Presenting the Next Three Cook the Books Picks

7 04 2011

Deb, Jo and I have put our heads together to pick the next three CTB foodie book picks for our book club and wanted to announce them so that you can all scour your local bookstores, libraries, friend’s bookshelves and the Internet to get copies ahead of our club deadlines.

The very next round of Cook the Books will be hosted by Jo and she has picked Elizabeth Bard’s “Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes”. The deadline for this round is May 27, 2011. 

After that, we will have the following three books to read:

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  Round hosted by Rachel, The Crispy Cook. Entries due July 25, 2011.

CTB regular Girlichef suggested that we consider any of Allen’s novels (you can always leave a book recommendation as a comment on one of our posts), and so I got her first book, Garden Spells, to read and consider for CTB.  I was entranced by this debut novel about a caterer and gardener who has been handed down special powers from her family. When her estranged sister comes back home with a daughter in tow, this sets off a series of entwined events that change the little town of Bascomb, North Carolina in unexpected ways.  Looking forward to cooking up some things from the garden and featuring herbs during this round.

Next up will be: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg. Round hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen. Entries due Sept. 26.

Deb says: “After her father’s death from cancer, getting back to her studies and life in Seattle didn’t feel right for grad student Molly Wizenburg. Instead she headed headed for Paris, ostensibly to do research on her dissertation, but there she found herself following her heart and and stomach and turning to a life of food and food writing. Starting the wildly popular blog “Orangette” as a way to record her thoughts, recipes and impressions, her descriptive writing and delicious recipes brought her countless international readers, a monthly column in Bon Appétit, and even a passionate long-distance romance that turned into true love.

“A Homemade Life” is a collection of recipes and recollections, meals and memories, all illustrating the tremendous power of food as love–to get us through the hard times, help us remember the good times and bring us together in a way nothing else can.”

Then we will travel on to Greece to check out:

Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece, by Patricia Volonakis Davis. Round hosted by our own Greek food expert Jo of Food Junkie, Not Junk Food. Entries due Nov. 29, 2011.

Jo describes the book as follows:

“Ever wondered what life in Greece might be like for a non-Greek (before the crisis of course), what Greek men are all about and how can one survive in a foreign country? Well you’ll definitely find answers in our book pick: Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece, by Patricia Volonakis Davis. It is the story of Patricia herself who falls in love with Greek Gregori, follows him to Greece and tries to make her marriage work. In the meantime however she gives us vivid descriptions of Greek life, culture food and more.

Patricia Davis (, is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Harlot’s Sauce Radio e-magazine and podcast, as well as the president of Harper’s Davis Publishing.

So there you have it: three more delicious reads to savor through the rest of the year.  Happy Reading and Cooking!



10 responses

7 04 2011
Heather @girlichef

Yay! Well, I (obviously) love Sarah Addison Allen books and am excited to read Garden Spells again…and cook something else up! And the other two picks sound great as well! 🙂

7 04 2011

I haven’t heard of any of them! How exciting!

7 04 2011
Beth Anne

Oh these all look like lots of fun! Can’t wait to get started!

8 04 2011

Thanks for getting the post up Rachel. I am looking forward to rereading Garden Spells–like girlichef, I am a big Addison Allen fan. I have had A Homemade Life on my book stack for ages and finally started reading it and couldn’t stop. 😉 I can’t wait to journey to Greece and cook up something yummy too–and you have to love that title “Harlot’s Sauce.” I think these will be three fun choices for our summer into fall.

8 04 2011
Patricia Volonakis Davis

Many, many thanks for offering my book, Harlot’ Sauce, as a reading selection. Not only am I thrilled that you enjoyed the book, I’m immensely flattered that I’m on a list with two fabulous books and authors!

For those who don’t want to try the salsa puttanesca recipe at the back of the book, there are more recipes from the story at my website! Enjoy and many thanks again. Buon Appetito and Kali Orexi!

9 04 2011
Can't Believe We Ate...

What a GREAT line up! I’ve had Molly Wizenberg’s book on my wish list, but have put others in front of it…time to move it up! And Harlot’s Sauce might be 3rd in line, but I bet I read it first! LOL! Garden Spells sounds like something I’d love to be under! Thanks for the new list!

18 05 2011
Maria @ Cocina Diary

What a fabulous lineup! I have already read Garden Spells 6 times since I got last summer but never cooked anything inspired by it. I just started reading A Homemade Life and so far it is a great book! The last one I am also excited to read. Sounds like a great book.

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