Novel Noshes

NOVEL NOSHES: Book Club Menu Ideas

Looking for snacks, dishes, or drinks inspired by the reading selection for your book club? Book club members continually request—and share— ideas for book-related fare. Integrating book-related cuisine into meetings offers a chance to connect with the literature, try new recipes, and spice up their discussion.

We’re happy to share ideas from book groups, as well as those from authors.  Some are dishes or foods mentioned in the pages of these titles, while others are simply imaginative ideas from these groups. We hope these ideas spark your own culinary imagination. Please note that some of these suggestions will make sense to you only after reading the book.

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Also, see:

*Author Recipes pages
*GalleyMatch Book Clubs Recommend Menus
*Tips on Pairing Food and Literature.

TITLES AND FOOD PAIRINGS
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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton (see our recipes in The Book Club Cookbook)

AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kelly McWilliams

AHAB'S WIFE, OR THE STAR-GAZER by Sena Jeter Naslund (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE AIR YOU BREATHE by Frances de Pontes Peebles

THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho
–Food for Thought Book Club in Annville, Pennsylvania: Brazilian national dish "feijoada" and mini pyramids out of cheeses, crackers, and olives

THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
-Flip and Sip of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Finn’s hangover one-skillet breakfast casserole, the little problems favorite bacon, goat cheese sandwiches, croissants, elderflower liquor, and rose wine. Our host made us favors with a Rose tea bag and rosebud soaps!

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL and ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by James Herriott

ALL GIRLS by Emily Layden
Also see:  ALL GIRLS Recipe Party

Emily Layden’s  Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

ALL MY RAGE by Sabaa Tahir
Reading Between the Wines of Albany, New York: We met at a local Indian/Pakistani restaurant to enjoy food discussed and eaten in the novel: chai tea, poori, halwa, Chicken Kashmiri, and paratha, among other dishes!
The Abbey Roads of Greater Boston: Pakistani food mentioned in book -  Iced Chai, Paratha, Pakoras, Samosas, Biryani,  Kheer

ALL THE CHILDREN ARE HOME by Patry Francis
Happy Bookers of Linn, Missouri Food from childhood: Franco American, Chips Ahoy, anise cookies, Nonna’s pies, and Dahlia’s special meals prepared for her kids for special occasions.
Book Club Girls of Sparta, New Jersey:  “In the spirit of the food in the book we'd serve Franco-American canned spaghetti and all of Nonna's fabulous Italian dishes!
Two Points of Interest Book Club of Brooklyn, New York: Childhood favorites with a new spin.

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Mike Gayle

ALL THIS I WILL GIVE TO YOU by Dolores Redondo

ALMOST HOME by Pam Jenoff
(see Pam Jenoff's recipe paired with ALMOST HOME)
–The Literary Lyres of San Fernando Valley, California: London-themed pot luck dinner with our discussion. Our cocktail was London Lemonade, Get Pickled and Drown Your Tears Pickled Eggs, London Broil, and London Bars

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID (for Hire) by Jen Glantz

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

AMERICA, AMERICA by Ethan Canin: see author’s recipe in Table of Contents

AMERICAN DAUGHTER  by Stephanie Thornton Plymale

AMÉRICA'S DREAM by Esmeralda Santiago: See the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

AND BY FIRE by Evie Hawtrey

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt( see recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

ANGELS OF THE RESISTANCE by Noelle Salazar

See Noelle's Book Club Menu and Ontbijtkoek (Breakfast Cake) recipe

ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (see recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS by Lorna Landvik
–Reading Between the Wines of Ridgewood, New Jersey: Candy

ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy (see recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein
(see Enzo's pancakes recipe from Garth Stein, from  Table of Contents)

–Paulinskill Lake Book Club in Wantage, New Jersey: dog bone-shaped cookies and "puppy chow."

THE ARTIST COLONY by Joanna Fitzpatrick
Boulevard Book Group of Westfield, NJ: We were fascinated by the Japanese abalone divers in the book and while we didn't have abalone, one of our group members made a delicious clam dip. Even though the book was set in the prohibition era, we enjoyed wine.

Blu Stocking Lit(erary) Soc(iety) of West Allis, Wisconsin: Vegetable lasagna. While abalone is a bit scarce in the Midwest, we followed through on the quote from page 38 "Then all you need is a vegetable garden in your backyard and you will never go hungry?"

ASHTON HALL by Lauren Belfer (click for Lauren's book club menu and Scones recipe)

Also: The Revivals of Germantown, Wisconsin: Nicky and Alice share a ploughman's lunch under a big old tree on their second day at Ashton Hall. Spread around a 22" wooden board, we lunched on smoked and cured ham slices, sourdough bread, locally-grown tart red apples and yellow pears, tomatoes, sharp white cheddar and Gorgonzola cheese, red lettuce, and Chutney. Served alongside:  Apple, Gorgonzola, and Pancetta slaw and Lauren Belfer's recipes for Sticky Gingerbread and Fruit Scones with homemade jam and clotted Cream! Homemade brownies were tucked inside pink gift bags for afternoon tea.

ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT by Clare Pooley
From Claire Pooley: "The best accompaniments for The Authenticity Project are Julian’s favourite Butterscotch flavoured Angel Delight and Mrs Wu’s wonton soup with Chinese dumplings. I’m not sure how well those two things go together though!"

Carrie's Book Club of  Newtown, Pennsylvania: Pimms Cups and other treats mentioned in book, including Jaffa cakes and gummies.

BACKSEAT SAINTS by Joshilyn Jackson: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE BADDEST GIRL ON THE PLANET by Heather Frese Sanchez

BAKING CAKES IN KIGALI by Gaile Parkin
–Frenchtown East in Missoula, Montana: Tea with cardamom spice and cupcakes

BALKAN GHOSTS BY ROBERT D. KAPLAN
–Co-ed Book Club of Greater Boston: Serbian Plum Brandy, and we made souvlaki

BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS by Dai Sijie( see our recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE BANGALORE DETECTIVES CLUB by Harini Nagendra

BAYOU BOOK THIEF by Ellen Byron

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOLS by Jillian Cantor 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

BECOMING MS. BURTON: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton
From author Susan Burton: "Organic butter lettuce, organic tomatoes, and basil, a variety of cheeses, 

Keebler crackers, Gershen pickles, lemon cake, or oatmeal walnut cookies. I picked these food pairings because of my love for gardening, organic foods, and they represent revitalization and healing."

BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg(see our recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

BEFORE I KNEW by Jamie Beck

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate - see Costco Connection article
Lisa Wingate's Apple Bread Pudding

 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris:
From B.A. Paris: 
"In BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Grace and Jack give a dinner party for their friends. Jack chooses the menu; cheese soufflés to start, Beef Wellington for the main, and a Pavlova for dessert. I have cooked all these dishes at one time or another, and I know how challenging they are. It’s exactly why I chose them; Jack’s aim is to make Grace’s life as difficult as possible.

If anyone has ever made a soufflé, they will know how difficult it is to get it to the table before it collapses. Timing is everything, and we can sense Grace’s stress levels rising as Jack does his best to sabotage her efforts by keeping their guests talking when she has already called them to the table. Luckily, Diane steps in, and the soufflés are perfect. The Beef Wellington is less tricky although there is still the problem of soggy pastry under the beef.
Lastly, the Pavlova, a delicious concoction of meringue, cream, and fruit. I love both making this and eating it, and getting the meringue absolutely right – crisp on the outside, slightly chewy in the middle – is quite a feat. Luckily for Grace, she pulls it all off. These dishes are rather elaborate for a book club dinner, so I would skip the soufflés, make a beef casserole instead of the Wellington, and keep the Pavlova. Even if the meringue isn’t quite right, the cream and fruit will hide multiples sins. But if you do decide to make all three, please invite me, as they are some of my favourite things to eat".

BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

BEND TOWARD THE SUN  by Jen Devon

BENEATH A SCARLET SKY by Mark Sullivan

THE BENNET WOMEN by Eden Appiah-Kubi

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Jennifer Weiner
–Devine Ladies Book Club of Midland Michigan: Key West Florida theme with frozen cocktails, fried plantain chips with dip, Key West Shrimp, Salad, and Key Lime Pie

BET ON IT by Jodie Slaughter

BETTER TO TRUST by Heather Frimmer

BETWEEN ME AND YOU by Allison Winn Scotch

BIG CHERRY HOLLER by Adriana Trigiani:  see Adriana’s recipe in Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson - a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today's Bestselling Authors 

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain
-Also see our BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN Recipe Party

-Also see Diane Chamberlain’s Gold Nugget Cake Recipe

BIJOU OF THE DEAD by Robert Freese
–Overdue Book Club of Huntsville, Alabama: Zombie finger cookies and appropriately colored brain matter cookies

BIRDS OF CALIFORNIA by Katie Cotugno

BITTER IN THE MOUTH by Monique Truong: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL by Melissa de la Cruz

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS by Alice Randall

BLACK CAKE by Charmaine Wilkerson
Charmaine Wilkerson: Eleanor's Black Cake, Caribbean Rum Punch, and Jamaican Lemonade Recipes

BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth

THE BLACK SWAN OF PARIS by Karin Robards

BLIND TIGER by Sandra Brown
Salem Crossing of Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Mimosas with mix-ins; strawberry & blueberry simple syrups, orange juice, and a mixed berry beverage. Vegetables with ranch dressing, mini quiches, ham & Swiss cheese baked sliders, boiled shrimp, charcuterie board of cheeses, and meat.

BLOOMSBURY GIRLS by Natalie Jenner

BLUE SKY KINGDOM by Bruce Kirkby

 

THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center (click for menu) 
Katherine Center's Apple Crisp Recipe

BODY AND SOUL by Frank Conroy
–Bookwomen of Encinitas, California: New York steak and Waldorf salad

THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER by Amy Tan (see recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT by Ellery Adams

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS by Lisa Wingate

THE BOOK OF SALT by Monique Truong: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE BOOK OF SECOND CHANCES by Katherine Slee

THE BOOK OF SEPARATION by Tova Mirvis

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
(see our recipe from Markus Zusak in The Book Club Cookbook)

–Reading Hearts of Media, Pennsylvania: Pea soup, which the characters in the book ate, and sandwiches on dark bread, a luxury they did not have
The Algonquin Book Club of Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Bratwurst and German potato salad
DRUM Book Club, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington: Pea Soup

THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson
Morsels for the Mind,  Grand Rapids, Michigan:  Cheeseboard (just cheese, fruit and crackers), KFC!, Corn pudding, Spinach salad with wild blueberries and walnuts, Baking powder biscuits with blueberry jam. Kentucky Mules (Ginger Beer, mint, lime and Jim Beam), Scripture Cake (to go). 

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
Also: Morsels for the Mind,  Grand Rapids, Michigan: South African Chutney Chicken, Swiss Potato Rosti (for his Swiss father), a veggie tray, cheese and crackers, South African Shiraz wine, Dove dark chocolates.

BOTH ARE TRUE by Reyna Marder Gentin

THE BOY IN THE FIELD by Margot Livesey

THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT by Farrah Rochon

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown
Morsels for the Mind,  Grand Rapids, Michigan: Salmon Rillettes (like a spread), Crostini, Crackers, Melon, Vegetable Platter, Schnitzel (pork tenderloin), German beers (Bitburger, Hofbrau Dunkel, wines (Riesling,Liebfraumilch), Apfelstrudel (apple strudel), ice cream with caramel sauce, coffee and tea.

BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Miriam’s Book Club of Cary North Carolina: Sliced apples served with caramel sauce, shredded coconut, and chopped nuts. The main character talks about having a fresh apple, after being hospitalized for some time. Also, soft pretzels as the book takes place in Manhattan and there is mention of a pretzel stand.

BRAVA VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani:  see Adriana’s recipe in Table of Contents

BREATH AND BONES by Susann Cokal
–The Final Chapter Book Club of Lockhaven, Pennsylvania: Danish smorgasbord

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz
–Co-ed Book Club of Greater Boston: Plantains

BRIGHT LIGHTS, PRAIRIE DUST: Reflections on Life, Loss, and Love by Karen Grassle

 

CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks
–Wine, Women and Words of Needham, Massachusetts: chowder, smoked salmon, Indian pudding

CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME by Deb Spera
From Deb Spera:" Given that it is winter the menu options lessen but if I were going to host I’d do a good old-fashioned meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and collards with some homemade cornbread and butter and honey.  If they want a themed cocktail then the hurricane would be a good one to try. Otherwise coffee or sweet tea is good. For dessert: Hummingbird cake. Or pecan pie. Enjoy!”  

CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy
(see our recipe from Lalita Tademy in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Reading Between the Wines of Ridgewood, New Jersey: Upside Down Peach Cake and Ham Rolls

CAN'T LOOK AWAY by Carola Lovering 

CATCH US WHEN WE FALL by Juliette Fay

CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN by Robert K. Massie
–Bucks Book Ladies of Bucks County, Pennsylvania: Russian tea cakes, Caviar deviled eggs, and Ukranian poppy seed cake

THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO by Steven Galloway
–Chicklit Chicas from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bosnian theme (unfortunately there aren't any Bosnian restaurants in Ottawa so we went to a well-known Croatian restaurant). At the New Dubrovnik restaurant, we ate schnitzel, Dalmatian Veal (delicious veal medallions), Cavabcice (ground meats hand rolled into mini cigars and grilled), red wine, and Croatian beer.
For dessert: palacinke (crepes filled with a variety of ingredients like strawberries and cream, chocolate), rolat (chocolate sponge cake roll with chocolate BURSTING out) and torta (chocolate and vanilla butter cake).

