NOVEL NOSHES: Book Club Menu Ideas
Looking for snacks, dishes, or drinks inspired by the reading selection for your book club? Book club members continually request—and share— ideas for book-related fare. Integrating book-related cuisine into meetings offers a chance to connect with the literature, try new recipes, and spice up their discussion.
We’re happy to share ideas from book groups, as well as those from authors. Some are dishes or foods mentioned in the pages of these titles, while others are simply imaginative ideas from these groups. We hope these ideas spark your own culinary imagination. Please note that some of these suggestions will make sense to you only after reading the book.
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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
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."
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
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 foodparings because of my love for gardening, organic foods, and they represent revitalization and healing."
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate's Apple Bread Pudding
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
BIJOU OF THE DEAD by Robert Freese
–Overdue Book Club of Huntsville, Alabama: Zombie finger cookies and appropriately colored brain matter cookies
BODY AND SOUL by Frank Conroy
–Bookwomen of Encinitas, California: New York steak and Waldorf salad
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
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
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 Lemonade
COOL CREATURES, HOT PLANET: Exploring the Seven Continents by Marty Essen
Tween the Lines of Grand Rapids, Minnesota: Honoring each continent of the world with a regional dish. The Salmon Jerky recipe was paired with Antarctica.
THE 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)
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
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 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.)
EVENING CLASS by Maeve Binchy
–WTS Book Club of Houston Texas: Pizza
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
FLIGHT by Sherman Alexie
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Navajo Fry Bread
FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
Book Club Buzz
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 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)
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.
GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer MacAllister
From author Greer MacAllister:
"Kate Warne doesn't slow down for many meals in the pages of Girl in Disguise, but her favorite dish is pierogi, Polish potato dumplings made by her landlord Mrs. Borowski. And since Kate saved the life of Abraham Lincoln en route to his inauguration, why not something from this festive menu from Lincoln's 1865 inaugural ball? "
A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY by Haven Kimmel
–Book Club of Anchorage, Alaska: Corn pudding and green beans and meatloaf and chicken casserole
THE GIRL 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")
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!
GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand
My Mom and I of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania: Sausage and Basil Pasta in Mustard Cream Sauce
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Fowler
Book Club Buzz
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 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 for 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
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.
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
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, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
–Calumet College Book Club of Whiting, Indiana: figs (not laced with poison!)
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 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
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
THE LAST SILK DRESS by Ann Rinaldi
–The Book Club of Troy, Michigan: A tea party
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.
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
LITTLE CHAPEL ON THE RIVER by Gwendolyn Bounds
–Read Between the Wines of McHenry, Illinois: Irish pub grub and beer
Also see:The Lost Family Supper Club
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.
THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
–Chick-Lits of Chino Hills, California: (What else?) a baked potato bar and Tang!
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 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
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
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 MOTHER'S KITCHEN by Meera Klein
–Messy Housekeeper's Book Club of Cobleskill, New York: Chocolate popcorn & hot chocolate mulled cider
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
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)
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"
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
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.
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)
SOTAH by Naomi Ragen
–Hudson Valley Bookies of New Winsor, New York: Matzo ball soup
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 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
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!"
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
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 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