Mini Challenge! Book Appetit!

Happy Read-A-Thon April 2012!!!  How is it going out there?  Are you reading?  Are you snacking?  Are your books making you think of FOOD?

Here in Central Minnesota it is lunch time and I was thinking this would be a great time to talk about books and FOOD. 

Your mini challenge that will be available for the next two hours is a fairly easy one… it just requires a little imagination from you!

Take one of the books you are reading today.  Now lets pretend that you are going to have a book discussion with friends regarding that book.  They are all coming over to your house and you are providing food and beverage to go with said book.  That’s right, your challenge is to share with me here:

1.  Title and author of the book

2.  The menu:  the food, the beverage (if you want you can go as far plan background music, decor, whatever.  😀 )

Want to know what you are playing for?

Ok… lol, that’s just to wet your appetite… what you are playing for is a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card that will be emailed to the winner yet this afternoon after I choose the winner using

To enter:

Leave a comment here (mandatory entry) with the information I asked for above (Book and author, the menu to go with that book)

For a second entry – create a post on your own blog (if you have one) of the book, author, and the menu and then link it back here.

Here are a couple examples:  Say you are reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris…. your menu would definitely include lots of chocolates, perhaps to drink would be a delicious hot chocolate, maybe a chocolate fountain to dip strawberries in!

Or…. you may be reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue in which you may make Jack’s favorite macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meat balls, or his 6th birthday cake… (his 5th birthday cake was sponge cake with 5 m&m’s on top), the drink would be tap water.

If you do decide to do a post, I would love to see it!  Be sure to link it here:

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108 thoughts on “Mini Challenge! Book Appetit!

  1. I am reading The Cougar Club by Susan McBride. I would serve sparking cider along with some music from my mp3 player. The music would be lite party music.

  2. Currently Reading “Assassin’s Creed: Rennaisance” by Oliver Bowden, so I would propably be serving italian food, if possible from around that era. Depends on my motivation to research which italian foods known to me were already available in the 1470’s.

    For now I’ll settle with what I know.

    At first I’d serve Antipasti. Lots of ’em. Mozarella, Bruscietta, Caprese. You name it, I’d serve it.

    Main dish would be either Pizza or Spaghetti (vegetarian and non- to serve all possible guests).

    Dessert would be Tiramisu. Definitely.

    Espresso and Cappuchino would also be served. And for those who want alcohol in their drinks some red wine. And water for those who drink neither alcohol nor coffee.

  3. Aisling Book 1, Guardian by Carole Cummings.

    First I would strew some hay on the doorstep, put two fake horse stakes in the yard, (the kind to wrap your horse’s rein’s around so he won’t run off) and decorate my place like an ye olde inn. I would serve stew, rolls, cheese beef jerky, rainbow colored pudding, and ale in old fashioned mugs.

  4. I’m reading Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffan. I would definitely make a wide assortment of cupcakes (with colorful icing) since they play a large role in the book.

  5. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

    MENU: ballpark food, of course! peanuts and Cracker Jack, sunflower seeds, nachos and hot dogs and Chipwich ice cream sandwiches, Baby Ruth candy bars and Big League Chew. Plus an assortment of sodas to take it over the top!

  6. I am reading Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith. It is set in Biblical times. They seem to be eating a lot of bread and hockey, figs, dates, nuts. I would have a menu like that – and with wine, of course 🙂

  7. The book I’m reading “Next to Love” by Ellen Feldman is set in the early 1940s as World War II is just starting. That makes me think of the soda shops or five and ten stores which served basic grill food. So my menu would probably include grilled cheese, hot dogs, burgers, fries and probably some kind of milkshake or malt. The music would include some big band and patriotic tunes from that era. I visited the National World War II museum in New Orleans last June and they had an awesome women’s trio sing songs from that era.

    Posted my response on my blog as well ->

    Thanks for hosting this mini-challenge

  8. Short Friday by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

    I’d serve matzoh ball soup, knishes, blintzes, kugel pudding, and bottles of Manischewitz Blackberry wine. I love this wine. It’s really sweet.

