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Ladee Hubbard: Elizabeth’s Lemon Cake

Ladee Hubbard: Elizabeth’s Lemon Cake The Rib King is set in the early 20th century and tells the story of an African American domestic servant in a wealthy household who creates a meat sauce that becomes a national sensation. Food is an important emotional core of the novel and a lot of my research involved considering […]

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Diane Chamberlain’s Gold Nugget Cake

Diane Chamberlain’s Gold Nugget Cake In the 1940s, World War II was in full force and food rationing was a normal part of life so the government could ensure that everyone was getting an equal amount. In spite of this, women came up with unique and quirky menus that we simply don’t see today. When […]

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Stephanie Thornton Plymale’s Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Stephanie Thornton Plymale’s Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens I grew up homeless and was in the foster care system for much of my youth, so it’s hard to overstate how much my family, and the home we have created, mean to me. Designing beautiful spaces and sharing time in them with my loved ones is something […]

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Ijeoma Oluo’s Feminist Pudding

Ijeoma Oluo’s Feminist Pudding Anybody who knows me knows that when times get tough, the tough make pudding. Between the pandemic, a house fire, and being immersed in white male supremacy for this book and in my life, times have certainly been tough. Fortunately, homemade pudding is one of the most comforting foods on the […]

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Garth Stein’s Recipe for Enzo’s Pancakes

My childhood dog was an Airedale terrier named Muggs, to whom I dedicated my book. She loved pancakes more than any other food, and, in fact, her last meal was “hotcakes,” as my mother calls them. My current dog, Comet, was cut from the same cloth apparently, because she loves pancakes as well; in our […]

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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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