Throw a Literary Themed Party

Updated: Apr 23

Are you planning a party for your circle of book-loving friends? Or maybe hosting this month's book club? Since food (and wine) are a must, we pulled together five fabulous recipes that will add a little extra fun to your theme. From appetizers to dessert, here are our picks for the best bookish dinner party menu.


APPETIZERS:


1. Fried Green Tomatoes "Fried Green Tomatoes"by Fannie Flagg


Perfect for an end of summer get-together with the ladies when the tomatoes are plentiful. Serve these crispy goodies with a side of tangy Ranch dip.

Photo credit: southernkitchen.com

Ingredients

4 green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick Kosher salt and ground black pepper Vegetable oil, for frying 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon water 1 cup fine breadcrumbs


See the full recipe here


2. Swiss Cheese Crusty Bread "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri


Set in the Swiss Alps, this classic tale has our mouths watering with descriptive moments of the young Heidi's meals of bread with soft cheese spread and fresh goats milk. Don't forget to pour the wine for this one!

Photo credit tasteofhome.com

Ingredients

1 loaf (18-20 inches) French bread

8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

3/4 teaspoon celery seed

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons dehydrated parsley flakes

See the full recipe here




MAIN DISHES:


3. Wonton Soup "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan


Enjoy this light and delicious Asian delicacy while you bond and chat about books and life with your tribe.

Photo credit delish.com

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE WONTONS

2/3 lb. ground pork

2 tsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. Chives, thinly sliced

1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. grated ginger

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. sesame oil

1 package square wonton wrappers

1/4 c. water

FOR THE SOUP

4 c. Swanson Chicken Broth

2" piece of peeled ginger

2 tsp. soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1/4 tsp. sesame oil

2 tbsp. sliced green onions, for garnish

See the full recipe here



4. Roasted Potato and Eggs with Asparagus from "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett


"Dickon made the stimulating discovery that in the wood in the park outside the garden where Mary had first found him piping to the wild creatures there was a deep little hollow where you could build a sort of tiny oven with stones and roast potatoes and eggs in it. Roasted eggs were a previously luxury and very hot potatoes with salt and fresh butter in them were fit for a woodland king—besides being deliciously satisfying. You could buy both potatoes and eggs and eat as many as you liked without feeling as if you were taking food out of the mouths of fourteen people."

-- The Secret Garden

photo credit tastykitchen.com

Ingredients

1 whole Yukon Gold Potato, Cut Into Pieces

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, divided

8 spears Asparagus

1 teaspoon Vinegar

1 whole Egg

1 Tablespoon Parmesan, shredded

1 teaspoon Lemon Juice (optional)

Salt and Pepper

See full recipe here



DESSERT:


5. Chocolate Covered Strawberries "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris


Channel your inner French chocolatier and serve up a decadent spread of this gourmet treat. Not only does will it make your friends mouth's water, it looks pretty on the plate!


Photo credit thehungrytravelerblog.com

Ingredients

2 Pounds strawberries, washed and dried

10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

10 ounces white chocolate chips

See full recipe here






I think this meal calls for a toast! A sparkling glass of champagne sounds perfect to cleanse the palate while polishing off the last chocolate-covered strawberry, doesn't it?

Now that we have everyone's mouths watering, it's time to pick a date! Start making out the invitations (on a vintage postcard, of course) and begin searching for the perfect decor. I would suggest some books, books and more books, because is there anything better to be surrounded by?


We have completely embraced this idea of food based on our favorite books and have already planned an entire series of literary themed dinners! So, if your cooking skills need a little sharpening, or you just want to enjoy rather than host, gather your crew and sign up for one of our elegant dinner parties.


Here is the line-up:



Bon Appétit!

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