights cooking in the kitchen with her mom and her six sisters when they were preparing food […] Read More

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