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Elle Jauffret

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Blog posts : "Book-based dishes"

Brunch à la Six of Crows

Dec 10, 2016

The book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six outcasts involved in an impossible heist, battling the duality of existence. (YA fantasy)

"Kaz liked the omelet stands where you could choose what you liked to put in them. The man [… ] gave Kaz all the hot chocolate he could drink. His wife […] fe…

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A meal from MYCROFT HOLMES by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse (mystery)

Aug 4, 2016

I have always admired people’s ability to reinvent themselves and follow their dreams outside their fields of known expertise—hence my decision to attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s book signing.

40+ years after receiving a set of Sherlock Holmes books (to read during his basketball team roa…

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A meal from MALICE by Keigo Higashino (mystery)

Jul 16, 2016

The book: Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga and teacher-turned-children’s-book-author Osamu Nonoguchi investigate the murder of a famous writer, but have a very different take on what the true facts really are.

"I was eating some instant udon noodles and watching TV when I saw a close-up of m…

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A meal from FEED by M.T. Anderson (YA Sci-Fi)

May 21, 2016

The book: a Young Adult dystopian novel with the apropos themes of data mining, consumerism, environmental deterioration, and the overall decline of civilization. The story is narrated by Titus, an American teenage boy.

"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely…

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A Meal from LOOT by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)

Jan 26, 2016

 

“March thought of the many things his father loved and would never eat again. Pommes frites and herring sandwiches and American potato chips and licorice.”  LOOT by Jude Watson. (Scholastic Inc. - Paperback p.12)

The story: the son of a master jewel thief follows the clues left by his…

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Meal from THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman

Dec 8, 2015

“[…] I could remain soaking under water in the claw-foot tub […] I felt comfortable in this element, a sort of girlfish […]” (p.7-8) “My father insisted I wear white cotton gloves in the summer and a creamy kid leather pair when the chill set in.” (p. 9) “Hannah’s sister made us a m…

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Niçoise Salad from SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty (non-fiction)

Nov 28, 2015

“I was beginning to doubt that my own body would be well cared for were I to die young. The very idea of Bayside Cremation crushed me with loneliness. I was burdened with the thoughts that any of my Facebook friends would be quick to comment “Yummy!” on a photo of my Nicoise salad, but wou…

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

Nov 15, 2015

A snippet of a scene from INCONCEIVABLE! 

John hovered a table covered in pieces of lace. “[…] Don’t you think you need to take home some Brussels lace?[…]” […] “What’s stoverij?” I asked. “It’s a meat stew, a classic Flemish dish. They add a nice bit of strong beer from one of t…

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Rutabaga soup from BLACK RADISHES by Susan Lynn Meyer (Fiction - MiddleGrade)

Nov 12, 2015

“There’s just no food here,” she said. “How am I supposed to make a meal with yesterday’s bread and rutabagas? […]” (p.96) Gustave bit into his stale bread, imagining how much better it would taste with creamy butter and the spicy tingle of black radish. He and Maman both love…

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Grilled cheese sandwiches from THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro

Nov 1, 2015

Grilled cheeses/cherry tomatoes/basil sandwiches

“We’re in the kitchen, and he’s making grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, which  I'm thinking are going to be about as close to my two-American-cheese singles-on-white-bread as his macaroni and cheese was to my Kraft special. He slides his c…

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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Oct 18, 2015

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who …

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(Cover reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (Fiction)

Sep 15, 2015

(Cover Reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren.

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small E…

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Meal from JOYLAND by Stephen King (Fiction)

Aug 23, 2015
 
Tuna-and-macaroni salad, smoothie, and Fig Newtons from JOYLAnd by Stephen King

The story: a 21 year-old boy’s summer, at Joyland amusement park in North Carolina in 1973.

Excerpt from JOYLAND by Stephen King (First hard case crime edition: June 2013; paper back): “I went into the …

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Cornmeal pancakes and toasts from ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (Fiction/YA)

Aug 19, 2015

Cornmeal pancakes and toasts topped with jam.

The story: a 17 year-old ghost hunter meets a type of phantom he has never faced before.

“[…] My mother asks while standing over the griddle making us cornmeal pancakes. […] She sets a plate of pancakes and toast down in front of me, each top…

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Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker (Fiction/literary)

Aug 16, 2015

Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker.

The story: the separate journeys of a Golem and a Jinni who discover New York in 1899 and cross paths.

"The Golem went to the Rabbi’s that night carrying an apple strudel carefully, wrapped. She walked with long strides, stret…

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A meal from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

Aug 3, 2015

Beetroot-barley-stew-soup and onion-beetroot-tomato salad from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK  by Neil Gaiman.

The story: the childhood of a boy raised by the ghosts of an old graveyard.

 “She had put two plastic containers on the tabletop, and opened the lids. She pointed to the first. “It’s …

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Satisfying Space Reads: fiction and non-fiction

May 23, 2015

The story: Presumed dead, an astronaut finds himself stranded and alone on Mars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If th…

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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition 1893

Mar 27, 2015

Meal from THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY  by Erik Larson (Paperback 2004 Edition p. 98):

Filet Mignon à la Rossini; Fond d'Artichaut farci (stuffed artichoke heart); Potatoes à la Duchesse

  

 

FILETS MIGNONS À LA ROSSINI

3 tbsp truffle oil (or vegetable oil) + 4 shallots…

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The White Cathedral from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Aug 8, 2014

“The White Cathedral was a cavern of alabaster quartz…. Its walls were damp and bloomed with mushrooms, salt lilies, toadstools shaped like stars. It was buried deep beneath Ravka...” SIEGE and STORM by Leigh Bardugo p.427.  “…in the White Cathedral, people were careful not to stray too far from…

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SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo - a three-course meal

May 12, 2014

Among the several dishes mentioned in SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo, we chose the following three: Brandied Cuckoo, Mushrooms Baked In Cream, Honey Mousse  (SIEGE AND STORM, Hardcover p.196-197)

Mushrooms Baked In Cream  (Hardcover p.196)

1 lb mushrooms (baby portabella best)

1 t…

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