New York Times bestselling authors and readers everywhere are banding together to launch #Read4Refugees, a nationwide “read-in”. Instead of going out over the weekend, they’re staying in to read and donating the money they save to support refugees. Don’t miss your chance to be part of it!
Here are 6 perfect “haute” cocoa and book pairings to make your #Read4Refugees night extra cozy:
Start with a classic? So many classic books and classic recipes to choose from! We’re going with Willa Cather’s, Death Comes for the Archbishop and pairing it with Barbara Bakes’ Classic Hot Cocoa recipe recommendation from Real Mom Kitchen. The story’s rich, contemplative themes will keep you sipping late into the night.
In the mood for something dark? Get your hands on Hanya Yanagihara’s, A Little Life, and try A Cozy Kitchen’s killer recipe with 70% dark chocolate. The book explores wrenching themes of loss and betrayal through the stories of 4 college friends. Be warned. It’s dark. Really dark. And you won’t be able to put it down (the book or the cocoa).
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Feeling like an escape? Nothing like the flavor of island coconut to transport you away from the winter blues. Brew some coconut hot chocolate from How Sweet Eats and read Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos, the story of a totally reimagined island-bound human race.
Want something fresh and flavorful? How about The Little Epicurean’s mint hot chocolate paired with Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. The story of one man’s atypical love story is fresh with a cooling effect.
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Ready for fluffy and fun? Make your own marshmallows. Downshiftology has a vegan/paleo marshmallow recipe (if you can believe that). The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is our recommendation for a light and fluffy read—pure pleasure.
How about going south of the border? Mexican hot chocolate is so reach and flavorful. A Little Spice Jar’s recipe is our go-to. Pair it with Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd. One of the best contemporary literary talents in the world, this Mexican author will wow you.
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Something a little nutty? If you need a laugh, grab Maria Semple’s Where’d Ya Go Bernadette and make your hot cocoa a little nutty with Sugar Hero’s Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, Move Nourish Believe’s Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate or Joy Bauer’s Almond Hot Chocolate.
Whatever you choose to sip and read, enjoy your night in! Post a photo to #Read4Refugees and share the campaign with your friends. New York Times bestselling authors will be reposting hashtagged photos to send a message of compassion and support for refugees. Feel free to curl up on your own, but if you’re feeling social, here’s how to host a read-in at your place. Happy reading!
All donations to #Read4Refugees go to RefugePoint, a stellar nonprofit that provides lasting solutions to the world’s most at-risk refugees. RefugePoint helps expand access to resettlement and supports urban refugees through services including healthcare, counseling, business skills training and small grants, ensuring all refugees can find safety and pathways to self-reliance, no matter where they are.