November Book Club News


*New Titles, Menus, Recipes, and Giveaways

*Novel Noshes

*GalleyMatch Book Clubs Preview

*Book Blends & Recipes

Our kitchen is fragrant with smells of ontbijtkoek (Dutch breakfast cake) and Irish soda bread, treats on November's book-inspired menus.

Shop now for holiday gifts that will have your favorite cooks smiling in our Book, TV, and Song Blends shop! And, from soup bombs to butter boards, we offer show-stopping fall recipes with Book, TV, and Song Blends.

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

Judy Gelman
Book-inspired menus and giveaways featured on social media
Book Club Buzz
Authors' book-inspired recipes, menus, and giveaways
The Telling Life of Ellen O’Hara
Vona Groarke
(NYU Press)
Biography / Poetry
A lyrical portrait of a young Irish woman reinventing herself at the turn of the twentieth century in America.
Noelle Salazar
Historical Fiction
A World War II story inspired by true events, about courageous women who risked everything for their country, family, and each other.
Novel Noshes: Ask the Author
Authors Share Book-Inspired Fare for
Lessons in Chemistry, Olga Dies Dreaming, and The Maidt
Thanks to authors Bonnie Garmus, Xochitl Gonzalez, and Nita Prose who responded to readers' requests for book club menus.
Bonnie Garmus's novel Lessons in Chemistry tells the story of Elizabeth Zott, a chemist in the late 1950s-early 1960s who’s fired from her research job for being unwed and pregnant.

From Bonnie Garmus: "To make ends meet, Elizabeth reluctantly accepts a job as a TV cooking show host. But what she doesn’t accept are the brainless cue cards she’s asked to read, nor the tight dresses she’s told to wear. Instead, Elizabeth decides to teach her mostly female viewers chemistry. Because cooking is chemistry. And along the way, she empowers them to say 'no' to society's limitations; to stand up and be who they really are.

I included the recipe for 'Elizabeth's 'Cocktail for the Disenchanted Woman' in the reader's guide: 'On those days when a moment to yourself just isn’t enough, you can repurpose your potatoes and grains by employing a pair of oxygen and hydrogen atoms to replace the hydrogen atom in a hydrocarbon. In other words, you can make alcohol—specifically secondary alcohol. It is called ethanol. However, this process takes time and time isn’t your friend, so instead, I recommend purchasing a bottle of 40 percent ethanol in H2O. Some call it vodka. The recipe will serve both you and your depressed neighbor.'"
Xochitl Gonzalez's Olga Dies Dreaming is the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots―all in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

From Xochitl Gonzalez:
“A few suggestions of Olga-themed snacks for book clubs. For early in the day, a big strong coffee and a buttered roll are a morning classic for Olga, wrapped up in South Brooklyn nostalgia. Italian rainbow cookies are also a favorite. For evenings, vodka martinis are a must. Hors d'oeuvres fit for a fabulous wedding in New York pair nicely, as does my arroz con gandules recipe—easy and delicious and very Boricua.”
Nita Prose's The Maid is a Clue-like, locked-room mystery about a clever hotel maid who sees the world a bit differently than many of us.

From Nita Prose: “Readers will find the following items discussed/mentioned/imbibed/eaten in The Maid: chardonnay, tea, lots and lots of tea, crumpets and jam, raisin bran muffin, The Olive Garden food, especially the Tour of Italy —see their menu for more details. Many book clubs do an Italian night and recreate The Olive Garden menu items. Others do a high tea, which works perfectly with the themes of the book."
Do you 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.
GalleyMatch Book Clubs Suggest
You can click images for meeting highlights for these titles previewed through GalleyMatch.
Rochelle Weinstein
*Elizabeth's Book Chat, Frisco, Texas
*Book Club Girls of Sparta, New Jersey
*North Wales Area Public Library, Pennsylvania
by Sandra Brown
*Over-Readers Anonymous, Cumming, Georgia
*Reckless Readers, Eastford, Connecticut
*Book Club Girls, Sparta, New Jersey
*Wine Club with a Book Problem, Woodstock, Georgia
Ellen Marie Wiseman
*Sensational Seven, Appleton, Wisconsin
*Literary Lovelies, Yonkers, New York
*Junior League of Kalamazoo, Michigan
*Finer Things Book Club, Brentwood, California
Holiday Shopping: Gifts for Book, Television, and Music Lovers
Book, TV, and Song Blends are spices, herbs, and blends inspired by literary, television, and music favorites. Blends are perfect gifts for your favorite literature, television, and music fans, guaranteed to make them smile and spice up their cooking.

#BlendsBash2022 is on! Bloggers are cooking up new Book, TV, and Song Blends recipes, from French Onion Soup Bombs to Butter Boards to Jackfruit Tacos to New Orleans Shrimp with Red Sauce. You'll find the latest recipes weekly through December on our Blends Bash page and on social media.
Find Blends at these book stores:
Illinois Wordsmith Bookshoppe, Galesburg
KansasWatermark Books & Cafe, Wichita
Massachusetts Titcomb's Bookshop, Sandwich
Missouri Skylark Bookshop, Columbia
The Novel Neighbor, St Louis
South Carolina Main Street Reads, Summerville
Wisconsin Reads by the River, Waterford