Third Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon & Giveaway ARCs & Swag & Gag :D
December 16th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

Third Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon

For the past three years, Wisconsin and Illinois authors/bloggers/librarians have gotten together for a luncheon inspired by foods mentioned in various novels. This may have been our best year yet! Though people are still talking about the Dragon Risotto from The Fault in Our Stars, which we had two years ago. 😀

There is no way this event could be done without my awesome co-host Heidi Zweifel of YA Bibliophile. We had a blast cooking together, laughing and occasionally tasting. It was a lot of fun and time flew by.

If you are a book club or just a group of people like us who love getting together, I highly recommend hosting a Novel Cuisine Luncheon. It really is a blast. We talked favorite books, books that surprised us, and books we rave about to others. Author Lori Lee told us about her YA debut GATES OF THREAD AND STONE (It sounds amazing!) and author Liz Czukas also attended. She wrote ASK AGAIN LATER & Amazon’s best pick for December,  TOP TEN CLUES YOUR CLUELESS. Jaime and Erin Arkin from Fiction Fare, Rachel Kinnard, Andrea Payan of Mrs. Payan Reads, Krista Hutley, and Monica Fumarolo.

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Here was our menu:

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins


from Kiersten White’s story – Baked Mac & Cheese (we left out the onions)


from Kiersten White’s story – Ensalada Navidad (we used cilantro instead of mint)


from Stephanie Perkins’ story – Apple Cider


from Holly Black’s story – Brie cheese


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Tomato-basil salad


The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre


Vegetable Soup


Chai Latte


I Was There by Gayle Forman


Vegetarian Enchiladas


Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler




Love, Lucy by April Lindner


Bread and Havarti cheese


The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton




Open Road Summer by Emery Lord


Funnel Cake


Compulsion by Martina Boone


Whoopie Pie Cake


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray



  Everyone who attended received  an ARC of Elizabeth Eulberg’s WE CAN WORK IT OUT – Thank you so much Scholastic, an ARC of COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren – Thank you so much Putnam, and bookmarks, necklaces, and swag other awesome swag from author Martina Boone for COMPULSION! Lori Lee brought bookmarks from GATES OF THREAD AND STONE! So, one lucky winner will receive all of the above ARCs and swag – plus – our gag gift fun that relates to our favorite cake: Whoopie Pie Cake from COMPULSION! You’ll just have to wait to see what it is. (No, it is not a cushion.)

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4 Responses  
Joli writes:
December 17th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

It looks like you had a great time. I’m going to have to get together with some of my blogger friends in Virginia and North Carolina and have our own party. And the whoopie pie cake looks delicious. I would definitely need a tall glass of milk to go with it. And need to read Compulsion soon and see how it fits in to the story.

Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

2014 Novel Cuisine Luncheon + Giveaway - YA BibliophileYA Bibliophile writes:
December 19th, 2014 at 12:28 am

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Lori M. Lee writes:
December 19th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Thank you for a wonderful lunch and afternoon 🙂

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