A Novel Potluck: Easy-to-Prepare Potluck Meal Ideas

Spice up your next potluck with these easy organic, vegetarian and gluten-free recipes.

| January/February 2008

  • Share Flourless Chocolate Ganache Tart at book club meetings.
    Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • An organic feast is the perfect setting for a literary gathering, especially when served with Jack Rabbit Hill Barn Red, a Colorado organic wine.
    Photo By Povy Kendal Athcison

Nothing’s better on a winter evening than curling up with a good book. Except, that is, congregating with book-club friends over homemade delicacies to discuss your latest fiction finds.

My Boulder, Colorado, book club is an eclectic bunch—and our literary tastes are as “potluck” as the food. Our founder, Janet Cerretani, discarded the notion that a group of independent-minded women should all read the same book. Instead, we each read whatever books we want during the month, then report on them and swap titles. Some of our favorites have made the rounds: The Secret Life of Bees, Kite Runner, Lost and Found, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Life of Pi.

And, oh yes, we eat. We whip up organic vegetarian dishes—most are gluten free—with whatever flavors fit the season. In winter we favor comfort food, and we believe that delicious flavors—like great books—are meant to be shared.

Winter Greens with Apples, Pecans and Stilton Cheese

With its crunchy pecans and crispy apple slices, this salad has become our book club’s legendary pass-along recipe. Escarole is hard to find in Colorado, so we substitute whatever organic greens are fresh.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

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