Cook the Books Guidelines

1. Order, buy, or borrow the appointed book.

2. After reading the book, cook up something delicious inspired by this novel and blog about it. If you don’t have a blog, one of us  three hosts above would be happy to post your entry as a guest blogger. Make sure to include a link to this COOK THE BOOKS blog so others can find out about the details.

3. In the meantime, feel free to suggest other foodie readings for a
future round of COOK THE BOOKS b
y leaving a comment after this post.

4. This round of COOK THE BOOKS will run until September 24, 2012. We are currently reading Laurie Colwin’s book “Home Cooking”.   The winner will receive a fabulous badge to place on their blog and will be added to our Cook the Books Winners blog roll.  Please feel free to join us by submitting your post!

Ready, set, read!

37 responses

25 10 2008

It’s a childrens’ book, but none the worse for that – A Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge is a lovely fairytale with magic food in it!

27 10 2008
maybelles mom (feeding maybelle)

theres a book called the last Chinese Chef that I haven’t read but looked sort of interesting.

8 11 2008
maria verivaki

have you ever heard of sour sweet by timothy mo?
a chinese man living in london operates a restaurant with his wife = he has some shady dealings with the triads (chinese mafia)… maybe not too male freindly?!?

6 12 2008

This sounds like so much fun. I am so excited to participate in this event next time! When will the new event/book etc. be posted?

6 12 2008

Deb, Johanna and I are going to announce the next book after our December 15 deadline for Cook the Books entries about La Cucina, so stay tuned!

30 12 2008

garlic and sapphires

28 01 2009
Tina Marie

Hello – Could I join your bookclub? I realize I would be starting the book late but I’m willing. And I like to cook!


9 04 2009

How does one join the group?

14 04 2009

Yes, how does one join the group? I know it’s too late this time, but next time I would love to particiapte.

10 05 2009

What a fabulous creation. I am so excited. I feel like cooking is just as much a form of art as any painting, writing or music. We all need muses. Look forward to reading The Little White Horse. Who doesn’t love a book with a Unicorn on it?

11 05 2009
Coco Bean

I just finished Kitchen Confidential, a little late I know! A great one for cook the books would be Molly Wizenberg’s “A Homemade Life” written by a fellow blogger. I just started the book and it is beautiful! Also there are a ton of recipes that we could all make.

1 09 2009

I SO want in. Please let me know how to sign up! Thanks!

14 09 2009
My Year on the Grill

This is a great idea. I have just found you, now I have to look for the book

will be back

16 09 2009
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30 09 2009
Roz (Bella)

Hi everyone, I have read your guidelines and would like to know if the only way to be included is to be chosen as the best post for the month (or at least that is how I understood the guidelines for the group). Please correct me on membership qualifications….cuz this just sounds like one fun cookin’ foodie group! Thanks so much, Roz (aka bella)

30 09 2009

Hi Roz (Bella):

Please do join us. There is no admissions requirement other than grabbing a copy of the current book (currently Peter Mayle’s “French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew”), blogging about it and cooking up something inspired by your reading. Then we do a roundup after the deadline (currently Nov. 8) and our guest judge decides a winner who receives a badge for their blog and a listing in our blogroll. But there is no closed circle here, we welcome you and anyone else to join us every other month to blog about our selected book.

Looking forward to seeing what you cook up!

Rachel, Jo and Deb, Your Cook the Books Hostesses

15 10 2009

I’ve picked up my copy of A Taste for Adventure and will look forward to posting about my selection from it. Is there a list of previous selections that I could review? I would love to see what has already been covered.

28 10 2009
Ty's Mommy

Hi there! I just got my post up for French Lessons! I linked back here, but I didn’t know if you wanted to add me to the blogroll, or if I needed to link up here as well somehow. Check it out!

1 04 2010
13 07 2010


I love this idea as reading and cooking are two of my greatest passions! I look forward to joining you. To do so, I just post to my blog and link back to this site, is that correct?

Thanks, Kelly

23 09 2010
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4 10 2010
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14 11 2010

Hi ladies! I wanted to drop some book suggestions…
~ANYTHING by Judith Ryan Hendricks
~ANYTHING by Ruth Reichl
~52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust by William Alexander
~ANYTHING by Sarah Addison Allen
~Garlic is Life: A Memoir with Recipes by Chester Aaron
~Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell
~Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally
title by Alisa Smith
~A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes

…I have so many more on my list…some which I’ve already read, some which I mean to…just wanted to throw some in the pot 😉 Thanks!

14 02 2011
8 05 2011
Leslie Limon

This sounds like such a fun group! While I’m not sure if I can join this month, I will definitely join for the next book. 🙂

14 05 2011
Ellie Welcome

How do I follow this blog?

16 05 2011

I’ve just stumbled across your site and have already downloaded my copy of Lunch In Paris. Can’t wait to start! I’ve also emailed my BFF and told her to grab a copy too!

18 05 2011
Maria @ Cocina Diary

I love this idea! I have been looking for a book club that focuses on books dealing with food, and will definitely be joining you!

19 05 2011
Maria @ Cocina Diary

By the way, I saw this book today that sounds beautiful…and delicious. It is called Friendship Bread by Darien Gee. Sounds great!

25 07 2011
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31 07 2011

I’m reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender right now. I think it would be a good choice.

2 09 2011

Just saw this, which might be an interesting choice:

29 11 2011
10 01 2012

I’d suggest “White Truffles in Winter” by N.M. Kelby. Heard about it from the author on Twitter, got it as an Xmas gift, and read it immediately – imagine Escoffier, Paris, London, Monte Carlo…and dear me, the food descriptions made me hungry just reading.

10 04 2012
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22 09 2012
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20 02 2013

Dirty Sugar Cookies

(and the author’s available to answer questions. 😉

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