Book Bytes - News from the Book Club Cookbook
  Spring, 2010
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Book Clubs Recommend

Food For Thought

Choose a Book - Invite an Author


QUICK LINKS

Enter Book Club Buzz

Author Recipes

  Choose a Book - Invite an Author

Novel Noshes




COMING SOON:
BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS


  May 1

SweetDatesinBasra

SWEET DATES IN BASRA
by Jessica Jiji



May 15

Stormchasers


THE STORMCHASERS
by Jenna Blum


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Greetings,

Looking for culinary inspiration for your book club?  A group in Austin, Texas, created a thematic feast to spice up their discussion of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.  Have you devised any delectable dishes to pair with a reading selection for your book club? If so, tell us about it.

Groups from across the country have shared a variety of new  reading suggestions.  Please take a moment to tell us about your book club's favorite reading this year.

Check out our latest Author Recipes for dishes that connect with their books, such as Ann Mah's Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Herb Salad paired with her novel Kitchen Chinese, the story of a young Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing to discover food, family and herself.

Authors in our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program share news about their new releases. New titles in the upcoming Book Club Buzz contests include Jessica Jiji's Sweet Dates in Basra and Jenna Blum's The Stormchasers. Remember to enter our current contest to win a copy of Pam Jenoff's Almost Home.

 
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Happy Reading and Bon Appétit!

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Co-authors of The Book Club Cookbook
and
The Kids' Book Club Book

Recommendations

BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs


Literary Lyres Book Club of San Fernando Valley, California, recommends:

HoldLoveStrongf
Hold Love Strong
 by Matthew Aaron Goodman (Touchstone, 2009), Fiction, 368 pages

 
"Mr. Goodman's debut novel, Hold Love Strong is a coming of age story set in a New York housing project. Abraham Singleton was born on the bathroom floor to a thirteen-year old unwed mother in 1982. We watch Abraham grow and struggle with the realities that are his life. We also know that Abraham understands the opportunities contained in education, loyalty and personal expression. This is an underdog story told in the first person voice of this sensitive and perceptive young man. It is beautifully written and was unanimously well received by our reading group. The author was gracious enough to join us by speakerphone."
 
Paired with: A pot luck dinner with dishes unique to New York or food that was specifically mentioned in the story. Our menu included: Waldorf Salad, New York Deli Style Potato Salad, Crack Pie, Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and our featured cocktail, The Brooklyn Bomber.

More New Book Recommendations

Including:

The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway
Durable Goods
by Elizabeth Berg
The Unit
by Ninni Holmqvist 
Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History
by Robert D. Kaplan
The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall



FoodForThoughtFOOD FOR THOUGHT
Culinary Creations from Book Clubs

Cathy Heck
Cathy Heck of  Austin, Texas, shares her  creative "Coast of Maine" themed dinner that she prepared for her book club when they discussed Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge.

Heck devised "a book club dinner menu which might have been prepared in Crosby, Maine, but was easily gathered in Texas." Her group enjoyed:
  • Olive's Abrasive Yet Tender Olives
  • Mother of the Groom Shrimp Appetizer
  • Olive's Clam Chowdah
  • Schoolteacher Salad with Maine Blueberries
  • Olive's Big and Blunt Baguette
  • Basket of Trips Blueberry Crisps
For details on her dishes -- and cuisine toppers, which she inscribes with her clever dish titles -- see Cathy's blog.

And please see our website for Elizabeth Strout's original recipe: Olive Kitteridge's Grandmother's Doughnuts.

Has your book club planned a thematic meal? Share it with fellow book club members in Book Bytes.


Choose a Book - Invite an AuthorChooseABook

CHOOSE A BOOK - INVITE AN AUTHOR
Author News


Our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program allows you to browse for great titles for your club and schedule author chats. Remember to visit our location directory to find an author close to home who will visit your group in person.

Welcome to new members

Pam Jenoff, Almost Home
Tara Masih, Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories

They join our existing roster of terrific writers,
including Barbara Delinsky, Kathleen FlinnAlyse Myers and many others.

NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES

March:  Barbara Delinsky, More Than Friends

May:  Lynne Hinton, Wedding Cake  (the fifth installment in the Hope Springs series).

NEWS

Tara Masih, Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories was selected as the Jane's Stories Press Foundation Recommended Read for March.
 





 
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