  9. Im reading knocked out by my nunga nungas by Louise Rennision. I would have a fun poolside party. Since the protagonist is a teen I would have a buffet style meal: lots of chips and salads fruit iced tea and soda. Also pairs of cupcakes 🙂 to represent the aforementioned nungas( breasts) thanks for hosting !

  10. (This is such a fun mini-challenge!)
    1. Title and author of the book:
    “Flesh and Blood” by Jonathan Kellerman.

    2. The menu: the food, the beverage:
    The food would definitely be steak because both Alex and Milo seem to have a thing for them throughour the series (and someone definitely has to have one rare in honour of Milo’s great tough cop manliness) with salad because Alex is always making salad. And to drink, a working man’s beer (and plenty of it) because that seems to be a drink of choice. That or maybe whisky. Either way, something alcoholic.
    No music and no fancy decor. Just a table, chairs and lots of food/booze.

  11. My book is the Resistance by Gemma Malley.

    Because it is all about Longlivity and save energy, potions are monitored. So I would start with a plate of tapas, all small bites to keep in theme. But because the book is called the Resistance, we are going against the small portions and I will make a huge pan of something. Say soup, pasta or chili as a main. And of course a grand dessert!

  12. 1. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    2. The menu: The book is set in New Orleans, so we’ll have some cajun jambalaya and Crawfish Etouffee. We’ll also have whiskey to drink because everyone is drinking it in the book! Background music: Jazz of course!

  13. Here is my menu for About That Night, a contemporary romance by Julie James:

    – Since this is a lighthearted romance novel, candy definitely seems appropriate! I’d serve fudge, Reese’s cups, M&Ms of various kinds, Lindt dark chocolate truffles…maybe some chocolate-covered strawberries too.
    – Cosmopolitans — they’re pink, girly, and fun, like this book! (Well, the book’s not pink, but you know what I mean.)
    – Popcorn covered in caramel sauce. I have a friend who makes this, and it is mind-numbingly delicious!
    – And probably some pretzels and a few other salty snacks, because I’d need something to balance out all that sugar!

  14. Our reading group would be reading Christopher Moore’s “Sacre Bleu” and we’d be serving baguettes, blue cheese, escargot, vin and croissant. Sounds delicious right?

  15. I’m reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, and in the first section, the main character talks a lot about how good the food tastes when he goes back in time (to the 1950s). He’s usually eating diner food, so I’d create a menu of burgers and fries, with root beer floats and apple pie a la mode for dessert. The music would be classic swing dance music (Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood”), because the main character swings dances in the park with some local kids.

  16. 1. Title and author of the book: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy L. Sayers.
    2. The menu: the food, the beverage: It’d have to involve some very good wine. I could copy out the menu Lord Peter designs for Ann Dorland near the end of the book, but that would probably be cheating, though it’s a known fact that Sayers gave Wimsey the things she wanted. Anyway, some very good wine — aged for a decent period of time — and, hmm, probably oysters and such things. The wine is the most important part.

  17. In honor of Jenny Lawson’s “Let’s Pretend That Didn’t Happen”, we will be serving “stuffed” animal crackers, Road Kill Stew, and mixed nuts. Drinks? Of course there will be drinks – full bar.

  18. I’m reading “Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell, a history of Hawaii.

    I’d serve roasted pork with apples and onions, SPAM, rice, and pineapple, with coconut water to drink. Background music – Don Ho

  19. Where I am in my book, the main character (and some others) are converging at the Taj Mahal in India.

    1. Title and author: The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small
    2. The menu: lamb shish kabob (mint and cilantro flavored lamb charbroiled on skewers), some dal soup made with yellow lentils, mango lassi to drink, and rice pudding for dessert.
    3. Sitar music: Ravi Shankar and his daughter playing the sitar (my recordings by him go back to the 1970s).

  20. I’m reading Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches (etc) by S.C. Gwynne
    I’d be serving Buffalo Burgers, Cowboy Beans, Indian Bread and Sasparilla! 🙂

  21. My comment doesn’t seem to be showing…

    “1. Title and author of the book: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy L. Sayers.
    2. The menu: the food, the beverage: It’d have to involve some very good wine. I could copy out the menu Lord Peter designs for Ann Dorland near the end of the book, but that would probably be cheating, though it’s a known fact that Sayers gave Wimsey the things she wanted. Anyway, some very good wine — aged for a decent period of time — and, hmm, probably oysters and such things. The wine is the most important part.”

