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Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

Blog posts : "Book-based dishes"

A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY Natasha Ngan (YA fantasy)

Quotes:  “…the palace food is delicious […] steaming bowls of coconut rice… […] sugared glutinous rice-balls […] we have breakfast—usually rice-balls […] The fragrance of coconut-steamed rice rises out.”

“I don’t dare touch the bamboo basket, even though the smell of the d…

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Working as a food writer

I have recently assumed the position of food writer at Curiositales ("the magazine for all things bookish") and people often ask me what being a food writer entails. My work consists in creating and photographing dishes based on the books written by the authors interviewed. Step-by step, it means:…

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Romancing with books and movies

 

The days when the workday ends early or starts late, my love and I meet at a coffee shop and play a little game: the first one orders her/his drink under one name and the other orders her/his drink, trying to find the complementary one. The baristas are super nice and very understanding of our…

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Summer: reconnecting with spooky children's literature

There is nothing like cold chills to survive a hot summer, and with a light work schedule, I am happy to be able to reconnect with my childhood love: "spooky" children's literature (it can be found in your bookstore under "Contemporary fantasy/horror/ghosts/ wizards & witches/historical”). 

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

“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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A meal from MALICE by Keigo Higashino

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 CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

The book: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. A young maji/outcast and a princess become unlikely allies on a quest to unlock the power of the gods and allow maji to reclaim their place in Orïsha.  (YA fantasy)

“[...] I sprint fast, almost knocking a basket of plantain off he…

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Meal from THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman

The story: The life of Coralie  Sardie (the daughter of a Coney Island “Freak Show”)  intertwined with the life of Eddie Cohen (a Russian immigrant photographer) in the late 1800s.

“[…] I could remain soaking under water in the claw-foot tub […] I felt comfortable in this element, a sor…

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Brunch à la Six of Crows

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 [……

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Treats for TOBY (picture book)

The book: a young boy and his father decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter.

Written and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, and published by Candlewick press, TOBY will be released on Sept.13, but is available for pre-order everywhere. For more info, check http://www.hazelmitch…

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

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

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)

 

“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 dec…

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Salad from Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (Fiction, grade 2-5)

“I got a good look at the tomato. There were suspicious marks on the skin. […] I believe they’re teeth marks. […] “The Mark of the Vampire!” / “There must be something wrong with our refrigerator. That’s it. It’s turning all the vegetables white.” / “It was a big bowl of salad! […]…

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

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)

“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

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)

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)

(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)

 
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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