Baking for Bookworms: Making Sourdough from Sourdough by Robin Sloan

“I needed a more interesting life.I could start by learning something.I could start with the starter.”― Robin Sloan, Sourdough Sourdough bread has become something of a fad these days, so much so that there have been flour shortages as everyone else has discovered the benefits of baking on the soul, if not the waistline. I'm not going … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Making Sourdough from Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Baking for Bookworms: Chocolate cake from Veronica Roth’s Divergent

I’ll be doing a separate post soon about my thoughts on Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, but for now, let’s get cooking! Or baking. Whichever you prefer. The first mention of chocolate cake happens during visiting day, which doesn’t occur in the movie, but basically it’s a time for the family members to officially say goodbye … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Chocolate cake from Veronica Roth’s Divergent

Baking for Bookworms: Crab Cakes from Meg Cabot’s Royal Wedding

I apologize for not having a picture of the crab cakes. I turned my back and they were gone. But I promise I will update this post with a picture because I plan on making these again very soon... There are few proposals more tried and true than proposing over dinner. Princess Mia has gone … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Crab Cakes from Meg Cabot’s Royal Wedding

Baking for Bookworms: Irish Soda Bread from Alice McDermott’s Someone

Alice McDermott’s book follows the life of an Irish immigrant in all its stirring little moments and complexities. It’s a quiet book that is definitely worth a read. There is plenty of food mentioned in the novel, but I really liked this moment between Marie, the narrator, and her mother where her mother tries to … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Irish Soda Bread from Alice McDermott’s Someone

Baking for Bookworms: Sidecars from Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries

If there is anything I associate with The Princess Diaries series, it is the dowager princess, Clarrise's penchant for sidecars. And who can blame her? This drink happens to be one of my favorites, too. And I definitely tried it because of these books. Mia is even quizzed on its correct recipe. Of course, the drink would … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Sidecars from Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries

Baking for Bookworms: Lavash Bread from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn

Whenever I can, I like to pick dishes from the books that are filled with special significance, whether that means they're mentioned at an important plot point, are helpful in understanding a character, or strengthen aspects of the setting. I try to find a dish that meets one of these criteria, but I think the … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Lavash Bread from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn

Baking for Bookworms: Apple Cake from Sylvia Plath’s The Collected Poems

I was a little surprised to find anything I could cook from in Plath's poems. She's not exactly a poet you associate with down home cooking. But luckily there was one food that immediately jumped out, and that was apple cake. The mention of apple cake is from her 1959 poem "Point Shirley", which is … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Apple Cake from Sylvia Plath’s The Collected Poems

Baking for Bookworms: Mini Brioche from Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

Brioche is one of my absolute favorite breads--it's light and buttery and makes the best French toast in the world. But I've never made it before, so I was happy to look down my list and see that I could use it for a baking post. There's usually not much mention of food in nonfiction. … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Mini Brioche from Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

Baking for Bookworms: Aloo Gobi Saag from Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

There were really two types of recipes in White Teeth (which incidentally is a book I adore and is a book everyone really needs to read. Like drop what you're doing and read it. It's brilliant...). One type of recipe is something and chips like an omelet or beans. The other type is Indian foods that … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Aloo Gobi Saag from Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

Baking for Bookworms: Bark Sail Bread from Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News

It was a little difficult to choose something to make from this book, not because there wasn't a lot of food mentioned (there was and a lot of it was intriguing), but because many of the ingredients are harder to come by in my land-locked state (as in, tons of seafood). Since Paul and I … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Bark Sail Bread from Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News