  22. I’m currently reading ‘A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings’ by Charles Dickens, so obviously I think I’m going to have to go all-out with the Christmas theme! Full turkey dinner with ale and wine, Christmas songs in the background and a tree and fairy lights festooning the room 🙂

  23. My comment won’t seem to go through… This is the last time I’m trying!

    1. Title and author of the book: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy L. Sayers.
    2. The menu: the food, the beverage: It’d have to involve some very good wine. I could copy out the menu Lord Peter designs for Ann Dorland near the end of the book, but that would probably be cheating, though it’s a known fact that Sayers gave Wimsey the things she wanted. Anyway, some very good wine — aged for a decent period of time — and, hmm, probably oysters and such things. The wine is the most important part.

  24. I’m not doing a readathon as I don’t have the time, especially on a weekend full of chores! However I am reading a White House Gardener Mystery, The Scarlet Pepper, and have just finished eating a dish of Pad Thai, Thai noodles with meat, rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts, and a sauce of tamarind and fish sauce, topped with crushed peanuts. Delish!

    Have fun with the challenges! This was a good one.

  25. I love this idea also, all the challenges this year are so clever!!

    1. I am reading…The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

    2. The menu would have to include the following
    -Lamb Stew (If you read the book you know this is quite obvious)
    -Fresh Loaves of Bread
    -Coffee, Milk, Wine, Or Orange Juice
    3. Music is something futuristic. 🙂

  26. I’m reading THE REST IS SILENCE by Scott Fotheringham and my menu would include: hot dogs, canned soup, a bottle of Canadian whiskey, and roasted marshmallows. The main character lives in a tent in the woods! So the menu will be an act of survival!

    Zara Alexis

  27. I am reading Game of Thrones: Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I would serve an old style feast, maybe with lamb… definitely bread, cheese, and lots of wine! For background music… thankfully there is a television show so I would probably use their sound track, but also… everyone would dress up! If we wanted to get tipsy, I’d have us play a good ole drinking game. 😉

  28. I’m reading Stay Awake by Dan Chaon, a collection of creepy short stories.

    I’ll be serving some yummy Hot Bat Wings for an appetizer, Mystery Chili for the main and Chocolate Spiders for dessert while the theme from The Twilight Zone plays in the background. Bwwaaahh hahahaha. Eat if you dare!

  29. Lol. How fun.

    I’m reading The Iron King, so I’d want to provide a table full of delicate-lookin’ fae food. Multi-colored drinks, blue baubles of something mysterious. I’d want a dry ice smoker going to get the crawling smoke across the floor, and I’d need some decorations. Trees with dangling lights and flowers. It’d have to smell thickly floral, too. Extravagant, but much easier than the ice court… not sure how I’d create freezing anything indoors. Sounds like it’d be a fun post… I’ll link back if I get it up. Lol

  30. I’m reading The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody.

    A large part of the book is a space mission to Mars. So I sit my friends down in the bathroom, as it’s the most “sterile” environment we have, our rocket control room. One of my friends can sit in the bath tub, the other on the toilet, and one in the shower cubicle. We’re eating astronaut-type foot: muesli bars, drinks from a plastic bottle with a nozzle (the type that you can press in so no fluid spills). We’ll also throw peanuts to each other, which we have to catch, as we pretend that one of us opened a bag and since we’re weightless, the peanuts started floating all over the room.

  31. I am reading Dante’s Inferno. Here goes nothing:

    Since it would be a few friends gathering together to discuss the topic of Dante’s politics, emotions, and journey through the Inferno . . . and he’s Italian . . . I would definitely be serving some italian food, but not dishes. I would serve mainly appetizers (with a lot of prosciutto). Heavy topic + heavy food = not so good. Therefore:
    – melon slices wrapped in thinly sliced prosciutto
    -bruschetta: diced fresh tomatoes with garlic, basil, oregano, extra virgin olive oil, capers, and some mozzarella.
    -a platter of thin slices of prosciutto, thick chunks of mozzarella, triangular cuts of Parmesan regiano cheese, pecorino, gorgonzola. And some italian herb crackers.
    – for some warmth: mushrooms stuffed with pecorino, dried bread crumbs, fresh mint, parsley, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and some black pepper.

