Tuesday was my night to host book club and, next to our stimulating book conversations, the food and drink is the most important thing! Because I needed a mostly make-ahead menu, and because I do love a theme, I decided on Chinese Chicken Salad. Our book was Shanghai Girls, and while I realize that no one in China ever actually eats this kind of salad, it's easy to make, always popular, and a slight nod to the book. I also stopped by my favorite Chinese take-out restaurant and picked up egg rolls and asked another member to bring a fresh fruit salad that included mandarin oranges. Dessert was fortune cookies (from the restaurant) and a decadent chocolate-mint brownie that had absolutely nothing to do with China. But all sucessful book club dinners must include both chocolate and wine, don't you think?