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

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. […]

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Heidi Diehl’s Hinterkopf Geburtstagskuchen (Birthday Cake)

      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 […]

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Jodi Picoult’s “A Spark of Light” Missisippi Mud Cake

        Jodi Picoult chose a Mississippi Mud Cake to pair with a book club discussion of her novel A Spark of Light, set in Mississippi. Mississippi mud cakes and pies are thought to be named for the rich dark mud lining the banks of the Mississippi River. This cake recipe, adapted from Down Home: Treasured […]

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Max’s Manhattan Cocktail Recipe from Sold on a Monday

In my latest historical novel, Sold on a Monday, I was thrilled to include a swanky  New York supper club from my previous book, The Edge of Lost—along with a cameo from a certain underworld character. Hence, to celebrate the end of Prohibition, I hope your book club will love the sweet Italian twist of the […]

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#TheLostFamilySupperClub Recap and Menu

  As fans of food and book bloggers, we knew they would have some creative approaches to recipes inspired by The Lost Family, author Jenna Blum‘s new novel. On June 3, we hosted #TheLostFamilySupperClub:  a gathering of eighteen bloggers at a virtual dinner party to celebrate the book’s release, sharing novel-inspired recipes and creating mouth-watering menus. It was […]

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Mark Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky Sicilian Broccoli and Sausage Recipe

               “I just finished reading Mark Sullivan’s Beneath A Scarlet Sky, an incredible novel.  There is a dish mentioned in the book for Sausage, Broccoli and Garlic that has me salivating.  The main character savors this dish. The book is set during World War II Italy and even the […]

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Peking Duck Spring Rolls from Janice Y.K. Lee

The Expatriates is set in contemporary Hong Kong and is about three very different women living in the American expat community, but I think it is mostly about the bonds of women and motherhood.  Expats in Hong Kong can live a rarefied life of cocktails and dinner parties.  In my novel, Hilary Starling has a dinner […]

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Soft Scrambled Eggs & Chanterelles from Stephanie Danler

One of the great joys of moving to the East Coast was discovering wild mushrooms. My first autumn in New York, a chef friend of mine took us foraging up in the Hudson River Valley where we hunted for chanterelles. Each golden cap was like finding treasure, though the real rewards came later when my […]

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Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Pistachio Baklava

  Towers Falling, my novel for middle grade readers focuses on three friends: Sabeen, a Turkish American Muslim girl, Ben, a booklover and soldier’s son, and Dèja, a homeless girl who doesn’t know her father’s damaged lungs and her family’s subsequent poverty are because of his 9/11 heroism. When Dèja and Ben cut school to […]

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Kathy Gunst’s Provençal-Style Fish Soup with Rouille from SOUP SWAP

Photo: Yvonne Duivenvoorden How can making a pot of soup build community? That’s the concept behind Soup Swap, my newest cookbook. Here’s the set up: invite a group of food-loving friends over—neighbors, family, book club, yoga group, PTO, etc— and ask everyone to bring a large pot of their favorite soup (as well Mason jars […]

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