Sometimes the food accompanying the book club discussion is better than the book. Although some book clubs serve wine, I have never been to one. One of my favorite women, however, always served champagne when it was her turn to host; I don’t remember any of the books we discussed, but I remember the champagne.
If you are ambitious or just want to impress, books with suggestions for food to enhance the discussion have ideas from casseroles to desserts: Judy Gelman’s The Book Club Cookbook and Table of Contents are two of my favorites. The My Recipe website has a list of book with links to recipes.
I might like a book club focusing on the food first, and then the book.
- for J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Pat Prager’s chocolate peanut butter bars
- for Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic, Aunt Isabelle’s Chocolate Tipsy Cake
- for Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, Christmas tree buns
- for Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter, Chilean cazuela
- for Antsley Harris’ Goodbye, Paris, Grandma Elsie’s Mandel Bread
- for any book – chocolate popcorn
What are your ideas for good food with good books?