W3 Book Club: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Laura Chin, Tastemaker in Residence
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake had many significant food references. Many of the menu items came directly from the book or were "lemon-themed", noted next to the menu item.
Yellow was the obvious color of choice. I chose a lacy yellow table cloth borrowed from a friend, a fun lemon-themed apron to host the event. Book Club guests were adorned in yellow dresses and birthday hats, and with a touch of Teri's birthday balloons, we were set up for a night of Lemon focused fun!
Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Wonton Chips with Mango Salsa
Doughy Pizza—Cafeteria lady’s sadness
Lemon Chicken--breaded chicken and rice
Roast Beef and Potatoes—Reminded her of her Mother’s affair
Lemon Birthday Cake with Candles—Warm citrus baked batter, lightness enfolded by cool dark swirled sugar. Underneath the chocolate and lemon and butter with a “sensation of shrinking” and “distance” somehow connected. It symbolized a lack of wholesomeness.
Vanilla Ice Cream
Sea Salt Caramels
Prepackaged cookies—symbolized the distant regulated hum of flour and butter and chocolate and factories
Limoncello Cocktail with a Twist of Lemon
W3 Book Club is not only about sharing a book, it's about the power found in preparing and sharing a table full of food and drink and the friendships that make our lives and literature rich.