CHANUKAH GUILT by Ilene Schneider
–Bonami Book Group of Albuquerque, New Mexico: Latkes, homemade applesauce, and smoked salmon toasts

THE CHEF'S SECRET by Crystal King

CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
–Wise Women and Words GFWC Greater Ocala Woman's Club of Ocala, Florida: borscht

THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by Melanie Benjamin
From Melanie Benjamin:
"I’m not Swedish, so I don’t have any family recipes. (Although the menu at every Ikea restaurant comes to mind!), but here is a Stollen recipe, a Swedish favorite, not just at Christmas. And then, maybe Swedish meatballs? Here is a recipe." Also see Melanie's glögg recipe.

CHOCOLAT by Joanne Harris
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook

CHOSEN ONES by Veronica Roth
see article and recipe in The Costco Connection

THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR by Nina de Gramont

THE CICADA TREE by Robert Gwaltney

Also: The Revivals of Germantown, Wisconsin:  Iced Tea, Autumn Apple & Feta Salad, Watermelon Salad, Feta, Mint; Skillet Cheddar Cornbread, Southern Pecan Praline Cookies, Coffee 

CILKA'S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers
–The Chick-Lits of Chino Hills, California: Transparent items such as spring rolls, soup, jellied salad and champagne (because the company’s goal is to make society transparent), and round items such as zucchini slices, blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, Ritz crackers, and Oreos (an homage to the Circle and the ultimate goal in the book of closing the Circle).

CITY of FLICKERING LIGHT  by Juliette Fay

COBBLESTONES, CONVERSATIONS, AND CORKS by Giovanni Ruscitti

COCKTAILS UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS by Alexandra Fuller
–Read 'Em and Eat in Port Angeles, Washington: African peanut soup

THE CODEBREAKER'S  SECRET by Sara Ackerman (click for Sara's book club menu and recipe)
Carrollton Book Buddies, Texas: "We met at tropical Tommy Bahamas restaurant for a chopped salad with shrimp, coconut shrimp, and Mahi Mahi Tacos. Tropical beverages included. Cloud Coconut Martinis and Jalapeno Margaritas."
Ranch Readers, Littleton, Colorado: Banana chocolate chip cake/ banana pudding topping, tropical fruit salad, Huli-huli Chicken.
Blustocking Literacy Society, West Allis, Wisconsin: Wacky Cake, a classic chocolate cake born of necessity for WWII rationing.

THE COLDEST WINTER EVER by Sistah Souljah (see our recipe for THE COLDEST WINTER EVER in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Regal Sisterhood Book Club of McKinney, Texas: Stromboli and Calzone (catered by Brooklyn's as book is set in Brooklyn) and Virgin and Experienced Iced Teas (Winter’s stay in Long Island)

THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE by B.A. Shapiro

THE COLOR OF ICE by Barbara Linn Probst

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole
–Chimney Hill Book Club of Edmond, Oklahoma: Red beans and rice, King Cake and Hurricanes (New Orleans setting)
–Food for Thought Book Club in Annville, Pennsylvania: Bugles (Dunce Caps)

THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI by Andrew Sean Greer
–Women of Words of Green Valley, Arizona: Roadside Lemonad

COOL CREATURES, HOT PLANET: Exploring the Seven Continents by Marty Essen
Tween the Lines of Grand Rapids, Minnesota: Honoring each continent of the world with a regional dish. The Salmon Jerky recipe was paired with Antarctica.

THE COPENHAGEN AFFAIR by Amulya Malladi

CORELLI’S MANDOLIN by Louis de Bernières
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up  and recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

COST by Roxana Robinson:  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

CROSSING TO SAFETY  by Wallace Stegner
Wine, Women, and Words of Greater Boston: Vermont and Wisconsin cheese and crackers, canapés, jello mold, and champagne.

CRAZY TO LEAVE YOU by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon
(see our recipe from Mark Haddon in The Kids' Club Book Club Book)

–Kings Mountain Book Club of Woodside, California: Food with a number on it
The Literary Ladies of Avon, Ohio: Red color theme

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese
 see Abraham Verghese's recipes for Doro Wat, Beef Fry and Upma in Table of Contents and The Book Club Cookbook 

THE DANISH GIRL by David Ebershoff (see David Ebershoff’s recipe in Table of Contents )

THE DANGERS OF AN ORDINARY NIGHT by Lynne Griffin

DARK AND SHALLOW LIES by Ginny Myers Sain
Reckless Readers, Eastford, Connecticut: Southern delights mentioned in the book: Honey’s Pralines, Willie Nelson’s Gator Piss cocktail—with Midori, lime juice, rum, sweet & sour mix, and seltzer—Cajun wings and shrimp dip.
|ELHS Book Club Trinity, Alabama: jambalaya, gumbo, and pistolette rolls (crusty French rolls), foods mentioned in the book.
Book Club Girls Sparta, New Jersey: Hurricane Punch, crawfish, gator bites, and cajun fried catfish along with cornbread for a themed Bayou menu.

DARK ROADS by Chevy Stevens

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
–The Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York: Dishes made from the items found near the register at a supermarket (because the winners of the lottery worked together at a supermarket)

DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE by Isabel Allende (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE DAVINCI CODE by Dan Brown( (see recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

DAY AFTER NIGHT by Anita Diamant: see Anita Diamant's recipes in Table of Contents

DEAR BLACK GIRLS: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power by Tamara Winfrey-Harris

DEARIE: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz:
KC Book Club of Kansas City, Missouri: Boeuf Bourguignon and Mousse Chocolate, table decorated with butter boxes and empty wine bottles. All guests wore pearls.

A DEATH IN CHINA by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano
–Wise Women and Words GFWC Greater Ocala Woman's Club of Ocala, Florida: won ton soup and Chinese noodles

THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN by  Jacquelyn Mitchard  recipes in Table of Contents 

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson
(see our recipes from Erik Larson in The Book Club Cookbook)

–Novel Broads of Omaha, Nebraska: White Chocolate Dessert

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER by Sandra Dallas
–The Wednesday Afternoon Lunch and Book Club of Northern San Diego, California: Pioneer-style lunch One pot chicken noodle stew, homemade bread with jam and field green salad
–Great Expectations of Mississauga, Ontario: Color theme: (Devil's Food whiteout cake), Cracker Jacks popcorn & juice and fruit, (juicy fruit) to represent the food that was introduced at the Fair (including red); strawberries and cream; white chocolate; red and black licorice, cookies of different colors; red and white wine

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS by Pip Williams
From Pip Williams: "Lizzie and Mrs. Ballard are fond of a pot of tea and a plate of sandwiches—they are a staple in the Sunnyside kitchen and the Scriptorium. Mrs. Ballard is also famous for her sponge cakes and will often send one over to the Scriptorium for the lexicographers’ morning tea. I’d suggest a strong English breakfast tea."

THE DILEMMA by B.A. Paris

DINNER FOR ONE: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me by Sutanya Dacres  (click for author menu)

Also: Sweetgrass Book Club of Isle of Palms, South Carolina: "We adored the recipes in the book! For book club, we sipped her Champagne Lavender Cocktail, in the 'Glow Up' section—recipes that represent the 'sweetness of life'— along with the tasty Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich -with zucchini, scamorza cheese, and spices. Bon Appetit!”

Mountain Meadows Book Club of Renton, Washington: "A cheese platter and an attempt was made at that very first dish, the roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes, and, of course, a champagne lavender cocktail!"

THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle

DISGRACE by J.M. Coetzee (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN’S PIER by Ann Packer (see Ann Packer’s recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

DO NO HARM by Christina McDonald

A DOG'S PROMISE by W. Bruce Cameron
see our article in the Costco Connection

DON'T MAKE ME TURN THIS LIFE AROUND  by Camille Pagan

DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Jeannée Sacken

DOUGLASS'S WOMEN by Jewell Parker Rhodes( see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE DRAGON LADY by Louisa Treger

DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM by Michelle Richmond
The Literary Lyres of San Fernando Valley:  Blue Cake

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert
–Read Between the Wines of McHenry, Illinois: Italian Meal with Gelato

THE EDGE OF SUMMER by Viola Shipman

EDNA LEWIS: At the Table with an American Original by Sara B. Franklin

EDUCATED: Tara Westover’s Grandma-over-in-town’s Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies 

EMMA by Jane Austen
–Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York: A tea party

THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK by Stephen L. Carter (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook

THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE by Salman Rushdie
–Epicureaders of San Francisco, California: Persian Love Cake (cardamom and saffron are delicately infused in the cake and topped with an ethereal whipped cream icing. An enchanting dessert fit for a moghul emperor.)

ENDURANCE: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE EPICURE’S LAMENT by Kate Christensen:  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS by Liza Nash Taylor

THE EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett
Also see article and recipe in The Costco Connection

EVENING CLASS by Maeve Binchy
–WTS Book Club of Houston Texas: Pizza

EVERY DAY IN TUSCANY by Frances Mayes: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova

EVERYBODY FIGHTS by Kim and Penn Holderness
Also see Costco Connection recipe and  article

EVERYBODY WRITES: Your New and Improved Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content  by Ann Handley

EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira Lee

EVERYTHING I'VE NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng
Wine, Women, and Words of Greater Boston: Ohio Buckeyes, Asian spring rolls, and foods mentioned in the novel including Stouffer's frozen dinner and Spaghettios
Morsels for the Mind,  Grand Rapids, Michigan: Greek pasta salad with chicken, spinach dip with Bugles, Tostito Scoops and Wheat Thins, fruit bowl, dill pickles rolled in ham spread with cream cheese, Chex Mix with mixed nuts, and raspberry pie with whipped cream.

EVERYTHING MUST GO by Camille Pagán

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni
From Robert Dugoni: I think if we’re talking about Sam Hell I see that Norman Rockwell type of meal from the sixties. A family around the table passing mashed potatoes, string beans, pot roast or fried chicken. Biscuits. That’s what I see.

The Wine Club with the Book Problem of Acworth, Georgia:
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Red Velvet & Deviled Food Cupcakes

Jane's Book Club of Spearfish, South Dakota: Carrot cake because Sam’s mother was always trying to get him to eat his vegetables.

FAIR AND TENDER LADIES by Lee Smith (see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

FAKE IT TILL YOU BAKE IT by Jamie Wesley

FALLING by T. J. Newman:  Wine Club with the Book Problem of Acworth, Georgia: Biscoff Cookies

THE FASHION ORPHANS by Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose

 

FINDING ME by Viola Davis
Andreas Book Club of Vail, Colorado: Food in book Mimosas, chicken wings, sandwiches (sardine, mustard, tomato, and onion; turkey, cornbread, cranberry sauce), stove-top sugar candy, wedding cake. Also suggest: Benachin, Calabas

A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

A FIRE SPARKLING by Julianne MacLean: From Julianne MacLean: "Since most of the book is set in England, I would suggest traditional English scones! You can buy them or make them, but the most important part is to spread them with clotted cream, topped with strawberry jam. Yum!"

FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah
Also, see Costco book club feature article and recipe

THE FIRST PART LAST  by Angela Johnson
(see our recipe from Angela Johnson The Kids' Club Book Club Book)

FIVE PART-INVENTION by Andrea Buchanan

THE FIXED STARS by Molly Wizenberg

THE FLICKER OF OLD DREAMS by Susan Henderson

FLIGHT by Sherman Alexie
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Navajo Fry Bread

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT by Chris Bohjalian
From Chris Bohjalian: "Dubai and Middle Eastern cuisine, where the novel opens. Hummus., cheese boregs (or phyllo triangles), fattoush salad of tomato, cucumber, fresh mint, sumac, parsley, crispy pita chips, in a dressing of oil and lemon juice. Baklava and strawberries for dessert. The alcohol? Arak. If you cannot find arak, flight attendant Cassie Bowden loves a good Negroni: gin, Campari, vermouth, and a twist of orange.

THE FLIGHT GIRLS by Noelle Salazar
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
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FLY GIRL by Ann Hood
From Ann Hood: "The menu would have to be similar to the ones from when I was a TWA flight attendant back in the late 70s-mid 80s. I actually wrote about recreating the first class dinner for Food52.“Recreating a TWA First-Class Meal, 20 Years Later”  (Ideas include: wine, Warmed nuts, jumbo shrimp, cocktail sauce, chateaubriand, hot fudge sundae)

THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER by Joanna Goodman

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL by David Bell

THE FORGOTTEN HOURS by Katrine Schumann

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway
–WINONO (Women In Need Of a Night Out) of Cranston, Rhode Island: (the book is set in a mountainous region of Spain): Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp with Sausage and Bell Pepper, Ferran Adrià's El Bulli Rotisserie Chicken, Saffron Rice, Spanish White Beans with Spinach, Artisan lettuce with roasted red onions and walnuts, shaved Manchego cheese, citrus, and olive oil dressing, Crema Catalana Ice Cream Sundaes with Raspberries

FOSTER by Claire Keegan: Claire Keegan's Soda Bread Recipe
From Claire Keegan: The narrator in my book Foster helps Mrs. Kinsella with the cooking and housework — and no Irish farmhouse would be without its own soda bread recipe. Here’s one from Richard Corrigan whose recipes are wonderfully hearty. If you don’t want any sweetness in your bread, you can make it without the honey and treacle—I  don’t have a sweet tooth, but it’s delicious either way.

