The Perfect Food & Book Pairings
What to eat, drink and savor along with your April 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."
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
A New York City-based novel - the characters are all deeply ingrained in the city that never sleeps. A tense meeting of the four Plumb siblings takes place at the Grand Central Oyster Bar - "halfway between downtown where Jack and Leo live and Beatrice's place uptown." Thus, when devouring The Nest, treat yourself to a platter of oysters, sip some bubbly, and take some time out from the whirling city streets.
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
What to eat when reading about a 1937 voyage aboard the Hindenburg? Eat what the passengers eat, of course. As described on page 132, "Lunch...proves to be simple and elegant. Pan-seared chicken crusted with rosemary. Sauteed asparagus. New potatoes with roasted garlic." When climbing on board this flight, set yourself an elegant place setting, and savor the simple, but delicious, morsels.
No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
It's hard to tear yourself away from No One Knows for long enough to make a substantial meal. We get it. So do what Aubrey does - (pg. 39) "She wasn't hungry, but she forced herself into a frozen dinner all the same, knowing that her run had depleted so many calories that she'd be weak in the morning if she didn't refuel" - and make yourself a quick frozen meal to refuel and keep turning the pages of this deliciously fun page-turner.
A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold
"With more time to cook, I shamelessly used food as a lure to get the family together. I made beef stew and lasagna; the gloppy, layered Mexican casseroles both boys loved...I put up triple batches: one to eat, one to freeze so I could get something on the table in a hurry, and the last so I'd have something extra to send home with Byron." (Page 211) Recount your own memories of family and home-cooked meals with a warm, gloppy, plate of lasagna and a hot cup of tea.
Left of Boom by Doug Laux & Ralph Pezzullo
A food lover's memoir Left of Boom is not. Former CIA office Douglas Laux found himself with less-than gourmet options when in Aghanistan. He describes the Kandahar Airfield, "You could buy everything from video games to souvenirs, an Italian restaurant, a Tim Hortons, a Subway, and a Burger King. Food services...kept the cafeterias stocked with steaks, pizza, hamburgers, sodas, Perrier, and Red Bull. Totally deluxe by Afghan standards." (Page 136) When reading this account of on-the-ground counterterrorism efforts, set the scene with your own hearty Subway sub.