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.

Check back for new menus,  and feel free to send some of your group’s suggestions. New featured author menus are posted on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Also, see

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

 

AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kelly McWilliams

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

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:  “n 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 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

AMERICAN DAUGHTER  by Stephanie Thornton Plymale

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

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein
(see our recipe from Garth Stein in Table of Contents)

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

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

BEFORE I KNEW by Jamie Beck

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate's Apple Bread Pudding

Also see

BENEATH. A SCARLET SKY by Mark Sullivan

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

BETWEEN ME AND YOU by Allison Winn Scotch

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

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL by Melissa de la Cruz

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS by Alice Randall

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

THE BLACK SWAN OF PARIS by Karin Robards

BLUE SKY KINGDOM by Bruce Kirkby

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

THE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT by Ellery Adams

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 Markuz 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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

THE BOY IN THE FIELD by Margot Livesey

THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT by Farrah Rochon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Lemonade

THE COPENHAGEN AFFAIR by Amulya Malladi

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

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)

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

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 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 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 DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle

DO NO HARM by Christina McDonald

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

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

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 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.)

ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS by Liza Nash Taylor

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

EVERYBODY FIGHTS by Kim and Penn Holderness

Also see article

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

EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova

FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah

Also, see Costco book club feature article and recipe

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

FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
Book Club Buzz

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

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

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

FROM SCRATCH by Tembi Locke

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")

THE GIRL BEFORE by J..P. Delaney

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

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

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

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!

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George 

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Fowler
Book Club Buzz

THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai

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.

GUILT by Amanda Robson

HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
(see our recipes for 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

HAVEN POINT by Virginia Hume

THE HAZARDS OF GOOD FORTUNE by Seth Greenland

HEART BERRIES by Terese Marie Mailhot

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

HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton

HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST by Julie Valerie

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS  by Sara Richardson

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.

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

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

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 our featured cocktail, The Brooklyn Bomber.

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 SUMMER by Asha Bromfield

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

THE IDEA OF YOU / Robinne Lee

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin

I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU by Camille Pagan

THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin

IN ANOTHER TIME by Jillian Cantor

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 INTERMISSION by Elyssa Friedland

THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by Colleen Oakley

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, and seaweed salad, seaweed snacks, Korean carrots

JULIET TAKES A BREATH by Gabby Rivera

THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB  by Amy Reichert

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

LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Ivan Doig

THE LAST GREEN VALLEY by Mark Sullivan

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 LATE BLOOMERS' CLUB by Louise Miller

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.

THE LEAVERS by Lisa Ko

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

LIMELIGHT by Amy Poeppel

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

The LITTLE FRENCH BRIDAL SHOP by Jen Dupee

LITTLE PIECES OF ME by Allison Hammer

THE LOST FAMILY by Jenna Blum

Also see:The Lost Family Supper Club 

THE LOST VINTAGE by Ann Mah

LOVE AND OLIVES by Jenna Evans Welch

LOVE FOR BEGINNERS by Jill Shalvis 

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

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!

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

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.

MEET ME IN MONACO by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

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!

THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis

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!)

MEET ME IN BOMBAY by Jenny Ashcroft

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

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

MILLICENT GLENN'S LAST WISH by Tori Whitaker

A MILLION REASONS WHY by Jessica Strawser

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim

MISS KOPP JUST WON’T QUIT by Amy Stewart

MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes

MOTHERLAND: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman

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:

"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."- Lyanda Lynn Haupt

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

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

THE NEXT WIFE by Kaira Rouda

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 based in Orem, Utah: Caramel popcorn

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

NOT PERFECT by Elizabeth Laban

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li

THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith (see our recipe for THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY 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

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

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

ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN by Jim Fergus
(see our recipe for ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN 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

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 them

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman

THE OTHER MRS. by Mary Kubica

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

PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Kelly Bowen

THE PARIS ORPHAN 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 PARIS SECRET by Natasha Lester

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

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

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

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

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

PRAISE SONG FOR THE BUTTERFLIES by Bernice L. McFadden

PRETTY REVENGE,by Emily Liebert

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 Histor by Nathalia Holt

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by Karma Brown

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

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

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

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

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

SADIE by Courtney Summers

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 SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
(see our Honey Cake recipe from Sue Monk Kidd in The Book Club Cookbook
–Read Between the Wines of McHenry, Illinois: Each course of the meal includes honey

THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy

THE SECRET KEEPER'S WIFE by Alka Joshi

THE SECRET STEALERS by Jane HealeySOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris

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 SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruis Zafon
see our recipes 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 our 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.

SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale

THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS by Pat Barker

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)

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

SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris

SOMEONE ELSE'S SECRET

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

A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult

STARS IN HIS EYES by Marti Gironelli

START WITHOUT ME by Joshua Max Feldman 

STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo

STILL ME by Jojo Moyes

THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg

STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST by Jessica Keener

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

SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler

A SWEET MESS 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 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

SUMMER HOURS Amy Mason Doan

THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan

  A SUMMER TO REMEMBER by Erika Montgomery

SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS by Elaine Neil Orr

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

THIS COULD HURT by Jillian Medoff

THIS WON'T END WELL by Camille Pagan

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

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

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
–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 TRUTH AND OTHER HIDDEN THINGS by Lea Geller

TRUE FICTION by Lee Goldberg

TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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

THE TWO LILA BENNETTS by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand
–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.

UNDER A GILDED MOON 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

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

WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman

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

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

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."

WHAT'S WORTH KEEPING by Kaya McLaren

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

WIDOWISH by Melissa Gould

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

Also see our "Where the Crawdads Zing" Book 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

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.

Kahakai Kitchen: North Carolina Fish Stew & Biscuits with "Where the Crawdads Zing" Compound Butter 

Treat Book Club of Cypress, Texas: Shrimp and Grits

 

 

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.

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.

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

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

WHAT WE WERE PROMISED  by Lucy Tan

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

WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS by Glendy Vanderah

THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET by Randy Susan Myers

WILD GAME by Adrienne Brodeur

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)

 THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE by Kristin Harmel

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

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES! By Camille Pagan

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by Frances Mayes

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 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 CAN'T CATCH ME by Catherine McKenzie