Books & Recipes

Finding Our New Favorite Thriller…

When you operate a bookstagram account, it is often that friends and followers make suggestions on books they are LOVING. This next book was recommended to us by a family friend (shout out Chip!!) and honestly, we can not thank him enough, as we have found our NEW FAVORITE THRILLER.

the book: Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce

Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce is an unexpected story about two teenagers who find themselves working at a disco as cocktail waitresses in the summer of 1979, in Detroit. The story of what goes down that summer is interwoven into present day – which is 2014 – when one of the girls, Susan, is being confronted by the FBI.

REASONS WE LOVED THIS BOOK:

  • The writing reads like a movie; does that make sense? When reading this book, it actually felt like a cinematic experience when the plot was unfolding
  • There were several twists! And TRUST ME, they were not cheap twists… this was a very very well thought out thriller
  • Vintage References; who doesn’t love throwback references to Candies Sandals and Tube Tops???
  • Connection to characters. There are two main girls, Annie and Susan; they are different, but I feel like we all can find little connections to each

I would also like to flag that Deborah is about to come out with another book in 2021. I’m pumped. Not only is Deborah a fantastic writer, but she is like, the coolest person. A former actress, story editor at Miramax Films, and board member of severallllll chic advisory boards, Deborah is basically everything we strive to be in life.

the bite: The Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff

One of the first moments that marked Annie and Susan’s blossoming friendship in Finding Mrs. Ford, was when the girls went to Sanders, an ice cream shop famous for its Hot Fudge Cream Puff. In the book the cream puff is described as, “one single cream puff, filled with an enormous scoop of vanilla ice cream, all of it slathered in hot fudge. It was large enough to share but Annie and Susan each ordered her own.”

The cream puff is mentioned in the first 25 pages of the book – but the second I read about it, I just KNEW we had to recreate. This is how we did it: 

Ingredients 

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1 Tbs 
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 stick salted butter 
  • Vanilla ice cream 

Steps 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees (or whatever is specified on the back of the puff pastry box) 
  • Allow the puff pastry to thaw; once at room temperature, place the sheet on a floured surface and use a large brimmed glass to cut out 4 circles 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tbs of water; use a brush to coat the tops of each pastry circle and sprinkle on a tbs of sugar 
  • Bake the pastries for 15 minutes or until golden brown 
  • Once the pastries have been baked and cooled; cut a small bit off the top to make room for the ice cream 
  • To make the hot fudge; combine the 1 cup of sugar, with the 1 cup of heavy cream,1 stick of butter, and 1 cup of cocoa; simmer over medium heat and stir until well combined
  • Fill each pastry with the vanilla ice cream, and slather with hot fudge
  • TIP: Extra hot fudge can be stored in a mason jar in the fridge!