Try it with smoked salmon, capers, lemon, and a pot of tea. When I’m on the road, the edible thing I most miss is wheaten soda bread and how its baking and coming out of the oven makes life feel that little bit sweeter  — even without its being sweetened — and even on a bad day. Do hope your book club members enjoy!

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
Books N Cooks of Elk Grove, California: “The Grappa of Wrath” Cocktail from Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita: More Cocktails with a Literary Twist

FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES by Min Jin Lee

FREE MAN OF COLOR by Barbara Hambly
–Happy Bookers at the Sullivan Free Library, Chittenango, New York: For this mystery set during Mardi Gras in the 1830s, Sweet Potato Pecan Pie and Southern Pecan flavored coffee

FREEDOM by Johnathan Franzen (see recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

FRIDAY BLACK by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

FRIENDS & MOTHERS by Louise Limerick
–Read Between the Wines of McHenry, Illinois: Hummingbird Cake (a traditional Southern dessert)

THE FRIENDSHIP PACT by Jill Shalvis

FROM SCRATCH by Tembi Locke

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

GALILEO'S DAUGHTER by Dava Sobel (see author recipe idea and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES: THE SECRET LIFE OF A CRITIC IN DISGUISE by Ruth Reichl
–Book Club of San Diego, California: Potluck

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles:
-Como Book Club, Sydney Australia: Champagne, Zakuski and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

See Amor Towles's Latvian Stew Recipe  (and our Book Blend "A GentleBlend in Moscow")

GETTING MOTHER'S BODY by Suzan-Lori Parks(see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE GIRL BEFORE by J..P. Delaney
See our Costco Connection recipe and article

GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer MacAllister
From author Greer MacAllister:

"Kate Warne doesn't slow down for many meals in the pages of Girl in Disguise, but her favorite dish is pierogi, Polish potato dumplings made by her landlord Mrs. Borowski. And since Kate saved the life of Abraham Lincoln en route to his inauguration, why not something from this festive menu from Lincoln's 1865 inaugural ball? "

A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY by Haven Kimmel
–Book Club of Anchorage, Alaska: Corn pudding and green beans and meatloaf and chicken casserole

THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up  and see Tracy Chevalier’s recipe for Griet’s Vegetable Soup in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE GIRL WITH SEVEN NAMES: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyonseo Lee

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson
(see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

–Morsels for the Mind of Grand Rapids, Michigan: A Swedish menu: Glogg, Lefse, Swedish Meatballs Swedish Sour Cream and Caviar Sauce for Salmon, Swedish Nuts, Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka), Swedish Thumbprint Cookies, Salmon Puffs, Swedish Cabbage, and Orange Salad

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE by Abi Daré
From Abi Daré: "I suggest Jollof Rice, Puff-Puff (deep fried dough), and Suya (spiced meat skewers). All three are well connected with the book. Puff puff which Adunnis mother sells, the other two were served by Kofi and or referenced in the facts section."

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

GIRLS LIKE US by Cristina Alger

GIRLS OF A TENDER AGE by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
–Stetson Book Club of New Haven, Connecticut: Pineapple Cream Pie

GIRLS NIGHT OUT by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
–Morsels for the Mind of Grand Rapids, Michigan: Bananas flambe (because the book starts with her earliest memory, "I was on fire")

THE GLORIOUS GUINNESS GIRLS by Emily Hourican

Also see: The Cork and Olive Book Club of Valrico, Florida: Shepherd's Pie, Guinness Chocolate Cake, Guinness Bread, Irish Tart, Guinness Cheese with Pretzels, Black Velvets (Guinness and Champagne), and Baby Guinness (Coffee liquor and Irish Creme).

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee
–Read 'Em and Eat of Port Angeles, Washington: Coleslaw, Southern and gluten-free cornbread, red beans and rice, and a sweet potato pie with a pecan crust...Delicious!

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand
My Mom and I of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania: Sausage and Basil Pasta in Mustard Cream Sauce

GONE SO LONG by Andre Dubus III. From Andre Dubus: III: “GONE SO LONG, is a dark story told from the points of view of three characters: Daniel Ahearn, an ex-convict from Massachusetts, who is 63 and dying of prostate cancer. He hasn't seen his daughter in 40 years, and at the start of the novel, he sets off to find her. Susan Dunn is his 43 year old daughter living in Florida. She's newly married yet is conflicted about whether or not she loves her husband. She's also writing a memoir that includes her having witnessed as a young girl the murder of her mother by her father, Daniel Ahearn. The third character is 82-year-old Lois Dubie, an antique dealer and Susan's maternal grandmother who raised her in Arcadia, Florida. Here are some of the meals in the book:Daniel eats hotdogs and beans.Lois, who is Italian, makes homemade manicotti and garlic bread. Served with Diet Coke or Cabernet. Early in the novel, Susan cooks for herself and her husband, Bobby, a meal of Chicken Provencal over a bed of green beans, served with red wine.Late in the novel, Daniel is served crab cakes in a fancy hotel bar he washes down with Pinot Noir. There's also a scene between Bobby and Susan where they eat fish tacos and drink iced tea."

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George (see recipes and articles in The Costco Connection

THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck (see recipe nd menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

A GOOD MEASURE by Nan Rossiter 

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Fowler
See Book Club Buzz

THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth

THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE GOWN by Jennifer Robson
See our Costco Connection article and recipe

THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (see recipe sand menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald(see recipe sand menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
(see our recipes from Annie Barrows for Potato Peel Pies in The Book Club Cookbook)

–The Page Turners of Fallston High School of Bel Air, Maryland: Grilled kielbasa slices, carrot sticks, and chocolate. We compared our fare to that of the night The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was discovered. They were secretly feasting on roast pig! The carrots and chocolate represented the types of rationed food they were provided over the time of the German Occupation.
–The Final Chapter of LockHaven, Pennsylvania: Cheese and bacon stuffed potato skins served in pie pans

WINONO (Women In Need Of a Night Out) of Cranston, Rhode Island: Our hostess placed six tiny cupcake paper cups into small rectangular shaped aluminum pans, and filled each cup with nuts, raisins, different cheeses, etc. She labeled them:
+ Red Cross Emergency Rations +
She tried to use what she already had around the house (as if her resources were scarce) for her table decorations -- a plain piece of fabric for the tablecloth and a runner made from leftover brown and tan wrapping paper, and little French butter dishes and Wedgwood trinket boxes in reference to the history of the island. We dined on salmon and roasted root vegetables.

THE GREAT MAN by Kate Christensen:  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake
From author Sarah Blake:

"In the spirit of the pivotal party 'on the rocks' that centers the book, I'd make sure you had good gin and cold wine! The boiled corn and lobster may be too much to swing, but the classic 50s WASP h'ors oeuvres of Ritz crackers, melted cheddar cheese and chutney might do, accompanied by bowls of Pepperidge Farm goldfish. And how about cucumber sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise? Min makes these for herself and Evie, and the food holds the whole of the rage and joy and sorrow of the Island in it."

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley
Bound by Pages of Santa Fe, New Mexico: Fish Stew with cream, Red Velvet Cake with White icing, as referenced in the novel

GUILT by Amanda Robson

HALF BLOWN ROSE by Leesa-Cross Smith - click for recipe and menu
Also:
Famished for Fiction of Plano, Texas: " We loved that the novel was set in Paris so we met at a French restaurant for quiche, Toulouse salad, lobster rolls, lobster risotto and rose-themed drinks: French 77 and Rose all-day punch."

C&O Book Club of Valrico, Florida: Our menu featured foods referenced —wonderfully varied and not all French! Cranberry Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes, Chickpea Stew, Fig Jam and Cheese with crackers, Rosemary Flatbread with Hummus and Olives, Pain au Chocolat, Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, and of course, Champagne!

HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
(see our recipes and menu sfor HALF BROKE HORSES In The Book Club Cookbook)

–WOW (Women of Words) of Green Valley, Arizona: Tortilla Soup

HALSEY STREET by Naima Coster

HANNAH'S WAR by Jan Eliasberg

HARD TACK AND FRENCH FRIES by Barbara Haber
–Swampscott Book Club of Swampscott, Massachusetts: Kugel Cookoff

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and recipes in The Book Club Cookbook

HAVING OUR SAY: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah Louise Delany and A. Elizabaeth Delany (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

HAVEN POINT by Virginia Hume

THE HAZARDS OF GOOD FORTUNE by Seth Greenland

HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG by Tracey Garvis Graves

HEART BERRIES by Terese Marie Mailhot

THE HELP BY Kathryn Stockett (see Kathryn Stockett's recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

HERRICK'S END by T.M. Blanchet (click)
Also: East Lawrence High School Book Club, Trinity Alabama: "The character Ollie's, favorite snack: granola bars (peanut butter, cinnamon, and chocolate chip), ‘loose meat’ aka Slim Jims, and Atomic Fireball candy.” 

HER SECRET WAR by Pam Lecky
see our feature article and Pam Lecky's recipe in The Costco Connection

 

HEREAFTER: The Telling Life of Ellen O’Hara by Vona Groarke
Author Menu
Vona Groarke's White Soda Bread
Also: Get Woke Book Club of New Prague, Minnesota: Potato soup, Irish soda bread jam, herb butter, a pork and cabbage dish, Jameson Whiskey cocktails."

HESTER by Laurie Lico-Albanese

Get Woke Book Club,  New Prague, Minnesota: "A major symbol, incorporating the books' themes, was  Isobel's sewing skill and her ability to design and stitch beautiful patterns and scenes that revealed emotions and contained hidden messages. Each member of the book club was asked to bring a bottle of wine (or another beverage of choice), containing a label that could reflect a 'hidden' message or theme of the story. Our discussion involved each of the members presenting her wine and describing the label, revealing aspects of the novel. These included PROPHECY WINES— The label’s images relate to the supernatural world, and scenes with shooting stars. Isobel struggles to accept her power, the woman on the label exhibits power.*TEMPTATION AND EVE—Depicts Eve tempting Adam. Isobel’s community shuns her as a witch when she becomes pregnant. EVE elicited discussion on the Bible story – Isobel notes its message about untrustworthy women. GNARLY HEAD WINES—summarizes many characters' mental states: Hawthorne struggles with his family history of witch trials. Isobel struggles with her artistic creations and powers. *KALEIDOSCOPE:— Isabel’s gift enables her to create beautiful designs and messages on clothing and understand others’ emotions. WITCHING HOUR: summarized the novel’s mystery, fantasy, excitement, and passion. A ‘community rice bowl’ is symbolic of the support and encouragement women shared in the novel. Member brought ingredients. Along with the theme of wine, dessert bars labeled ‘Primitive Nuts’: many characters reflect this title!
We  also shared a representation of each member’s name created by a woman with synesthesia.”

The Ranch Readers of  Littleton, Colorado: Bee-shaped tea cakes and chocolate and lemon lavender scones.
Bookish Ladies of Coto de Caza, California: Colorful vegetables mentioned in the novel.

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker
From author Robert Kolker: "You can find the recipe for the lamb curry mentioned in the book in the book club kit."

Claire’s Book Club Alexandria,  Virginia: Meals our mothers made in the ’50s that were easy and inexpensive, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and snickers cake and jello mentioned in the book.

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams
–Food for Thought Book Club in Annville, Pennsylvania: SPIRAL GALAXY tortilla pinwheels, the "best vegetable rice in the Universe," disorganized mushroom spread ("matter") on toast

HOLD LOVE STRONG by Matthew Aaron Goodman
Literary Lyres of San Fernando Valley, California: A pot luck dinner with dishes unique to New York or food that was specifically mentioned in the story. Our menu included: Waldorf Salad, New York Deli Style Potato Salad, Crack Pie, Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and a cocktail, the Brooklyn Bomber.

HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton

HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST by Julie Valerie

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS  by Sara Richardson

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi
Morsels for the Mind, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Groundnuts (aka peanuts in the shell), yam fries, Awrey Bakery's corn toast tops, cheese, and crostini were served as appetizers. The dessert was homemade three-ingredient mango ice cream topped with fresh raspberry sauce and toasted coconut and plantain bread on the side

HOMICIDE AND HALO-HALO by Mia Manansala

HONOR by Thrity Umrigar
From Thrity Umrigar:
"I would suggest buying samosas from an Indian restaurant. And buying bhel mix packages from an Indian store. Also buy a jar of date chutney. Chop onions and cilantro to add to the mix along with the chutney. Serve with black tea."

A HOPE IN THE UNSEEN by Ron Suskind (see author recipes and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford
(see our recipe from Jamie Ford in Table of Contents)

–Paulinskill Lake Book Club in Wantage, New Jersey: black & white cookies (bitter & sweet), green tea ice cream, round moon cake w/ carrot
–Words with Friends, in Lebanon, Ohio: Tea and various sweets and the hostess gave us a quarter and a peppermint as a parting gift, as mentioned in the book.

HOUR OF THE WITCH by Chris Bohjalian
From Chris Bohjalian: "I would suggest foods involving pumpkins, corn (and cornmeal), apples, and spices. They drank copious amounts of beer and were thrilled when a ship would port with Madeira. I am a vegetarian, but they ate plenty of lobster — which was their bologna — and roasted venison and wild fowl. They boiled their root vegetables until they were almost mush.

And, of course, if they want to be authentic. . .NO forks (except a two-tined carving fork)."

THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE HOUSE AT SUGAR BEACH by Helene Cooper: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG by Andre Dubus, III
(see our recipe from Andre Dubus III in The Book Club Cookbook)

–The Literary Ladies of Avon, Ohio: Middle Eastern dishes

THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET by Margot Livesey: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult
—ChickLits of New Milford, Connecticut: Because we meet on Wednesdays, and in the book Wednesday's color is yellow-- we served all yellow foods.

THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa
–The Pre-Oprah Saturday Morning Book Club of Dallas, Texas: Japanese-Style Eggs Hollandaise (served over Sushi Rice Rounds); Stir Fry Japanese Vegetables with Sweet and Sour Sauce; Water Chestnuts; Breakfast Muffins with Hidden Carrot Coins (to mimic how the housekeeper tried to sneak carrots that the professor detested into his food); and Green Tea Ice Cream

HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE by Margaret Dilloway
–The BookWormers of Dublin, California: Sushi

HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU’RE NOT LOOKING FOR by Veera Hiranandani
Voorheesville Public, New York LIbrary Family / Middle School Book Club: Jewish bakery theme: challah, Hamantaschen, rugelach, and black & white cookies. We played Beatles, Elvis, and Aretha Franklin records, as in the book.

Fairlawn, New Jersey Public Library Middle School: Black and White Cookies

HOW TO MURDER A MARRIAGE by Gabrielle St. George

A HOUSE FULL OF WINDSOR by Kristin Contino

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
–Read Between the Wines, of Terre Haute/Bloomington, Indian: Dishes that were either mentioned in the book or were a play on names of a few of the characters, such as Capitol Lamb Stew, Peeta Chips (pita chips) with Prim’s goat cheese spread, and Poison Berry Crumble for dessert

HURRICANE GIRL by Marcy Dermansky
From Marcy Dermansky:  In the beginning of my novel, Allison Brody is in an idyllic place: a small beach house in North Carolina. It’s her dream home. Allison has spent everything she had to buy the house. And there, in a state of pure and simple happiness, she swims and takes walks and writes in her journal and eats turkey sandwiches.  

“She had eaten turkey sandwiches for lunch,” I write.  “And then sometimes turkey sandwiches for dinner.”

Allison only gets to lives in that house for only a week and a half before the house blows down by a hurricane. Really, I blew it down. Writing is power. Climate change is scary. Basically, I gave Allison my dream house and then I took it away. I also gave Allison one of my favorite meals. The turkey sandwich. Turkey sandwiches are forever. I grew up on turkey sandwiches. I have always viewed them as a special treat. I am not talking about sandwiches my Mom made, but turkey sandwiches from a Jewish deli in Englewood called Sol & Sol. These sandwiches, it should be known, were not inexpensive. Perfectly roasted turkey. Russian dressing. Rye bread. That’s it. Comfort and deliciousness The truth is I can’t recreate those sandwiches at home. I have tried. Now, when I visit my mother, we get our turkey sandwiches from the Foster Village Kosher deli in Bergenfield, NJ because Sol & Sol closed many years ago. They are just as good. It should also be noted that these turkey sandwiches also always taste better when my mother pays for them. It is one small way in which I still feel taken care of.

Turkey Sandwich Recipe: When I make turkey sandwiches, I use roasted turkey—and the supermarket deli counter is fine, because I am not going to roast it myself and don’t live near a kosher deli.   Mayonnaise, lettuce, good bread. Sourdough is excellent for a turkey sandwich. Rye bread, of course, is always good.  Sometimes, I go through gluten-free phases, and that works, too. Gluten-free bread is okay is you toast it. And (this is a secret), sometimes I put bacon on my turkey sandwiches. I love a turkey club sandwich, for instance, from a diner, the kind that is cut into small triangles and held together with toothpicks. There is no way to mess up a turkey sandwich if you use good turkey—Except mustard,  of which I am not a fan.

HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield

II CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

I MUST BETRAY YOU by Ruta Sepetys

I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
–Calumet College Book Club of Whiting, Indiana: figs (not laced with poison!)

I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU by Chasten Buttigieg

I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE by Julia Glass see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

ICE ANGEL by Matthew Hart

THE IDEA OF YOU / Robinne Lee 

Reading Is My Cardio Book Club of East Greenwich, Rhode Island: Our version of a VIP afterparty with August Moon Mimosas (Prosecco, triple sec, pineapple juice, and blueberries) colors inspired by the band August Moon's logo, and desserts to match,

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin

I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU by Camille Pagan

I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy
Rapid Readers of Grand Rapids, Michigan: Strawberry banana smoothies with lemon Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF  HENRIETTA LACKS  by Rebecca Skloot (see Rebecca Skloot’s recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin

IN ANOTHER TIME by Jillian Cantor

THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon: From R.O. Kwon:  "Peaches are featured a couple of times in the novel: in one of Phoebe's interactions with her mother, and in a picnic Will plans for the two of them, with Stilton, pâté, plum jam, a baguette, mulled wine in a jug." 

“It was the fifth date in as many days; late the previous night, as we walked home, he'd asked if I liked picnics. If so, I'll plan it, he said. He brought all the food: Stilton hunks, fat-pebbled pâté. Plum jam. The half-baguette. Ripe peaches. Mulled wine in a jug. I ate too much, past appetite.” —THE INCENDIARIES

THE INDIGO GIRL by Natasha Boyd: The Wine Club with the Book Problem of Acworth, Georgia: Chicken, Andouille Sauage and Shrimp Gumbo

INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

INHERITANCE by Dani Shapiro
From Dani Shapiro: “The one recipe that’s actually in the book is the “24 Hour Lettuce Salad” that belongs to the biological grandmother I never knew I had — and in the book, it represents the culture shock I face as I realize that my genetic roots are so very different than I had been led to believe all my life. It might be interesting for book clubs to serve dishes from each culture — something quintessentially Jewish (of these there are no shortage!) and something perhaps like the lettuce salad, which represents the most non-Jewish, non-Kosher meal imaginable.”

THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE by Elinor Lipman (see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents)

INSTAMOM by Chantel Guertin

THE INTERMISSION by Elyssa Friedland

INTERPRETER OF MALADIES by Jhumpa Lahiri
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and also recipes in The Book Club Cookbook

THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by Colleen Oakley

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V. E. Schwab
The Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Isle, New York: chicken cordon bleu and NY strip steak to represent Paris & New York respectively, on the deck of a local yacht club, overlooking the Niagara River

 

IRIS IN THE DARK by Elissa Dickey

THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES by Elif Shafrak
Wine, Women and Words of Greater Boston: Greek wine, spanakopita, roasted figs with honey and feta cheese, Turkish baklava, Greek eggplant dip with pita bread, olives, fresh figs, whipped feta dip.

THE ISLAND OF THE SEA WOMEN by Lisa See
Wine, Women and Words Book Club of Greater Boston
A taste of the sea —shrimp, sushi, seaweed salad, seaweed snacks, Korean carrots

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Therese Anne Fowler

Also: Reading Between the Wines Book Club of Albany, New York:  Hors d’oeuvres—Truffle and spinach and prosciutto flatbread, and champagne, were inspired by the NYC art gallery scenes, followed by some good ol’ Down East fare celebrating the Maine setting: fish chowder, crusty bread, blueberry pie, and Boston crème pie.”

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE GUN: Lessons from My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent by Kathy Stearman

KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS by David Bell

KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB  by Amy Reichert

THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE LADIES MAN by Elinor Lipman (see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents)

LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER by D.H. Lawrence
–Morsels for the Mind of Grand Rapids, Michigan: A prim and proper high tea type event, very Victorian with doilies and finger sandwiches...and for dessert little chocolate penises served on a silver platter

LADY SUNSHINE by Amy Mason Doan

LARK & TERMITE by Jayne Anne Phillips: see recipe in Table of Contents

THE LAST BLUE by Isla Morley

The Revivals Book Club of Germantown, Wisconsin: A country meal of quiche, salads, and watermelon coolers (coincidentally matching the book jacket) was perfect for a picnic over the water.

LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Ivan Doig See our Costco Connection article and recipe

LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird

THE LAST GREEN VALLEY by Mark Sullivan

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malinda Lo
MVLS Teen Reads Schenectady, New York:  We talked about what kinds of food we'd all enjoyed when we've visited places with bustling Chinatowns, and how we order (and try to branch out) when we order from our local Chinese places. Stories about chinese groceries and trying to decipher things.

Project LIT Community, John Champe High School, Ashburn, Virginia: 50's themed packs that had classic glass-bottled Cokes, a Playlist, and other snacks.

Central Region & Friends: New Berlin, Wisconsin: Champagne, as the girls drank at the Telegraph Club, martinis, and sangria since that was mentioned on the night that Lily and Kath went to the party at the older girls apartment.

THE LAST SILK DRESS by Ann Rinaldi
–The Book Club of Troy, Michigan: A tea party

LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL by Elyssa Friedland

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
From Laura Dave: "Hannah’s Redemption Pasta:  My number one suggestion is to recreate the pasta (Poggio Linguine) that Hannah tries to make for Bailey in Chapter 2. Here’s a video of how to make it. I also suggest gingerbread pancakes like Hannah and Bailey had in Austin!”

THE LATE BLOOMERS' CLUB by Louise Miller

LEAP OF FAITH: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor - See recipes from Queen Noor in The Book Club Cookbook

LEARWIFE by J.R. Thorp

THE LEAVERS by Lisa Ko

THE LEMON TREE: AN ARAB, A JEW, AND THE HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST by Sandy Tolan
–Le Club of Boston, Massachusetts: Recipes from Ottolenghi's Plenty: A “Very Full” Mediterranean tart, full to the brim with roasted vegetables, and caramelized fennel with goat’s curd.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest Gaines
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round-Up and also our Old Fashioned Teacakes recipe in The Book Club Cookbook

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus
From Bonnie Garmus: "My reader's guide has recipes for "Cocktail for the Disenchanted Woman" and "Better Living Through Brownies". There’s also a Stanley Tucci video where he makes the cocktail!To make ends meet, Elizabeth reluctantly accepts a job as a TV cooking show host. But what she doesn’t accept are the brainless cue cards she’s asked to read, nor the tight dresses, she’s told to wear. Instead, Elizabeth decides to teach her mostly female viewers chemistry. Because cooking is chemistry. And along the way, she empowers them to say no to society’s limitations; to stand up and be who they really are.I included the recipe for Elizabeth's 'Cocktail for the Disenchanted Woman' in the reader's guide: 'On those days when a moment to yourself just isn’t enough, you can repurpose your potatoes and grains by employing a pair of oxygen and hydrogen atoms to replace the hydrogen atom in a hydrocarbon. In other words, you can make alcohol—specifically a secondary alcohol. It is called ethanol. However, this process takes time and time isn’t your friend, so instead, I recommend purchasing a bottle of 40 percent ethanol in H2O. Some call it vodka. The following recipe will serve both you and your depressed neighbor.'"

A LETTER IN THE WALL by Eileen Brill
Jensen Beach County Club Women's Book Club:  We enjoyed a menu that spanned the decades that the book encompassed: 1940s: Coffee cake 1950s: Cheese Ball 1960s: Shrimp Cocktail 1970s: Quiches

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel(see our recipe for LIFE OF PI in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Kings Mountain Book Club of Woodside, California: A food you would miss most if you were on a boat
–Bagel Book Bunch of San Francisco, California: Freeze-dried (survival) ice cream bars
–Second Tuesday of the Month Book Club of Fort Collins Colorado: A giant pie

THE LIGHT WE CARRY: Overcoming in Uncertain Times  by Michelle Obama
Our Book Club of Chicago, Illinois: Charcuterie board, martinis (Sasha and Malia serve to their parents in their apartment)

THE LIGHTHOUSE ON MOONGLOW BAY by Lori Wilde

LIMELIGHT by Amy Poeppel

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles
Fettucine Mio Amore Recipe

Also see: Breakfast
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Jam

Hollyn's Book Club of Redding, California:  I created a highway 30 tablescape complete with vintage baby blue and canary yellow cars. (Alas, they are not 1948 Studebaker Landcruisers.) Fettuccine Mio Amore,  roasted artichoke salad (instead of stuffed artichokes homemade focaccia bread with Sally’s strawberry preserves, Vino Rosa (we did not play with the cork), chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis
Also see

LITTLE CHAPEL ON THE RIVER by Gwendolyn Bounds
–Read Between the Wines of McHenry, Illinois: Irish pub grub and beer

LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave (see Chris Cleave’s recipe in The Book Club Cookbook

LITTLE CHILDREN by Tom Perrotta: see the author’s recipes in Table of Contents

THE LITTLE FRENCH BRIDAL SHOP by Jen Dupee

LITTLE PIECES OF ME by Allison Hammer

THE LIVING AND THE LOST by Ellen Feldman

LIVING BRAVE by Shannon Dingle

LIVING LIKE A TUDOR by Amy License

THE LONG WEEKEND by Gilly Macmillan

THE LOST FAMILY by Jenna Blum
Also see: The Lost Family Supper Club 

And; Book Bags of New Prague, Minnesota:. Waldorf Salad, Chicken Kiev, Green Beans Amandine, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Masha Torte, Cream Puffs, Rusty Nail and Tab—strongly influenced by the food mentioned in the novel. Minnesota, connection: June's mother offered to make her a sandwich with olive loaf. . Ann combined olives with cheese, mayonnaise, and green onion, and a baguette for an appetizer. 

