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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):

Stea…

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A meal from THESE WITCHES DON'T BURN

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

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

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

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

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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Treats for TOBY (picture book)


TREATS (Dog Treats)

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin “Biscotti” Dog Treats (“Biswoofti”)

2 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat or regular)

2 eggs 


3/4 cup pumpkin purée (canned or homemade)


3 tablespoons peanut butter

            1/4 teaspoon salt 


1/2 teaspoon g…

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A Meal from LOOT by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)

A Meal from LOOT  by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)

“March thought of the many things his father loved and would never eat again. Pommes frites and herring sandwiches and American potato chips and licorice.”  LOOT by Jude Watson. (Scholastic Inc. - Paperback p.12)

The st…

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A meal from Bunnicula

 

 A meal from Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (Fiction, grade 2-5)

“I got a good look at the tomato. There were suspicious marks on the skin. […] I believe they’re teeth marks. […] “The Mark of the Vampire!” / “There must be something wrong with our refrigerator. That’s it. I…

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Rutabaga Soup from BLACK RADISHES

Rutabaga Soup from BLACK RADISHES by Susan Lynn Meyer 

“There’s just no food here,” she said. “How am I supposed to make a meal with yesterday’s bread and rutabagas? […]” (p.96) Gustave bit into his stale bread, imagining how much better it would taste with creamy butter and the…

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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who…

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A meal from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

Beetroot-barley-stew-soup and onion-beetroot-tomato salad from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK  by Neil Gaiman.

The story: the childhood of a boy raised by the ghosts of an old graveyard.

 “She had put two plastic containers on the tabletop, and opened the lids. She pointed to the first. “It’s …

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