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Elle Jauffret

Writer ~ Fork Handler

Blog posts : "YA fiction food"

A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT (vegan/vegetarian)

A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala (vegan/vegetarian)

"[…] he relaxed around Kunal, answering his questions as he fried up more lentil cakes. […] But he knew that she loved mangoes […] “

Fried Lentil Cakes (4 servings)

In a bowl, combine: 1 cup lentils (cooke…

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A meal from NYXIA by Scott Reintgen

A meal from NYXIA by Scott Reintgen (vegetarian)

 […] and the scent of Moms’s herbal tea isn’t hanging in the air. […] He sets the orange in my open palm. […] “Higashi,” Katsu announces. “My last piece. It’s made with real wasanbon.” […] He’s standing at the buffet, back to us, picking throu…

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A meal from STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL

A meal from  STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL by Arwen Elys Dayton

We were in the front seats, with a cardboard tray of tacos between us […]. 

[…] I look at them as I eat my turkey and mashed potatoes. This is my favorite meal […] especially when it comes to cranberry sauce. […] The fl…

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A meal from THE CERULEAN

A meal from THE CERULEAN by Amy Ewing

“She picked morosely at her salad of melon and pomegranate seeds […]. […] Fishermen sold skewers of grilled cod and scallops while fresh octopus cooked under their watchful gaze.”

Melon Pomegranate Salad (3 servings)

Mix together 2 cups of honey…

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A meal from THE ANTIDOTE (vegetarian)

A meal from THE ANTIDOTE by

“[…] rustic fruit and berry pies. […] A seven-day of diet of nothing but brown rice, vegetables and water will cleanse the liver and the kidneys.”

Bowl of Brown Rice and Vegetables

Cook 2 cups of long-grain brown rice according to package directions (it…

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A meal from SPIN

A meal from SPIN by Lamar Giles

“Best chicken and waffles on the East Coast, I swear.” […] He grinned. “Of course. Who don’t like waffles?” […] There was only a half-full gallon jug of spring water in it, a pack of chicken (close to the expiration date), broccoli, and an orange. […] Kya got h…

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A meal from STRANGE DAYS

A meal from STRANGE DAYS by Constantine Singer

[…] a plate with what looks like two steaming hot pupusas covered in pickled cabbage. I sniff and I can smell the tortillas and cheese and chicharrón.” (p.85) “The pupusas look exactly like the ones I used to order when we went to Atlacatl for di…

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A meal from THE KISS COLLECTOR

A meal from THE KISS COLLECTOR by Wendy Higgins

“Homemade churros from Monica—her mom knows they’re my fave. […]… the four of us getting cinnamon and sugar everywhere as we rated the images on my walls. […] I see Mom pulling out all the ingredients for taco soup, my favorite, and my stomach sours…

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A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE

A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan

“…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 b…

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A meal from OUTRUN THE WIND

A meal from OUTRUN THE WIND by Elizabeth Tammi

The flavors and the simplicity of these dishes reflect the Mediterranean location and time period of the story. The pork/boar recipe is inspired by the killing of the Calydonian Boar by Atalanta.

The baked apple is a nod/reference to the apples H…

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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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The White Cathedral from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

“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

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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"Malenchki" dumplings from SHADOW AND BONE (GRISHA Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo

"Malenchki" dumplings: sweet dumplings served with peaches.
"Ravkan" peasant dish inspired by SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (mud-faced little ghost-looking dumplings served with the last of summer peaches- S&B page 1).

Recipe: 
1 1/2 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of…

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PEETA'S GOAT CHEESE AND APPLE TART

PEETA'S GOAT CHEESE AND APPLE TART
“We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,” Peeta says. (Hard cover p. 309)

Dough: 
1 ¼ cup flour
8 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
½ tbsp fresh parsley (or ½ tsp dried)
1 shallot (minced) or ¼ of a small onio…

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PRIMROSE’S DANDELION AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD

Katniss and Primrose used to harvest edible weeds in the Meadow, filling their buckets with dandelion greens and flowers on which they would gorge for dinner. (chapter 4)
Katniss purchased a sick goat that she gave her sister as a gift. Prim nursed it back to health and uses its milk to make ch…

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SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo - Cover reveal!

Today I am celebrating the unveiling of the cover of SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, a Tsarist Russia-inspired novel that I had the privilege to read last month (release date: June 5th, 2012) and after which I created a couple of recipes. 
(http://www.leighbardugo.com/recipes/). A Russian di…

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