Fall Recipes from Susan Wiggs, author of Family Tree

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall in New York City, and it conjures up thoughts of kicking piles of leaves on long walks, pulling on our favorite sweater, snuggling on the couch with coffee and a good book, and of course enjoying all our favorite fall comfort foods . Today we’re sharing two recipes, both savory and sweet, from Susan Wiggs, bestselling author of Family Tree. The flavors of this Cheddar Beer Soup and the  Frosted Maple Cookies pair perfectly with her novel, which is set in Vermont (an idyllic place to be in the fall, don’t you agree?). We can’t wait to whip up both recipes this weekend to enjoy with friends and family.

Even though it’s not a cookbook, we know you will love this novel. Family Tree (did we mention it’s set in Vermont — on a maple syrup farm?!)is a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future. The main character, Annie, is the producer of a smash television cooking show, in possession of a handsome husband and a beautiful Los Angeles home. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, this dream life is shattered.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly returns to herself when she discovers a cookbook her grandmother wrote and begins cooking from it once again. We loved this novel not only because of the relationships, love story, and Vermont setting, but also for all of the amazing cooking scenes and descriptions of food in the novel. it’s clear that Wiggs herself is a talented home cook with a love of food.

You can get your copy of Family Tree from your favorite retailer or from your local library. Maybe it’s just us, but we think that the soup and cookies are the perfect accompaniment to this novel.

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