The Perfect Food & Book Pairings
What to eat, drink and savor along with your May selection
Book of the Month
This month's books are all easy to devour. In this post, we suggest ways to enjoy them beyond the pages - with these food and book pairings.
& Sons by David Gilbert
The food that comes to mind with & Sons is a hot, soft, salty, New York City pretzel. A.N. Dyer's youngest son Andy and his nephew decide to explore Central Park one afternoon - in search of Andy's favorite pretzel vendor. "The soft pretzels were excellent, the dough toasted to perfection, the twist salted with a light, sticky snow, the first bite nudging the soft palate and kicking the salivary glands in a rough but pleasant schoolyard greeting - Yo! - and don't forget the lasso of mustard, a touch of the exotic without its pretension, like cursing well in French'¦" (Page 204) Quel plaisir!
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
The smell of ripe fruit is evoked in different ways throughout this novel - When the blast first goes off and the market's contents are strewn about, as the characters visit India's colorful bazaars, and even in the vibrant novel's cover. "The auto dropped him off at the mouth of the bazaar'”near the square where the pukka market was based. He smelled ripe fruit." (Page 233) If you've ever been to India you know that there are many smells - the exotic and lush fruits being one of them.
Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
Living out of a Days Inn while on the road trying to convince residents of a Pennsylvania town to lease their property, Bobby Frame is accustomed to less-than gourmet cuisine. Think Cup of Noodles, boxed cereals, and bags of chips. "They meet in the Days Inn lobby and scan the breakfast buffet, which comes free with the room. Bobby selects a miniature box of cereal, a container of yogurt the size of a shot glass, four hard-Âboiled eggs, a paper bowl and plastic spoon." (Page 12)
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Most readers won't be able to put down this book long enough to sleep let alone to eat. Instead, have a cup of cold coffee. Not only will it wake you right back up and keep your eyes from drooping, you'll feel like one of the detectives on the case, when, "Two mugs of cold coffee flanked his keyboard." (Page 25)
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
You wouldn't expect this food to be so prevalent in an Austen retelling - but chili is the dish of the day when reading Eligible. Cincinnati, the setting for this updated Pride and Prejudice, is home to Skyline Chili- a well-known chain of restaurants serving the city's famous chili. It's also where Liz Bennet so frequently bumps into Darcy. "The Oakley Skyline Chili wasn't the closest one to the Freedom Center, but it was Liz's favorite...Right away, Liz noticed him: Sitting at the counter, apparently alone, was Fitzwilliam Darcy." (Page 108)