This month our book club read "Walking Across Egypt" by Clyde Edgerton, a North Carolina writer who teaches at the UNC-Wilmington. Many of us had already read several of his former books, among them "Raney", a highly-acclaimed first novel.
This book is chock full of references to southern foods, since the main character is an elderly woman who loves to lay out a banquet table for anyone who chances upon her front porch; friend or stranger.
The hostess for the evening asked us to bring foods that were mentioned in the book, and our menu consisted of a delicious tenderloin, potato salad, tomato pie, deviled eggs, green beans and peas, lima beans and dessert: apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and angel food cake with strawberries and chocolate sauce. It was all delicious (as usual) and I was so glad not to be on a diet (as if I ever had been....lol)
The July book on our reading list is "The Secret of the Nightingale Palace", by Dana Sachs. Our host for that meeting went to high school with this author, and we may be able to Skype with her that night and ask questions, or discuss the book. The prospect is exciting (as long as we like the book....lol)
I'll let you know how it goes.