The 30 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 snacks to fit the theme of your next meeting.

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If You’re Reading: Where the Crawdads Sing

Serve your guests a taste of South Carolina’s marshlands with a delectable blackberry cobbler. Just be sure to serve it with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

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If You're Reading: Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Korean food takes center stage in this moving memoir from Japanese Breakfast frontwoman, Michelle Zauner. And while any food mentioned in this book would be perfect, your guests will especially love this classic Korean street food.

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If You're Reading: Malibu Rising

It doesn’t get more 80s, or Californian, than a platter full of freshly made California rolls.

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If You're Reading: The Nightingale

Explore France, and its many wonderful foods, in this sweeping World War II novel. Pair this French bread with some quince paste and cured ham for the full Parisian effect.

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If You're Reading: People We Meet on Vacation

Make a pitcher (or two, or three) of everyone’s favorite vacation cocktail while you chat about this sweet novel. Bonus points if you also make a treat from each place Poppy and Alex visit!

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If You're Reading: Such a Fun Age

To invoke a pivotal scene in Such a Fun Age without cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal, whip up these handheld Thanksgiving Wontons. There will be plenty to go around, even if there are unexpected guests!

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If You’re Reading: Educated: A Memoir

Take a page out of Grandma-over-in-town’s book with a plate of warm, chocolate chip cookies.

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If You're Reading: The Guest List

What’s a wedding without a cake? Dig into this layered delight as you discuss this twisty thriller.

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If You're Reading: The Midnight Library

Inspired by the dinner Joe makes for Nora and their partners, this broccoli pasta comes together in a snap. Don’t forget the bottle of Napa Valley Syrah wine, too.

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If You're Reading: The Lost Apothecary

You can’t chat about tinctures without having an elixir of your own. This potion combines gin, cherry liqueur, lemon juice and creme de violette for a cocktail that’s as gorgeous as the novel’s cover.

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If You're Reading: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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

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If You're Reading: The Paris Wife

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

The quintessential romance novel deserves the quintessential romantic dessert.

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If You're Reading: Like Water for Chocolate

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

Middle Eastern food and family are the backdrop of this novel, and these lamb meatballs are 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

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

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

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

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If You're Reading: The Secret Life of Bees

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

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

This book is filled with stunning imagery set in a simple, yet gorgeous setting. Treat your club to this coffee beverage that will remind you of the main character’s coffee farm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.