The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors

The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors

by Judy Gelman, Vicki Levy Krupp


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585429240
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 686,021
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp are cooks, book enthusiasts, and friends. Seeking to combine their passion for books, food, and book clubs, they met over stacks of books and endless cups of coffee at a local sandwich shop, where The Book Club Cookbook ( was born. They were motivated to write their second book, The Kids’ Book Club Book (, after librarians, parents, and teachers who attended their talks asked for a similar book for the growing number of youth book clubs across the country.

They created and, websites that provide inspiration for book clubs, featuring book recommendations from book groups around the country, author recipes, book giveaways, author blogs, and newsletters.

Their latest book, Table of Contents ( Table of Contents), features book-related recipes from fifty of today’s most popular authors.

Judy and Vicki enjoy speaking about book clubs, and appreciate their ongoing conversations, both in person and via their websites, with book and food enthusiasts across the country. They live with their families in the Boston area.

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Book Club Cookbook 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
melaniehope on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 Balance, Memoirs of a Geisha.... It also has newer books such as Water for Elephants, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Room, The Help, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, etc.I look forward to trying recipes such as Griet's Vegetable soup from the Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Honey Cake from the Secret Life of Bees.Their is a few paragraphs before every recipe explaining some background about it's origins in the novel. Some of the recipes are also followed by novel thoughts.This cookbook is worth owning.
Myckyee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 Barrows), and The Help (Kathryn Stockett) as well as some I have yet to read but are on the top of my towering TBR list: Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese) and Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen). Actually, the list of books on my own TBR list overlaps quite a bit with the books featured in this cookbook. Each novel¿s recipe is preceded by a description of the source book and some are followed by an explanation of the food, thoughts from the author and/or a book club¿s take on the book itself and why they chose a particular food for their club.So far I¿ve made two recipes (I¿m planning another this weekend). Both are cookies ¿ Chewy Oatmeal from the book Plainsong by Kent Haruf and Chocolate Chip Shortbread from Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Both turned out great and were gobbled up by my family in no time. It doesn¿t just have cookies or sweets ¿ there are savory dishes as well. There is Zaytoon¿s Chicken Shwarma from Jonathan Lethem¿s Motherless Brooklyn, Britta¿s Crab Casserole from The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Greek Rice Pudding and Tzatziki from Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. There are drinks in here too: Glögg from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as soups and salads. An ambitious book club could have an entire meal with several courses if they didn¿t mind mixing their books!Another great thing about this book club cookbook is that the featured novels range from contemporary to classic, so that a club is bound to find something of interest. I could see using this book for future club choice ideas as well. It would also make a great gift for an avid reader, book club member or not. I highly recommend it!
ValerieAndBooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First of all, this book is a wealth of resources for books to read ¿ either on your own or as part of a book club. This is a book about books; not just a cookbook. At over 500 pages long, there is a diverse selection of about 100 books (and more that are mentioned in passing). Many are books I¿ve either actually read, or are currently in my To Be Read Pile, or (especially since re-reading the cookbook) in my to-add-to-the-TBR list. Both fiction and non-fiction books are represented. Some classics are here: for ¿Anna Karenina¿, there is Wild Mushrooms on Toast. Older books, such as ¿A Tree Grows in Brooklyn¿ (Charlotte Russe) , are here. Many multi-cultural books are included, such as Rohinton Mistry¿s ¿A Fine Balance¿ (chicken biryani); or Naguib Mahfouz¿s ¿Palace Walk¿ (Mrs. Mahfouz¿s Mulukhiya (Green Soup) ).Recipes are either submitted by the various book clubs covered in this book, or by the authors themselves (for example, Jhumpa Lahiri provided an recipe for ¿Mrs. Lahiri¿s Hard-Boiled-Egg Curry in Mustard Sauce¿). There are also food-related essays written by select authors especially for this cookbook. Recipes range from appetizers to main dishes to drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to desserts.I enjoyed also the passages in this book about various featured book clubs across the country ¿ what they read and discussed (and the food they¿ve shared), and how different they all are. There are all-male book clubs, African-American book clubs, book clubs that focus on only one type of book (i.e. South Asian books). There is a list of resources in the back of the cookbook for finding certain ingredients (such as Lyle¿s Golden Syrup for ANZAC cookies, based on ¿The Road from Coorain¿ by Jill Ker Conway). International readers interested in this cookbook will have to figure out metric measurements themselves ¿ there are no charts or equivalents included. Additionally, there are no photographs ¿ not a detriment for me; especially since this cookbook is already good-sized. I¿s say most of these recipes are ideal for potlucks, and yes of course book clubs. It¿s not an all-purpose ¿family¿ or ¿home-cooking¿ cookbook.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I wanted more from this one. It was such a great idea in theory. Complete menus would have been nice. Or thematic suggestions for decoration. Less talk about book clubs all over the country and more talk about the actual food. My daughter and I had a Harry Potter theme night, and I tried to use the Harry Potter chapter as a starting point, but since I couldn't actually remember Harry eating Treacle Tart at all in the books, and that was practically the only thing mentioned, we gave it up, and found a lot of great recipes online at Mugglenet. I'd try another recipe/meal, with a different novel, but this book just could have been so much more.