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Monday, October 27, 2008


foodie bookclub :: let's do it!

i think we have enough people who want to do this that we should get it going!

can we pull it together to start in november?? i bet we can. here's how i see it working--once we choose a book (see below for more on that) and an agreed upon window of time to read it. we pick a posting date and we all post ON THAT DATE, our thoughts about the book. i think i'd also be fun if we each chose a recipe (if there are any) and made one of the dishes (thanks melody for this fab idea).

i'll create a blogroll page on my blog so we have a master list as well as all the "rules" for joining. in your post, you will LINK TO that page, so that everyone can see who else is involved and read everyone's posts. this will be fun!

so, for those who want to join in, here's what i need from you:

:: a book title that you would like to see us read first (i'll list 5 for us to vote on)
:: your name and blog name
:: suggestions for a club name. . . foodie bookclub is just too boring. (heck we can vote on this, too)
:: finally, would you prefer a book per month or a book per 2 months, giving you MORE time to read it?

please comment (make sure to leave me your email address) or email me (kate the clean plate club dot net) with your reply by october 30th. on the 31st i'll post the book suggestions for all to vote on. then we can start reading in november! yay!



Blogger Melody said...

Melody Smith - Trap Door

suggestions for the bookclub name:
Words To Cook By
The Culinary Words
Eating Our Words
Food For Thought

suggestions for the books:
Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Lara Vapnyar

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

I would prefer one a month at least to start. I also suggest that we not only review the book but choose a dish in the book to replicate and blog about.

This will be fun!

October 27, 2008 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I don't have any suggestions on names for the club or books but I'll be back with some. I do love Melody's suggestion for "Eating Our Words. :)

I also vote for starting out with one book since I'm so busy with school functions and other things through Christmas.

I was going to suggest cooking a recipe from the book, too! I think that this would be a lot of fun and a great way to tie everything together.

I can't wait to get started!

Thanks for including me!

Tami - email

October 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

I like Melody's eating our words too.
As for timing - I am a fairly quick reader with fiction and slower with non-fiction. (if this helps)
One month or more would be good, with at least a week lead time to find a copy of the book. (Hello Amazon!)
For books, I am good with whatever you pick.

October 27, 2008 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Jacque at

I am so uncreative when it comes to names, sorry.

I don't know if "My Life in France" by Julia Child is a regular book or a cookbook.

"Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter" - I thought the title sounded interesting. Not sure if there will be recipes.

Any of Ruth Reichl's books.

One a month would be good, I think.

October 27, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
OpenID mangomissives said...

Hi all! This is Jessica from

I am excited about this!

I like Eating Our Words as a name.

Here are some book ideas:
-Recipe for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty
-Consuming Passions:A Food Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West
-Food in History by Reay Tannahill
-Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
-The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute
by Michael Ruhlman

October 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Arika said...

I still think it's a great idea and hopefully morning sickness won't derail me from reading along =)For me personally, one book every two months would work best and I think cooking a dish inspired by the book is a fun idea. The Waiter Rant book I heard was good. I don't think there are recipes, but how fun would it be to see what inspiration people could pull from the book and crate something original! I'm no good with names for the group...Food For Thought?...Words To Eat by? I can't wait to see this come together.

My Yummy Life

October 29, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

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