DIY Book Clubs

Are you in a book club? Would you like to start one? We have everything you need to host your own book club, from the discussion questions to recipes based on food described in the book. Download the PDFs below.

New! Enter our Contest:

Send a photo and brief description of your book club meeting to, and you could win a $100 Metcalfe’s Market gift card to spend on next year’s All-City Read book club get-together. Get creative and be sure to try make some of the recipes below!

Your Discussion:

A Man Called Ove Book Club Questions
About Fredrik Backman
An Interview with Fredrik Backman

Recipes for Your Meeting:

Book club meetings aren’t just about the book. Sharing food and drinks adds to the fun! We’ve found some great recipes to enhance your discussion of A Man Called Ove. Try some and impress your guests!

Special thanks to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food editor and committee member Nancy Stohs for finding all of the food references in the book, locating appropriate recipes, cooking them, photographing them and tasting them for us.

Swedish Specialties

Swedish Meatballs

Pea Soup (A Thursday Tradition)

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Creamed Potatoes with Dill

Swedish Pancakes

Ostkaka (Swedish Cheesecake)

Glogg (Mulled Wine)

Persian Specialties

Persian Salad

Easier Chicken & Saffron Rice

Morgh Polo (Persian Saffron Rice with Chicken)

Persian Walnut Cookies

Persian Drinks