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Kate Young, The Little Library blogger and Baking Fiction Instagrammer, perfectly pairs dishes with the books she reads. Here, she pairs a much tastier version of the macaroni cheese recipe written about in Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women:

‘Mrs Jubb, who might have been a good cook with any encouragement, must have lost heart long ago. Tonight she set before us a pale macaroni cheese, and a dish of boiled potatoes, and I noticed a blancmange or ‘shape’, also of an indeterminate colour, in a glass dish on the sideboardNot enough salt, or perhaps no salt, I thought, as I ate the macaroni. And not really enough cheese.’

– from Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym

‘November is a month for soups, for stews, and for macaroni cheese. Food that warms and comforts; the type that you want when you arrive back from a long blustery walk, or a rainy commute. Food that you can leave in the oven, or on the stove, while you find warm, dry clothes and a pair of wooly socks. This dish is from one of my favourite literary discoveries of the year: Barbara Pym’s novels. It sounds so unappealing and disappointing on the page that I was moved to make it richer, saltier and generally more satisfying. Mildred Lathbury deserves a really great one,’ Kate Young.


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Preparation Time10 MINUTES

Cooking Time40 MINUTES

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Serves3

LevelMedium


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Preparation Time10 MINUTES

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Kate Young, The Little Library blogger and Baking Fiction Instagrammer, perfectly pairs dishes with the books she reads. Here, she pairs a much tastier version of the macaroni cheese recipe written about in Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women:

‘Mrs Jubb, who might have been a good cook with any encouragement, must have lost heart long ago. Tonight she set before us a pale macaroni cheese, and a dish of boiled potatoes, and I noticed a blancmange or ‘shape’, also of an indeterminate colour, in a glass dish on the sideboardNot enough salt, or perhaps no salt, I thought, as I ate the macaroni. And not really enough cheese.’

– from Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym

‘November is a month for soups, for stews, and for macaroni cheese. Food that warms and comforts; the type that you want when you arrive back from a long blustery walk, or a rainy commute. Food that you can leave in the oven, or on the stove, while you find warm, dry clothes and a pair of wooly socks. This dish is from one of my favourite literary discoveries of the year: Barbara Pym’s novels. It sounds so unappealing and disappointing on the page that I was moved to make it richer, saltier and generally more satisfying. Mildred Lathbury deserves a really great one,’ Kate Young.


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