Books & Bites Podcast, Episode 22
Each month, JCPL librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them. In honor of the upcoming holidays, it’s a family affair on this episode.
- Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
- The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
- You’ll crave your favorite Chinese takeout while reading The Middlesteins, but you can also try making your favorites at home with Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou. Read up on Chinese food’s history and ingredients with Fuschia Dunlop’s Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking.
- We have a strong collection of Mexican cookbooks, but if you’d rather let the experts do the cooking, visit Tortillería y Taquería Ramírez in Lexington. It’s the perfect restaurant to visit while reading Caramelo. Find out more about Ramírez in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s podcast Gravy or in their video “Mexington.”
- Pasta con ceci or pasta with chickpeas is a warm, comforting meal that’s perfect for space travel or those nights when you want something fast without having to go to the store.
- Pair Pachinko with Kimchi Fried Rice using one of Melissa’s favorite YouTube chef’s recipe from Seonkyoung Longest’s channel Asian at Home. If her ingredients are too difficult to source where you are, take a look at a similar recipe in Korean Food Made Simple by Judy Joo.
- A great recipe for the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, much like the cake Korede serves in My Sister, the Serial Killer, can be found in the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook. Although kind of a pain to make, the result is well worth the effort!