While we are waiting to find out who our winner from the “Like Water For Chocolate” round-up is, and before I turn things over to Johanna for our April-May selection: “Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table” (Have you started reading this one yet? I am loving it!), we thought we would announce our next three picks to take us through the end of the year at Cook the Books so you can start locating them. We have three great books, a little something for everyone, all are in paperback and hopefully they are books you can find used or at your public library.
Cook the Books Selection for June-July 2010
Rachel, The Crispy Cook is taking us with her to a very special cooking school with her selection of “The School of Essential Ingredients,” the bestselling debut novel from Erica Bauermeister, who teaches writing and English literature courses at the University of Washington. In the novel, eight students gather once a month at Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class and a few life lessons as well.
You should have this selection read and your dish posted by Friday, July 30th.
Cook the Books Selection for August-September 2010
For me, Deb, of Kahakai Kitchen, curries, samosas, dal and other Indian dishes are some of my favorite foods, so I am taking us on a trip to exotic India with noted cook, author, (over 30 cookbooks and other books and counting!), actress, and world-renowned authority on Indian cuisine, Madhur Jaffrey. Jaffrey’s “Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India.” is about her large family, unusual childhood growing up in Delhi, the “power of food to evoke memory” and it also includes over 30 family recipes to make our mouths water. Mmm..I can smell the cardamom and cinnamon now.
You should have this selection read and your dish posted by Friday, September 24th.
Cook the Books Selection for October-November 2010
Leave it to Johanna from Food Junkie Not Junk Food to get us into the belly of the restaurant kitchen with Bill Buford’s “Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.“ Buford left his job as an acclaimed writer and editor at The New Yorker to apprentice in the kitchen of Mario Batali’s Babbo restaurant, and the book follows his adventures there as well as on his journey to Italy to discover the secrets to pasta-making and pig slaughtering.
You should have this selection read and your dish posted by Friday, December 3rd.
There you have it–our next three selections and your reading list through the end of 2010! We hope that you join us reading these great foodie books, cooking and eating some wonderful food inspired by them and of course sharing it all with good friends.
Deb, Rachel & Jo
Note: If you are new to Cook the Books, welcome! We are a bi-monthly virtual book club, reading great food-related books and cooking and posting dishes inspired by them. Anyone is welcome to join our group. If you have any questions, you can find the details here, or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.