Morsels for the Mind of Belmont, Michigan: Masha's Menu, including Waldorf Salad, Potato Latkes, Kosher garlic pickles, brie en croute, grapes,  Mint Milano cookies, Inside-Out German Chocolate Cake with Cherries Flambe, and a side of whipped cream.
Reading Between the Wines of Franklin, Indiana: Menu: Pea soup, and German chocolate cake, similar to the dishes mentioned in the book, along with sundried tomato and feta pastry, and pumpkin bread.

THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK  by Ellen Marie Wiseman (click for Ellen's Book Club Menu)
Also:
Junior League of Kalamazoo Book Club: "Pancakes and bacon, a build-your-own-oatmeal bar, and orange juice —spiked with champagne instead of sedatives, as in the book."
Sensational Seven of Appleton, Wisconsin: "Our take on related food/drink: White chicken chili, representing the colorless mush that the residents at Willowbrook were served daily. We also drank Tequila Sunrises, a popular cocktail in 1972, using orange juice. In the novel, the nurses mixed medication in orange juice to keep the residents sedated. No meds were used by our book club- only tequila and grenadine in the OJ!”

THE LOST VINTAGE by Ann Mah

LOVE AND OLIVES by Jenna Evans Welch

LOVE FOR BEGINNERS by Jill Shalvis 

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel García Márquez
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and recipes in The Book Club Cookbook

LUCK OF THE TITANIC by Stacey Lee

 

MA SPEAKS UP: And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back by Marianne Leone

A MAGICAL NEW YORK CHRISTMAS by Anita Hughes

THE MAGNIFICENT LIVES OF MARJORIE POST by Allison Pataki
From Allison Pataki: My brain just keeps screaming CEREAL; any Post cereal! So a larger breakfast theme could be fun: Eggs, bacon, cereal, oatmeal, toast, orange juice – that kind of thing. Marjorie loved to serve what she called ‘Adirondack Pie’—homemade pancakes with maple sugar, syrup, and whipped cream. It’s not light fare ;)— to her guests up at Camp Topridge.

Since Marjorie gave the world Grape Nuts cereal, I like the idea of using Grape Nuts to make Grapenut Pudding. Marjorie also gave the world Birdseye Frozen Foods, so perhaps working in frozen vegetables or berries to a side dish could be quite apt! Marjorie also owned Jell-O and frequently served it at her dinner parties, so Jell-O would be a perfect choice to add in for a gathering. And Marjorie was very well-known for abstaining from alcohol, so perhaps some fun ‘mock-tails’ that used orange juice or grapefruit juice or lemonade with some non-alcoholic bubbly could be a fun nod to the Hostess with the Most!”

THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis

Potage Petite Marmite
Asparagus with Hollandaise Butter
Caramel Cake

THE MAID by Nita Prose
From Nita Prose: Readers will find the following items discussed/mentioned/imbibed/eaten in the book: chardonnay, tea, lots and lots of tea, crumpets and jam, raisin bran muffin, The Olive Garden food, but especially the Tour of Italy (see their menu for more details) Many book clubs do an Italian night and recreate The Olive Garden menu items. Others do a high tea, which works perfectly with the themes of the book."

MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan
–Souper P’s of Roswell, Georgia: Maine foods including lobster bisque, Irish soda bread (because the family was Irish Catholic), and for dessert, rice pudding with Maine blueberries!

THE MAKE-UP TEST by Jenny Howe (click for Jenny Howe's menu)

MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Bookish Ladies, Coto de Caza, California: Beach party based on beach theme of the book with surfboards, a sign for the restaurant, beach snacks, gummy fish, and homemade Mai tais! 

MAMA DAY by Gloria Naylor (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

MAN ENOUGH: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni
Book Club Girls of Sparta, New Jersey: “We thought spicy Thai food (Justin is extremely handsome) and a crisp beer (it's the drink that most people associate with a ‘man’s’ drink, but we love it too) would pair with the book.”

Words with Friends of Greater Boston: Justin's Peanutbutter Cups (Justin's favorite treat)

THE MANDELBAUM GATE by Muriel Spark
–Overdue Book Club of Huntsville, Alabama: Israeli salad and a Middle Eastern rice dish

A MAP OF DAYS by Ransom Riggs
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

MARCH by Geraldine Brooks
–Bookwomen of Encinitas, California: Dinner of grilled summer vegetables (eggplant, peppers, portobello, onion, zucchini, and yellow squash), corn pudding, and a garden salad, all in keeping with Reverend March's vegetarian sensibilities, and boysenberry-apple pie for dessert.

MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
–Chick-Lits of Chino Hills, California: (What else?) a baked potato bar and Tang!

MARY JANE by Jessica Anya Blau:
From Jessica Anya Blau: "
Mary Jane takes place in 1975, in Baltimore, Maryland. The protagonist, Mary Jane Dillard, lives with her tidy, conservative parents who have a framed picture of President Ford hanging in their dining room. The family includes the President and his family in their nightly prayers. Mary Jane helps her mother with dinner each night and then takes her mother’s recipes with her to the Cone house where she’s a summer nanny who also prepares meals. Unbeknownst to Mary Jane’s mother, Dr. Cone is not the kind of doctor she thinks of as “respectable.” Rather, he’s a psychiatrist, and he and his wife have secretly taken in a rock star, Jimmy Bendinger, and his movie star wife, Sheba, for the summer in order to help Jimmy get sober.

Mary Jane and Izzy, her five-year-old charge, buy lots of candy for the Cone house. Everyone eats candy necklaces, Screaming Yellow Zonkers (candied popcorn), and popsicles. Mary Jane also buys Slim Jims which Jimmy likes to eat in alternating bites with something sweet. For breakfast each morning, Mary Jane makes what she calls, “Birds in a Nest.” To do this she makes pancakes, cuts out a hole in the center with a glass, cracks an egg in there, and then flips it until it’s all cooked. She uses lots of butter in the pan, lots of salt on top, and serves it with syrup and butter. For dinner at the Dillard house and the Cone house, they have ham, meatloaf, string beans, fried potatoes, chicken a’ l’orange (recipe), and salad.
The meatloaf is made with onions, diced celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper added to hamburger meat and then baked in a loaf pan. The potatoes are sliced into discs and fried in Crisco. The salad is an iceberg lettuce wedge with cut tomatoes arranged on top and buttermilk ranch dressing poured over it. For dessert, Mary Jane serves orange sherbet with three Nilla Wafer cookies broken in half and then arranged like a flower in the center of the sherbet. She also serves angel food cake one night. None of the food is organic, olive oil is never used, and there are no grains other than white rice.

To create the recipes and meal plans in the book, I went online and looked at homemaking magazines from 1975. It was fun reading—I highly recommend it!"

THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis

THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT  by Lynda Cohen Loigman (click for Lynda Cohen Loigman's menu)
Also:
My Mom and I of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania: “A smorgasbord! We had a blast capturing foods mentioned in the book lox and capers, cornichons— we decorated pickle jars with ‘The Pickle King’, as in the book. We had magical color-changing butterfly tea, as we wanted some magic to go with the story, and chocolate babka for dessert, like our beloved characters, baked.

The Ladies of Autumnwood of Grande Isle, New York: “We enjoyed Challah and red wine, and took home jars of pickles that I designed with a Raskin’s label.”

Not Your Mama's Book Club of Georgetown, Kentucky: several varieties of pickles and chocolate babka

MATHILDA SAVTICH by Victor Lodato
–The Literary Lyres of the San Fernando Valley, California: Absolut Train Wreck Cocktail; fried chicken, curly fries and chocolate pudding packs (all Mathilda's favorites!)

THE MAYFAIR BOOKSHOP by Eliza Knight (click for Eliza's menu)
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
"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 planet. Its buttery creamy goodness takes you back to a better childhood than you actually had. And pudding is so easy to make! Here’s my go-to recipe for butterscotch feminist pudding."

MEET ME IN BOMBAY by Jenny Ashcroft

MEET ME IN MONACO by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden
(see our recipes for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Reading Between the Wines of Ridgewood, New Jersey: Sushi

MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Euginedes (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

MIDWIVES by Chris Bohjalian
–Moms Reading of Wakefield, Massachusetts: Foods you craved when you were pregnant
The Literary Ladies of Avon, Ohio: Vermont-based foods

MILK IN MY COFFEE by Eric Jerome Dickey (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

MILLICENT GLENN'S LAST WISH by Tori Whitaker

A MILLION REASONS WHY by Jessica Strawser

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim

Also: Book Club of Frankfort, Illinois: In the book, there is a discussion about timing and doing what you feel you have to do versus what you want to do. A lot of that centered around food. So this meal did not appear in the book, but in keeping with the idea of not depriving ourselves or forcing ourselves to do what we should do instead of what we really wanted to do, we had the indulgent meal we wanted with multiple courses, desserts, and beverages.

MIRROR GIRLS by Kelly McWilliams

MISS KOPP JUST WON’T QUIT by Amy Stewart

MONKEY BUSINESS by Carleton Eastlake

MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes

MORE HOME COOKING: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

THE MOST LIKELY CLUB by Elyssa Friedland

MOTHERLAND: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman
Also: Literary Gourmets of San Diego, California: in recognizing the differences between you and someone you care for, you try to make them happy, or at least well fed! We served: French Garden Salad with roasted beets, roasted asparagus, goat cheese and spiced pecans and mixed greens, roasted eggplant layered with pesto, marinara, roasted pineapple with pistachios, raspberries and crème fraiche.

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN by Johnathan Lethem (see Johnathan Lethem’s essay and recipe and book club menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth
From Sally Hepworth: "Diana serves roast lamb and cauliflower at her first meeting with Lucy, maybe that could feature on the menu? There are also references to a green salad and potato salad."

MOZART'S STARLING by Lyanda Lynn Haupt:
From Lyanda Lynn Haupt: "Definitely Sacher Torte! This is the famed dessert of Vienna. There are many recipes available online. On the side, serve deep, rich espresso with a cube of raw sugar and a small glass of sparkling water. The water is often added to the espresso. Too late in the evening for caffeine? The beverage of choice in Vienna is a wine spritzer—either red or white wine with sparkling mineral water. The ratio is about 50-50. While not traditional, but of course, some lovely juice could substitute for the wine if preferred."

MR. EMERSON'S WIFE by Amy Belding Brown
–Pressed for Time Book Club of Westerly, Rhode Island: Traditional New England dishes featuring cranberries and apples -- a hearty apple crisp with oatmeal topping, and Wensleydale cheese with cranberries.

MUDBOUND by Hilary Jordan
(see our recipes from Hilary Jordan in Table of Contents)
–The Souper Ps of Roswell, Georgia: Potato soup, a salad with small mozzarella balls to represent cotton, and Mississippi mud pie
–Beyond the Book of Sebring, Florida: Catfish, greens, mudpie, and mudslides

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie
Reading Moms of Antioch, California:  Tour of European cuisine, including, from Vincovci in Croatia, potato pancakes with Lesco (Hungarian relish). "Although named 'Hungarian' this is also eaten widely in Serbia, so I used it to represent Vincovci, where most of the book takes place".

MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook

MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN by Meera Klein
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Chocolate popcorn & hot chocolate mulled cider

MY FINE FELLOW by Jennieke Cohen: Empanadas and book club menu

MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (see Jodi Picoult’s recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

MY SOUL TO KEEP by Tananarive Due (see author recipes and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

 THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus:  see recipe in Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson - a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today's Bestselling Authors 

NANNY RETURNS by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus:  see recipe in Table of Contents:

THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS by Susan Meissner
From Susan Meissner: "San Francisco-inspired refreshments. including the legendary cocktails created in San Francisco, the Tequila Sunrise created in Sausalito, along with Pisco Punch, and a martini. Sourdough Bread and accompaniments from Boudin Bakery, renowned for its sourdough bread, and widely recognized as the oldest continually operating business in San Francisco. If you want the original for your book club gathering, purchase online, but this famed sourdough bread and others like it are sold in regular retail grocery outlets. Some accompaniment ideas for your sourdough bread are in my book club kit.  Ghirardelli Chocolate Company celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2012, and is available at food retailers, or online."

Elgene's Book Club of MIchigan: "We celebrated Sophie's Irish heritage as the main character in The Nature of Fragile Things. We used my mother-in-law's cake recipe. She referred to it as her Irish Cake.

THE NEWCOMER by Mary Kay Andrews

-Mary Kay’ Andews’s Prosecco Sippers Recipe

-THE NEWCOMER Recipe Party

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW by Jessica Strawser

THE NEXT WIFE by Kaira Rouda

 

NICKEL AND DIMED On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich  (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah
See author menu in Book Club Buzz

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by Karen White

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
–Wildhorse Book Club of Davis, California: Indian recipes from the pages of the book

–Chaptersandtea of Orem, Utah: Caramel popcorn

THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS by Melissa Payne

NIGHT THEATER by Vikram Paralkar:  Reading Between the Wines Book Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Apothic red wine, a dark red that gave spooky vibes.

NINE PARTS OF DESIRE: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks  (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE 19th WIFE by David Ebershoff see David Ebershoff’s recipe (including Peaches à la Ann Eliza, left)  in Table of Contents 

NO ORDINARY TIME by Doris Kearns Goodwin (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

NO ORDINARY THURSDAY by Anoop Judge

NO SURRENDER: A Father, A Son, And an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live On Today by Christopher Edmonds and Douglas Century
Boston Bookies of Greater Boston, Massachusetts: Soup and bread in honor of the POWs who were fed thin soup and brown bread in the Stalag camps.

NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE by  Jacquelyn Mitchard  recipes in Table of Contents 

THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

NOT A HAPPY FAMILY by Shari Lapena 

See our Costco Connection Book Club Feature and recipe

NOT MY DAUGHTER by Barbara Delinsky see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

NOT PERFECT by Elizabeth Laban

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF by Kwame Onwuachi

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson
From Kevin Wilson: "For food selections, there are some options from the novel itself. When Lilian sees Madison again after so many years, there are tiny tea sandwiches, which Lillian can't stop eating, and sweet tea.  Later, Lillian asks the cook, Mary, for a bacon sandwich (and the children eat bologna sandwiches in the pool). Pop-Tarts and ice cream are treats for the kids.

"But I think maybe the best thing to make in preparation for discussing Nothing to See Here is a dessert that you set on fire, Baked Alaska or Bananas Foster. Or, maybe something more fun, to have little kitchen blowtorches and let each person caramelize their own Crème Brûlée. I'm a big fan of food that you can set on fire. Even just marshmallows around a campfire would be nice."

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li

THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Happy Bookers at the Sullivan Free Library, Chittenango, New York: Different exotic melons, and pumpkin cookies, as both foods were featured in the books, along with rooibos tea

OCTOBER SUITE by Maxine Claire (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook

OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez
From Xochitl Gonzalez: “A few suggestions of Olga-themed snacks for book clubs: For earlier in the day, a big strong coffee and a buttered roll are a morning classic for Olga, wrapped up in South Brooklyn nostalgia. Italian rainbow cookies are also a favorite of mine. For evenings, vodka martinis are a must. Hors d'oeuvres fit for a fabulous wedding in New York could pair nicely as well. My arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas) recipe is easy and delicious and very Boricua.” Click for ingredients and instructions.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
(see our recipe from Elizabeth Strout for Olive Kitteridge's Grandmothers Doughnuts in The Book Club Cookbook) and our on website

–Book Bites Book Club of Forestville, Connecticut: Blueberry Coffee Cake, Blueberry Muffins, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam

ON A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS by Andrea Yaryura Clark

And see book club menus here

ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

ONE FOR THE BLACKBIRD, ONE FOR THE CROW by Olivia Hawker

THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT by Marianne Cronin
From author Marianne Cronin: “To start, it absolutely has to be an egg and cress sandwich, cut into triangles. This is what the hospital chaplain, Father Arthur eats every day for his lunch. When Lenni first meets him, it is this fact that she remembers about him. It's a symbol of how repetitive his days are as he sits in the empty chapel hoping someone will come in who needs his help.  Next, I would recommend strawberry yoghurt. The book is set in the Glasgow Princess Royal NHS hospital and though jelly is often the cliche hospital food, every time I've had surgery I've been offered yoghurt and so that detail had to make it into the book. Lenni's favourite is strawberry. Finally to drink—some pear liqueur. Margot drinks this with her best friend Meena. Originally when I was writing I was imagining Meena drinking Midori but it didn't exist at the time so I invented a pear flavoured liqueur that is bright green.”

ONE NIGHT, NEW YORK by Lara Thompson

ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
(see recipe for ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN and more in The Book Club Cookbook)

–Wednesday Afternoon Lunch and Book Club of Northern San Diego, California: Buffalo burgers, Indian succotash, Country Chicken Stew, mixed field green salad with goat cheese, homemade bread, chocolate cake

OPEN HOUSE by Elizabeth Berg: see the author's meatloaf recipe in our book Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson - a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today's Bestselling Authors 

THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty
(see recipe  in The Book Club Cookbook)

ORANGE MINT AND HONEY by Carleen Brice
–Go On Girl Book Club of Indianapolis, Indiana: Baking her cookies, and making the tea to go along with the

THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin
The Postcomers Book Club of Wellesley, Massachusetts: Gingered Apple Fizz cocktail

AN ORDINARY WONDER by Buki Papillon

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman

THE ORPHAN WITCH by Paige Crutcher

OTHER BIRDS by Sarah Addison Allen
Mom and I Book Club, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania: Cornmeal marshmallow dishes based on a character: Fluffernutters (marshmallow whip and peanut butter sandwiches), tamale pie stuffed peppers, cornmeal sugar cookies, and marshmallow-flavored lip balm as a keepsake.

Pittsford Moms Book Club, Pittsford, New York: "S’mores bars— the story takes place on Marsh Island, and all restaurants in town have something marshmallow on their menu."

St. Louis Book Club, St. Louis, Missouri: "We made amazing foods to match the book: cornmeal air-fried tomatoes, potato chips on Hawaiian rolls, Mac & cheese, cornbread, Palomas, and marshmallow popcorn."

Port Wine and Book Society Readers, Port Washington, Wisconsin:" The detail around food was great! We  made several dishes with corn or cornmeal to celebrate: Polenta and shrimp, fresh corn salad, corn dip, corn chips, and popcorn."

THE OTHER MRS. by Mary Kubica

OTHER PEOPLE’S THINGS by Kerry Anne King

OUR DARKEST NIGHT by Jennifer Robson

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
–Chaptersandtea based in Orem, Utah: Oatmeal cookies since oatmeal was abundant in 18th century Scotland

THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton
(see recipe from S.E. Hinton in  The Kids' Club Book Club Book)

OVERKILL by Sandra Brown - See Sandra's Pulled Pork RecipeSee Sandra's Pulled Pork Recipe
Also: Reckless Readers of Eastford, Connecticut: Blue Overkill cocktail( vodka, pineapple juice, blue Curaçao)— tasty, like Zach, and packed a punch like Kate—and a charcuterie board

The Wine Club with a Book Problem of Woodstock, Georgia: There are many football analogies and football references throughout the book. We put together a ""Tailgate Football Menu": Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Balsamic Fig Infused Burger Bites, Wings, Homemade Salsa & Chips plus Guacamole, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Pizza Pepper Poppers

PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee

THE PALACE OF ILLUSIONS by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

PALACE WALK by Naguib Mahfouz (see author’s recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

PAPER DOLL LINA by Robyn Lucas

THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller
see our recipe/ article in The Costco Connection

THE PAPER WIFE by Laila Ibrahim: From Laila Ibrahim: Food mentioned in THE PAPER WIFE includes: rice with chicken, tofu and vegetable cooked in garlic and ginger, sesame balls with bean paste, and jook(rice porridge) with cinnamon. Also fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges and green, ginger and jasmine tea. I can also imagine a book club doing a Chinese chicken salad, chow fun noodles, pork buns or pot stickers which are yummy American-Chinese foods.

PARADISE ON FIRE by Jewell Parker Rhodes

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Kelly Bowen

THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

THE PARIS ORPHAN by Natasha Lester

THE PARIS SECRET by Natasha Lester

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain
–Words with Friends, in Lebanon, Ohio: French wine, cheese, and French pastries from a local bakery

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat

Also see

THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender
–The BookWormers of Dublin, California: Lemon Bundt Cake

PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and also The Book Club Cookbook: Leif Enger’s recipe for Mrs. Enger’s Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Frosting

PEONY IN LOVE  by Lisa See: See the author’s recipe 

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks
Morsels for the Mind, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Foods in book: dates, figs, matzo with goat cheese, papadums with chutney, Vindaloo shrimp sacher torte with fresh apricots

THE PEOPLE WE KEEP by Allison Larkin
From Allison Larkin: “April works at Margo’s Diner in her hometown, so classic hometown diner food works well! The book takes place in the 90s, so there’s nothing fancy happening at this diner. She also works in a cafe in Ithaca that serves espresso drinks, and Bodie, who works there, makes mac and cheese from scratch with breadcrumbs baked on top. April eats an array of junk food — Pop Tarts, Kraft Singles, Corn Nuts. When she lives in Asheville, Robert makes her a fancy lasagna and Ethan, and April reciprocates with a frozen TV dinner lasagna. And in Ithaca, Adam shares a calzone with her — it’s not stated in the book, but it’s the Buffer Zone from DPDough. And they order eggplant pizza. “

THE PERSIAN PICKLE CLUB by Sandra Dallas
–The Book Club of Troy, Michigan: Food arranged like a quilt square

PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham (see recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
click for the author's recipe and book club menu

THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE by Katherine Howe: see the author’s recipes in Table of Contents

THE PIANO TEACHER by Janice Y.K. Lee see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents)

A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza:  From Fatima Farheen Mirza: "Food is a crucial part of any family life: it is at the dinner table where a family gathers at the end of a day, connects with one another, laughs together, launches into an argument together. Food is also a way that we know our loved ones—we know the food our family members love, we know the particular dishes our mother makes. Because A PLACE FOR US is about a family, thinking about the meals this family shared together was a joy and a huge part of the process, and many scenes, be they tender or tense, took place at the dinner table Three items are memorable to me: Mango Lassi was one of my favorite drinks as a child. I would always order it when we went to an Indian restaurant, but I especially loved the lassi my mother would make from fresh mangoes in the summertime. First she would crush the mango flesh into a pulp, then she added milk, sugar, and—if we were lucky—vanilla ice cream. It was a true treat, and so easy to make that I began making it for myself and my cousins. To this day the taste reminds me of summer. Characters are seen drinking lassi a few times. Amar sets lassi out on trays for family friends at his house, wanting to distract himself from thinking of Amira. But my favorite scene with mango lassi is between Hadia and the eldest Ali boy, Abbas Ali. Hadia has had a crush on Abbas Ali since she was very young but has never acted on it. When she is about to move away for college, she and Abbas make mango lassi together for the neighborhood kids who have just finished playing basketball. When he learns which glass is hers, he pours her a little extra. Though he never voices that he has feelings for her too, I always like to believe that he does."

PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf  (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth
–Culinary and Literary League of Trenton, New Jersey: Raisin Noodle Kugel (Jewish Food)

THE POISON GARDEN by A.J. Banner

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

POPE JOAN by Donna Woolfolk Cross: see Donna Woolfolk Cross's Fried Almonds Recipe, and also her  roast pork (Cormarye) recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

POPPY IN THE WILD: A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres of Wilderness, and the Dogged Determination that Brought Her Home  by Teresa Rhyne

THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser 

PRAISE SONG FOR THE BUTTERFLIES by Bernice L. McFadden

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert

THE PROMISE OF THE PELICAN by Roy Hoffman

THE PURSUIT OF ALICE THRIFT by Elinor Lipman
(see our recipes from Elinor Lipman in Table of Contents)
–Dallas Gourmet Book Club: Fudge brownies because Ray, the boyfriend, is a carnival fudge salesman

THE QUEENS OF ANIMATION: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

Cork & Olive Book Club of Valrico, Florida: Our theme was, of course, Disney! Remy's Ratatouille, Pocahontas' Cornbread, Gophers Succotash  from The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Glass Slipper Cocktail, Magical Stuffed Mushrooms from Alice in Wonderland, Spaghetti and Meatballs from The Lady and the Tramp, Wild Acre Wood Salad Gray Stuff from Beauty and the Beast, Snow White's Potato and Sausage Soup, Frozen Jello Shots. We had several children's books from the movies and themed our food around those stories. We also had large coloring book sheets on the table so we could do a bit of 'inking' ourselves."

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook

THE REAL MRS. TOBIAS by Sally Koslow

 

REBEL DAUGHTER by Laurie Banov Kauffman

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by Karma Brown

RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins
See Rachel's menu and get her  Reckless Girls Punch Recipe

Also: Reckless Readers Book Club of Eastford, Connecticut: Individual pineapple upside-down cakes and Spam salad were served for a Hawaiian vibe. Confetti cupcakes were made to match the cover. Sushi, for an island vibe, with a strawberry vodka lemonade."

RED NOTICE by Bill Browder

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
(see our recipes from Anita Diamant in Table of Contents) and for THE RED TENT in The Book Club Cookbook
–Second Tuesday of the Month Book Club of Fort Collins, Colorado: Red food (such as peppers and tomatoes)

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt
From Shelby Van Pelt: "I suggest honoring Marcellus and his sneaky, snacky ways by serving small seafood “treasures.”  Crab Rangoons, smoked salmon on crackers, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp cocktail. Anything but herring, really. We all know how tiresome Marcellus finds herring!

Non-seafood and/or veggie-friendly options might include caprese kabobs (spear a cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a basil leaf on a toothpick), stuffed dates (bacon-wrapped optional), and flavorful nuts or marinated olives. Basically, rich and decadent morsels are the sort of treat that would make escaping your tank worthwhile.

Of course, if all of that sounds like too much work, you can’t go wrong with a pot of tea and a pack of store-bought cookies warmed in the oven, as Tova’s friend Mary Ann always does when she hosts the Knit-Wits. I have never in my life turned down a Chips Ahoy!"

THE RIB KING by Ladee Hubbard: "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 what the book’s characters ate and what their relationship to food and sustenance might reveal about who they were. The chance to sample a recipe from the era becomes a wonderful way to connect with these characters and the complexity of their experiences. The recipe for Elizabeth’s Lemon Cake is from Toni Tipton-Martin’s cookbook Jubilee: Two Centuries of African American Cuisine. Tipton-Martin adapted the recipe from Malinda Russell’s A Domestic Cook Book: Containing a Careful Collection of Useful Receipts from the Kitchen. Published in 1866, Russell’s book is the first known cookbook written by an African American woman in the United States."