    ALL accompanied by some red wine and sparkling water.

    For dessert?
    – small, sample sized tiramisu
    – small cannolis
    -small fruit tarts
    -cream puffs.

    Accompanied by some cappuccino or cafe con leche.

    I’m hungry now . . .

  32. I am about to start A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols, nonfiction about a boat race around the world in which only one man makes it home. For dinner you’d have something designed to combat seasickness. Probably the BRATT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, toast. Who says I’m not a great hostess?

  33. Good challenge!
    I am reading Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale, and the menu would include: Fairy Tale Mushrooms, Creamy Peas and Pillows, Cinderella’s Stuffed Pumpkin, Fairy-Dusted Brownies and Hansel & Gretel’s Gingerbread House.
    If you visit my readathon post, there are links to the recipes!

  34. Reading Ready Player One. The party will consist of:

    -Dressing like 80’s pop culture icons (because of John Hughes references).
    -Half the night will be used to communicate through some form of technology.
    -Play a number of puzzle games while discussing the book.
    -Listening to Devo lyrics.
    -Eating late 20th century staple foods…Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Dip n Dots, In n Out Burgers.

  35. I am reading The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. I think that if I were to create a menu off of this book, it would be filled with my English favorites:

    Roast Beef
    Yorkshire Pudding
    Brussel Sprouts
    Shepherd’s Pie
    Fruit cake (My mother-in-law’s, because it’s the only edible one I’ve found.)
    Various Teas
    Cadbury chocolates
    Turkish Delight
    Welsh Rarebit
    All in tiny portions, so that everyone could enjoy everything!

  36. I’m reading Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

    Food served: A big ol’ chocolate cake with Milky Way pieces in it, which Dorian treats Eugenie to. Also, there would be lots and lots of milky way bars floating around.

    Drink: A nice wine I should think. Dorian likes his wines. Maybe we’ll have a bunch of different types of wines.

    Also, the link to my post is

  37. I’m reading THE HOUSE ON DURROW STREET by Galen Beckett. It’s a fantasy of manners set in a pseudo-Regency world, so our meal would be mannerly and restrained. We’d have plenty of tea, of course, plus hot chocolate in a fancy silver pot. The meal itself would consists of fancy little sandwiches with the crusts cut off–cucumber, for sure, plus corned beef with mustard, cream cheese and cherry, and egg salad. (None of those are period-appropriate, but that’s okay. I’m going for a feel, not for historical accuracy!) We’d finish with an assortment of cakes, including Neenish tarts, Nanaimo bars, and miniature Jeannie’s cakes with shortbread crusts.

    I also posted my menu on my blog.

  38. I’m reading Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
    Since I’m not extremely creative I kinda stole my menu from the book!
    Chicken, ham, figs, currants, pears, meat pies, bread, wine (not for me!) and water

  39. Almost finished with Redeye by Clyde Edgerton. As there is much cowboy-ing and exploring the mesas, I would have to offer a good old fashioned chuckwagon menu with coffee, bacon, bread, and maybe some fresh game.

  40. I just finished up Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson. Not a lot of food references, but it did mention ham sandwiches, so I’d serve those, plus warm milk fresh from Miss Bessie (ewww). I’d also serve a salad made with fresh ingredients from the farm – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions. And I bet we could scrape up enough stuff for an apple pie. Okay, now I’m hungry.

  41. I just finished Garden Spells. I would have a picnic with rose petal scones, lavender bread, honey butter, fresh fruit, dandelion salad with nasturtiums with a champagne viniagrette and lemon strawberry mini-tarts. Refreshments would include basil lemonade, cucumber water, and iced peach tea.

  42. I’m reading Reel Life by Jackie Townsend. It’s about two sisters, but each chapter features a movie from different periods in their lives. So definitely movie theme is what I’ll be serving. I’m thinking nachos, popcorn (obvs), fountain soda, and snow caps. Accessorize with 3-D glasses!

