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The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's FavoriteBooks and Authors

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“Part cookbook, part celebration of the written word, [The Book Club Cookbook] illustrates how books and ideas can bring people together.”
Publishers Weekly

"We are what we eat, they say. We can eat what we read, too. The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Tarcher/Penguin, $21.95), first published in 2004 and now newly updated and revised, offers u
Paperback, Revised, 512 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Tarcher (first published 2004)
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Sheila DeChantal
Feb 04, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it it was amazing
What if there was a book that not only recommended GREAT book club reads with synopsis, but also recipes to go with the books from well-known authors and book clubs? For a book club gal, and a book lover - this is a GREAT FIND! Books such as Cutting For Stone, The Book Thief,The Help, ROOM, Reading Lolita, Bel Canto, Water For Elephants, Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, Jane Eyre, Freedom, Devil In The White City, etc...

Book Club members, book lovers, and food lovers will all appreciate this book
Oct 24, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of the books suggested here but what makes this book interesting is the pairing of food to each of the books. If you're in a group that includes a meal or appetizers at your meetings, you're bound to find some ideas here.

Beyond the food (and recipes), the authors give a quick snapshot of the book group. I found these profiles quite fascinating. The makeup of each, who, how long they've been meeting, the name of the group, book chosen and read, guidelines, or not were fun to read a
Sep 18, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Got this from the library today. The new. Freshly remodeled. Stunning Ames Public Library! So gorgeous and full of light.

But I digress. I want to purchase a copy of this (revised) edition. It is uncanny how many of these books my book group (Books, Friends, Dessert or BFD) has read since our first meeting in 1994. Egads. We are old.

I want to buy not only a copy for myself, but for each of my book group friends. And for Marla, who loves books even more than I do. Hey Marla! I'd tag you if I could
Sep 04, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book while I was wandering about the library. It turned out to be a wonderful find! This book highlights popular book club books and gives wonderful descriptions of the books and why they are popular in book groups. This book also provides recipes to go with the themes of the books and it also profiles book clubs throughout the US, which was fun to read about. I got a huge list of new books to read and can't wait to tear into them! I would recommend this book to everyone if you are ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Myckyee rated it it was amazing
I love cookbooks and obviously I love to read, so when the offer came to review The Book Club Cookbook, I jumped at it. What could be more fun than to have available some of the recipes from the most popular book club books? And if it’s your turn to host your book club, well, this book will make choosing a dish so much easier.

This book covers some of my favourite novels: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barro
Sep 20, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, food
Very interesting! I wish I had discovered this book when it first came out in 2004. I only found it when a co-worker was getting ready to weed it due to lack of circulation.

It contains recipes and "food for thought" of some of the best discussion books (as of 2004) out there.

Some of the books included are:

Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Atonement by Anna Karenina
Bel Canto by Anna Patchett
Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Chocolat by Joann
Aug 23, 2010 Alma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more about the books and book clubs than about the actual recipes. It has thorough synopses of 100 books, including classics and newer publications, which have been read and enjoyed by clubs all over the country. Each entry includes details about a book club: how they started, what kinds of people are members and how they have planned and executed meals related to the books they have read. I especially liked all the names of the clubs. Some of my favorites were The Bookenders, Read ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In our book club, we sometimes have readers who get into our selections by preparing a motif and food as either mentioned in the book or significant of the author or setting. That is the purpose of this book which analyzes some recent best sellers and presents various clubs and their reditions of the same. It is cute enough to maybe keep on a shelf somewhere as inspiration for a book gathering. Some of their analyses were a bit too opinionated rather than presenting more-objective views.
Jul 23, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book, it has a varied collection of books. The only way to improve this book would be if they would come over and cook it themselves. If you belong to a book club or want and like to eat, you will want to pour syrup on this and have it for breakfast.
Jan 06, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book as an addition to BC reads. Received as a Christmas gift from friend and fellow BC member. Will be a great reference!
Feb 18, 2012 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing
Food, books, and fun served up under one cover? What a novel idea!

