Top Ten Bookish Treats

(This post ran on the Nerdy Book Club site on January 25th. I do love being a guest blogger with my tribe!) 

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a Nerdy Book Club member in possession of a good book must be in want of nothing.

Wait… did we mention that there would be treats? Everything is better if you add in a treat. Let’s update that old saying even more and say that a Nerdy Book Club member in possession of a good book still requires some themed treats to nibble while they read.

1) Bake Sale by Sara Varon -
Raspberry Squares

Who can resist a graphic novel as sweet at this? Cupcake runs his own bakery, and he’s looking for just the right recipe. Readers young and old will appreciate the story, and making the treats shown in the back is a great family activity. My sons and I loved making the raspberry squares. Eating them was even better!

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater-
November Cakes

Are you looking for something a little more … intense? After devouring The Raven Boys, I was looking to get a little more Maggie in my life. Scorpio Races is the perfect blend of mythos and action. Adventurous souls race carnivorous horses from the sea each November. Only the best will even survive. Stiefvater describes these delicious cakes in her book - sticky, sweet, and warm. They were entirely a figment of her imagination until she created the recipe for others to try. While a bit trickier than the raspberry squares, licking the honey off of our fingers convinced my sister and I that they were worth every moment of work.

3) Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
Bee Bim Bop (Korean meaning mix mix rice)

Bee Bim Bop is a picture book with bouncy text that celebrates family cooking. I’ve shared the book with students resulting in plenty of smiles and giggles. We chant, “Hungry, hungry, hungry for some BEE-BIM BOP!” After reading the book many times, I was hungry for it myself. I purchased the kimchi, but the rest was easy to make. My family loved this yummy meal.

4) The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinner

My daughter and I wanted to have a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie marathon, but thought it should be accompanied by plenty of food in honor of the Hobbits. On the menu for the multiple breakfasts: bacon, hard boiled eggs, *Breakfast Scones for Frodo, jam, fresh sourdough bread, *Bilbo’s Tea Cake, *Bag End Apple Bread, **Dwarven Pfefferneuse and hot tea. For lunch: *Po-Tay-To Onion Soup and fresh bread from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. For dinner: *Rosie’s Shire Pie. We snacked on breakfast food all day long. The day was a carb fest. The marathon lasted from 7:15am to 1:30am and was a blast!

5) Percy Jackson Series - by Rick Riordan
Blue Medley

Every fan knows that Percy loves to eat anything blue. Is it his connection with the sea? My sons loved the fact that it was a little silly tradition he and his mother share. How can you celebrate reading - or rereading - this well loved series? Break out the blue food dye, because that’s really all it takes. My younger son and I enjoyed blue pancakes and juice before we caught the latest movie.

6) Harry Potter Series - by J.K. Rowling
Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs

Is there anyone who doesn’t know the name Harry Potter? My sons were both hooked early by the Boy Who Lived and his fascinating world. We celebrated Harry’s birthday this summer with chocolate frogs, butterbeer, and a Lego game. The frog molds are easy to find online, and we had been making do with just cream soda with whipped cream on top. Then we found the Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer… delicious!

7) Teacakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons

Tea Cakes for Tosh is a beautiful story of the love between a boy and his grandmother. Kelly Starling Lyons tells a wonderful story and she shares the recipe so we can make them and share them with a loved one too. They are simple and delicious.

8) Tacky the Penguin - by Helen Lester
bento lunch
When we found instructions for making rice ball penguins in Yum-Yum Bento Box, my daughter and I immediately wanted to try. Tacky the Penguin is one of my favorite penguins so of course I thought of him. For the other items in the lunch, I concentrated on bow ties since Tacky and his friends wear them. Bookish bentos are super fun.

9) A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Lime Pound Cake
In A Tangle of Knots, Cady is a fabulous baker. Throughout the book there are many wonderful recipes. The Lime Pound Cake caught my eye and I knew I had to try it. Scrumptious!

10)  Doctor Who Encyclopedia DK Publishing
Fish Fingers & Custard and Sonic Screwdriver Pretzels
Doctor Who is a television series with a fifty year history. Whenever anything lasts that long, there are bound to be tomes dedicated to all the arcane bits of knowledge that go along with a fandom. It’s never hard to talk me into buying books, so we acquired a character encyclopedia and a Dalek handbook this summer. The most recent Doctor was known for enjoying fish fingers dipped in custard. We were a bit less adventurous and made our fish fingers from sugar cookies. Pretzel sonics and cookie TARDIS completed the fun. There are lots of Doctor adventures in novels, comics, and even audio books from Big Finish. Check out Karen Harris' NBC post for specific titles! 

Maria Selke is a gifted resource teacher in PA. She almost never smiles in the kitchen, except when making a bookish treat. She mostly hangs out online as @Mselke01 on Twitter.

Crystal Brunelle is a Teacher Librarian in WI. She’s loves to “read with her ears” in the kitchen while cooking and baking. She may be found on twitter as @librarygrl2.


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