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WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Katherine Center’s Campechana de Mariscos Seafood Cocktail Recipe

  WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Katherine Center’s Campechana de Mariscos Seafood Cocktail Recipe My novel, What You Wish For is set on Galveston Island in Texas, the place where I write most of my books, in a sunny little beach house by the Gulf. This is a special story for me. I grew up coming […]

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THE SHOW GIRL: Nicola Harrison’s Maple Bee’s Knees Recipe

  THE SHOW GIRL: Nicola Harrison’s Maple Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe When Olive Shine, the protagonist of my novel, The Show Girl, invites her friends to visit White Pines Camp in the Adirondacks for the summer, she serves the camp’s signature drink: a Maple Bee’s Knees—a twist on the better-known Honey Bee’s Knees,—using maple syrup […]

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SO WE MEET AGAIN: Suzanne Park’s Korean Mandu (Deep Fried Dumplings)

   SO WE MEET AGAIN: Suzanne Park’s Korean Mandu (Deep Fried Dumplings) Recipe In my novel So We Meet Again, Jessie Kim, after moving back home to Tennessee, spends a lot of time cooking with her umma. For many Asian families, food is an expression of love and affection, whether it’s through preparing homemade meals […]

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BEFORE WE WERE YOURS: Lisa Wingate’s Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS: Lisa Wingate’s Apple Bread Pudding Recipe “Shantyboat families, such as the ones depicted in my novel Before We Were Yours, often gathered in small communities to share news and food, find companionship, trade goods, and play homemade instruments and sing. A rare sweet treat would have thrilled Rill and her siblings. Wingate […]

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THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS: Lisa Wingate’s Buttermilk Pie Recipe

  THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS: Lisa Wingate’s Buttermilk Pie Here’s a recipe that’s a true time period delight from Hannie’s era —Hannie was a freed slave in Louisiana in 1875. It would also be a favorite in the cafe’s dessert case in present-day Augustine, Louisiana. It’s not a ‘pretty’ pie, but served as a […]

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THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR: Alka Joshi’s Aloo Gobi Matar Subji (Curried Vegetable)

  THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR: Alka Joshi’s Aloo Gobi Matar Subji (Curried Vegetable) Growing up, whenever my mother wondered what to make for dinner, my brothers and I clamored for her Aloo Gobi Matar Subji or Potato-Cauliflower-Pea Curried Vegetable. I want you to taste my mother’s version of this delicious comfort food because it […]

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Mary Kay Andrews: THE NEWCOMER Prosecco Sippers

Mary Kay Andrews: The Newcomer Prosecco Sippers (Shark Bites) I wanted deliciously beachy, no-fuss recipes that could be served poolside, packed into a cooler for the beach, or beautifully arrayed on a hostess’s table for your The Newcomer book club gathering (see menu). My book club besties usually bring LOTS of wine to our gatherings, […]

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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s Falafel Recipe

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s Falafel Recipe In You Are Not Alone, Cassandra and Jane follow Shay, learning more and more about her life, her likes, and her dislikes…that she works out frequently, and loves the Greek restaurant close to her apartment. They ever learn her favorite dishes. It’s there where Shay begins to doubt […]

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Leesa Cross-Smith’s Pasta alla Norma Recipe

Leesa Cross-Smith’s Pasta alla Norma In This Close To Okay, my character Tallie encounters a man named Emmett on a bridge in the rain. He’s considering suicide and Tallie is a therapist but doesn’t tell him that. Instead, she plays him some music and talks to him, listens to him, shares her heart with him. […]

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Diane Chamberlain’s Gold Nugget Cake

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

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