Saturday, January 27, 2007

Read it and Eat

Read it and Eat

Description: (Booklist) Some book clubs feed the body as well as the mind. Anyone who's hosted such a gathering knows how difficult it can be to serve food appropriate to the reading if one has as a goal a sort of bond linking the book at hand with the dining table. Gardner offers a month-by-month reading list complete with recipes appropriate to each title. For Gone with the Wind, Eggs O'Hara fills the bill. After reading Up from Slavery, a soul food meal of macaroni and cheese and candied yams satisfies. Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography provokes World War II sugarless brownies. The Hound of the Baskervilles suggests old-fashioned English fish and chips. Gardner wisely forgoes the obvious meat in her chapter on books about horses, offering instead Kentucky burgoo and mint juleps. Gardner's recipes are all simply and easily prepared, not intimidating to anyone with even modest kitchen skills. She also provides questions to provoke discussion. Her selection of readings ranges from classics to works of contemporary nonfiction, such as Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (2001).

Review: I found this book to be really well organized. It was a delight to read. Sarah Gardner had a lot of good suggestions for books as well. Additionally, the book was full of interesting and fun recipes. I saved a few of them for myself because they sounded so darn good. I think this book would be great for those clubs that like to have food that corresponds with whatever they are reading. One thing that I liked about the book was the reading suggestions around the time of the year. This is a good book for those new to clubs who really want to have some kind of structure to both their reading and their snacks.

Score: 5 out of 5

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