Whether you’re tackling Tolstoy, analyzing Austen or working your way down the best-seller lists, great food is a book club essential. Serve up hearty hors d’oeuvres, good wine and a literary-inspired dessert or two, then let the conversation run wild.
Raise a Glass
Book club is an occasion, so start bubbly and festive. You can find excellent, inexpensive prosecco that everyone will love at most wine shops. Then, crack a medium-bodied white, such as a mineral-y sauvignon blanc or viognier. For red, it’s hard to go wrong with a soft, easy-drinking pinot noir or sangiovese. Check here for some fun book-club-inspired pairing ideas. Consider a selection of black and herbal teas with dessert.
Eat, Read, Love
Depending on the size of your group and the time allotted for book talk, your club can enjoy this easy-to-eat yet sophisticated menu as a casual sit-down dinner to set the scene for serious literary discussion, or buffet style for an informal couch-bound chat.