Elizabeth's Lemon Cake Recipe

A RIVER SUTRA by Gita Mehta (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE RIVIERA HOUSE by Natasha Lester

Also see

THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
–The Book Bags of New Prague, Minnesota: Canned food and a dish made with grilled Spam, pineapple, and barbeque sauce

THE ROAD FROM COORAIN by Jill Ker Conway (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

ROCOCO by Adriana Trigiani:  see recipes for Pia's Crabbies and Pimento Cheese Spread in our book Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson - a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today's Bestselling Authors 

ROMANCE READER by Pearl Abraham
–Reading Between the Wines of Ridgewood, New Jersey: Kosher Food

ROOM by Emma Donoghue: (see Emma Donoghue's Jack's Sixth Birthday Cake recipe and recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles
–Wine, Women, and Words of Needham, Massachusetts: Beresford black bean soup with sherry, La Belle Époque asparagus gratin, and Max's special sandwich -- grilled cheese, corn beef, and coleslaw

THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman: see our article and feature  on Alice Hoffman's Aunt Isabelle’s Tipsy Cake

RUN by Ann Patchett
–TriniReads Book Club of East Amherst, New York: Boston Cream Pie (story set in Boston)

SADIE by Courtney Summers

THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN by Gail Tsukiyama (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay
(see our recipes for SARAH'S KEY in The Book Club Cookbook)
–Page Turners of Oberlin, Ohio: French theme: Stuffed mushrooms, cheese platter, French onion soup and for dessert a ladyfinger cream pie
–Morsels for the Mind of Grand Rapids, Michigan: Cheesecake and foods representing the various ethnicities in the book: wine, brie, and crudités (French), challah (Jewish), and pierogies (Polish)

SARAH'S QUILT: A NOVEL OF SARAH AGNES PRINE AND THE ARIZONA TERRITORIES
by Nancy E. Turner

–Women of Word of Green Valley, Arizona: Biscuits

SAVING RUBY KING by Catherine Adel West 

THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
–Food for Thought Book Club in Annville, Pennsylvania: "the only book that we've ever read that doesn't mention ANY food ": regional food, American food (American author), red foods, foods that start with the letter "A"

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS by Jessamine Chan
Wendy's Book Club of San Antonio, Texas: String cheese, Gluten-free apple crumble, blue cookies, and popsicles.

SEABISCUIT: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy

THE SECRET BETWEEN US by Barbara Delinsky see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR by Alka Joshi

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
(see our Honey Cake recipe from Sue Monk Kidd in The Book Club Cookbook
–Read

SECRETS IN A HOUSE DIVIDED by Clara Silverstein

SECRETS OF OUR HOUSE by Rea Frey

SEPULCHRE by Kate Mosse
–Book Hags of Grass Valley, California: Black Forest Oatmeal Cookies and dining at a restaurant, Toffanelli's, which has rock walls surrounding the patio. (the closest thing to a Sepulchre!)

THE SEVEN DAY SWITCH by Kelly Harms

SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by Tia Williams

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
-Book Club of Falmouth, Maine: Arroz con pollo, Cape Codder cocktails
-Reading Time of Austin, Texas, Dirty Martinis, Manhattans, Coconut Cake

SHADOWLAND  by Elizabeth Kostova
Nita's Book Club of Lexington, Kentucky: Bulgarian nut and fruit cake 

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruis Zafon
(see our recipes and menus for THE SHADOW OF THE WIND in The Book Club Cookbook)

–Book women of Encinitas, California: Paella with white sangria

SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See
see author recipes from Lisa See in Table of Contents and The Book Club Cookbook

–Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York: Chinese food ordered from a local restaurant, including wonton soup, spring rolls, pork potstickers, beef and broccoli, sweet and sour chicken, and Chinese vegetables and for dessert, almond cookies and of course fortune cookies. Also, plum wine to complement the dishes, and Chinese black tea.

SHOULDER SEASON by Christina Clancy 

THE SHOW GIRL by Nicola Harrison
The Show Girl Recipe Party

Nicola's Menu and Recipe

SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale

THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS by Pat Barker

SISSIE KLEIN IS COMPLETELY NORMAL by Kris Clink

SISTER OF MY HEART by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

SIX DAYS IN ROME by Francesca Giacco

See Francesca's recipes for Negroni Sbagliato  and Spaghetti allacciughe (pasta with anchovies)

Bookish Ladies Book Club of Coto de Caza, California: We enjoyed Aperol Spritz cocktails, a charcuterie board, tiramisu, and wine-soaked grapes”.

Reading is My Cardio, Smithfield, Rhode Island: Italian-themed cocktail party featuring charcuterie, Aperol Spritzes, and a gelato bar for dessert.
Next Chapter, Leesburg, Virginia: Aperol Spritz cocktails, a charcuterie board, tiramisu, and wine-soaked grapes.

THE SIXTEEN PLEASURES by Robert Hellenga
–Literai Society of Greensboro, North Carolina: Italian bread, cheese, and pastries

SKIPPING CHRISTMAS by John Grisham
–The Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York: Personal-sized pizzas (as a contrast to the normal Christmas dinner

SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE by Claire Keegan: Claire Keegan's Christmas Cake recipe

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson 
(see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

SNOWFLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See: see author recipe from Lisa See in  The Book Club Cookbook

SO WE MEET AGAIN  by Suzanne Park
Also see Suzanne's Korean Mandu (Deep Fried Dumplings) Recipe:

Also: The Ridgeway Country Club Book Club of Memphis, Tennessee: Passed Hors D'oeuvres: Nashville Hot Chicken Bites and Korean Chicken Bites; First Course: Korean Mandu ; Second Course: Korean Beef Bulgogi ; Japchae with Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry; Third Course: Millionaire's Twinkie (Dolly Parton's favorite dessert)

SOBREMESA: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses  by Josephine Caminos Oria

SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris

SOMEBODY'S HOME by Kaira Rouda

SOMEONE ELSE'S SECRET

SOTAH by Naomi Ragen
–Hudson Valley Bookies of New Winsor, New York: Matzo ball soup

SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook

SOUTH OF THE BUTTONWOOD TREE by Heather Webber
From  Heather Webber: “The best pairing to go along with South of the Buttonwood Tree would be cookies and coffee. In the story, one of the main characters, Blue, often tries to bake away her troubles, something she calls “cookie comfort.” Her favorite flavors are coconut chocolate chip, chocolate espresso, butter pecan, and butterscotch. And everyone in Buttonwood loves a good cup of coffee, hot or cold, preferably from Kitty’s Diner.”

THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thirty Umrigar (see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents)

THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult
see author's Mississippi Mud Cake recipe

THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
(see recipe and menu ideas from  Laurie Halse Anderson in The Kids' Club Book Club Book)

SPIN by Peter Zheutlin

STARS IN HIS EYES by Marti Gironelli

START WITHOUT ME by Joshua Max Feldman 

STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

STILL ME by Jojo Moyes

STOLEN BEAUTY by Laurie Lico Albanese: From Laurie Lico Albanese: "STOLEN BEAUTY has several scenes set in Vienna’s Café Central Wien, which dates to 1876, and was a key gathering place for Vienna’s intellectuals. Their traditional Viennese Breakfast includes a hot drink, croissant, and soft-boiled egg.

STONES FROM THE RIVER by Ursula Hegi (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THE STORMCHASERS by Jenna Blum: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg

STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST by Jessica Keener

SUGAR by Bernice McFadden: see recipe in The Book Club Cookbook

THE SUITE SPOT by Trish Doller( click for Trish Doller's menu)

SUMMER AT THE CAPE by RaeAnne Thayne

SUMMER AT TIFFANY by Marjorie Hart
–WOW (Women of Words) of Green Valley, Arizona: Egg salad sandwich

SUMMER HOURS Amy Mason Doan

THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER by Erika Montgomery

SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler

A SWEET MESS  by Jayci Lee

SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky
The Bookends Book Club of Wakarusa, Indiana: Clam Chowder, Passion Flower Tea (grown on Quinnipeague), Molasses Indiana Pudding, and of course, pie!

THE SWEET TASTE OF MUSCADINES Pamela Terry
From author Pamela Terry:

"I can't think of anything better to serve with The Sweet Taste of Muscadines than Southern biscuits and jelly. If you can locate some Muscadine jelly, even better! You might want to make a nod to the South and serve iced tea or tip your hat to the Scottish part of the book and serve it hot. Either way, I wish I could be at that book club!"

THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley
–First Thursday Book Club of Birmingham, Alabama: Jacksnipe Pie (a chicken pot pie), Vidalia Onion Pie, Tomato Pie, and Custard Pie. We did a seated dinner and the tablescape included Pennyblack stamps as well as cucumber vines and cucumbers

SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS by Elaine Neil Orr

SWITCH by A.S. King
East Lawrence High School Book Club, Alabama: Meatloaf Castle: In the story, the mom cooks a meatloaf shaped like a castle with a gravy moat and mashed potatoes. We replicated the meal and had so much fun just seeing if we could succeed! The students created outfits for small characters for the castle

 TASTE WHAT YOU'RE MISSING: THE PASSIONATE EATER'S GUIDE TO WHY GOOD FOOD TASTES GOOD by Barb Stuckey
–Overdue Book Club of Huntsville, Alabama: We colored baby food purees to the same color and tried to identify them, we tasted Jelly Belly jellybeans with our eyes closed (very difficult to identify the flavors), and we smelled fresh herbs in jars with our eyes closed

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See

THE TEN-YEAR NAP by Meg Wolitzer (see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents)

The Tess Monaghan Series by Laura Lippman (see the author’s recipes in Table of Contents)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVITUDE by Mark Leibovich
Reading Women Book Club  of Boston, Massachusetts: Starburst (sorted), "Fromage sans Homage" cheeseboard

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Gloria Naylor (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell
From author Lisa Jewell:" You could use something Eritrean (re Laurel and Floyd's first date?) Or carrot cake? Also Laurel cooks Floyd a jambalaya I seem to recall when he comes to hers for dinner."

The LitWit Squad Book club of Decatur Alabama: We served Jambalaya,  watermelon salad (related to Ellies watermelon lip balm found by laurel in Noelle’s basement), charcuterie board with cheese and hummus (from dinner with Floyd and poppy and Laurels birthday dinner at “Champagne and Frommage”

THE THERAPIST by B.A. Paris

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien
–Blue Anklets of Arlington Heights, Illinois: K Rations

THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK by Jennifer Hillier
Also: Chllie Thrilles of Tulsa, Oklahoma: " Filipino Chicken Adobo similar to what Paris makes towards the end of the book (she used pork instead of chicken). We were inspired by her description of how learning to cook was so special when she was going through such a dark time."

THIS COULD HURT by Jillian Medoff

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
From author Laurie Frankel: “The whole third section of the book is set in Thailand, so Thai food is probably the most obvious and versatile food pairing. The final scene of the book involves banana splits. There’s much ado about packing lunches for school, so you could do something in the pb&j/turkey sandwich/pretzel realm. The hardcover edition of the book features an orange peel on the cover, so lots of flavor/dish possibilities there”.

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger
Wine Club with a Book Problem of Acworth Georgia: Strawberry-Brie Phyllo Cups Buffalo Chicken Dip, Veggies and Dip Ham and Cheese Quiche Roasted Potatoes Fruit Salad Apple Crisp with table props: a canoe, snake, skeleton; and, of course, the harmonica!

THIS WON'T END WELL by Camille Pagan

A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THREE FLAMES by Alan Lightman
Adrienne Book Club of Flagstaff, Arizona: A Cambodian menu: Cambodian chicken amok, green mango salad and Cambodian coffee.

THREE JUNES by Julia Glass
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and  Julia Glass’s recipes in The Book Club Cookbook

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB by Richard Osman
see recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake in book club guide

TINY IMPERFECTIONS by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
(see our recipes for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in The Book Club Cookbook

–The Book Club of Grand Island, New York: Alabama Lane Cake
Read 'Em and Eat of Port Angeles, Washington: Coleslaw, Southern and gluten-free cornbread, red beans and rice, and a sweet potato pie with a pecan crust...Delicious!

TOMATOLAND: HOW MODERN INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE DESTROYED OUR MOST ALLURING FRUIT by Barry Estabrook

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin
A & S Book Club of New York City, New York: Mushroom Pizza

TONY'S WIFE by Adriana Trigiani
Also:Happy Bookers Book Club of Linn, Missouri: Saverio's favorite dessert, ciambella, a cake with cherries, handpicked from member JoAnne's cherry tree, along with Prosecco. Authors are our rock stars, and we love celebrating them and their books with food and fun

Mitchell Library Nonfiction Book Club of The Woodlands, Texas: Tomato Soup Cake

TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD, The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman?  by Anne Helen Petersen

THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by T. Coraghessan Boyle(see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

A TOUCH OF MOONLIGHT by Yaffa Santos

A TRAIN TO MOSCOW by Elena Gorokhova

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)

TROUBLE by Kate Christensen:  see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE TRUE DECEIVER by Tove Jansson
Novella Book Club of Portland, Maine: Finnish Pea soup, mentioned in the book

TRUE FICTION by Lee Goldberg

TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan

THE TRUTH AND OTHER HIDDEN THINGS by Lea Geller

THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS by Juliette Fay
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
–Chimney Hill Book Club of Edmond, Oklahoma: Red food

THE TWO LILA BENNETTS by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON by Chris Pavone
From Chris Pavone:
“Before I was a novelist, I was a book editor, and for a while my specialty was cookbooks. Cooking and restaurants have always been important to me, and those interests have infected my novels. TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON includes a few things that would be great for a book club: First and easiest is the White Port Spritz or Porto Tonico. White port is not a very common spirit in America, but in Lisbon it seems to be everywhere. The simplest and most common use is in the Porto Tonico--simply white port mixed with tonic over ice, like a gin and tonic, though about half as strong. Or you could combine white port with an equal measure of Aperol and top with club soda to make a Port Spritz; in TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON, the spritz is what the protagonist drinks during cocktail hour the weekend before her husband disappears. Both are delicious. 

