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Short Orders

Read it and feast

By Lisa Zwirn
Globe Correspondent / September 29, 2010

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The Waban Library Center in Newton has compiled “A Literary Feast’’ ($10), which makes it easy to match a good read with a great meal. The spiral-bound cookbook, designed and printed at Newton North High School, features summaries of 40 current books accompanied by a recipe (or two) inspired by each story. There’s Southern fried chicken for “The Help,’’ chicken mole and homemade tortillas for “The Lacuna,’’ and Asian-spiced duck breasts for “A Reliable Wife.’’ Stieg Larsson’s three novels are paired with Swedish meatballs and Swedish ginger thins. Deborah Coppa and Louise Freedman, two of the many volunteers at the center who contributed to the book, came up with the idea as a way to support the library’s new purchases. Available at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon St., Waban, 617-244-0700, www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.