Announcements! Announcements!

18 12 2008

Hello Cook The Books Members!

We have two very important announcements for you today. First off, we have the announcement of our winner for La Cucina, selected by the wonderful author herself, Lily Prior.

Ms. Prior had a difficult time choosing from all the wonderful recipes but we’ll let her tell you and announce the winner!

First of all thank you to everyone who took part in this event. All the dishes looked incredible, honestly, and what a difficult task to decide the winner. I read, and reread the entries, and my tastebuds really did start to twang at the photographs of these succulent dishes, and I began to think it was almost lunchtime, and time to wander into the kitchen… However, at long last I have to say the sight of the glossily melting caciocavallo cheese on rustic bread made with love by Foodycat takes first prize. Congratulations, and well done, and thank you all. Warmest wishes, and Happy Christmas
-Lily Prior


Congratulations Foodycat! I think we are all still dreaming about your antipasto platter and that wonderful cheese! You will be receiving the coveted Cook The Books Winner’s Badge for your blog, as well as be added to the upcoming “Winner’s Circle” on the Cook The Books site. But wait that’s not all! Rachel will be carefully choosing a cookbook from her store and sending it along to you. Spectacular job Foodycat and everyone else, we had great participation and some delicious book interpretations for our first book!


That brings us to the second announcement…
Our next book choice for January/February, hosted by Deb, is The Language of Baklava, by Diana Abu-Jaber, a culinary memoir and journey full of incredible food and the cultural differences and difficulties of being raised both Jordanian and American.


The author, Diana Abu-Jabar has written several novels, is a wonderful storyteller and the recipes in the book sound delicious and will be a good starting off point for everyone’s creativity.

From the book jacket:

Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father with tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, in turn illuminate the two cultures of Diana’s childhood–American and Jordanian–while helping to paint a loving and complex portrait of her impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food.”

The Submission Deadline for this book is February 15th

Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for being a part of Cook The Books!



21 responses

18 12 2008

Congratulations Foodycat! You were my pick too! Now, can we eat your submission?

18 12 2008
maria verivaki

fantastic choice – i was very tempted by the antipasto platter myself!
the next book sounds great – i’m off to search for a copy!

18 12 2008

Gosh! Thank you so much! Everyone is welcome at my house for some fried cheese!

I am excited about the next book too – it sounds beautiful.

18 12 2008

A well-deserved win Foodycat! I think I was most tempted by your Funghi sott’Olio, myself. I hope everyone enjoyed reading and cooking along with “La Cucina” and will have as much fun with our tempting new book pick.

19 12 2008

Foodycat! You KNOW you were my pick! You inspired me to trudge through 3 states to find my own piece of cacciocavallo. Mine didn’t melt as beautifully as yours, but there’s still some grated left in the freezer and I’m all about “try, try, again.”

I’m going to go to Rachel’s site right now to look for the next book and a few other good reads. Love this group. When is our “First Cook the Books Retreat”? We could fix a few meals together, have great discussions, and shop. I’m ready to fly to Hawaii or Greece or drive to Saratoga right now!!!!

23 12 2008

way to go foodycat!

23 12 2008

Just got my copy of The Language of Baklava. Have a short read to finish up, then I’m ready to plunge in.

26 12 2008

Hi! What a fun event. I’m going to buy this book today! This will be a great read for my vacation, and with the holiday chaos over, I can participate! Yay.

28 12 2008

Just got my copy of “Language of Baklava” and read the first chapter and can tell that it’s already a winner. Abu-Jaber is a great writer, funny, poignant and lyrical. Not to mention a great couple of inspiring recipes already! Great book pick, Deb!

29 12 2008

Congrats! This next book looks great!

29 12 2008

I’m so sad! I finished The Language of Baklava and want more! All I’ll say here is that I loved Abu-Jaber’s stories and I’ve dog-earred so many pages I may have to make an entire dinner.

1 01 2009


I am so glad you liked the book! Her fiction novels are great as well–especially Crescent. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I am about 1/2 way through now myself.

6 01 2009

My wonderful prize from Rachel was at the post office for me to collect today. Thank you! I will have to make pizza this weekend.

15 01 2009

I couldn’t wait to share the wonderful dinner Larry and I had the other night, so I posted my review/dinner for The Language of Baklava. I didn’t include the hummus I made from the book. It, too, was good, a bit different from the one I generally make. I can’t wait for our next book. BTW, I also just finished reading The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry. It was a great read.

23 01 2009

hi rachel
i’m reading language of baklava at the moment
could you let me know (with a reply to this comment) which link(s) to inlcude when i do the write-up?

24 01 2009

Hi Maria:

A link to this blog ( should be included with your post. I am looking forward to see what you thought of the book and your take on the magical Middle Eastern recipes that studded each chapter. My post is coming up soon, too (as soon as I wrestle with my photo editing software some more).


24 01 2009

My copy arrived this morning! I have to get reading!

8 02 2009

I just posted my contribution. I am a bit unclear on the next step, though: should I send the link to Deb? Or add it here as a comment? Sorry, it’s my first time.

9 02 2009
Tina Marie

Having read only a third of the way though so far I am in love with the style of this author. So wonderfully descriptive and the recipes – yum yum! I will definately go looking for her other books.

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