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Pages & Pairings: Coffee, Books Optional

This blog post is brought to you by coffee. Typically, in my Pages and Pairings feature, I take a book and pair it with foods and drinks I think would complement it well.

In today’s post, I’m doing the reverse: I’m sharing awesome coffee recipes and finding any ole book to go along with it.

Cuz we all know the truth…coffee requires no companion except a comfy couch.

Pages & Pairings: Coffee, Books Optional

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Pages & Pairings is a new Read.Breathe.Relax. feature that matches up our favorite book and stories with tasty food and drinks. Reading should be a full sensory experience!

In these posts I’ll include links to the recipes so you can make these tasty treats yourself.

Eat, read and be merry!


Salted Caramel Mocha

My absolute all-time favorite Starbucks drink has got to be the seasonal Salted Caramel Mocha. It’s yummy and delicious and hits the spot every time. Instead of shelling out $4 for a tall drink (and driving out to Starbucks), you can make your own at home!

This video will show you how. Please excuse the shaky camera…


Ghiradelli Peppermint Brownies

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Actually, these brownies are another inspiration from Starbucks. Every fall/winter, they’d offer these AMAZING AMAZING brownies. I haven’t seen them in awhile, but they also tasted like chocolate heaven and paired perfectly with my hot latte.

The recipe looks pretty simply on the Ghiradelli website, so I’m going to be whipping them up PRONTO!

Books Optional

Although certainly not necessary, if I would pick these books to curl up with at home or at my local coffee shop:

  • Twilight series – The dreary, rainy town of Forks is the perfect setting to put you in a mood for warm, snug places.
  • Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier- There’s lots of dark nights and long journeys to make you appreciate a hot cup of joe at home.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Especially if you’re at a coffee house, reading classics definitely earn some nerdy smart points.
  • Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne – Creepy books work well with coffee too. That’ll get your heart racing even more than the caffeine.

What is your favorite coffee drink and coffee munchie?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.