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Blueberry pound cake inspired by A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions

Yes, please, I would love a slice of blueberry loaf with a side of feminism.
Blueberry loaf inspired by A SISTER OF SECRET AMBITIONS by @sheenaboekweg 

Beat together (with paddle attachment) 1 stick softened butter + 1 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Then add 2 eggs. Beat. Th…

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Fiction Food from Winterwood

Fiction Food from WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw

“Some recipes were innocuous enough: […] or a particularly tricky recipe for rutabaga-and-parsley stew. […] We’ll bring him a hot thermos of hot cinnamon-apple-tea, a sweet pumpkin cobbler straight from the oven, and jars of freshly sealed honey.”…

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Matcha and lemon cookies inspired by Winterwood


Combine 250g flour + 125g butter (softened) + 120g sugar + 1 tbsp lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon + Matcha green tea powder. Knead until smooth. Roll out the dough and cut out shapes. Place cookies on cookie-sheet and bake in a 350-degree-oven (F) until golden (about 10-15  minutes depending on …

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A meal from The Echo Park Castaways

Fiction Food for THE ECHO PARK CASTAWAYS by M.G. Hennessy

“But so far the kid hadn’t said a word, not even to ask for salt, even though it was tough to get through Mrs. K’s “meat loaf surprise” without it. […]. […] and she’d shower me with kisses and then we’d have chocolate ca…

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A meal from The Bone Charmer

THE BONE CHARMER by Breeana Shields

[…] long skewers threaded with tender chunks of meat and crisp vegetables […].   […] bowls of sugared berries, and braided loaves of butter-glazed bread.”

Grilled Chicken and Bell Pepper Skewers (2 servings)

Slice 2 chicken breasts in cubes and …

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A meal from Something Like Gravity

A meal from SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY by Amber Smith

“These were foods I’d never tried, and had barely even heard of, except on TV. […] Super-Loaded Veggie Ramen. […] “Okay, then I’m marrying the Vegan Taco Flatbread,” he added.”

Super-Loaded Veggie Ramen (4 servings):


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A meal from THESE WITCHES DON'T BURN by Isabel Sterling

“[…] fried eggs, fruit, and a small mountain of bacon load up each plate. […] Gemma reaches across the table and takes the jar [of raspberry jam] from my mom. […] I lift the lid, revealing my favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies.” …

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A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT (vegan/vegetarian)

A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala (vegan/vegetarian)

"[…] he relaxed around Kunal, answering his questions as he fried up more lentil cakes. […] But he knew that she loved mangoes […] “

Fried Lentil Cakes (4 servings)

In a bowl, combine: 1 cup lentils (c…

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A meal from NYXIA by Scott Reintgen

A meal from NYXIA by Scott Reintgen (vegetarian)

 […] and the scent of Moms’s herbal tea isn’t hanging in the air. […] He sets the orange in my open palm. […] “Higashi,” Katsu announces. “My last piece. It’s made with real wasanbon.” […] He’s standing at the buffet, back to us, picking throu…

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A meal from  STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL by Arwen Elys Dayton

We were in the front seats, with a cardboard tray of tacos between us […]. 

[…] I look at them as I eat my turkey and mashed potatoes. This is my favorite meal […] especially when it comes to cranberry sauce. […] Th…

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A meal from THE CERULEAN

A meal from THE CERULEAN by Amy Ewing

“She picked morosely at her salad of melon and pomegranate seeds […]. […] Fishermen sold skewers of grilled cod and scallops while fresh octopus cooked under their watchful gaze.”

Melon Pomegranate Salad (3 servings)

Mix together 2 cups of h…

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A meal from THE ANTIDOTE (vegetarian)

A meal from THE ANTIDOTE by

“[…] rustic fruit and berry pies. […] A seven-day of diet of nothing but brown rice, vegetables and water will cleanse the liver and the kidneys.”

Bowl of Brown Rice and Vegetables

Cook 2 cups of long-grain brown rice according to package directions…

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A meal from SPIN

A meal from SPIN by Lamar Giles

“Best chicken and waffles on the East Coast, I swear.” […] He grinned. “Of course. Who don’t like waffles?” […] There was only a half-full gallon jug of spring water in it, a pack of chicken (close to the expiration date), broccoli, and an orange. […] Kya got h…

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A meal from STRANGE DAYS

A meal from STRANGE DAYS by Constantine Singer

[…] a plate with what looks like two steaming hot pupusas covered in pickled cabbage. I sniff and I can smell the tortillas and cheese and chicharrón.” (p.85) “The pupusas look exactly like the ones I used to order when we went to Atlacatl for di…

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A meal from THE KISS COLLECTOR by Wendy Higgins

“Homemade churros from Monica—her mom knows they’re my fave. […]… the four of us getting cinnamon and sugar everywhere as we rated the images on my walls. […] I see Mom pulling out all the ingredients for taco soup, my favorite, and my stomach s…

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A meal from OUTRUN THE WIND by Elizabeth Tammi

The flavors and the simplicity of these dishes reflect the Mediterranean location and time period of the story. The pork/boar recipe is inspired by the killing of the Calydonian Boar by Atalanta.

The baked apple is a nod/reference to the appl…

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A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan

“…the palace food is delicious […] steaming bowls of coconut rice… […] sugared glutinous rice-balls […] we have breakfast—usually rice-balls […] The fragrance of coconut-steamed rice rises out.”

“I don’t dare touch the b…

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Fiction Food from THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw

“The sign above the glass door reads: ALBA’S FORGETFUL CAKES in pale pink frosting-swirled letters on a cream-color background. […] Her tiny forgetful cakes are intended […] to wipe away bad memories.”

Decadent chocolate fig basil cake (right); Lemon lavender (middle); Hazelnut espresso…

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