April Book Club News


*New Titles, Menus, Recipes, and Giveaways

*Sommify: Wine Tasting Game

*Novel Noshes

*GalleyMatch Book Clubs Preview
Happy Spring!

Jam drops, lemon drops, sticky toffee pudding, kimchi fried rice, Ina Garten's chocolate cake, Mexican street corn, edamame, and lamb gyros: April reading offers a variety of delicious literary food pairings!
Also, enjoy author V.E. Schwab's champagne cocktail recipe, inspired by her novel The Secret Life of Addie Larue —in our April Costco Connection book club feature.

You'll also savor book-inspired menus for favorite book club titles from the authors of The Measure and Mad Honey.

And learn about Sommify, a blind wine-tasting game you can enjoy with your book club!

What are you reading and cooking? Please let us know!

Judy Gelman
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Authors' book-inspired recipes, menus, notes, and giveaways
Sally Hepworth
(St. Martins' Press)
Fiction / Thriller
A thrilling, addictive novel about marriage, betrayal, and the secrets that push us to the edge.
Sally Hepworth
(St. Martins' Press)
Fiction / Thriller
Hepworth’s novel of domestic suspense delves into the tangled web of family secrets. and lies
The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work   
Joanne Lipman
(HarperCollins/Mariner Books)
Nonfiction / Business/ / Empowerment
A deeply reported guide to navigating change in how you live, work, and lead, and to finding your purpose. Next! taps into the current moment, at a time when so many of us are burned out and seeking a more meaningful career or life.
Book Club Daily Feature Titles
Authors' book-inspired menus and giveaways
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Jessica Strawser
(St. Martin's Press)
A Star Is Born meets Me Before You in a novel about a musician facing the untimely end of his career and an end-of-life doula with everything— and nothing—to lose.
V.E. Schwab
Historical Fiction / Fantasy
In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life. a genre-defying tour de force—an adventure that plays out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Sommify, a Wine Tasting Game
Enter to win Sommify and Blind Tasting Bags
Would your book club enjoy a blind wine-tasting game? Enter to win Sommify, a game where players take turns guessing the grape and country of mystery wines —all while learning how to blind taste like a Sommelier.

Conner and Jessica Taylor created Sommify as a way to study for the Certified Sommelier exam—and for others have to fun with friends while learning how to blind taste. "The traditional method of studying is joining tasting groups," explains Conner."Stuffy! We thought a tasting group should be more like a boozy game night."
Players bring a concealed wine from a list and take turns as The Somm— or one player is the Permanent Somm and provides all the mystery wines for the game.

Sommify uses the same classic wines seen on sommelier exams, adds Jessica, "so when you play our game, you're also studying for the Somm Exam."
Novel Noshes: Ask the Author
Authors Share Book-Inspired Fare
Thanks to authors Nikki Erlick, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Finney Boylan, who responded to our requests for book club menus.
Nikki Erlick’s novel The Measure follows eight characters and the unexpected ways that the arrival of mysterious boxes holding the “measure” of their lives touches them.

From Nikki Erlick: "Some of the best food opportunities might be inspired by the characters’ Nina and Maura’s trip to Venice. You could pair Venetian Spritz cocktails with traditional Venetian cicchetti, or small bites, such as mozzarella in carozza (fried cheese sandwiches), baccalà mantecato (grilled polenta and creamed cod), or polpette di carne (meatballs). Similarly, Amie and Ben enjoy a first date of cappuccinos and biscotti.

Much of the story’s action also occurs in New York City, so perhaps an NYC-themed menu featuring classics such as soft pretzels, bagels and lox, black & white cookies, and cheesecake could be fun.

Of course, anything wrapped in 'string' or snacks served in a little box would also be very thematic and a chance to get creative with your culinary skills!"
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan is a novel about two women, one a beekeeper, who find themselves starting over in a small New Hampshire town.

From Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan: “There's a section at the end of the book featuring honey-based recipes Recipes from Olivia’s Moleskin notebook include Beekeeper’s Granola (pictured), Cranachan, Pork with Honey-Lime Marinade, Kale Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette, Honey Loaf, Honey-Vanilla Frozen Custard. There are also cocktails—the Queen Bee, and Bee’s Knees."
Have a question for an author about a recipe, book club food pairing, or food reference? Contact us. Also, see Novel Noshes menu ideas from authors and book club, and Featured Author Recipes.
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