Mar 3rd, 2011 by Lisa
Fun Recipes for a Medical Book Club Party
I recently read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, two great nonfiction books involving cancer. 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 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.
I made bandages by putting a square of melted white chocolate on ladyfingers.
To make Qtips, or applicators as they are called in medicine, I made Vanilla Cookies with White Chocolate at the tip.
Triscuit looks remarkably like gauze!
Cotton Ball Cookies were made with a nutty cookie recipe covered in powdered sugar.
An actual tongue depressor was used to cut out these Cheesy Breadsticks.
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.
Ribbon candy always reminds me of mitochondria, the power house of the cell.
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