15 Authors You Wish You Could Have Dinner With

Posted by Hayley on April 23, 2015
Trying out a new seafood shack with Hemingway. Trading butterbeer recipes with J.K. Rowling. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually share a meal with your favorite writers? Imagine what you would say. Imagine what you would eat.

Last week we asked you on Facebook and Twitter: If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be? Today we've got your top answers. Did your favorite make the list?

Neil Gaiman
What to read before a dinner with Neil:
American Gods, Neverwhere

Possible menu item:
Laura Moon's Chili

Diana Gabaldon
What to read before a dinner with Diana:

Possible menu item:
Scotch Broth

Agatha Christie
What to read before a dinner with Agatha:
And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express

Possible menu item:
Belgian Roast Chicken

Khaled Hosseini
What to read before a dinner with Khaled:
The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Possible menu item:
Chopan Kabob

Jane Austen
What to read before a dinner with Jane:
Pride and Prejudice, Emma

Possible menu item:
Rout Cake

Anne Rice
What to read before a dinner with Anne:
Interview with a Vampire, The Queen of the Damned

Possible menu item:
"Blood" Fondue Bar

Ernest Hemingway
What to read before a dinner with Ernest:
The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea,

Possible menu item:
The Old Man and the Sea Cocktail

J.K. Rowling
What to read before a dinner with Rowling:
The Harry Potter Series

Possible menu item:
Hogwarts Letter Cookies

Harper Lee
What to read before a dinner with Harper:
To Kill a Mockingbird

Possible menu item:
Southern Tea Cakes

Douglas Adams
What to read before a dinner with Douglas:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series

Possible menu item:
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Colleen Hoover
What to read before a dinner with Colleen:
Hopeless, Maybe Someday

Possible menu item:
"The Colleen Hoover" Diet Pepsi Cocktail

Stephen King
What to read before a dinner with Stephen:
The Shining, Carrie

Possible menu item:
Carrie Cake

Edgar Allan Poe
What to read before a dinner with Edgar:
The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher

Possible menu item:
Black Bird Pie

J.R.R. Tolkien
What to read before a dinner with Tolkien:
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

Possible menu item:
Lembas Bread

Terry Pratchett
What to read before a dinner with Terry:
The Color of Magic, Mort

Possible menu item:
Sausage Inna Bun

Is this a dinner party you'd like to attend? Or do you have other authors—and recipes—in mind? If so, tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Janet G (new)

Janet G Griffin Diane Stabenow:
Baked Alaska

message 2: by Pers (new)

Pers Disappointed by your recommendations of books to read before dinner with the late Terry Pratchett. Small Gods, Carpe Jugulum, Going Postal, Thief of Time, I Shall Wear Midnight, or Night Watch would be my recommendations.

message 3: by Janet (new)

Janet I love how for 13 of them you would only need to read a book or 2, but for JK and Douglas you need to read the ENTIRE series! For the record, not only have I read them all, I also own them all, plus Jane Austen & Anne Rice's books.

message 4: by Fernando (new)

Fernando Just for Edgar...

message 5: by Patti (new)

Patti Colwell Beverly Cleary. Hands down. What would I serve her? Chicken and dumplings, peach cobbler, sweet tea

message 6: by Duane (new)

Duane Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. I would just sit back and listen.

message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 24, 2015 02:37PM) (new)

Jennifer Estep. This woman is seriously obsessed with food and cooking. I wouldn't need to talk to her, but I'm always hungry after reading some of her food descriptions.

Or Kevin Hearne, because I really love his blog entries and I think we have the same kind of humor. (Besides, I would really like to ask him: Why??!)

message 8: by Dorian (new)

Dorian Kettler If you drink the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, you might wind up like poor old Doug.

message 9: by Nacho (new)

Nacho Pajín Nail Gaiman, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King

message 10: by André (new)

André Where's Salinger?!

message 11: by Jane (new)

Jane Keith Clare who wrote 'The Otherwise Girl' and Chris Carter, who rocks!

message 12: by Ncc (new)

Ncc Maggie Stiefvater with November Cakes (Read The Scorpio Races and Shiver first!!) :) or C. S. Lewis and have Fish and Chips!

message 13: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Graeme Simsion - Lobster, of course

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Cute and creative post again - I love literary recipes

message 15: by April (new)

April C.S. Lewis AND J.R.R Tolkein, please!

message 16: by Holly (last edited Apr 25, 2015 05:10PM) (new)

Holly Senecal 1) JK Rowling
2) Stephenie Meyer
3) Carla Neggers
4) Nora Roberts
5) John Green
6) Deborah Harkness
7) the late great Maeve Binchy
8)Louisa May Alcott
9)Rick Riordan
10)Laura Ingalls Wilder
11)Robert Frost
12)Niall Williams/Christine Breen
13) Jack Finney
14) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
15)Alan Cumming (his autobiography was incomparably, beautifully written)
(and I cannot stop at 15!!)
16)Diana Gabaldon
17) Rhys Bowen
19)Sarah Addison Allen

message 17: by Sierra (new)

