Our May book club pick is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The recipe below is adapted from Smithsonian Magazine. This bread really puffed up during cooking giving it a slightly crispy exterior and an airy interior.
Hazel is going through life as a teenager with a terminal illness until her mom convinces her to go to a support group. Here she meets handsome, fun-loving Augustus who shows her she still has a life to live.
Alu (or aloo) palak is spinach and potatoes simmered in a flavorful combination of spices.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is based on the life of the author, who “was a revolutionary who lost his ideals in heroin, a philosopher who lost his integrity in crime, and a poet who lost his soul in a maximum-security prison.”
The fruits used in this recipe were inspired by a quote from Shantaram: “Rich fruits used in desserts and juices – paw paw, papaya, custard apples, mosambi, grapes, watermelon, banana, santra, and, in the season, four varieties of mango – were displayed across the whole surface of one wall in gorgeous abundance.” I used the more readily available banana, mango, grape, watermelon and papaya.
Lassi is a yogurt based drink commonly enjoyed in India and Pakistan. This lassi recipe is made with mangoes and garnished with cardamom. If you want to liven up your book club party, this would taste great with a little rum or vodka
In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?
Alaska in 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.
Cranberries, orange zest and cinnamon are used to flavor vodka is this delicious cocktail.