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A New Foodie Book Club! So Get Ready to: "Cook the Books!"

Posted Oct 01 2008 12:00am

There is a New Foodie Book Club starting: "COOK THE BOOKS" and I am lucky enough to be one of the hosts along with Rachel of The Crispy Cook and Johanna of Food Junkie. After finding out on the Royal Foodie Joust Forum that we all love food inspired books and how much we wanted a book club, COOK THE BOOKS was born. The basic plan is bi-monthly, a book (fiction or non-fiction) based around food will be selected, read, and used as inspiration to cook up a wonderful dish which we will all post about. What could be more fun!?!

For those of you who read my blog, you know how much I love to read and how sad I was when the other book club I was participating in fizzled away, but my new found foodie friends Rachel and Johanna are just as passionate about reading and cooking as I am--so no danger of that in this club! Check out their blogs to see their COOK THE BOOKS Announcements here and here. Since Rachel is from upstate New York, Johanna from Greece and I am here in Hawaii, we'll have a "global' feel to the club! ;-)


For the first round the book chosen is . Set in Italy, this is a wonderful, sensuous and mouthwatering story and I can't wait to see all the fabulous dishes it will inspire.

Here are the guidelines:
1) Starting today, October 1st, COOK THE BOOKS readers are asked to read Lily Prior's "La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture", (NY: HarperCollins, 2000) . There are a number of inexpensive copies of this book available online if you would like to purchase your own copy or perhaps you may prefer to get a copy on loan from your local library.
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2) After reading the book, cook up something delicious inspired by this novel and blog about it. If you don't have a blog, one of us three hosts above would be happy to post your entry as a guest blogger. Make sure to include a link to this COOK THE BOOKS announcement so others can find out about the details.
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3) In the meantime, feel free to suggest other foodie readings for a future round of COOK THE BOOKS by leaving a comment after this post.
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4) This round of COOK THE BOOKS will run from October 1, 2008 to December 15, 2008. Participants will then be asked to vote on the next Cook the Books reading selection and for the most mouthwatering COOK THE BOOKS entry. The winner will receive a fabulous badge to place proudly on their blog.
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5) Ready, set, read!

I really hope you join us--this will be a fun one, with plenty of time to find the book, read it and get inspired to create something delicious!
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