Welcome to our monthly blog series, where we recommend the book of the month and pair it with a mouthwatering food and beverage option. For January, we have chosen a captivating novel by James McBride, titled "The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store”. The book is a mix of humor, history, and mystery, with a cast of unforgettable characters.
To enjoy this book, we suggest you cozy up with a Shoofly cupcake with cinnamon crumb icing, a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch treat that dates back to the 1880s. This moist and spicy molasses cake is topped with a crunchy layer of brown sugar and butter that goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. As you savor this sweet snack, you will be transported to the setting of the book, where the characters live in a close-knit community of Jewish and African Americans, nicknamed “Chicken Hill”.
We recommend you try another Pennsylvania specialty for dinner: a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. The Philly cheese steak sliders. These mini sandwiches are made with thinly sliced steak, melted cheese, grilled onions, and peppers, all piled on a toasted bun. They are easy to make and fun to eat, filling you with warmth and flavor. We suggest you pair them with Penn’s Punch, a refreshing and fruity drink that combines lemon juice, orange juice, lemonade, Aperol, honey, and gin to wash them down. This punch will balance out the richness of the cheesesteak sliders, and leave you feeling satisfied and happy.
We hope you enjoy this book and food pairing, and let us know what you think in the comments below. Happy reading and eating!