Eat like a Gilmore
Whether you’re hosting a watch party or your own bespoke version of a Luke’s Diner takeover, let this new cookbook be your guide. Writer and chef Kristi Carlson’s“Eat like a Gilmore”is a Kickstarter success story that includes 100 recipes either eaten, served, or mentioned on the show. As she writes in the intro, “To eat the way Lorelai and Rory eat at home, all you need is a drawer full of takeout menus, a magnet on the fridge with the number for the pizza place and a convenience store down the street.” True. But if you want to throw your own Friday Night Dinner, you’ll find a recipe for Emily’s tried and true salmon puffs, or a meal of roasted squab, written to seem as benign as sauteing a chicken breast. Shout-outs to Sookie St. James include her iconic risotto and to-die-for peach sauce that she literally bled over in the pilot.
Ok, so you probably missed thatGilmore Girls fan fest weekend, aka, the stuff that Gilmore fans’ dreams are made of. (Anyway, we hear itrained). You still have three weekends ahead of you until the revival, and then, really, your whole lifetime, to curate your own Stars Hollow getaway!Priceline.comis offering deals on car rentals and hotels in Washington Depot, Conn. and neighboring towns of Guilford, New Milford and Litchfield. Understandably, a night atThe Mayflower Grace,on which show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino based the Independence Inn, is a bit steep (from $675/night) but you can find charming, affordable alternatives like theLitchfield Inn(from $109). Once you’re there, you can plan a whole itinerary of stop-offs at local haunts that evoke the show, such asTheo’s Downtown Diner(Luke’s Diner vibes) in New Milford, andBradford House Antiques(Mrs. Kim’s Antiques vibes) in Litchfield.
Read like Rory
Rory devours books like Lorelai downs cups of coffee. What better way to get hyped for GG than to coax out your inner book-worm? TheGilmore Girls Book Clubmeets each month at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint and Jersey City to discuss one of the339 books referenced in the show, (past picks include Zadie Smith’s “On Beauty” and “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil) with the exception of their next meeting, Dec. 4 at Word Greenpoint, which is more revival-focused. They will discuss Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” because, in a recentpromo video, Rory tells Michelle Obama she’s hyped about reading the “Neapolitan novels.” If you can’t make it to Jersey City or Brooklyn, you can always start your own book club, using the aforementionedlist of all 339 books referenced.