  43. I just finished The House at Riverton by Kate Morton and I actually will be hosting book club discussing it on Monday…the food I want to provide has definitely been on my mind! I’m thinking lots of English things: tea, cucumber sandwiches, raspberry tarts. There are so many possibilities! I even have sugar cubes to go with the tea!

  44. Certainly a hungry making challenge *laughs*

    Since I am currently reading Delirium I will go with that. I’d begin the meal by serving a fruit salad of apples and oranges and definitely end it with a very fancy, overly rich chocolate cake with candied hearts on it. As for beverage I feel as if something alcoholic would be great as a representation of the loss of control.

    ~Sam @ Journey Through Pages

  45. For some reason it keeps giving me problems when I try commenting. Had to sign in using facebook which I didn’t want to do. =(

    1 – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    2 – Emma longs for the refined elegance of the upper class. I would have the event catered and ask for my friends to dress up.

    The menu would be the following.
    Various Fruits
    Fresh Baguettes
    Soups a la bisque
    Maraschino Ice

  46. I’m reading Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Arnold Marrin and I would try my best to prepare some Jewish and Italian food, specifically the bread (yum) and maybe pasta or pizza. And to go with it, egg creams, which were all the rage in NY in the early 1900s apparently. And pickles. Wow, it would be a feast!

  47. I’m currently reading Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. So, of course, I’d have to go with the angel theme!
    I’m not good with on-the-spot party planning and usually take a couple weeks, so I’m sure I’d really expand on this and go over the top like I usually do. 🙂
    Menu: angel hair pasta, my aunt’s heavenly pudding (vanilla pudding, marshmallow fluff, carmel sauce, bits of candy bars, etc), angel food cake (or course) and some kind of lite, fluffy-looking drink.
    Decorations— lots of white, gold and silver (with touches of black in places to represent the black wings) and white feather boas for everyone! 🙂

    My Blog Post

  48. I’m reading “First Descent” by Pam Withers. Since it’s set in Columbia, and deals a lot with the indenegas of the region, I’d go for some classic cuisine from the area:
    I’d start with ajiaco, a stew with chicken and corn and other veggies and avocado. It’s as hearty as you want it to be, so I’d make it with lots of veggies.
    Then, I’d make tamales, made out of corn and with lots of spice and veg. I’d make both vegetarian and meat ones (likely pork). Barbecue is also really common in this book, so I’d do a lot of that. There is also trout, so perhaps some trout grilled in a banana leaf.
    For dessert, some traditional Columbian fruit and arroz con leche (rice with milk).
    I’d have some great Columbian music playing in the background, and it would be a fun meeting for sure….
    Mmmmmm…. now to get a snack!

  49. Book: Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
    Menu: Blood Pudding, Blood Oranges, Red Velvet Cake and Red Wine to drink

  50. Currently am reading Love Walked In by Marisa delos Santos. For sure, variety of coffee and tea would be served since am inspired to do a la coffee shop theme where Cornelia is working at the story. Tea sandwiches, pastries like cheese cake slice, blueberry cheese cake, choco cake slice, ham and cheese croissants are also a must and bagel too. Hmm since the author is a Filipino so we’ll put a Filipino touch to it by having our very own kapeng barako and tsokolate eh and tsokolate ah and stuffed pandesal too.Hot coffee will also be served, several tea and coffee concoctions both hot and iced will be serve to. For the music, am thinking of slow and chillaxing music, at times may be jazz and at times mellow music too. Decor is somewhat homey and you can smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, essence of chocolate and the freshness of pastries and breads being sold at the cafe. Will also have barista too but encouraging my guests to be their own barista, concocting their own drinks and/or making their fave drinks too. With tea candles on each table and fresh flowers adorning the place.

  51. Sheila, thank you for hosting the scrumptious mini-challenge! I’m hungry now!

    I’m not officially read-a-thon-ing today, but I’m currently reading SHANGHAI GIRLS, by Lisa See. So, the food would definitely be Chinese. Lots of meat, little rice (to reflect the initial wealth of the Chin family), and tea. But then I’d have to throw in some American food. Maybe a hamburger. Some Cokes.

