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Ona Vitkus’ Tomato Soup Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello, readers. If you’re reading The One-in-a-Million Boy for your book club, here is a cupcake version of my main character Ona’s tomato soup cake. I know, they sound awful. But don’t leave before trying one! My publisher also puts out cookbooks, so the recipe went through their test kitchen. I got the idea for tomato […]

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Emma Donoghue: Jack’s Sixth-Birthday Cake from ROOM

The following recipe and introduction are re-printed from THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Penguin, 2012). The narrator of Emma Donoghue’s novel is a five-year-old boy who leads a busy life. Jack and his mother’s days are filled with imagination, love for each other, and “thousands of things to do,” […]

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Adella’s Rescue Road Bacon Brownies Recipe

Greg Mahle drives more than 8,000 miles every month transporting lost, neglected and abandoned dogs to new “forever” homes. His remarkable story is at the center of Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015). Every other Monday he kisses his wife Adella goodbye on the […]

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Juicy Wine Cakes from A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK

In the novel A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius Reilly and the wannabe stripper, Darlene, both have an affection for wine cakes, smallish yellow cakes soaked in wine and topped with whipped cream and cherries. This dessert goes all the way back to Creole Louisiana’s antebellum days, when cakes such as savarin, a French pastry doused […]

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Torte, Ollie’s Birthday

Eileen Goudge: Ollie’s Birthday Torte  ONCE IN A BLUE MOON  In my latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon, café barista Ollie has a deft touch with baked goods.  This is a version of the birthday torte he made for Kerrie Ann’s 30th, using walnuts instead of hazelnuts.  It’s a bit labor-intensive, but the end result […]

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Sugar Cake, Moravian

Golden Keyes Parsons’s Moravian Sugar Cake WHERE HEARTS ARE FREE While on a research trip to Pennsylvania to the area where my ancestors, the Clavell family, settled in the 1700’s, and where the concluding book of the Darkness to Light series, Where Hearts Are Free, is set, we attended a Clewell (changed from Clavell) family reunion. The series […]

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Strawberry 7Up Pie

Margaret Sartor’s Strawberry 7Up Pie and Spiced Tea MISS AMERICAN PIE My mother wasn’t too excited by cooking when I was growing up. Or, to put it more accurately, she never relished hours in the kitchen because there was always plenty else to do. As an artist and mother of five, Mama was a whiz of […]

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Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart

Eileen Goudge’s Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart DOMESTIC AFFAIRS In my latest novel, Domestic Affairs, Abigail is a self-made domestic diva who’s made her fortune showing her legions of adoring fans how they, too, can enjoy the finer things in life. The irony is that Abigail grew up poor, the daughter of a maid. She learned from closely observing […]

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Spiced Tea Soufflé

Julia Glass’s Spiced Tea Soufflé I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE  My first two novels, Three Junes and The Whole World Over, feature chefs as major characters, so readers tend to assume that I love cooking. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that I love eating (alas!), which makes cooking a means to a delectable end. One […]

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Alyse Myers: Sour Cream Coffee Cake A recipe for a riich. moist coffee cake topped with a crunchy topping — perfect for coffee or tea.  WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? My mother wasn’t a cook. As you’ll read in my book, after my father died when I was 11 and my sisters were 9 […]

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