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7 Dessert-and-Book Pairings That’ll Hit Your Sweet Spot

by  | January 27

We all know you’re supposed to order white wine with fish, but sussing out the optimal dessert to complement your current read is, honestly, just as important, if not more so. Nothing says “me time” like saying good night to your dinner companions, plopping down on the couch at home, and immersing yourself in a good book with something sweet on the side. Whether you’re craving a uniquely blended coming-of-age story or a rich rom-com to savor, treat yourself to one of these 7 books worth sinking your teeth into alongside a decadent dessert.

When We Were Vikings

When We Were Vikings

by Andrew David MacDonald

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake:

Twenty-one-year-old Vikings enthusiast Zelda lives with her older brother Gert, enjoying the simple things in life such as communicating in code and eating sandwiches with the tomato in the middle to ensure the bread doesn’t get wet. When she discovers her brother has resorted to some shady means of supporting the two of them, she undertakes a quest to save Gert from a bleak fate. When We Were Vikings details an adventure in which our plucky heroine is put in the crosshairs of some nefarious enemies while navigating life’s common joys and tragedies. Much like the unexpectedly delicious combination of peanut butter and banana, Zelda is an unlikely star who proves we are all legends of our own making.

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Behind Every Lie

Behind Every Lie

by Christina McDonald

Death by Chocolate Cupcake:

When you’re in the mood for something dark and decadent, you can’t go wrong with a Death by Chocolate Cupcake and a suspense novel propelled by intense family secrets. Eva Hansen doesn’t remember the murder of her mother, Kat. She barely remembers gaining consciousness in the street after being struck by lightning. However, this is no cause for the police to rule her out as a suspect. To prove her innocence, she returns to her mother’s home in London and uncovers a string of secrets Kat tried so hard to keep buried long after her death. This emotionally resonant thriller, rich with mystery, will keep you on edge until the last book and cupcake bite.

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Rage Baking

Rage Baking

by Katherine Alford & Kathy Gunst

Zesty Lemon Bars:

Anyone else bake when they’re stressed? The 2016 election brought a lot of rage, fury, and frustration to kitchens all over the nation. Both dough and emotions rise in this compilation of recipes, inspirational essays, reflections, and interviews with well-known and impassioned women bakers and activists, including Dorie Greenspan, Ruth Reichl, Carla Hall, Preeti Mistry, Julia Turshen, and many more. This timely collection packs a powerful punch with a side of sugary zing.

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The Chill

The Chill

by Scott Carson

Peppermint Ice Cream:

In Scott Carson’s horror/disaster novel The Chill, cold-hearted Manhattan politicians felt not so much as a pang of remorse at signing away the land of the Chilewaukee people in upstate New York to ensure clean drinking water for the city in the early twentieth century. To accommodate a new reservoir, the town was basically drowned and countless local families were pushed out of their homes—except some didn’t actually leave, creating a dark prophecy that surfaces nearly a century later. When a modern-day inspector assigned to oversee the dam witnesses something inexplicable, those who remember the Chill are not shocked by his discovery. They are merely waiting to see who the reservoir will claim as its next victim…. Like peppermint ice cream, The Chill is crisp, original, and worth the price (hello, brain freeze) of downing in an icy rush.

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Things in Jars

Things in Jars

by Jess Kidd

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake:

Fierce detective Bridie Devine is used to solving mysteries, but the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick has her flummoxed. The secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, Christabel is rumored to possess supernatural qualities at a time when unique individuals are subject to exploitation as “curiosities.” In her search for the child across Victorian London, Bridie engages the help of an unforgettable crew, which includes a seven-foot-tall housemaid and a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost. Jess Kidd adds layer upon rich layer to this dark, Gothic mystery with fairy-tale elements as Bridie trades digging into unsavory truths from her own past in return for finding the troubled girl before time runs out.

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Name Drop

Name Drop

by Ross Mathews

Chocolate Truffles:

The lid comes off the box of chocolates as RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews delivers one delicious morsel after another in an anthology of the most treasured and surprising moments of his celebrity-filled career. Pop-culture addicts won’t be able to help themselves as they devour his recollection of Christmas with the Kardashians or the days he spent behind the scenes interning at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He may be a recognizable face himself these days, but this hilarious, accessible batch of essays (accompanied by tasty cocktail “Rossipes”) proves he can still be just as much of a star-struck fan as the rest of us.

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Marriage on Madison Avenue

Marriage on Madison Avenue

by Lauren Layne

Almond Cake with a Blueberry Filling:

Audrey Tate has never been tempted to cross the platonic boundary with her old childhood friend Clarke West, who’s now a charming playboy. The two have been in cahoots for years in order to help Clarke dodge the schemes of his matchmaking mother, but with this final installment of the Central Park Pact series comes the ultimate curveball: the announcement that Clarke is engaged once again—only this time to Audrey. What happens when you combine a mild-mannered sweetness with explosive flavor? Just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden desires between the couple, and the two come to realize they can never go back to the way things were. Will the heat in the kitchen bring disastrous results or can this new combination of feelings serve up something sweet (much like what happens when you add blueberries to almond cake)?

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