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Fun Recipes for a Medical-Themed Book Club Party

I have read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, two great medical nonfiction books. Neither of these books were very food oriented so trying to plan a menu for a book club party was a little difficult. I was sitting in the clinic looking at the medical supply jars of cotton balls, tongue depressors and Qtips when it hit me. I attempted to recreate these medical supplies in food. Some were successful, some you have to use your imagination a bit.

triscuit gauze, cookie bandages, wedding cookie cotton balls

I made bandages by putting a square of melted white chocolate on ladyfingers.

bandaids, ladyfingers, white chocolate

To make Qtips, or applicators as they are called in medicine, I made Vanilla Cookies with White Chocolate at the tip.

Qtip cookie, vanilla with white chocolate

Triscuit looks remarkably like gauze!

Triscuit Gauze

Cotton Ball Cookies were made with a nutty cookie recipe covered in powdered sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

An actual tongue depressor was used to cut out these Cheesy Breadsticks.

Breadstick tongue depressor

The Emperor of all Maladies discussed the DNA alterations/mutations that can lead to cancer. I attempted (I stress the word attempted) to make breadsticks that resembled the double helix of DNA. You could also use this idea for a whole loaf of bread or even refrigerated breadsticks.

dna-double-helix Cheese breadsticks recipes

Ribbon candy always reminds me of mitochondria, the power house of the cell.

mitochondria picture


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