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Thursday, October 23, 2008

 

foodie bookclub?

i may have mentioned before that i'm not an avid reader. i read mostly magazines (and blogs, of course). i love Gourmet and Real Simple and Fine Cooking when i can shell the cash to buy it.

much to my chagrin, i've just never really been a fiction reader. sure, i've read some novels, but not many and they are few and far between. i'm much more a reader of real-life. i've wondered for many years why this is. what is it that draws me to the biography or true tales? i'm not sure. i guess i just like to connect with people who are really out there in the world. i like to hear about life. real life and what people have been through or reasearched.

in a recent issue of Real Simple there was an article written by Steve Almond (yes, a GUY actually wrote for RS!) and it just cracked me up totally. i read nearly the whole thing aloud to hubby because i could not stop laughing. so, of course, i googled him. and i found a book he wrote called Candy Freak.

yes.

this was right up my alley.

i am now about 3-quarters of the way through it and it's just awesome. i admit to being a tad disappointed when it turned from memoir-of-childhood-candy-obsession to history-lesson-and-tour-of-regional-candy-makers, but i stuck with it and am glad i did. his writing is loose, but not careless. it's funny and sarcastic and spot-on. i love his style and maverick (o yes i did) sensibility.

i encourage you all to check it out.

and this got me thinking about reading and how much i loved Ruth Reichl's books (Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, & Garlic and Sapphires) and how much i want to read other food-related books like The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.

would a foodie bookclub be of interest to anyone out there!? all i need is a couple of buddies and i'm in!

anyone?

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9 Comments:

OpenID mysweetestday said...

happy early early birthday! and thanks for stopping by my blog!

October 23, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Arika said...

I'd love to. I'm an avid reader, but I found the Art of Simple Food dull, dull, dull. As a cookbook, the recipes were super basic, and the philosophy she teaches, though valid, is not new or groundbreaking as it was when she first came up with it. Some AWESOME foodie books I've read are The Man Who Ate Everything, Kitchen Confidential, Don't Eat This Book, A cooks Tour, and What to Eat is the most informative non-fiction book regarding food I've ever read. I'm eager to see how much interest this gets.

Arika
My Yummy Life

October 24, 2008 at 1:18 PM  
OpenID mangomissives said...

I would love to! Two of my biggest passions are food and books. I love reading food related fiction and non-fiction.

I read Candyfreak and loved it. I am currently reading another candy related book called The Emperors of Chocolate. It's about the history and rivalry between Mars and Hershey.

October 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I would love to join in, too! I'm hoping that I can find the time to do it. Can't wait for more info. on it!

October 24, 2008 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

I loved all the Ruth Riechl books too!
There is a new book club just starting now - http://cookthebooksclub.wordpress.com/
Where they also encourage people to cook something inspired by the book of the (2) months.
Don't know if this is what you had in mind?
I love reading - book clubs are always a good thing!

October 24, 2008 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I haven't been good at the Cookie Carnival - but you can count on me for a Foodie Book Club. I did this once and loved it.

October 24, 2008 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Hey, that sounds like fun!

I read Candy Freak and really enjoyed it. I was saddened to hear of the small-time candy makers being bought out, though.

I enjoyed Ruth Reichl's book... I think there's still one I haven't read.

Anthony Bourdain is a great read too... more raunchy though.

October 24, 2008 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger lilmizlynn said...

I would like to join in too although I am quite busy with work. Looking forward for more info!

October 25, 2008 at 12:01 AM  
OpenID culinography said...

I think that's a GREAT idea! :)

October 25, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

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