Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Announcing… Our Next Three Cook the Books Picks!

It’s time to announce our next three bi-monthly foodie book selections! While you are delving into the current book, The United States of Arugula by David Kamp, you can start begging, borrowing or finding gently used copies to purchase of our selected books through the end of the year.

June/July 2012

Rachel, The Crispy Cook is having us put our foodie detective hats on for “Death By Darjeeling  (A Tea Shop Mystery)” by Laura Childs. Rachel says, “This cozy mystery is the first in a series of (now 13 titles) books featuring Charleston, South Carolina tea shop owner Theodosia Browning. Theodosia and her employees at the Indigo Tea Shop offers a wealth of teas and baked goods to sample at the shop and at various catered events, including an evening tour of historic homes. When an unscrupulous real estate developer turns up dead at this Lamplighter Tour, clutching an empty tea cup that held poisoned tea, Theodosia goes sleuthing to track down the murder.”
The deadline for “Death By Darjeeling” is Monday, July 30th.

August/September 2012

At Kahakai Kitchen, I (Deb), have become enamored of a little book of food essays,Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. Colwin was the author of five books, as well as a food writer and a contributor to Gourmet and other magazines, who died unexpectedly and tragically young, in 1992 of a heart attack at age 48. “Home Cooking” is a small and wonderful collection of stories and memories about food, interspersed  with recipes. Colwin wrote in a casual, warm style and with such a sparkling sense of humor–laughing about herself and her experiences–both good and bad in the kitchen. If you haven’t experienced her before, I think you will fall a little bit in love with her writing. It’s a short book so if you are feeling extra ambitious, feel free to read her follow-up More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen, as well.
The deadline for “Home Cooking” is Monday, September 24th.

October/November 2012

Jo of Food Junkie Not Junk Food is giving us a glimpse of a food writer’s life gone bad with the novel “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron. Jo says, “Heartburn is the bittersweet story of Rachel Samstat, a food writer, who discovers that her husband Mark has been having an affair with another woman, whilst she is VERY pregnant. The worse part is that it is not just a fling, but a relationship which has been going on for some time and is not about to end. Nora Ephron’s “Heartburn” is actually based on her own disastrous four-year marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and is a funny, witty, heartbreaking, and mouthwatering story all at once.
The deadline for “Heartburn” is Monday, November 26th.
So grab a copy of each of these books and join us for some foodie fun! If you are new to Cook the Books we would love to have you join us–you can check out our guidelineshere.
Happy reading, cooking and eating!
Deb, Rachel and Jo

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