Second: Pastéis de nata are decadent little custard tarts made in individual snack sizes; these also appear in the text. I've never been a baker, so I won't tell you how to make pastéis. Any Portuguese bakery should have them.

Third: If there's one thing that for me tastes like Portugal, it's a stew that combines pork and clams, which is something else the protagonist enjoys in the novel, with detectives in a casual taberna, after not eating anything for a full day while she searches for her missing husband. A stew like this is too complicated to fully explain here, but the short version is marinated pork shoulder stewed in white wine with plenty of garlic, plus potatoes, then finally greens and clams. 

Finally: Sardines on toast. There are an awful lot of sardines in Portugal, and a wonderful snack is a sardine with a little of its tinned oil slathered on a thick piece of grilled bread. Simple, delicious, perfect. Make a few slices of this, serve with a salad, and there's a whole meal.” 

UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hildenbrand
–Food for Thought Book Club of Annville, Pennsylvania: Tropical selections to represent Zamperini’s days in Hawaii as well as foods that paid tribute to his Italian heritage. The menu included biscotti, an apricot tart, a fresh fruit platter, and fruit dip, bread and butter, spiced nuts, mini Italian sausage and pineapple kebobs, chips and salsa, and nuts.

UNDAUNTED COURAGE by Stephen Ambrose (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)

UNDER A GILDED MOON by Joy Jordan Lake

UNDER THE LIGHT OF THE ITALIAN MOON  by Jennifer Anton

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN: AT HOME IN ITALY by Frances Mayes
(see our recipes from Frances Mayes in Table of Contents)

Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York: Meal and tour at the local Italian restaurant

THE UNFINISHED CHILD by Theresa Shea
–The North Orange County Book Sluts of Fullerton, California: layered desserts (here are some ideas); deviled eggs

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Stacie Murphy

VANDERBILT: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
Consommé en tasse
Truman Capote's Soufflé Furstenberg

Champagne

VELVA JEAN LEARNS TO DRIVE by Jennifer Niven
–Words with Friends, in Lebanon, Ohio: We had southern sweets and drank Cheerwine.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover
We Love Thrillers of Rochester, New York: “Chicken and Dumplings, and Chocolate Cake, mentioned in the book.”

VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani:  see Adriana’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE VILLA by Rachel Hawkins

Reckless Readers of East Lyme, Connecticut: Italian lemon theme to match book: lemon basil pasta salad, lemon ricotta hot cheese dip, limoncello cocktails.

 

WAITING by Ha Jin (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

A WALK IN THE WOODS by Bill Bryson
See The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project Round Up and also our Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe from The Book Club Cookbook

WALL OF SILENCE by Tracy Buchanan
From Tracy Buchanan: “The ideal recipe for WALL OF SILENCE would be a pudding in the form of a G&T meringue tart. Grapefruit is a large part of this recipe. Why’s this relevant to my novel? The knife used to cut up a grapefruit plays a big, very chilling role in the central plot of Wall of Silence. Plus a grapefruit makes me think of the claustrophobic community of Forest Grove where Wall of Silence takes place. Can be beautiful and delicious, but if you don’t catch it at the perfect time, it can be too bitter. You can find the recipe here."

THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS by Isabel Wilkerson
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Bethune’s sweet potato pie from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook from The National Council of Negro Women

WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman

WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown
See our article and recipe in The Costco Connection

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen
(see our recipes from Sara Gruen in Table of Contents and The Book Club Cookbook)
–Coffee Clutch Book Club of Pueblo, Colorado: Popcorn in bags, corndogs (in paper boats), cotton candy
–Novel Chicks of Clarksville, Tennessee: Circus foods, including hotdogs, popcorn, lemonade, and nachos

WAVE  by Diana Farid, illustrated by Kris Goto

THE WAYS WE HIDE by Kristina McMorris
From Kristina McMorris:
"Born in America to Dutch immigrants, Fenna Vos, the main character of THE WAYS WE HIDE, ultimately becomes an illusionist who, in the midst of World War II, is recruited by the highly covert British Intelligence section known as MI9. Try these dishes and drinks inspired by her:

*Boterkoek: a favorite childhood dessert of Fenna’s, this classic Dutch “butter cake” resembles a cross between a dense cake and a shortbread cookie, pairing perfectly with coffee or tea
*Hutspot: loosely translated as mash pot, is a popular Dutch winter dish also enjoyed year-round. Served annually at a festival on October 3 to commemorate the Dutch victory in the Siege of Leiden, hutspot bears an orange tint, the Dutch national color and a nod to the royal House of Orange, symbolizing the nation’s freedom from oppression
*Genever Sour: By 1880, thanks to exports of genever to the large population of Dutch immigrants in the U.S., about one in four cocktails mixed in America included the gin-like liquor, a favorite of Fenna’s papa.

Also: Book Club Girls of Sparta, NJ: Speculoos and tea.

WEATHER WOMAN by Cai Emmons

A WEEK IN WINTER by Barth Landor
–Beyond the Book of Sebring, Florida: Kielbasa and cheese, Czechoslovakian beer and liquor from Hungary called "Zwack."

THE WEIGHT OF INK by Rachel Kadish

THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Anita Shreve (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE: CHASING FEAR AND FINDING HOME IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH by Blair Braverman
–The Readers of Madison, Wisconsin: "Mugs of salted hot chocolate and open-faced sandwiches, which was just enough to give us a physical connection to the story without having to stand outside in a blizzard."

WENCH by Dolen Perkins Valdez: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

WEST SIDE LOVE STORY by Priscilla Oliveras

WEST WITH GIRAFFES by Lynda Rutledge
Amy's Book Club of Portland, Oregon: Bread, salami, cornbread, beans - food eaten en route. And as onions play a large role in the story: caramelized onion dip and an onion tart.

WEYWARD by Emilia Hart
Lit Ladies Read of Melbourne, Florida: Witching Hour Cabernet Sauvignon and witch hat cupcakes
Happy Bookers of Linn, Missouri:  We dined on a menu of Orton stew (chicken and rice soup) W pendant cakes (cupcakes), Witches sticks and twigs (fried tortilla strips), Cottage dip (cowboy caviar), Crow Bars (brownie bites), Insect Wings(corn chips), Graham Crackers (saltines and wheat thins), and Morgs(moon drop grapes).  

WHAT A DOG KNOW by Susan Collins

WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

WHAT WE WERE PROMISED  by Lucy Tan

WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Katherine Center

-Author recipe and menu

What You Wish For Recipe Party

WHAT'S GOOD? A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients by Peter Hoffman

WHAT'S MINE AND YOURS by Naima Coster - click for author menu

Also The Revivals of Germantown, Wisconsin: "When Noelle and Inez attend the social gathering at the Suttons, appetizers are passed by college-age students. Likewise, our host served guacamole, cheeses, nuts, vegetables and dips."

WHAT'S WORTH KEEPING by Kaya McLaren

WHAT WOULD FRIDA DO?: A Guide to Living Boldly by Arianna Davis

WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN by Esmeralda Santiago: See the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica

WHEN WE LET GO by Rochelle Weinstein
Also: Elizabeth’s Book Chat, Frisco, Texas: Charcuterie board, lemon cake, wine
Book Club Girls Sparta, New Jersey:  "Wine, chocolate for self-care, a farm-to-table picnic, lemonade, tea, homemade fruit pies, based on Avery's garden and farm."

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

Also see our "Where the Crawdads Zing" Book Blend!  and recipes inspired by the novel and Blend!

From author 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 of her family history!"

Pa’s Hush Puppies
Ma’s Breakfast Corn Fritters
Kya’s Mussels and Grits
Po Man’s Turnips
Old Fashion Chicken Pie (Kya’s favorite)

See Recipes

Also Flip and Sip of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Chicken pie, grits, mussels, cornbread, crab cakes, coon balls and banana pudding. Our hostess decorated with shells and feathers.

-Ladies of Autumnwood, Grand Island, New York: Whiskey Cocktail - since her dad loved whiskey! Appetizers: deviled eggs & pimento cheese. Dinner: cornbread (Kya’s work in progress), “Bang Bang” Shrimp (pseudo Crawdads), and homemade chicken pie,  Kya’s favorite. Feather pens for favors since Tate started leaving feathers for Kya.

-Wine Women Words of Greater Boston: deviled eggs, crabcakes, blackberry tea, blackberries, shrimp (for crawfish), cornbread with berries.

-Book Club of Parkland, Florida: biscuits, shrimp & homemade grits as an appetizer, mixed greens salad with citrus dressing and fresh berries, pecans and goat cheese (to lighten the meal up a bit), and chicken pot pies. Dessert was cherry pie, as it was the name of one of the marsh boats. I always do a cheese board and for fun, Crisco and crackers.

Treat Book Club of Cypress, Texas: Shrimp and Grits

WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS by Glendy Vanderah

WHERE THE GOD OF LOVE HANGOUT by Amy Bloom see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

WHERE THE HEART IS by Billie Letts (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS by Barbara Delinsky: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

THE WHOLE WORLD OVER by Julia Glass: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents

WHY I’M STILL MARRIED, edited by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine
–Moms Reading of Wakefield, Massachusetts: Husbands' favorite foods

WICKED by Gregory Maguire
(see our recipes from Gregory Maguire in Table of Contents)
–Reading Moms of Antioch, California: Devilish Concoctions, including Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce and a dip set inside the head of Frankenstein and a punch made with floating gummy worms and spiders.

WIDOWISH by Melissa Gould

THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET by Randy Susan Myers

WINTER'S RECKONING by Adele Holmes
Ranch Readers of Littleton, Colorado: “Lentil soup as Maddie made in the book, and peach blueberry tart and a peach pound cake —peaches represented Appalachia and the South.”

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Henrdricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Author recipes: Baked Lemon, Feta and Artichoke Dip and Lemon Garlic Hummous

THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins

WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Chery Strayed
Read 'Em and Eat in Port Angeles, Washington: Dehydrated food and lemonade
Wine, Women, and Words Book Club, San Antonio, Texas: Things she thrived on in the book: beef jerky, Snapple (her most desired drink while on the hike), candy bars and potato chips, nuts and berries (just to keep hiking in the wild authentic), and a beautiful fresh salad, which was something she often craved.

WILD GAME by Adrienne Brodeur

Also: It’s Lit!(erature) Book Club of Gilbert Arizona: Hot Buttered Rum. Peaches with vanilla ice cream from the mother’s(Malabar Hornblower) cookbook, DO AHEAD DINING, and served Malabar’s Power Pack cocktail (and mocktails).” 

Girls’ Clubhouse Book Club, of Auburn, California: A variety of drinks and food were fitting for discussing this memoir, as the mother used food as a ruse to stay close and interact with her lover."

WILD SEED by Octavia Butler
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Lemon Pudding Cake from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook. (The authors, the Beekman Boys, are neighbors, and have a home like the one that Butler describes Anyanwu settling in when she first comes to the New World)

WILD SWANS: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE by Kristin Harmel

WINGWALKERS by Taylor Brown

THE WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah
Carolyn’s Book Club of St. Michael’s Minnesota:  Russian layered honey cake 

WINTER WHEAT by Mildred Walker (see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)

THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES by Johanna Moran
–WOW (Women of Words) of Green Valley, Arizona: Tea

THE WOMAN INSIDE by E.G. Scott: from E.G. Scott "Risotto, paired with a lovely Merlot. The meal that Sheila, who is having a torrid affair with Paul behind his wife’s back, orders on the evening of her thirty-fifth birthday while sitting alone in her favorite restaurant. Things go decidedly downhill afterward, thanks in part to the bottle of wine that she consumes single-handedly over the course of dinner. How will things end up for poor Sheila? ReadTHE WOMAN INSIDE to find out”.

A WOMAN OF INTELLIGENCE by Karin Tanabe

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES! By Camille Pagan

WOMAN ON FIRE by Lisa Barr

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by Frances Mayes

 

WOODROW ON THE BENCH: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog by Jenna Blum

The Woodrow Cocktail

Get Woke Book Club of New Prague,  Minnesota:  Scottish Shortbread Dog Bone cookies. bacon-wrapped smokies— Woodrow loved hotdogs and bacon.

THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Alan Weisman
–Vegetarian Society of Washington, D.C.: Vegan snacks including corn chowder served in a bread bowl and soy hot wings

THE WORST HARD TIME: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
–Food for Thought Book Club in Annville, Pennsylvania: Frozen chocolate crunch pie made with "rocks," Texas sheet cake, and "depression cookies" ( saltine sandwiches with buttercream frosting)

THE WRONG KIND OF WOMAN by Sarah McCraw Crow

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion
–Literary Lyres of San Fernando Valley, California: (New York menu) Pomegranate Manhattans, New York Potato Salad, Roasted New York Strip Loin, and New York-style cheesecake

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

-Also see YOU ARE NOT ALONE Recipe Party

-YOU ARE NOT ALONE Falafel Recipe

YOU CAN'T CATCH ME by Catherine McKenzie

THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth