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A Reader's Cookbook

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The pleasure of reading is enhanced by tasting food of the land where a story unfolds or toasting a hero with the beverage of his choice. Who, when reading Tolstoy or Chekov, might not imagine a cherry-preserve sweetened tea? A novel by Kiran Desai or Jhumpa Lahiri leads to saffron-infused basmati. Kathryn Stockett fans will add to their experience by nibbling pralines. Let sophisticates hail Ian Fleming or Jay McInerney with a martini, stirred or shaken. A Reader's Cookbook divides the world into 17 ...

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Overview

The pleasure of reading is enhanced by tasting food of the land where a story unfolds or toasting a hero with the beverage of his choice. Who, when reading Tolstoy or Chekov, might not imagine a cherry-preserve sweetened tea? A novel by Kiran Desai or Jhumpa Lahiri leads to saffron-infused basmati. Kathryn Stockett fans will add to their experience by nibbling pralines. Let sophisticates hail Ian Fleming or Jay McInerney with a martini, stirred or shaken. A Reader's Cookbook divides the world into 17 literary/culinary regions, the last covering fictional utopias and dystopias. A reader delving into a world gone awry needs luscious food! Choices allow the word-inspired chef to cook dinner, host a book-club tea or prepare an easily-transported treat. The literary palate is also explored in a smorgasbord of writer quotes on food favorites and other soulful nourishments.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Choate, co-author of New American Classics and the French Culinary Institute's Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine and Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts (a James Beard award-winner), dumbs it down – way down – in this rote collection of regional recipes. Geared toward book clubs, Choate organizes her recipes by region, allowing clubs to create menus based on a book's setting or author's homeland. Recipes are scaled to accommodate large groups, enabling book-lovers to make enough Stuffed Mushrooms or Boston Baked Beans to feed an army, and enough of the Southern sweet Bourbon Balls to stock a store. Most of her American fare is as predictable as it is pedestrian (Buffalo Chicken Wings are par for the course), though the occasional international recipe surprises: Feijoada, a meaty Brazilian stew, perfect Turkish coffee, and the Russian drink Kvas lend an air of authenticity to clubs working their way through Anna Karenina. But not even a bottomless glass of Southwest Margaritas (serves 12) can save the book; its cheap layout, seemingly random quotes from famous authors, and the inclusion of dishes as basic as Deviled Eggs make this an easy one to skip. (Oct.)
The Daily Meal
Book clubs are a great idea; the tough part is actually getting people together regularly — but what if the meetings revolved around food? Set aside the same old wine and cheese plate and entice your friends by serving delicious foods and drinks inspired by the author's home country or theme of the book…Encouraged by her daughter and granddaughter (both members of book clubs), Judie Choate, a three-time James Beard Award winner, created A Reader's Cookbook in hopes of encouraging people to read and learn how to cook and enjoy different foods from around the world. It basically creates the modern-day book club for food lovers.
The Travel Connoisseurs
This past weekend, I had a Summer Sangria party! I decided to make one red sangria and one white sangria, and chose the White Sangria that Eric Rippert makes at his Westend Bistro at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC and the Red Sangria from Judith Choate, a three times James Beard Award Winner, which is out of her upcoming book, A READER'S COOKBOOK(Red Rock Press)…The red was the HIT of the party! In fact, most of it was gone, and there was a big bowl of it. This was also an easy recipe, and I encourage you to use different types of wines for different flavors. The red sangria was refreshing and the perfect amount of sweet. The flavors blended beautifully, and the choice of the Cabernet worked great.
TheDailyMeal.com
Encouraged by her daughter and granddaughter (both members of book clubs), Judie Choate, a three-time James Beard Award winner, created A Reader’s Cookbook in hopes of encouraging people to read and learn how to cook and enjoy different foods from around the world. It basically creates the modern-day book club for food lovers. If you were reading 100 Years of Solitude, one of Judie Choate’s favorite books, then the discussion would be interspersed with mouthfuls of Pollo Barracho or sips of Mexican Hot Chocolate (recipes from the Latin America section of Choate's book). Or, if you’ve just finished a particularly sad novel (think The Notebook), then you can refer to Chapter 17 in which all recipes are “intended to promote happiness.” --( Editor Yasmin Fahr)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933176345
  • Publisher: Red Rock Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    LOVED THIS BOOK - Make sure not miss this gem!

    I LOVED this book - the theme enticed me to buy it and the recipes I've tried have been absolutely wonderful! More importantly, this book has been the perfect way to add a delicious element to my book club meetings! Choate promises to "amplify (readers') understandings through literal tastes from a particular culture in which a poem, novel, biography or reflection is set," and she delivers in spades! The book is filled with alluring photography, including a color insert of mouthwatering photos of all but a few of the dishes described in each chapter. The book is set up by region, with each chapter covering a different part of the world and sprinkled with poignant quotes from well-known authors (great little hints for new books for my book club!). The recipes - all of which conveniently come in group portions (which is perfect for my book club), and are REALLY accessible. Choate even shows you how to make a bunch of the recipes in a series of lovely YouTube videos (be sure to check out her cherry soup blooper - it's hilarious!). For example, I never would have tried making Indian food at home after my book club finished "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali, but seeing Choate do it in the YouTube video and then explain it so easily in the recipes in the cookbook, I gave it a shot and it was a smash hit with my friends - they couldn't get enough of the Dal Pancakes. The Tandoori Chicken was also surprisingly easy! Recipes vary from the internationally exotic to 19th-century U.S. regional dishes with delicious new twists. The scope of the book really is international - I GUARANTEE that there is something to match absolutely anything you are reading. If you want to enhance your reading, GET THIS BOOK!

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