The Perfect Food & Book Pairings
What to eat, drink and savor along with your June selection
Book of the Month
This month's books are all delicious in their own ways. In this post, we suggest ways to enjoy them beyond the pages - with these food and book pairings.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
What does a wealthy couple, vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, eat as they're overlooking the ocean? A delicious spread of fancy bagels of course. 'œ...Ben sat on the deck'”reclaimed wood, ivied trellis'”and watched the waves. Laid out on the kitchen counter were a dozen bagels with lox, heirloom tomatoes, capers, and a local artisanal cream cheese.' (Page 156) Get your own breakfast spread in order, and chow down while thanking your lucky stars you're on solid ground.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
One of the central characters in the novel, Zoe, owns a restaurant with her wife, Jane, called Hyacinth, in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. There are so many amazing meals to draw from when doing a Modern Lovers food and book pairing - but why not jump right to the end (spoiler alert!) and grab yourself something out of the couple's newly opened bakery, Hot + Sweet. As chef Jane Kahn-Bennett says, 'œI would rather have a perfect apple turnover or croissant than some trendy thing any day of the week...There are also chocolate cream pies, cinnamon rolls, and enormous chocolate chip cookies.' (Page 349) So bust out your favorite sticky sweet for some delicious reading.
Shrill by Lindy West
Lindy is hilarious. So of course she has a hilarious food-related story. In one short story, Lindy recounts the time she was at a music festival, 'œsweatily consuming a $45 Domino's pepperoni personal pan pizza and a Diet Pepsi and hoping nobody noticed me.' (Page 45) In solidarity with Lindy, bust out the individual fast food pizzas and start sweating.
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Inspired by the mid-century memoirs of Frances Conway, much of this story takes place on the beautiful, but undeveloped, islands of the Galapagos. Most of the meals prepared on the island were scraped together from what limited resources Frances and Ainslie had at the time. However, one mealtime gathering of the island's inhabitants was a step above the rest: 'œIt was Floreana boar pork roast with potatoes and gravy. I took some of our precious factory-made sugar and prepared a sort of papaya tart. It actually looked appetizing.' (Page 252). Pork and potatoes, yum.
The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
It's no surprise, given its title, that this novel takes place in and around the ocean. It's also summertime, when there's no better food to consume than seafood. 'œWe're sitting on the deck outside the Lobster Bay Inn, picking over our last bits of stone crab from the permanent all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.' (Page 108) So take your pick - lobster, crabs, shrimp, or oysters - and take a seat overlooking a body of water for some seafood-filled reading.