    Must go have lunch now. 🙂

  52. I’m reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin so my menu would include old time things like a roasted bird of some sort, hunks of cheese and bread and, of course, lots of ale.

  53. I just started Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. I would serve spicy, hot food. Lots of chilies. Maybe Mexican, because the book is set in the Southerns Land of its world. Flambéed fruits for dessert. Probably with ice cream because the main character is actually from the (cold) North. Drinks would be more on the bitter side (in rememberance to the first book in the series ‘Poison Study’) and after dinner I would offer brandy. (also a nod towards ‘Poison Study’)

  54. I’m reading Crimson Rising by Nick James and our menu is whatever food we can find in my kitchen, since right now the characters are on the run. And also strawberries and other red food to play off the title 🙂

  55. What a fun challenge.

    I’m reading the Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade . I’m loving this book so far and if I were having people over, I’d serve salad (because Alona says she eats salad for lunch), vodka (because they talk about drinking and I don’t like beer), and pizza (because that was my favorite school lunch and Will probably doesn’t eat salad. Also, pizza yum). Music… Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Hot Rod Circuit. Fancy dress… lots of eyeliner (for Will and Alona) and either black hoodies or gym clothes.

    My post:

  56. Ooooo tough one for me! I’m reading “Physics of the Future” by Michio Kaku right now, which is a science book…

    So, for my menu I suppose I would serve food mainly in the shape of science things… like a fruit salad in which the fruit resembles planets. I’d serve “cloned” beef and pork (since that’s already allowed in the food supply). I’d serve desserts such as cookies in the shape & design of beakers and molecules, or a cake to look like a spaceship. Maybe cheese and crackers with the cheese carved to look like computer chips… I could serve drinks in beakers…

    I’d try to focus more on the decorations – microscopes set out to play with, sci-fi tv shows or movies playing in the background, streamers made to look like atoms, life-size cardboard cutouts of Star Trek characters…

    This would be the NERDIEST party ever!

  57. Book: Fallenwood by Leslie Soule

    Appetizer: Cream Cheese Wontons
    Main Course: Fettuccine Alfredo
    Dessert: Homemade Apple Sauce
    Beverages: Fresh Mountain Spring Water and Fresh Fruit Juices

    The main character mentioned most of these foods as some of her favorites, so it only seems fitting that they be on the menu.

  58. Book I am reading: The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre
    Menu: Lobster and white wine, which is their (the lead characters’) typical, most referenced to dinner throughout the book. 🙂

  59. The book is: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
    The menu and decoration would be:
    I would in Chinese style serve a lot of dishes to choose from, but as the book take place in England I would go for both some traditional Chinese and vegetarian English cooking (as the British man she falls in love with is vegeratian). I’d go with one or two of the noodle recipies she tells us about in the book, and also some wonton (a kind of dumplings). For the English dishes I would serve vegetarian Shepards Pie, and as a dessert a typical British pie or pudding. I’d make sure I have some of the flowers mentioned in the book, and also decorate with a white table cloth made of paper on which I write some of the English words that she learns, and maybe some of the Chinese ones she mentions.

    I’m writing a post with a link to this challenge right now. Will be up soon 🙂

  60. I’m reading “Calling Invisible Women” by Jeanne Ray. There are quite a lot scenes with food, but I think for book club what I’d go with is a pasta dinner with salad and bread. I’d have to bring out the good dishes, though. The invisible ladies are talking a lot about being crystal clear so we’d have white wine in crystal to drink.

  61. I am reading Single White Vampire. I will serve some bloody mary for starts, then for dinner, a pasta with heaps of tomato sauce (and be sure to skip the garlic), paired with a nice red wine. As dessert, some red velvet cupcake topped with runny raspberry compote.
    Azuki fm

  62. I am reading Until I Die by Amy Plum, which is set in Paris. I will serve light fare: croissants, cheese, fruit, delicious French press coffee, and some pain au chocolat. You just have to have chocolate when reading a romance!

  63. Book: The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
    Menu: Lamb and bitter greens; roast beef and mashed potatoes; sausage and beans; corned beef sandwiches and macaroons; tea
    can you guess where we are?

  64. Hollow Earth by John and Carol E. Barrowman. I’d be serving porridge (because they really should have told the cook what was going on).

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