It's always really fun when I can write these posts with dishes actually mentioned in the book.
In The Game of Love and Death, Flora mentions the jazz club's cook's cornbread, and when This Is Teen (Scholastic's publicity team) created a book club guide, they provided a recipe for the cornbread. Obviously I had to make it.
1 1/2 c. flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat is best but I only used all-purpose and it turned out fine)
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. cornmeal
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. milk
2 large eggs
1/3 c. vegetable oil
3 T. melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch square pan or a 9-inch round pan. Melt the butter and set aside. Mix flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix milk, eggs, oil, and butter in a small bowl. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and mix only until blended. Pour into pan and bake about 35 minutes. The top will be golden and an inserted toothpick will come out clean. Let cool at least 5 minutes and enjoy!
(Sorry I don't have a picture of the bread and the book. I left my copy at school, and we devoured the cornbread rather fast.)
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