This is the revised and updated edition of 'The Book Club Cookbook'. I managed to snag a copy of the old version, so I'll let you know how it differs from the original. The cookbook offers a wide range of both books and recipes. Recipes include drinks, desserts, entrées, soups and salads. Books range from classics like 'Jane Eyre' and 'The Grapes of Wrath', to some of the more recent book club hits like 'The Girl with the Dragon T
Apr 19, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gelman and Krupp have compiled a book of recipes from best selling books. Some of the recipes are for foods referenced in the books, some are recipes that Gelman and Krupp think the characters would make, and some are recipes given by the author or his or her family members. Additionally, with each recipe, there is a summary of the book, and an interview with a book group that discussed the book. The book groups usually mention what they served when the book was discussed, and how their meetings ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Craftnut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This wonderful book contains chapters on 100 bestselling books, mostly novels, some I have actually read. The introduction is quite interesting, giving the rationale behind the choice of books to include. Popularity for discussion with book clubs, and ability to provoke discussion were the main criteria.

Each chapter is devoted to a book and gives a synopsis of the story, a recipe and features on book clubs that read the book. The recipes were mostly chosen by the novel’s authors, and have notes
Apr 27, 2016 SmartBitches rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-grade, cookbook
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I picked up The Book Club Cookbook on a whim because I’m fascinated with the intersection of food and literature, and I ended up falling in love with it. It’s not great as a basic cookbook for home because it’s not organized in a typical way: it’s not sorted by type of meals, or types of ingredients, or prep and cooking time. But it is great as an examination of how food and literature intersect. It’s also fun in its comparisons of different kinds of boo
Feb 09, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks Goodreads for the great giveaway!!! The Book Club Cookbook combines two of my favorite activities: cooking & reading with outstanding results. Part reference book, part cookbook; this book includes a synopsis & at least one recipe related to each of the 100 books listed. There are also sample menus, discussion questions & book club impressions regarding each book. I can’t wait to take Demetrie's Chocolate Pie (minus the Terrible Awful) to my book club’s discussion of The Help ...more
Melanie Coombes
Feb 01, 2012 Melanie Coombes rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Many times readers, especially in book club discussions, are interested in learning why authors incorporate certain foods into their books. This Book Club Cookbook features 100 book titles and at least one or two recipes that come from the pages of those books.
Even if you are not in a book club and just enjoy reading, this will be a great cookbook to have in your collection.
It includes classic and older, popular books like Anna Karenina, Chocolat, Life of Pi, The Grapes of Wrath, A Fine Balanc
I pretty much don’t ever read cookbooks cover to cover, even ones I use all the time, but this is so much more than a cookbook, it’s synopses of over 100 books, recipes for what one book club has made to go with its discussion and then what another book club, or more than one, has eaten at their discussions, and sometimes how they’ve decorated the house and dressed up. For instance, the authors, when it comes to To Kill a Mockingbird, give a recipe for ambrosia, but list other groups (like me) w ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
What a great resource! Authors Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp feature 100 books read by book cooks around the United States. For each book they give a one page synopsis, discuss references to or importance of food in the text. One or more recipes are offered for each book. Book clubs around the country share menus served at their meetings plus notes about their discussion topics and members reactions to the selected read. In some cases comments and recipes from the authors are included.

The li
Feb 19, 2010 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubbers
Recommended to Bonnie by: Natalie Christensen
This book was a gift from my niece who gave it to me for my birthday thinking that the book clubs that I am in serve thematic food to go along with the book that we're discussing. Although that has been the case a rare time or two over the many years that I have been involved with my book clubs, it is usually not the case.

