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.
Looking for a book club menu? We’re happy to reach out to the author for ideas—contact us!
TITLES AND FOOD PAIRINGS
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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton (see our recipes in The Book Club Cookbook)
AHAB'S WIFE, OR THE STAR-GAZER by Sena Jeter Naslund (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
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 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.
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
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon(see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
AMERICA, AMERICA by Ethan Canin: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
AMÉRICA'S DREAM by Esmeralda Santiago: See the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt(see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (see our 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 our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
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 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?"
ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan (see our recipe in The Book Club Cookbook)
BACKSEAT SAINTS by Joshilyn Jackson: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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)
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)
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
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
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
BIJOU OF THE DEAD by Robert Freese
–Overdue Book Club of Huntsville, Alabama: Zombie finger cookies and appropriately colored brain matter cookies
BITTER IN THE MOUTH by Monique Truong: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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.
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 SALT by Monique Truong: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
–Wise Women and Words GFWC Greater Ocala Woman's Club of Ocala, Florida: borscht
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).
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)
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.
COST by Roxana Robinson: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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
THE DANISH GIRL by David Ebershoff see David Ebershoff’s recipe in Table of Contents
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
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
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)
DOUGLASS'S WOMEN by Jewell Parker Rhodes( see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)
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
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
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
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
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
FAIR AND TENDER LADIES by Lee Smith (see author recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)
FALLING by T. J. Newman: Wine Club with the Book Problem of Acworth, Georgia: Biscoff Cookies
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!"
THE FIRST PART LAST by Angela Johnson
(see our recipe from Angela Johnson The Kids' Club Book Club Book)
FLIGHT by Sherman Alexie
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Navajo Fry Bread
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
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 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)
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
GETTING MOTHER'S BODY by Suzan-Lori Parks(see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)
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? "
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)
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
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 OF A TENDER AGE by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
–Stetson Book Club of New Haven, Connecticut: Pineapple Cream Pie
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")
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
THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck (see recipe nd menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Fowler
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THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (see recipe sand menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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."
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
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)
THE HELP BY Kathryn Stockett (see Kathryn Stockett's recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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.
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
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
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie smith (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
–Calumet College Book Club of Whiting, Indiana: figs (not laced with poison!)
I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE by Julia Glass see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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,
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot (see Rebecca Skloot’s recipes and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
THE INDGO 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)
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 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
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
TTHE 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
LARK & TERMITE by Jayne Anne Phillips: see recipe in Table of Contents
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 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
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!”
LEAP OF FAITH: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
See recipes from from Queen Noor in The Book Club Cookbook
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
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
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.
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
Also Book Bags of New Prague, Minnesota: Host Ann’s setting and meal did justice to the opulence of the meals and restaurants in the novel. Her menu—Waldorf Salad, Chicken Kiev, Green Beans Amandine, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Masha Torte, Cream Puffs, Rusty Nail and Tab— was strongly influenced by the food mentioned in the novel, and she also created a Minnesota connection with some of the items. When June went back to Minnesota, her mother offered to make her a sandwich with olive loaf. As a child we would often have bologna sandwiches and sometimes olive loaf. Annie decided to make something that brought back our childhood memory of olive loaf. Ann combined olives with cheese, mayonnaise, and green onion, and a baguette to make an appetizer. We enjoyed reading about the Walter Cronkite—a newscaster we watched as kids — hamburger, and had a similar version, with meatballs and flamed the brandy. This was quite the conversation piece as we sipped our wine. The flames lingered for quite a while.
Morsels for the Mind of Belmont, Michigan: Masha's Menu, including Waldorf Salad, Potato Latkes, Kosher garlic pickles, brie en croute, grapes and Mint Milano cookies, Inside-Out German Chocolate Cake with Cherries Flambe and a side of whipped
cream for dessert.
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.
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
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!
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, 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
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.
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 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!"
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!)
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)
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.
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 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: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson - a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Toda
NICKEL AND DIMED On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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
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 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 MY DAUGHTER by Barbara Delinsky see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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."
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)
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
And see book club menus here
ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN by Jim Fergus
(see 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
OPEN HOUSE by Elizabeth Berg: see 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 for ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN 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
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)
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)
THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain
–Words with Friends, in Lebanon, Ohio: French wine, cheese, and French pastries from a local bakery
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
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 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)
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 POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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
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
RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins
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."
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)
A RIVER SUTRA by Gita Mehta (see recipe and menus in the first edition of The Book Club Cookbook)
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
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)
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
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"
SEABISCUIT: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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 LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
(see our Honey Cake recipe from Sue Monk Kidd in The Book Club Cookbook
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 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.
SISTER OF MY HEART by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni see the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
Bookish Ladies Book Club of Coto de Caza, California: We enjoyed 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:
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)
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
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)
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 The Kids' Club Book Club Book)
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
SUGAR by Bernice McFadden: see recipe in The Book Club Cookbook
SUMMER AT TIFFANY by Marjorie Hart
–WOW (Women of Words) of Green Valley, Arizona: Egg salad sandwich
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
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 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)
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”.xxxxx
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien
–Blue Anklets of Arlington Heights, Illinois: K Rations
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!
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
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
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
THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by T. Coraghessan Boyle(see recipe and menus in The Book Club Cookbook)
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
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
–Chimney Hill Book Club of Edmond, Oklahoma: Red food
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 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.
VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani: see Adriana’s recipe in Table of Contents
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
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
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."
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
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."
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)
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
WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN by Esmeralda Santiago: See the author’s recipe in Table of Contents
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.
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.
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)
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 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