Posts Categorized: food in books

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Review + Guest Post

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Review + Guest Post

When you take the chance on doing a cover reveal for a book you haven’t read yet, it’s a leap of faith: not only that the artwork is going to be eye-catching, but that the book is going to be awesome. When we hosted the cover reveal for Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year, I had a good feeling about the synopsis, but I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy the book! It’s a funny, sweet story about a boy who falls in love with the stranger who’s writing him letters–a stranger who seems to know Simon’s heart better than he does himself. I liked that in this coming out/coming of age story, Simon is sure of his own sexuality, even though he’s painfully vulnerable because he’s not sure how everyone around him will react to his being gay. The book features… Read more »

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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula: blog tour

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula: blog tour

If you’re a reader of this blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’re probably aware that I am pretty serious about my food. If I’m not chattering on about books, I’m bombarding you with cake photos, right? So I was delighted to be asked to participate in the blog tour for Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula, a new graphic novel about a princess of the underworld who gets more than she bargained for when she hires a new cook–who happens to be a vampire–for her father’s castle. I quite enjoyed the humorous tone of the story, which is aptly described as “gothy-cute sensibility” and a “very sweet and mildly spooky tale.” It’s a fun one to read with kids, who will enjoy the Princess’ dilemmas and the appealing artwork. This blog tour is especially fun because the author is sharing unique illustrations and recipes with each stop! Ours… Read more »

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Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!

Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!

When we talk about how books make us feel, we mostly refer to the emotional–the swoons, the sighs, the weeping and the rages–but what about the physical pull fiction can have on us? Have you ever read a passage about food and found your stomach growling right along with the characters? Found your mouth watering at some bit of lusciously described food? We have. It’s amazing how prominent the role of food is in our bookish lives here at The Midnight Garden–in fact, we even have a tag dedicated to food in books in the sidebar, and Friday’s classic readalong discussion book All-of-a-Kind Family has quite a bit of food porn in it, too! All of us cook or bake to some degree, and we’re all fans of tasty dishes and drinks. So, what are our favorite foods in fiction? Tonya’s Favorite Fictional Foods Anne of Green Gables – (do… Read more »

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All Four Stars: Review

All Four Stars: Review

Warning! Do not read this book while hungry! You will just end up grumbly and resentful at all the delicious, delicious food inside! But perhaps not as sad as poor Gladys is after her parents ban her from the kitchen for one measly little accident with a blowtorch. Worst of all, they’re terrible cooks and only order super gross takeout from their town of East Dumpsford. Gladys is a food wizard and her parents are simply food Muggles. What’s a little foodie to do? A surprising amount, actually! Goodness but this book is charming. The writing is unbelievably cute. It has that faint irreality and sense of wacky adventure that is common in MG and employed here to great effect. You might think this entire scenario to ludicrously unrealistic but trust in this author. Each turn of the story was delightful and had me chuckling along. And there are so… Read more »

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Foodie Tour of NYC + All Four Stars giveaway

Foodie Tour of NYC + All Four Stars giveaway

When I finished All Four Stars by Tara Dairman, I was thoroughly charmed–and thoroughly HUNGRY! This sweet, funny middle grade story of an eleven-year-old girl who becomes a restaurant critic in New York is, as my friend karen says, “surprisingly plausible,” as well as a must-read for anyone who has an appreciation for food. Kim says the author pretty much gives us a global culinary tour and inspired wanderlust in her as well. The madcap climax of the book centers around a place called Classy Cakes, which sounds like a dream for those of us with a sweet tooth. But I also loved that the story features so many cuisines from different countries, and in turn, so many different diverse characters and cultures as well. Gladys is a plucky heroine I wish I knew in real life, because I’m sure we’d have a grand time eating our way around the… Read more »

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Murder is Bad Manners: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Murder is Bad Manners: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

When you hear the words murder + mystery + English boarding school, you’re either the type of reader who is immediately intrigued, or you have no imagination whatsoever are not. And I, my friends, am the type who hops a tiny bit with excitement at those delicious words! What’s even better is when the story is set in the 1930s and features two girls at its center, one of whom is of Asian descent. With the #WeNeedDiverseBooks tag taking over the interwebs recently, it’s nice to be reminded that many authors and publishers have been quietly tending to stories with diverse characters all along. Today, we’re so pleased to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Murder is Bad Manners, a cozy middle grade mystery from debut author Robin Stevens. It’s the first book in the Wells & Wong series, which was just published in the UK under the title… Read more »

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: Exclusive Cover Reveal + giveaway

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: Exclusive Cover Reveal + giveaway

Sometimes all you need to hear are 10 words to know that you desperately want a book. A few months ago, these were the words I saw on Twitter to describe Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: You’ve Got Mail starring gay teenage boys with good grammar. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? That short description speaks to a certain playfulness, attention to detail, and romantic nature that I find so appealing. Not to mention the fact that it’s a LGBTQ story, which we need to see more of in YA fiction. Today, we’re so pleased to host the exclusive cover reveal for this highly anticipated book. It’ll be out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on April 7th, 2015, and here’s your very first look!   Synopsis Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong… Read more »

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