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Jessamine County Public Library

Books and Bites JCPL librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them.
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  • With its orange and black color-scheme and sweet and spicy flavors, the Halloween Stew from Liana Krissof's Vegetarian for a New Generation is the perfect accompaniment to Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts.
  • Take a break from hunting the spirits of Alexander House and enjoy a glass of New Holland’s Pumpkin Ale.
  • Accompany the tortuous need for fulfillment in The Hellbound Heart with a tall, cold glass of Troubled Leisure. Find the recipe in Cocktail Codex.
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  • Dreadful Ed & Mary Scary; written by Andrew Cosby and illustrated by Troy Nixey
  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

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  • Transport yourself to the abandoned village in Black Fire with the traditional Ukrainian village dish of Potatoes with Pork and Shallots, a recipe found in Mamushka by Olia Hercules.
  • Raise a glass of Black Currant Vodka to the Night Witches! The recipe can also be found in Mamushka by Olia Hercules.
  • A churro’s sweet and crunchy fried dough would be the perfect thing to munch on while reading Nimona.
  • Eat breakfast like a queen with a bowl of Instant Pot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon. You won’t need a nunnery kitchen maid to prepare this porridge—just throw everything in the Instant Pot in the morning and let it do its thing while you’re getting ready.
  • Pair Dreadful Ed and Mary Scary with anise biscotti. These twice-baked cookies combine anise and almond for a dark, nutty flavor that’s perfect for dunking in a cup of strong coffee. Find the recipe in Spiced from America’s Test Kitchen.
  • Have a chill, adult storytime when you enjoy The Gashlycrumb Tinies with Vincent’s Ruin–a bittersweet cocktail featuring bourbon, a hint of absinthe, and St. Germain Elderflower liqueur. Find the recipe in Absinthe Cocktails: 50 Ways to Mix with the Green Fairy by Kate Simon and Lara Ferroni.
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  • Accompany the tart romance of Much Ado About Nothing with a fresh strawberry granita. This Italian iced dessert is made with fresh strawberries, sugar, ice, and the added options of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. The recipe can be found on AllRecipes.com
  • The tiny horror story Wonderland deserves equally tiny snacks! How bout mini homemade pop tarts? These pocket-sized pastries pack a fruitful flavor with just a few ingredients. Check out this recipe and other teeny tastes in Tiny Food Party: Bite-size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park.
  • Transport yourself to Harlowe, New Hampshire, with a dish of Mountain Green Beans & Taters, a recipe from Ronni Lundy’s Victuals.
  • Pull up a chair to the Blackwood family dinner table and enjoy a delicious main dish of roasted spring lamb.
  • Toast The Street with a glass of Black is Beautiful beer, a collaborative brewing effort that attempts "to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily."
  • Pair So Big with the Raw Thai Citrus Crunch Salad from Anna Jones's A Modern Way to Eat. This salad will have even cabbage haters seeing its beauty.
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  • If you'd like to try making your own kombucha to pair with The Book of Delights, we have several books that can help, including The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea.
  • Read stories about the origins of life on Thra, the birth of Aughra, and the arrival of complex lifeforms while savoring a frozen Kombucha Berry Pop. The recipe can be found in For the Love of Popsicles by Sarah Bond.
  • In honor of Adjei-Brenyah's New York roots, pair his short story collection, Friday Black, with Brooklyn Brewery’s refreshing Stonewall Inn IPA.
  • Like Dina in the title story of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, you can transport yourself to another country with a strong cup of Turkish or Armenian coffee.
  • Complement the varied flavors of regional folklore in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens with a bubbly, savory-sweet Cucumber Mint Cooler. The recipe can be found in Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss.
  • Take comfort in a bowl of Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish, after reading Burke’s terrifying We Live Inside Your Eyes.
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  • Pair Bayley Hazen Blue, a delicious blue cheese, from Vermont's own Jasper Hill Farm with Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People.
  • Piece together the clues with Isaiah and Dodson over a bowl of New Orleans-style gumbo with a recipe found on tastesbetterfromscratch.com.
  • Add a kick to plain old sweet tea with Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea. This spicy, fragrant blend of black tea, lemongrass, fresh ginger, and honey is a great match for the sophisticated and straight-talking narrator of Blanche on the Lam. The recipe appears in North Carolina chef Ashley English's book Quench.
  • In This Lovely City, Lawrie and his friends serve a version of rum punch at their gatherings, and it sounds like the perfect fruity summer cocktail to sip while you're reading this book. You can find AtoZ World Food on the databases page of our website.
  • “Storm” into some snacking with Mandazi, an airy doughnut flavored with coconut, cardamom, and cinnamon. You’re “Shuri” to love it! Find the recipe on AtoZ World Food, available on our databases page.
  • Accompany Archival Quality's slow-brewing mystery with a jar of Sun Tea. All you need is a clear jar, purified water, tea, and the warm summer sun! Add fresh mint, lavender, or chamomile for extra flavor. Instructions can be found on AtoZ World Food, available on our databases page.
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  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi ; translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
  • Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt ; translated from the Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier.

