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Grits and Scrambled Eggs inspired by JUST RIGHT JILLIAN by Nicole D. Collier

Ms. Sandy’s grits (salty, buttery, and thick), eggs scrambled with cheese and chorizo, and apple slices with peanut butter (Jillian’s favorite).

There is so much to love about this middle grade novel—a story about a girl learning to come out of her shell. It’s also about intergenerational…

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Sandwiches inspired by DARK WATERS by Katherine Arden

Egg salad / ham and Swiss / peanut butter and jelly sandwiches


Egg Salad Sandwich: 2 hard boiled eggs (chopped) + 1 tsp mayonnaise + 1 pickle (chopped in small pieces) + pepper. Place mixture on 1 slice of bread and cover with another one.

Ham and Swiss: Slice piece of fresh baguette in…

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Roast beef and vegetables inspired by THE COLLECTORS by Lorien Lawrence

Roast beef, glazed carrots, and green beans

"Together we layer on piles of roast beef and glazed carrots, Grandma's famous green beans, and of course, the salted honey buns."


Roast beef recipe:


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Chocolate Coca-Cola cake and orange chicken inspired by HIDE AND SEEKER by Daka Hermon

Chocolate Coca-Cola cake and orange chicken from HIDE AND SEEKER by Daka Hermon 

Chocolate Coca-Cola recipe: Mix the content of 1 box of chocolate cake mix and add the number of eggs as directed. But substitute the water and half the oil with cola soda. Cook according to directions on box (you …

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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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Grilled cheese/pickle sandwich inspired by THE COLLECTORS by Lorien Lawrence

Gruyère and pickled pepperoncini sandwich and chocolate glazed donuts (cakes) inspired by THE COLLECTORS by Lorien Lawrence. A delightfully spooky middle grade novel.

“I pick at my cheese-and-pickle sandwich, barely eating as I listen.” // “We brought bottles of homemade iced tea and chocolate g…

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Funnel Cakes from The Circus at the End of the Sea by Lori R. Snyder

Funnel cakes with raspberry jam from The Circus at the End of the Sea, a fantasy middle grade novel by Lori Snyder.

“Breakfast? Funnel cakes with raspberry jam. It’s Il Circo specialty!” (The Circus at the End of the Sea, chapter16).

Whisk together 2 eggs + ½ cup milk + 2 tbsp water …

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Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese & Chocolate Rugelach from The Magical Imperfect

A story about family traditions/rituals, earthquakes (real and emotional), friendships, and baseball.

"Mr. Cohen puts his towel over his shoulders, smiles, and hands me a chocolate rugelach on a napkin, and I sit."

"At the apartment we eat bagels with lox and cream cheese."


Chocolate …

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Spicy couscous salad from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“We play video games. [...] ... she pulls a neat plastic tub out of the refrigerator, full of spicy couscous salad. Kay can’t find any spoons, so she serves it up with an ice-cream scoop.” ( Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Paperback p. 76)


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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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Pairing: Korean Sweet Potato Latte + The Vegetarian by Han Kanh

Korean sweet potato latte paired with The Vegetarian by Han Kanh

I find nothing more indulgent than to read a good book with a warm drink. I’ve discovered the sweet potato latte during my visit to Seoul, South Korea, this past summer, and fell in love with the drink (and the city :)


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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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Witches rituals with Literary Witches


To all the women in my life, and the ones I am yet to know: may you embrace your magic and reclaim your power, and dance free under the full harvest moon. (Full harvest moon will appear tomorrow, September 13th at night).

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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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