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Historical Dutch Apple Pie recipe from author Dominic Smith

Life is weather. Life is meals. I always recall this James Salter quote from Light Years whenever I think about food in fiction. Meals are also a signifier in novels and stories. What a character eats—and how they eat it, and with whom—tells us a lot about their background and worldview. In The Last Painting of […]

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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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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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Gingered Apple Fizz

from The Gingered Pear  The Postcomers Book Club of Wellesley, Massachusetts served Gingered Apple Fizz when they discussed The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin to highlight the apples grown in the orchard. It can also be served as a cocktail with vodka or gin. 1 ounce Shrub Apple Fennel Fruit Syrup 3 mint leaves 1/2 – 1 ounce ginger beer […]

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