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The 20 Best Recipes for Your Book Club

Sometimes it's tough to choose the right read for your book club. Picking a good recipe can be even harder. We've got our favorite book club books, plus snacks and treats to fit the theme.

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If You're Reading: Wild by Cheryl StrayedTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Deep-woods hikers are often forced to scavenge for food, like mushrooms, to eat. Pass a platter of stuffed mushrooms in honor of this book.

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If You're Reading: The Paris Wife by Paula McLainTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

There’s no question Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson bonded over many pastries during their marriage in Paris, which is beautifully fictionalized in this book.

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If You're Reading: Me Before You by Jojo MoyesTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The quintessential romance novel deserves the quintessential romantic dessert.

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If You're Reading: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Sip a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate while indulging in this heartbreaking love story set in beautiful Mexico.

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If You're Reading: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Middle Eastern food and family are the backdrop of this novel, and this chickpea dip is a great way to bring your book-club family to the snack table!

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If You're Reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

If You're Reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This book chronicles the trials of an Irish family making their way in New York. Treat your friends to a handheld version of the quintessential Irish-American feast and celebrate the triumphs of the books inspiring characters.

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If You're Reading: Water for Elephants by Sara GruenTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Run away with the circus and the cast of Water for Elephants with this animal-cracker snack mix.

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If You're Reading: Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This fun Italian appetizer will whisk your friends away to the Italian coast, just like the backdrop for this timeless novel.

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If You're Reading: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This empowering novel is a sweet read for a book club, and is made even sweeter with a platter of honey corn bread.

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If You're Reading: The Martian by Andy WeirTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Martian by Andy Weir

Surviving on potatoes on another planet sounds tough, but making this otherworldly app for your book club is easy as can be!

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If You're Reading: Out of Africa by Isak DinesenTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen


This book is filled with stunning imagery set in a simple, yet exotic background. Treat your club to these little doughnuts, similar to banana fritters, a snack that’s popular in Africa and beyond.

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If You're Reading: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Food plays an integral role in this heartwarming novel. Treat the ladies in your club to a dish as juicy, complex and satisfying as the book itself.

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If You're Reading: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This legendary novel is set in rural Alabama, where Lane Cake was invented. Treat your guests to a dish that’s as world renowned as the author of this groundbreaking book.

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If You're Reading: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. MoraisTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

A macaron is a true test of French culinary skill, and this foodie-beloved story is the perfect excuse to show off your skills to the book club.

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If You're Reading: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinTaste of Home

If You're Reading: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Whether you side with the Starks or the Lanisters, everyone enjoys a cup of mulled red wine and a great read.

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If You're Reading: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

This classic novella is a must-read for any book club—and this recipe is the perfect way to make your guests feel like they’re enjoying their very own breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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If You're Reading: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


Thought time traveling was only possible in books? Not so! With these make-ahead appetizers, you can time travel in the kitchen, too.

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If You're Reading: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This heartbreaking love story was originally published in Spanish, and takes place in a fictional city near the Caribbean. Get the conversation going with this boozy rum cake.

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If You're Reading: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldTaste of Home

If You're Reading: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

No book club is complete without a great American novel, and no Gatsby party is complete without Champagne. Enjoy both with this Gatsby-themed treat.

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If You're Reading: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth GilbertTaste of Home

If You're Reading: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is about love, inner peace and inspiration. Whisk your book club away on a peaceful trip to India with these little bundles.

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Laura Denby
Laura is a New York-based freelance food writer with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education and a degree in Journalism from Penn State. Her work has appeared in Taste of Home, Chowhound, the Culture Trip and Patch.

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