Spring 2016
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Cookbook Club gatherings, where members cook from and dish on a cookbook, are soaring in popularity. We asked groups from coast to coast to share tips for successful meetings.

A Yellow Leaf Hammock is the perfect way to ease into summer reading and support ethical job creation. Learn more and enter our hammock giveaway.

Do you have a favorite food memoir? Tell us about one you've read and loved.
Enter our current giveaways to win newly released book club picks and cookbooks.

In April look for new Book Club Buzz titles with recipes and giveaways: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, and The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones.

As always, please tell us what your book club is reading and eating.

Happy spring!

Judy and Vicki
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

A Taste of Cookbook Clubs

If you've ever wanted to get out of your cooking comfort zone, sample multiple new recipes, and get to know a variety of cookbooks, a cookbook club -- where members choose a cookbook, prepare recipes at home or together, sample and discuss, might be for you. We talked to clubs cooking up the books at gatherings from coast to coast -- in libraries, bookstores, living rooms, kitchen stores, and a farm, to find out the ingredients for successful events. Here's a taste.
Food For Thought's Betty Crocker appetizers  
Food For Thought Book Club 
East Granby, Connecticut 
(6 members, meet in members' homes)

From member Julie Ann Poll:

WHAT: Friends who enjoy cooking and are curious to try new things and learn from each other.

HOW: The host chooses her recipe entree and members then build the dinner menu. After sampling all the dishes we discuss the recipe and its preparation including level of difficulty, whether we would make the recipe again, modifications needed, and new cooking techniques learned. In a successful meeting the group members share what they've learned, have the opportunity to taste new and delicious foods -- and have fun.

FAVORITES: Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill and Jody Williams's
Buvette. The meal generated from Flay had so many amazing flavors -- a few of the dishes made at that dinner have become regulars in our cooking rotation. Buvette, a French cookbook, intimidated us initially. But once we dove in, we realized that we didn't need to be, and it was an amazing dinner with delicious and gourmet-looking foods. Also, The Pollan Family Table Cookbook. All ten recipes were good and directions were clear. We love the photographs and stories within the cookbook.

TIP: In addition to the meal's menu items there is always a "take home treat." It allows us to extend the meal beyond our members and share something special with our families. Members have become very creative with the take home treat.

Bookstore: Fiction Addiction 
From coordinator Jill Hendrix:
Fiction Addiction dishes on
Food 52's Genius Recipes

WHAT: A fun idea for a bookstore

HOW: We divide into three subgroups for appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts, and rotate groups and post choices on wiki pages. We sample dishes and discuss whether we had trouble finding the ingredients or following the instructions, whether we liked the dish, and whether it was time-consuming to prepare.

FAVORITES: The Lemonade Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, The Jerusalem Cookbook, The Epicurious Cookbook, and Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.

TIPS: Have a large enough group (minimum 9) so that you have coverage in case of conflicts. We have so much food that we have takeout containers and people take a bit of their favorites back with them. 

Yellow Leaf Hammocks Empower Artisans


Here's your chance to curl up with a book in a hammock -- and support sustainable social change.

These 100% handwoven hammocks offer life changing opportunities to the artisan weavers who make them and their families. Yellow Leaf supports high-wage weaving jobs for artisan weavers in rural communities of
northern Thailand, and works directly with families to build a comprehensive strategy toward a brighter future -- creating jobs for mothers and building a foundation for positive community transformation.

Enter to win a Vineyard Haven Hammock in our giveaway!




Do you have a favorite food memoir? If it includes recipes, have you tried them? Please tell us more about it and we'll enter you to win a copy of
Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family by Diana Abu-Jaber (Norton, April 2016).

The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project 

Peace Like A River
Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and eleven bloggers have launched a year-long exploration of recipes from The Book Club Cookbook including their own culinary creations from each literary selection.
The Killer Angels
Their latest recipes were inspired by Peace Like a River, The Killer Angels, and Harry Potter, and the March selection is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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