We already know that Samantha Irby is Bad at Book Club. The hilarious author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. and Wow, No Thank You. admits that she doesn’t always, ok usually doesn’t, finish the book before the meeting—gasp! Just kidding, we’ve been there too, and we’re willing to bet that at some point or another so have you (although we can’t imagine this would ever happen with one of Irby’s books). Fortunately, there’s hope. In Meaty, Irby’s first collection of essays, she reveals an easy, foolproof method to avoid embarrassment at such occasions: distract them with a homemade dessert. Even if you always finish the book and don’t need a cover story, your book group is sure to be impressed by this Spicy Flourless Chocolate Cake—one of the many tasty, simple yet seemingly fancy, Instagramable recipes included in this laugh-until-you-cry, cry-until-you-laugh romp of a book.
To download a PDF of the recipe, click here.