A Novel Cuisine Luncheon w/ Wisconsin & Illinois Bloggers/Teachers/Librarians
December 16th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer


The menu and the novels that inspired the recipes!

To celebrate the end of the year, a wonderful group of bloggers/teachers/librarians gathered at my house to discuss our favorite novels from 2012 & to enjoy a “Novel Cuisine Luncheon.”

I’d like to share some of those blogs:

Heidi, YA Bibliophile: http://www.yabibliophile.com

Monica, The Fuma Files: http://fumafiles.blogspot.com 

Erica, The Book Cellar http://thebookcellarx.com

Jillian, Mrs. Heise Reads http://www.heisereads.com

Okay, it was over-the-top yummy – but everyone who knows me knows I love to cook & what could be better than including some of our absolute favorite books with food? Silver Phoenix, which was recommended to me by Heidi has so many mouthwatering descriptions of food, it was hard to choose just one. Jillian was the inspiration behind making the November cakes in The Scorpio Races. It’s the kind of recipe that takes patience, but OMGosh is it worth it!

Some of the authors shared their recipes (Huntley Fitzpatrick – Grace’s Lemonade for My Life Next Door). Others were inspired by the pages themselves and I had to do some searching for my own recipes. In Such a Rush , Leah ate a salad with romaine lettuce, so I used a recipe I like.

One I didn’t want to adapt was the dragon carrot risotto from Fault in our Stars by John Green (Hazel and Gus eat dragon carrot risotto. pg. 165.) I did some research and discovered that dragon carrots are PURPLE on the outside and orange on the inside. I had a hard time finding dragon carrots—not one grocery store in Milwaukee had them—but eventually I found an organic farm – Harmony Valley http://www.harmonyvalleyfarm.com – not so far from me and the owner was willing to send them to me. So worth it!

Many thanks to author Laura Harrington. We raffled off a copy of her brilliant crossover novel Alice Bliss, which not only was an inspiration for the cherry pie, but one of my absolute all-time favorite novels! (Page 4 Matt mentions cherry pies (because he wants to plant more cherry trees). Page 209 Angie makes cherry pie for the special Sunday dinner (when Alice is trying to get out to plant the garden.) Here we hear that cherry pie is Matt’s favorite. Page 304 Gram puts a miniature cherry pie on the boat she sends out to sea.)

Our winner: Jillian Heise


Maggie Stiefvater’s November Cakes: http://maggiestiefvater.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-name-is-maggie-im-perfectionist-and.html

Click here for additional recipes: http://wp.me/PAaOH-pH


5 Responses  
Heidi @ YA Bibliophile writes:
December 17th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Yep, yep, yep. You’re the best ever! Thanks for making all that. It was DELICIOUSNESS!!!!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 17th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Saw this tweet from someone I don’t know <3 it.
@hellochelly This Novel Cuisine luncheon is such a cute idea! I wanna do something like this 😉 http://www.whorublog.com/?p=1570

Laura Harrington writes:
December 17th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Liza, you are an amazing inspiration. Everything about this luncheon looks fun. I love the way the table looks – all of those beautiful books – so inviting. And the food! Mama mia! Wish I could have been there to hear your discussion – and laughter, too, I’m sure.

WhoRuBlog » Blog Archive » Book Club Questions for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars writes:
December 17th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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Monica writes:
December 23rd, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Had such a fun time coming north of the border for this! Thank you so much for including me =)

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