Sierra Marriott George RR Martin

message 18: by Karen (new)

Karen William Faulkner

A hot toddy

message 19: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Schlenker Janet wrote: "Diane Stabenow:
Baked Alaska"

For looking for Alaska right? By John Green.

message 20: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Schlenker Emily Griffin is AMAZING currently reading "Baby Proof" and I can't put it down. She should be on there!

message 21: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Schlenker April wrote: "C.S. Lewis AND J.R.R Tolkein, please!"


message 22: by Ariana (new)

Ariana Burr Okay, I don't know about you guys but I would definitly have L.M. Montgomery to my dinner party!
reading choice before dinner: Anne of Green Gables series
possible dinner serving:
Raspberry Cordial :)

message 23: by Ariana (new)

Ariana Burr April wrote: "C.S. Lewis AND J.R.R Tolkein, please!"

message 24: by Gracie (new)

Gracie It would be awesome to eat with J.K. Rowling, but it would be hilarious to have dinner with Rick Riordan--you of course would serve ambrosia and nectar :)

message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan Julie wrote: "Truman Capote
I'd like to ask him about writing In Cold Blood. I also think he liked to talk A LOT, so it'd be nice just to let him talk and I'd listen ."

Not only about his book "In Cold Blood" ..he was childhood friends with Harper Lee.

message 26: by Susan (last edited Apr 24, 2015 06:37PM) (new)

Susan My dinner guest list:

Laurie R King
Elizabeth Peters
Sharon K Penman
James Clavell
Bernard Cornwell

message 27: by Duane (new)

Duane April wrote: "C.S. Lewis AND J.R.R Tolkein, please!"
They were good friends as I'm sure you know. They probably shared many dinners together. I wouldn't mind sitting in on that one myself.

message 28: by sunshine (new)

sunshine haha CoHo

message 29: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Faulkner,Twain and Lewis Carroll I'd serve fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, succotash and biscuits. For desert ....strawberry rhubarb pie. And whiskey. Absinthe for Carroll.

message 30: by Steelwhisper (new)

Steelwhisper No, I wouldn't attend. Though there are a few authors I'd like to meet (Stephen King, Jane Austen and Terry Pratchett), there are also too many I'd really avoid.

message 31: by Kay (new)

Kay J First three authors are my favorite I'd be to involved in the conversation that I would forget about my meal. :-)

message 32: by Kay (new)

Kay J I'd sit and have tea with Jane Austen, and maybe do some needle point stitching :-)

message 33: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Schlenker Luana wrote: "Veronica Roth, Chocolate cake. The dauntless kind, of course."

Yes, very true.

message 34: by BookWitch_Namine (new)

BookWitch_Namine I'd love to go out to dinner with Lewis Caroll, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Paula Hawkins (her debut amazed me), Leila Sales, Robert Cormier (I want to know how he writes the way he does), Rick Riordan, Chris Colfer, and last but not least (I mean it, my opinion would probably change) Sylvia Plath. I wish I knew Sylvia.

message 35: by Nicqui (new)

Nicqui Duane wrote: "Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. I would just sit back and listen."

This truth.

message 36: by Haman (new)

Haman just hemingwayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

message 37: by Tsotne (new)

Tsotne Nadaraia breakfast with Capote

message 38: by Axolotl (new)

Axolotl Majoun with Burroughs and Gysin.

message 39: by Aelene (new)

Aelene I'd love to have a chat with Rowling, sipping Butterbeer.

message 40: by Nishtha (new)

Nishtha I would love to chat with Lisa Kleypas !

message 41: by Sam (new)

Sam What? Lembas bread? That means one bite and the dinner is over. But then again it allows for a longer walk afterwards.

message 42: by Tashy (new)

Tashy Jones Obviously J.K, but we'd be munching on Chocolate frogs. Tolkien and Douglas Adams also a given, and the food there sounds pretty good to me!

message 43: by Chloe (new)

Chloe George R.R.Martin and juliet Marillier!

message 44: by Amber (new)

Amber Ray Bradbury
Books: dandelion wine, Fahrenheit 451
OTM: dandelion wine

message 45: by Jlither (new)

Jlither Rachel Maddow

I would love to have an evening with my daughter, Rachel Maddow, her spouse, and Mark Gimenez.

Mostly, Rachel... an incredible person.

message 46: by Derya (new)

Derya I would like to say Emily Brontë, and Ernest Hemingway.

message 47: by Jlither (new)

Jlither Who needs food with minds like these?

message 48: by Meyra (new)

Meyra I would love love LOVE to have dinner with Edgar Allan Poe.

message 49: by Lysergius (new)

Lysergius Apart from Hemingway perhaps, these are all lightweights. It would be a pretty dull dinner...

message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan at first,ofcourse sidney sheldon
Khaled Hosseini
Edgar Allan Poe
J.R.R. Tolkien
joy fielding

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