Books and Beers: The Lost Family Edition

 

Hi Book Friends!

Many of you know I have such a strong love for the Bookstagram (Instagram for Books!) Community and this is one of the reasons why: the amazing Stacey from Prose_and_Palate reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if she could pass along my name to participate in The Lost Family Supper Club hosted by bookclubcookbook.com and Harper Books, I immediately said YES because who could ever say no to Stacey?! Also, I was completely intrigued by the event. So what is The Lost Family Supper Club? It is virtual dinner party in which Food bloggers and Book bloggers share recipes inspired by the novel- The Lost Family by Jenna Blum. I’ll include a synopsis of the novel below. The virtual dinner party is TODAY! And we are celebrating the upcoming release of The Lost Family out  June 5th! To see who else is participating and what culinary creations they have brought to the table check out this link: The Lost Family Supper Club

This novel is jammed pack with some many descriptive references to food that it was hard for me to select one thing I’d bring to the table. However it occurred to me that I’d never show up to a dinner without BEER- because we all know BOOKS AND BEERS ARE MY JAM! I was tempted to create various cocktails, along with beers, mentioned in the book but decided I need to actually cook something as well because “bookclubcookbook” kinda implies an attempt to cook something hahaha. I am so glad I did! Check out my Instagram for an action shot of me preparing these.  It was only natural to land on pairing a delicious cold german beer with homemade pretzels, which are mentioned in the novel. I’d envision these pretzels could be sold outside of Masha’s, the main protagonist’s restaurant. While making the pretzels I often thought back to a particular scene in the novel between Sol and Peter. How perfectly the novel portrays the complexity of family dynamics. This novel will have you going hungry not only for all the food mentioned but for the plot and it’s characters. This is the first book I’ve read by Jenna Blum and I definitely planning to read her other novels.

I give all credit to allrecipes.com for the recipe on how to make these Buttery Soft Pretzels. This recipe was very easy to follow!

Beer Pairing: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen – best served really cold! I am not typically a Hefe-Weizen fan because of the forward wheat taste however, I do really enjoy this one. It’s on the lighter side and great for a hot summer day.

The Lost Family Synopsis from the Harper Collins Website:

The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s.

In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. He has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished…

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