Bite Notes

  • Pair The Housekeeper and the Professor with a Japanese Hamburg Steak, or hambagu, a popular home-cooked, Western-style dish which, like the American hamburger and Salisbury steak, has its roots in Germany.
  • Bake a Danish Dream Cake to enjoy with Mirror, Shoulder, Signal.
  • As Hadi recounts his tale of the Whatitsname in Frankenstein in Baghdad, grill up a plate of Iraqi Kabobs with a recipe that can be found on yummly.com.
  • Enjoy the Dutch roots of Black Spring, New York, by making Broodje Rookworst, a Dutch sausage and sauerkraut sandwich, from a recipe found on thespruceeats.com.
  • Pair Batman's fusion of Western-Japanese culture with omelet rice, a popular breakfast for families in Japan. The recipe can be found in Japanese Cooking Made Simple, available on Hoopla.
  • The pop culture-influencing read Lone Wolf and Cub goes well with Fluffy Cheesecake, a Japanese take on our favorite Golden Girls accompaniment. The recipe can be found in Japanese Cooking Made Simple, available on Hoopla.
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  • For The Wild Book's bubbly, colorful story, make Fizz and Fruit Popsicles from Raquel Rabade Roque’s The Cuban Kitchen Cuisine.
  • Accompany the psychological turmoil of Long Way Down with “Eggs in Purgatory,” found in Questlove’s Mixtape Potluck Cookbook.
  • After a harrowing day spent at FantasticLand, whip up a batch of Grilled Cheese Dogs.
  • There's nothing better than coming home to a hot bowl of Cholent after surviving a frigid night of being hunted by the Wraith in the ruins of the Hayden Resort.
  • Pair History of the Rain with The Good Shepherd's Pie, a vegan update of the classic Irish shepherd's pie that you can find in Jae Steele's cookbook Get it Ripe: A Fresh Take on Vegan Cooking and Living.
  • Enjoy The Hearts of Horses with a meatless—or nearly meatless—soup made with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Tamar Adler's minestrone recipe offers lots of suggestions for seasonal substitutions. You can find it in her book An Everlasting Mealor on Saveur.com.
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  • Warm up like Ileth in Novice Dragoneer with the hearty Roasted Corn and Chorizo Chowder from The London Cookbook by Aleksandra Crapanzano.
  • Make Badam Burfi, a quick sweet treat like Anjali's mom did to celebrate Diwali, using this recipe from Cook with Manali.
  • Enjoy The Tea Dragon Society with a non-traditional approach to a London Fog—which is typically made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, vanilla, and sweetener. For our twist, swap the Earl Grey with your favorite tea dragon's variety.
  • Bittersweet hot cocoa is the perfect sip for the dark, yet nuanced story of Three Dark Crowns.
  • As Baba Yaga might say in Egg & Spoon, marinate yourself from the inside with this Vegetarian Red Borscht.
  • Pair Other Words for Home with any of the delicious-sounding Syrian recipes in Feast: Food of the Islamic World. Or fry some cauliflower like Jude's mother.
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