Welcome to the roundup of the 24th edition of Novel Food, the literary/culinary event that Lisa of Champaign Taste and I created in 2007 and that I continue to host with great pleasure, as it brings together two of my passions: literature and food. Novel Food is about literary works (prose or poetry) that provided inspiration in the kitchen.
Please, follow me on a short literary/culinary tour. For each contribution, I offer a small bite to whet your appetite for more: follow the link to read the details of the special connection between written word and food that each participant has created.
Lucia of So, what are you making for dinner? was inspired by her book club's choice The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan to bake Anzac Biscuits
The book tells "an incredible story. It was about Australians in a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway. It was brutal and moving. There were times I had to shut the book and walk away. But it kept me wanting to read more... I wanted to make an Australian cookie so I went to Google and found the recipe for Anzac Biscuits." They "were really, really good. So good that they may be part of this year's Christmas tray."
Judy of Judy's Gross Eats read Corduroy Mansions, by Alexander McCall Smith
and was inspired to bake Lemon Gems
After hearing the author speak at an event, "I set out to explore some of his lesser advertised novels. In this particular case, that would be Corduroy Mansions, a description of the lives of an eccentric group of Londoners and one precocious dog... Two of the novel characters, Caroline and James, spend an afternoon making cookies. Not just any cookie, though, but Lemon Gems from Nigella Lawson's cookbook, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, which just happens to be on my bookshelf."
Claudia of Honey from Rock read Susan Wittig Albert's Cat's Claw
and was inspired to make Texas Style Oven-Fried Chipotle Chicken
"I enjoyed Albert's recent approach to character voice, shifting between the various leads, which brings more depth and insight to the story. She also includes her usual interesting segues into different local and cultivated herbs, as Cat's Claw, which give each book its title.
Also included at the back of these novels are several recipes mentioned in the course of events. None of which, in this case, called my name for dinner. However, the thought of oven-fried, spicy Texas style chicken did. Big Time. Love that smokey chipotle flavor."
Simona of briciole (your host) read The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch
and baked her version of golden Cuchaule: Swiss saffron bread
"The cast of characters is quite colorful and the protagonist, aptly named Sugar, tries her best to bring the smile back to their faces. Among them, Ruby, a young woman robbed of her smile by anorexia. The few 1/8 of a rice cracker portions she doles out to herself daily made me want to bake bread for her, the quintessential nourishing food of the culinary tradition in which I grew up, and sweeten it lightly with honey."
Simona of briciole was also inspired by The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley
to bake Carrot sourdough bread
"Eilish's worries about surviving end once she moves into the house in Craven Street, where, among other things, she eats buttered bread for breakfast and tea. Erin finds "natural-yeast bread" in her brother's kitchen, a sign that the new treatment he is undergoing with Dr. Berrick includes a healthier diet. So, I decided to create a bread for the two E's of the book..."
My special "thank you!" goes to the event's participants: I hope you had as much fun as I always do when I host this event. You will find a link to this roundup and to those of the earlier editions on this page.
The next edition of Novel Food will be in late summer: I will announce it here, on The Food Blog Diary, and other venues, so stay tuned. The Food Blog Diary is the lovely event announcement site created and maintained by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes. Visit the site to read about current events and let her know about your event and she will post it on her well-organized site. Thank you, Jacqueline!
In the meantime, read good books (maybe with the next Novel Food in mind), cook good dishes, enjoy good food and otherwise savor life's local and seasonal offerings.
Anzac cookies were created during WW II to sent to the troops. Anzac meaning Australia New Zealand Army Corps. It sounds like they fit perfectly with the story.
Posted by: Cindy | June 25, 2015 at 07:48 AM
I always enjoy reading the lineup of the Novel Food. All the books sound interesting that the dishes prepared, tasty. Thanks for always putting this together!
Posted by: Paz | June 26, 2015 at 01:21 PM
Thank you Cindy for your comment. I agree with you: they were a perfect choice for the story.
Posted by: Simona Carini | June 26, 2015 at 02:52 PM
Glad to read you enjoyed the roundup, Paz.
Posted by: Simona Carini | June 26, 2015 at 02:52 PM
Hi Simona, This is a great place to get ideas for books to read, and for food!! I love your contribution, too! I may have to send you an idea for your next edition, as I have been reading an awful lot lately.
Posted by: Molly Hashimoto | July 07, 2015 at 06:24 PM
Thank you, Molly. Please, do send me your idea. I am interested to know what's you've been reading.
Posted by: Simona Carini | July 07, 2015 at 08:15 PM
Oh, my gosh! I'm the author of THE GLASS HARMONICA, and I'm startled and delighted that my novel inspired a recipe--which I will now try, immediately. Thank you very much.
Posted by: Louise Marley | July 10, 2015 at 09:23 AM
Thank you so much for your comment. I am honored.
I thoroughly enjoyed your novel. I could not put it down :)
Posted by: Simona Carini | July 10, 2015 at 12:50 PM
I plan to be back for the next round! I have a book and recipe all picked out--now to find time to make and photograph it... Thanks for keeping this event going!
Posted by: ruhama | August 18, 2015 at 05:21 PM
Hurrah! Thanks, Ruhama. Your absence was totally justified :) I will announce the fall edition in a few days. Stay tuned!
Posted by: Simona Carini | August 19, 2015 at 09:01 AM
Love the cookies
Posted by: daniel karanja | July 15, 2016 at 01:13 AM