The Giver of Stars Book Club Food Ideas
*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Giver of Stars, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and a recipe idea in that order!
If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on The Giver of Stars and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.
You can also check out the next post in the series where I share discussion questions for your book club based on the book HERE.
In this post, I’ll review the premise of The Giver of Stars and share some great food ideas for your book club based on the book.
Here’s a brief summary of The Giver of Stars:
Hoping to escape her life of suffocating expectations in England, Alice marries the handsome Kentuckian Bennett Van Cleve. The honeymoon is cut short when she finds herself in an equally stifling situation under the watchful eye of Bennett’s strict father in a small and secluded Kentucky town.
When the chance arises to join the Pack Horse Library, Alice steps forward despite Van Cleve’s disapproval. There, she meets independent Margery O’Hare, who encourages Alice to stand up for herself and fight for true love.
The bond they form with each other and the other three Pack Horse Librarians is tested in unforgettable ways as they journey through the dangers of the Appalachian mountains to bring its hardscrabble residents hope through books.
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The Giver of Stars Book Club Food Ideas:
The Giver of Stars is a very plot-driven novel, so there aren’t a lot of instances where the characters are still enough to linger over a meal. There are several meals at the Van Cleve’s, but the food is either not mentioned or the scene is not pleasant. I try to choose food pairings that evoke a pleasant memory of the book.
Still, there are a few food ideas from the pages of The Giver of Stars:
- Honey Apple Cake –Alice’s first ride alone to Kathleen Bligh’s house – Chapter 4
- Stuffed turkey, Swedish cinnamon cookies, Dundee cake, and French red wine – Christmas with Margery, Sven, Alice, and Fred – Chapter 12
- Fried chicken – Margery dumps mud on Van Cleve’s dinner – Chapter 18
- Cornbread and pound cake – Alice takes treats to Deputy Dulles to see Margery in prison – Chapter 22
In case you are new here, for almost every book I create a companion recipe in addition to listing all the food options from the pages of the novel.
I chose to feature an apple cake with honey bourbon glaze, based on the scene where Alice visits Kathleen’s house alone for the first time.
A friendship between Alice and Kathleen forms. Later, Kathleen even fills in as a Pack Horse Librarian when Margery can’t ride.
This cake is a spice cake. It sits somewhere between a nut bread and a pound cake and it’s chock full of cinnamon spice, pecans, and apples.
Drizzled with a sweet bourbon glaze, it would pair perfectly with a warm cup of coffee and a good discussion.
Baking it in a bundt pan gives the cake a good caramelly crust with a soft center. And the spice in the bourbon brings out the spice in the cake.
There’s not much you can’t love!
If you are looking for food ideas for The Giver of Stars, I think your book club will be happy to try Apple Cake with Bourbon Honey Glaze!
For the complete Apple Cake with Bourbon Honey Glaze recipe, click HERE!
In addition to the full recipe, this series of posts for The Giver of Stars also includes ten book club questions curated just for book clubs. You can find Book Club Questions for The Giver of Stars by clicking HERE.
Have you read The Giver of Stars? What did you think? Did it satisfy you or were you left wishing for more? What are some similar books you’ve read?
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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