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16 Tasty Recipes Inspired by Summers Bestselling Books

Summer is the perfect time to finally tackle your seemingly endless reading list. The weather is beautiful, there are no homework woes, and the bestseller lists are usually in tiptop shape. But time somehow sneaks up on you, and before you know it, three months have passed by in the blink of an eye. One minute you are dipping your toes in the ocean, and the next you’re clipping coupons for school supplies. Now when are you going to get to all of those amazing summer reads?

Have no fear — these books aren’t going anywhere! Reading can and should be a yearlong activity, not something reserved solely for beach chairs and hammocks. There are tons of ways to motivate your literary chops regardless of what the calendar says, such as joining a book club or buying an e-reader — or better yet, adding food to the equation! Pairing a book with a coordinating dish makes reading a memorable, full-body experience. To get you started, here are 16 of this summer’s hottest bestsellers, as well as delicious recipes that perfectly capture each book’s setting and themes. Who says you can’t feed your body and mind at the same time? Eat up!

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  • 16 Tasty Recipes Inspired by Summer’s Bestselling Books 1 of 17
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    Dishes inspired by The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, and more!

  • The Hunger Games | Cardamom Bread 2 of 17
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  • The Inferno | Marinara Sauce 3 of 17
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    Most of the action in The Inferno, Dan Brown's fourth installment of his Robert Langdon series, takes place in Florence, Italy. If you want a dish to make while you finish up this must-read thriller, give this marinara sauce a try. It has all the Italian flavors you are used to with an extra dash of heat — a perfect match for the book's title!

    Make marinara sauce

  • Wild | Blackberry Slab Pie 4 of 17
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    In the bestseller Wild, Cheryl Strayed gives her first-person account of the 1,100-mile hike she took in an effort to discover herself. It's always a good idea to get in touch with nature, especially when you can bring pieces of it into your kitchen. This super-easy pie makes great use of blackberries, which are in their prime season right now (bonus points if you pick them yourself!).

    Make blackberry slab pie

  • The Tipping Point | Lazy Deviled Eggs 5 of 17
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    Malcolm Gladwell defines the tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." He may be talking about epidemiology, but can you really read that without thinking of hardboiled eggs? Just us? Regardless, these quick and flavorful deviled eggs will give you all the strength you need to reach self-actualization.

    Make lazy deviled eggs

  • Freakonomics | Cinnamon Raisin Bagels 6 of 17
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    In Freakonomics, authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use real-world scenarios to explain economics. The first chapter tells the story of a man who determined white-collar crime rates by setting out a box of bagels in an office. Instead of having to face this moral, honor system-based dilemma, we recommend making these delicious bagels at home.

    Make cinnamon raisin bagels

  • Lean In | Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal to Go 7 of 17
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    We love how Sheryl Sandberg shares her keys to success in Lean In. However, before you set out to climb the corporate jungle gym, be sure you start your day with a brain-fueling breakfast. Peanut butter and bananas is a classically tasty combo, and this sippable energy boost will help you achieve your goals in no time.

    Make peanut butter and banana oatmeal to go

  • Dad is Fat | Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets 8 of 17
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    Jim Gaffigan loves talking about food in his stand-up routines. In fact, one of his most famous bits features a lengthy dissertation on Hot Pockets. This recipe gives a homemade twist on Jim's favorite frozen food that your kids are sure to eat right up.

    Make homemade pepperoni pizza hot pockets

  • The Newcomer | Candy Bar Lava Cake 9 of 17
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    Robyn Carr's novel is the perfect summer read. Romance mixed with scintillating drama? Yes, please! The Newcomer is sure to make you want to share a romantic meal with the loves in your life, and this candy bar lava cake is the perfect dessert to enjoy. Even if you're single, you can always make this treat all for yourself — who has time for sharing anyway?

    Make candy bar lava cake

  • Joyland | Chicago Hot Dogs 10 of 17
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    Stephen King's latest novel takes place at a haunted theme park in the ‘70s, so you know it's going to be creepy. To help ease your nerves as you furiously flip through the pages, pair the book with some classic carnival fare, like this Chicago-style hot dog. Let's just hope it doesn't cause as much trouble as the hot dog in the novel does …

    Make Chicago hot dogs

  • Beautiful Ruins | Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta 11 of 17
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    Beautiful Ruins is one of the hottest novels from the past year, and it's especially perfect for your summer reading list. The first chapter opens in Genoa, Italy, and you can practically feel the Mediterranean breezes blowing off the pages. This sunflower pesto pasta will only add to your corporeal experience (add shrimp for some extra coastal flavor!).

    Make lemon sunflower pesto pasta

  • Gone Girl | Asian-Style Paper Wrapped Fish 12 of 17
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    Gone Girl is a classic thriller with a modern twist that keeps you guessing until the very end. We wouldn't dare give any spoilers away, but there is a very interesting scene that involves some late-night fish robbery from a local restaurant. While we don't condone theft, we do highly support your decision to make this Asian-style fish recipe. Its light and elegant flavors are sure to help counteract every shocking twist Gillian Flynn throws at you.

    Make Asian-style paper wrapped fish

  • World War Z | Eyeball Soup 13 of 17
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    It's hard to tell exactly what would happen if a zombie apocalypse broke out, but Matt Brooks imagines the situation with chilling detail in World War Z. Personally, we think a "if you can't be ‘em, join ‘em" attitude is the simplest way to handle a zombie war. Slurp up this eerie eyeball soup among your undead neighbors, and no one will be the wiser.

    Make eyeball soup

  • Fifty Shades of Grey | Oysters Rockefeller 14 of 17
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    E.L. James may not be the next Jane Austen, but her erotic book sure makes for ideal pleasure reading. Everyone knows about the infamous love scenes in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, so you might as well go along with it. Make these Oysters Rockefeller — the ultimate aphrodisiac — and read your romance novel with pride!

    Make Oysters Rockefeller

  • Bossypants | Mini Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Pies 15 of 17
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    If you are a human being with a beating pulse, you probably love Tina Fey. It should come as no surprise that Bossypants will have you laughing with every turning page, so why not make a tasty treat to round out your enjoyment? Because Tina Fey has become almost interchangeable with 30 Rock's Liz Lemon, this eponymous dessert would be the perfect tribute.

    Make mini Meyer lemon cheesecake pies

  • A Game of Thrones | Beef Stew with Red Wine and Wild Mushrooms 16 of 17
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    A Game of Thrones, the popular series by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson, is the perfect balance between the verbose George R. R. Martin novels and the visually striking HBO series. Poring over the epic comics (as well as trying to keep all those family names straight) is sure to work up your appetite. This rustic, Medieval-inspired beef stew will definitely fill you up, all while making you feel like you are right in the middle of Westeros.

    Make beef stew with red wine and wild mushrooms

  • Bad Monkey | Orange-Scented Spring Bundt Cake 17 of 17
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    Author Carl Hiassen is a bona fide Floridian. He was born in Florida, went to college in Florida, and continues to live and work in Florida to this day. (We bet you can guess where his novel Bad Monkey takes place!) This wickedly funny novel can only be read with the most tropical of dishes, like this orange-scented bundt cake. You'll be transported to the Sunshine State instantly — no plane ticket required.

    Make orange-scented spring bundt cake

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