food + fiction

When we travel, we always pack a great book and emergency chocolate.

Nigerian Suya Inspired by the Memoir 'Looking for Transwonderland'
Nigerian Suya Inspired by the Memoir 'Looking for Transwonderland'
Fact: Meat-on-a-stick is always the best meat. In Nigeria, skewered meat is called suya. Seasoned with garlic, ginger, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and peanuts, it's street food you can make at home.
Persian Jeweled Rice Inspired by the Memoir 'Searching for Hassan'
Persian Jeweled Rice Inspired by the Memoir 'Searching for Hassan'
This traditional rice dish is a feast for the eyes, glistening with spice-infused butter and gem-colored fruits. It's a celebration of hope and life and family, a delicious way to bring a taste of Persia to your table.
Persian Kabob Koobideh Inspired by the Novel 'Darius the Great is Not Okay'
Persian Kabob Koobideh Inspired by the Novel 'Darius the Great is Not Okay'
We can all agree that meat on a stick surpasses every other kind of meat. This recipe for Persian kabobs is easy to make and will transport you into the world of Darius, a teenager who's yet to recognize his greatness.
Pumpkin-Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Inspired by the Novel 'Small Spaces'
Pumpkin-Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Inspired by the Novel 'Small Spaces'
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a rite of passage at Halloween time, and this recipe elevates the seasonal standard to something truly spectacular. The perfect crunchy go-along to this delightfully creepy horror novel.
Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling Inspired by 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling Inspired by 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
In addition to social-climbing tendencies, scarecrow-like appearance, and ability to annoy the dead and undead, Ichabod Crane is also known for gluttony. With a sweet-and-spicy cake like this, who can blame him?!
New Zealand Fairy Bread Inspired by 'The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep'
New Zealand Fairy Bread Inspired by 'The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep'
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a suspenseful fantasy novel set in Wellington. What better way to take a snack break than with the NZ treat called Fairy Bread?! Like the novel, it's sweet and a bit surprising.
Beef-and-Cheddar Pie Inspired by 'Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All'
Beef-and-Cheddar Pie Inspired by 'Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All'
What's not to love about a pie that fits in your hand, is golden and flaky, and is filled with a savory meat-and-cheese filling that will power you through your day and make you as happy as a Kiwi in New Zealand?!
Reading is Even Sweeter with Salted Caramels Inspired by 'The Giant's House'
Reading is Even Sweeter with Salted Caramels Inspired by 'The Giant's House'
We love a character that's got a salty side to balance the sweetness, and that's just what we get in Peggy, the librarian. These caramels are a tribute to her ability to give her whole heart when it matters the most.
Bake Like an Alaskan with a Rum Cake Recipe Inspired by 'The Whale and The Cupcake'
Bake Like an Alaskan with a Rum Cake Recipe Inspired by 'The Whale and The Cupcake'
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person desiring to experience the food of Alaska, must be in want of cake. For your consideration, we submit this cake: buttery, sweet, gooey, and rich with tradition.
A Colorful Moroccan Salad Platter Inspired by the Crime Novel 'The Godmother'
A Colorful Moroccan Salad Platter Inspired by the Crime Novel 'The Godmother'
Look, if you're a strong woman ready to step into a man's world like our heroine Patience, you're gonna need to eat your veggies. These vibrant recipes from North Africa make getting vitamins and minerals a treat.
Eating Our Way Through Paris, Plus a Recipe for a French Potato Chip & Chive Omelet
Eating Our Way Through Paris, Plus a Recipe for a French Potato Chip & Chive Omelet
This is a love letter to the unforgettable meals we've eaten in Paris — and we share a recipe for a dish that perfectly captures the high-low spirit of French cuisine. Great ingredients + imagination = pure pleasure.
Turkish Chopped Salad and Best-Ever Hummus Inspired by the Novel 'Crescent'
Turkish Chopped Salad and Best-Ever Hummus Inspired by the Novel 'Crescent'
The fictional Nadia's Café is the heart of its Arab community, and our heroine Sirine, the Iraqi-American chef, is its soul. These recipes bring some of that kitchen magic to your table to share with your favorite people.
Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn Inspired by Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus'
Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn Inspired by Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus'
The enticing aroma and salty-sweet crunch of caramel popcorn is literally the taste of the circus. You can easily make a batch in about half an hour — plenty of time to escape into the magic of 'The Night Circus.'
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
This picadillo recipe is homey, earthy, a little bit exotic, and tastes even better when it's shared with the people you love. Fire up the stove, crank the timba music, pour a cuba libre, and dance in your kitchen.
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
How about a delicious meal to go with your immersive reads?! This is just the recipe to give you a taste of Sweden. It's comforting with luscious contrasts between hot, cool, tart, sweet, and savory in every bite.
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Inspired by Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City'
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Inspired by Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City'
Treat yourself to a recipe for homemade Chicago-style hot dogs! It's an all-beef dog 'dragged through the garden' with colorful toppings for a taste explosion, inspired by Erik Larson's brilliant romp through history.
Russian Nibbles & Vodka Inspired by the Novel 'A Gentleman in Moscow'
Russian Nibbles & Vodka Inspired by the Novel 'A Gentleman in Moscow'
Zakuski, cold snacks enjoyed with vodka (or black tea), are a Slavic celebration of this life, this day, this moment with the people you hold dear. Grab your besties, this book, and raise a glass. Za vashe zrodovye!
Moroccan El Minzah Orange Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Tangerine'
Moroccan El Minzah Orange Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Tangerine'
This colorful salad combines sweet oranges, cool fennel and mint, and salty olives for a taste that's bold and a little exotic. It's a tribute to 'Tangerine,' a taut noir thriller set in 1950s Tangier, Morocco.
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
The Tom Collins is the ultimate highball, a combo of gin, simple syrup, lemon, and bubbly water. This classic is effervescent and refreshing — the ideal go-along for a literary thriller set on a retro luxury liner.
Scotch Eggs Inspired by Val McDermid's 'Broken Ground'
Scotch Eggs Inspired by Val McDermid's 'Broken Ground'
Bake a batch of Scotch eggs and get caught up in a police procedural that travels from a peat bog in the Scottish Highlands to beautiful Edinburgh. Sure, there's murder afoot, but that's no excuse to go hungry.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Inspired by 'The True History of Chocolate'
Mexican Hot Chocolate Inspired by 'The True History of Chocolate'
Forget everything you know about hot chocolate! This luscious recipe is rich, creamy, and not too sweet — the perfect thing to sip while you snuggle up with a book. Ready in minutes, no paper packet of brown powder in sight.
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