But what fun it was to read this book that covers 100 well-written books and suggests a recipe or two to go along with the book. And it gives you snippets of other book clubs a
Diane Sallans
Feb 01, 2012 Diane Sallans rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thought this would be a compilation of recipes that were included in books. That's doesn't seem to be really the case. Rather than it includes sections on 100 books that include food (&/or drink) as at least a minor character to set a tone or ambiance. Of those 100 books I have heard of 32 of them, and fairly familiar with 18 (but perhaps mostly thru the movie version). So while reading the synopsis of the books I'm finding a few more that I'm interested i ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
The authors made good selections when they picked 100 books that would make interesting book club reads. I've read 46 of the books, many in book clubs, and these are stories that make the reader think and promote good discussions. For each book, food ideas are suggested that add to the experience of discussing the book. The foods can take the book group members back to another era, suggest a locale, or immerse them in another culture. A synopsis is given for each book with both simple and elabor ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Clarice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
WOW, There are 100 books listed in here! That's 100 book recommendations, 100 recipes, 100 book club profiles and other great ideas in this book. I'll definitely be keeping this book not just for the recipes, but as a reminder of all the great books I need to add to my reading list. I can't wait to try some of the recipes, and I like hearing the story of why the recipe was chosen. They were chosen by the authors based on the foods the characters in the books loved or made. And if you don't care ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, cook
At First glance i did not care for this book, then I went back and read the introduction, I understood better afterward how it was organized. First the name of the book and a short synopsis, then some recipes and then a story of an actual book club with the meal they served around the book and other impressions. Suddenly it was a much more interesting book,though with few recipes (if the ration of words is compared to the other text) and no pictures. I enjoyed leafing through and reading up on a ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Kellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win this from first reads. I was very surprised with this book. It was a really great Idea. To have a great list of books and food to go with them...By two favorite things. I knew of a few books that was mentioned in the book, but many I have not and has peaked my interested in reading. The recipes were also great. I have been having fun with my daughter creating some new dishes and drinks for the family. I recommend this book for others who are looking for something differ ...more
I think this one will need to be purchased to add to my personal collection. I enjoyed the suggestions from other book clubs on foods they served when they discussed a particular book selection. I also appreciated the discussion of individual books. Current readings are adding even more sections to the "To -Read" category. Our own book club is formatted as a review process to encourage members to read other books, and our get togethers are always as much about the food as the books. So a referen ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Emilie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got the chance to review this book when I won it from one of the givewaways on goodreads. I love to read and love to cook so it was really interesting to see how they combined those 2 things together. I haven't read all of the books that they had in there, but the ones I have read I really enjoyed how they combined either the food that they mentioned in the book or food that they felt would combine well with it. A very enjoyable read and I can't wait to make some of the food when I read the bo ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I'm such a sucker for this kind of book & was excited to win this one through first reads. 5 stars for an excellent idea--short descriptions of popular books with accompanying recipes, many submitted by the authors themselves. I was less enthused about the actual recipes--looks like many of them call for specialty ingredients like (rose water, hazelnut meal, berbere). I would have preferred more recipes with "normal" ingredients, but it's still a fun book. My favorite recipe-that-I'll-never- ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Joelen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid hostess who loves to entertain. One of the regular events I host each month is a book/movie group where we read a book in advance, then come together to watch the movie version. At these events, friends and I bring a dish based on the theme of the book. Well this specific cookbook has been a great resource. It provides a vast listing of books and recipes to pair with the storylines. Later this month, my group is coming together to watch & discuss Memoirs of a Geisha. From this bo ...more
Jo Ann King
Jan 22, 2013 Jo Ann King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction

Did you like 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society'? Then try the recipe for non-occupied potato peel pie. Or try caramel cake from 'The Help' and toad-in-the-road from Major Pettigrew. I especially enjoyed the names for the variety of book clubs from around the country that are represented in this book and the descriptions of their discussions of the many books that many people are reading.
Aug 09, 2012 Kipahni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the variety of books and the food that goes with it. The interviews with the author and their experience with food and how it is shaped in the book are phenomenal! I have made Mulukhiya for Palace Walk. Well I should note that I have made Mulukhiya often but I used lemon where they called for coriander. Needless to say it came out awesome.
It has perked my interest in other books mentioned in this cookbook and I will def. be putting it on my to read list!
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Judy Gelman is co-author of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. She is co-author of The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors (Penguin, 2004), the first cookbook designed for book discussion groups. The second edition of The Book Club Cookbook will be published in 2012. She is also co-author of The Kids' Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Activi ...more
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