Main Dishes

Find main dishes inspired by your favorite fiction books and so much more, including memorable quotes and discussion guides! Thanks for stopping by!

Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Americanah, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe
Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe
Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe
Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe
Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe
Americanah Book Club Questions and Recipe

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novel that I’ve seen here and there over the last few years (it was published in 2013), but never felt any draw to read. It was one of those novels that I presumed I knew about by the cover and title, so I passed on it because by those two things alone I was sure I wouldn’t really like it. Anyone else do that? Only me?

I quickly prejudged that this was our era’s Things Fall Apart, but Americanah, while also written by a Nigerian author, is not the same at all. It wasn’t until I saw another bookstagram account asking for opinions on the book and the dozens of replies from readers saying they loved it, that I decided to read it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s not to say that I didn’t appreciate Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, or other similar books, but I’ve struggled lately to read heavy, literary works and, at 600 pages long, Americanah is no easy feat for many readers.

If the length and depth deter you, let me encourage to try the audiobook. Often when I’m struggling to get into or through a book, the audio version is a life saver. That said, Americanah is just old enough now that most book clubs will easily find it at the local library.

Scripture Cake

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for Scripture Cake!

Scripture Cake with Figs, Almonds and Honey
Scripture Cake with Figs, Almonds and Honey

Did you know that scripture cakes were very popular in Appalachia and the South at the turn of the 20th century? Maybe you’re wondering what exactly a scripture cake is.

Women at the time would find verses from the Bible that mention a food ingredient and write out an entire recipe using just verses in an effort to teach their children the Bible and cooking at the same time.

A recipe might look like this:

3/4 cups Judges 5:25, last clause

2 cups Jeremiah 6:20

5 Jeremiah 17:11, seperated

And, etc.

As a Christian, I find this fascinating. Special moments from my childhood mostly revolve around a shared experience with a relative who was teaching me something during our time together. Most of the time it was one of my precious grandmothers.

I feel like many cultures across the world do a wonderful job of passing down culture and beliefs through shared experiences and rituals, but sometimes we are so busy here in America that we forget how important that is.

If you feel the same, consider making one of these scripture cakes with someone special in your family. Spend time in the kitchen together. Discuss what you value and why it’s important. Show love and bond as you work together!

After looking at several old recipes, I came up with my own twist and added a drizzle of golden syrup across the top (inspired by this blog). The result is a rich Scripture Cake full of flavor and packed with spices, figs, almonds, and raisins.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

If you love reading, this book is about a fascinating and little known piece of American history–pack horse librarians and blue-skinned people. Check out more about this great book HERE!

Keep reading for the full recipe for Scripture Cake including companion Bible verses!

French Toast Sandwiches

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for French Toast Sandwiches!

French Toast Sandwich
French Toast Sandwich

Do you love French Toast, but hate the work of making it? Me too.

Plus, if you’re going to have French Toast, you need bacon, too. Obviously. So, that’s even more work.

I don’t know about you, but my one problem with French Toast is that it gets too soggy before you can eat it.

This recipe saves you time and texture. It’s also an easy way to make French Toast for a crowd!

This recipe is absolutely scrumptious, pretty easy to make, and sure to be a family favorite for breakfast.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

This sandwich is DELICIOUS. I couldn’t keep from taking several bites eating a whole sandwich before I took the pictures. This is definitely going on my menu of breakfast foods for the future.

This recipe combines bacon, sweetened cream cheese, and thick toast into easy-to-eat French Toast Sandwiches.

The flavors combine to create a warm and comforting dish heightened only by the fact that you can cover it in maple syrup!

Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Before We Were Yours, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe
Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe
Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe
Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe
Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe
Before We Were Yours Book Club Questions and Recipe

Do you love novels based on true life events? If so, you should check out Lisa Wingate’s novel, Before We Were Yours. The novel centers around the true life events that occurred in the early half of the 20th Century at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. Georgia Tann, who took over the Society in the 1920s, began trafficking children through the organization. She often took children away from their poor mother’s and placed them for adoption with wealthy parents, to her profit. The novel follows a fictional girl as she and her siblings fall into the hands of Georgia Tann.

Before We Were Yours is a dual timeline novel, meaning that half of the book follows the children and the other half follows a young attorney, home on leave, who discovers a hidden secret in her grandmother’s past and works to uncover the truth.

I actually began reading this book about a year ago and set it aside. While this book does deal with a heavy topic, I wish I would have pursued and read it earlier because it is a wonderful story about the question of the meaning of family and the way both main characters’ understanding of family evolves.

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

If your book club hasn’t read Before We Were Yours, I recommend you consider it for an upcoming pick. Beyond learning about a part of American history that was brushed under the rug for many decades, the novel delves deep into the culture of the people who live on shantyboats along the Mississippi River, which was fascinating to read about.

If you loved books like Where the Crawdads Sing and To Kill a Mockingbird, you will love this story about another fiery young girl fighting the odds in the American South.

If your book club picks Before We Were Yours to read, I’ve provided book club questions and a delicious recipe for your meeting below! So if you are looking for food ideas and more, keep reading!

In Farleigh Field Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For In Farleigh Field, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

In Farleigh Field Book Club Questions and Recipe
In Farleigh Field Book Club Questions and Recipe

In Farleigh Field has been floating around as a potential read for me for quite a while. I’ll tell you why.

In Farleigh Field

Did you know that Amazon has it’s own publishing house now? That’s right. Just like Penguin, Random House, and the others. It’s called Lake Union and it’s been putting out some hits.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s fine. Readers are meant to enjoy books and not know how the sausage is made, so to speak. However, as someone who likes to keep abreast of the industry, I’ve been wanting to read a book that Lake Union has produced. So, I chose In Farleigh Field.

You might recognize some of the other titles: The Tuscan Child, The Ragged Edge of the Night, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, What the Wind Knows...all put out by Lake Union.

>