October Book Club News


*New Titles, Menus, Recipes, and Giveaways

*Novel Noshes

*GalleyMatch Book Clubs Preview

*Book Blends & Recipes

October's bookish fare features Parisian gougères, Icelandic sushi, Indian chicken curry, British scones, and Dominican-inspired cupcakes. Join us as our featured authors take you on a culinary-literary tour!

You'll also find book-inspired menus from novelists Thrity Umrigar and Allison Pataki!

Shop early for holiday gifts that will have your favorite cooks smiling in our Book, TV, and Song Blends shop!

Happy fall reading... and cooking!

Judy Gelman
Book-inspired menus and giveaways featured on social media
Book Club Buzz
Authors' book-inspired recipes, menus, and giveaways
begin on the dates below for one month
Lauren Belfer
Historical Fiction / Mystery
When an American woman and her son stumble upon the dark history of a rambling English manor house, she confronts how mothers throughout history have secured their independence and protected their children.
Book Club Daily Feature Titles
Authors' menus and giveaways
begin on the dates below for one week
Anoop Judge
(Lake Union)
A family broken by the shattering turns of a single day will do anything to find their way back to one another.  
Meg Waite Clayton
((Harper Perennial)
Historical Fiction
An American heiress helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe in this tale of courage, survival, and love.
Barbara Linn Probst
(She Writes)
Set among the glaciers and thermal lagoons of Iceland, and framed by the magical art of glassblowing, the story of a woman's awakening to passion, beauty, and love.
Yaffa S. Santos
(Harper Paperbacks)
A young woman must navigate her family’s expectations, the demands of her job, a new love, and a secret about her magical identity.
Novel Noshes:
Book Club Requested Menus
Thanks to authors Thrity Umrigar and Allison Pataki who responded to book clubs' requests for food pairings!
Thrity Umrigar's novel Honor, is the story of an Indian-American journalist who reluctantly returns to India to report on the case of a Hindu woman attacked by members of her community for marrying a Muslim man.

From Thrity Umrigar: "I would suggest buying samosas from an Indian restaurant, and buying bhel mix packages from an Indian grocery. Also, a jar of date chutney. Chop onions and cilantro to add to the mix along with the chutney. Serve with black tea."
Allison Pataki's The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Merriweather Post is a historical novel about the American businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist, and owner of General Foods Corporation.

From Allison Pataki: “My brain just keeps screaming 'CEREAL'; any Post cereal! A larger breakfast theme could be fun: eggs, bacon, cereal, oatmeal, toast, and orange juice. Marjorie loved to serve ‘Adirondack Pie’—homemade pancakes with maple sugar, syrup, and whipped cream— to her guests at Camp Topridge. Since Marjorie gave the world Grape Nuts cereal, I like the idea of GrapeNut Pudding. Marjorie also gave the world Birdseye Frozen Foods, so work frozen vegetables or fruit into a side dish. And, she owned Jell-O and frequently served it at her dinner parties, so Jell-O would be a perfect addition. And Marjorie was well-known for abstaining from alcohol, so some fun ‘mock-tails’ with orange or grapefruit juice or lemonade with non-alcoholic bubbly could be a fun nod to the Hostess with the Most!”
Get in touch if you're curious about a menu for your next book club read—or you have one to share. Also see Novel Noshes menu ideas from authors and book clubs, and Author Recipes.
GalleyMatch Book Clubs Suggest
Click images for meeting highlights for these titles previewed through GalleyMatch.
*Reckless Readers, East Lyme, Connecticut
*Chilly Thrillies, Tulsa, Oklahoma
*Lit Ladies Read, Melbourne, Florida
*Thrillers by The Book / Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 
*Thrillers by The Book / Costa Mesa, California
*CT Lit Club, Milford, Connecticut
*Reading Between the Wines, Albany, New York
*Get Woke, New Prague, Minnesota,
*Page Ladies, Cleveland, Ohio
*CT Lit, Milford, Connecticut
*Kings Chapel Book Club. Arrington, Tennessee
*Mom and I, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania
*Ladies of Autumnwood, Grand Isle, New York
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 literature, television, and music fans, guaranteed to make them smile and spice up their cooking.

Choose an assortment packaged in a spice gift box, or individual Blends for stocking stuffers! Visit our Blends Shop.

Find Blends at these book stores:
Skylark Bookshop, Columbia
The Novel Neighbor, St Louis
South Carolina
 Main Street Reads, Summerville
#BlendsBash2022 is on! Blogger chefs are creating new Book, TV, and Song Blend recipes that you'll find on our Blends Bash page and on social media, beginning October 16.
Books and Blends:
Enjoy book-inspired Heart-Shaped Avocado Toast, mentioned in Elyssa Friedland's new novel, The Most Likely Club, sprinkled with "While My Zaa’tar Gently Weeps" (Za'atar) and "Grain of Thrones" (Everything Bagel Seasoning)