Fall 2016
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Happy Fall! In this issue, you'll find:
  • New book recommendations from book clubs around the country
  • Our Author Bite feature: a recipe from debut author Stephanie Danler paired with her acclaimed new novel, Sweetbitter, about a young woman working in New York's restaurant world. And a giveaway for Sweetbitter -- quickly becoming a book club favorite and guaranteed to make you hungry!
  • A new BookTalk survey question. If you traveled somewhere new this summer in the pages of a book, we want to hear about it!
  • Incredible soup recipes featured in Kathy Gunst's new cookbook, Soup Swap, and reviewed by 22 fabulous chef bloggers during our Soup Swap blog party. Get ready for fall weather!

Don't forget to enter our current book giveaways, including Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe and for kids, Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. And keep an eye out for our new cookbook giveaways coming in October. 

As always, please tell us what your book club is reading and eating.

Warm wishes,

Judy and Vicki
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Favorite Title Round Up

Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Book Club of Waterford, Connecticut, recommends:
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson with Victoria Chambers (Random House, 2013), Memoir, 336 pages
"This memoir chronicles the journey of a young man from his birth in Ethiopia and adoption by Swedish parents, to becoming a three-star chef in America. Discussion topics included adoption, particularly international adoption (one member is an adoptee and another has adopted internationally), racism in the restaurant trade, the cutthroat nature of the restaurant business, Samuelsson's vision for himself and the poor choices he made, and the very important role his Swedish adoptive parents and grandmother played in his life.
"Inspired by Yes, Chef, members and friends took a road trip to Harlem. We visited Samuelsson's restaurant, The Red Rooster, named for a bar that was a Harlem treasure in its day. We all enjoyed lunch and were honored by Chef Samuelsson's visit to our tables. We followed our lunch with a two-hour walking tour of Harlem. It was fascinating!" 
Paired With: "We prepared desserts and beverages from Samuelsson's cookbooks: Lemongrass Tisane, Ginger Beer, Peanut Cake with Caramelized Papayas and Plums, Mango Couscous, and Sesame cookies." 

Novel Gobblers Book Club of Idaho Falls, Idaho, recommends:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thahn Nguyen (Grove Press, 2016), Historical Fiction, 384 pages
"Our discussion touched on the struggles of the main character regarding all the dualities in his life: being Vietnamese and French, and being a communist posing as a nationalist. We enjoyed his work as a consultant for the filmmaking, and the irony of the story being told by the losers of the war (Americans) as though they had won it; the Vietnamese actors were given few speaking parts. We discussed the surprise at the end when it is finally disclosed who the commandant is. The last idea that we had trouble grasping was understanding the full meaning of 'nothing.' Most of our members really liked the book and we all were glad we read it."

Paired With : "We met at a Thai Restaurant and for dessert shared a fabulous banana cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. Banana and curry are used a lot in Thai and Cambodian cooking. We thought that might be close enough given we don't have a Vietnamese restaurant in our area."
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer
Sweetbitter Book Club Recipe  

Hailed as "the ' Kitchen Confidential' of our time" and a "brilliantly written novel" by The New York Times, Stephanie Danler's novel Sweetbitter follows 22-year-old Tess as she moves from her small hometown to New York City and lands a low-level job at one of the city's best restaurants. Once in Manhattan, Tess learns to navigate the ups and downs of city life and the adrenalized world of the restaurant business. Book clubs that enjoy compelling coming-of-age stories and sensuous food descriptions will savor Danler's debut novel.
Stephanie Danler shared her favorite recipe for a dish Tess experiences in New York. It's perfect for sampling with your book club when discussing the book, or for trying on your own. And take a moment to enter to win a copy of Sweetbitter in our

giveaway, courtesy of publisher Alfred A. Knopf.

Did you read a book this summer that transported you to another place or culture? Would you recommend it to fellow readers?

Perhaps you didn't have a chance to travel this summer, but your reading carried you away. If you recently read a book set in an interesting location, please tell us about it. We'll enter your name in a drawing to win a copy of The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Penguin, 2012).

Bloggers Celebrate Cookbook Release with Recipe Exchange

This month, bloggers nationwide prepared, tasted and swapped soups from Sopa de Lima to Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder in BookClubCookbook.com's Soup Swap Party, celebrating the release of Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share (Chronicle Books) by Kathy Gunst, Resident Chef for NPR's "Here and Now."
Soup Swap features 60 terrific recipes,
Italian Sausage-Zucchini Soup prepared by The Heritage Cook
including classics such as Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled-Cheese Croutons and international favorites like Thai Red Curry-Chicken Noodle Soup. Each recipe has
Sweet and Spicy Carrot Bisque from The Picky Eater
suggested sides to make it a meal, and tips for easy transporting, making it just right for a soup swap where everyone can sample the offerings and then take home a variety of leftovers.

You'll find our round up of bloggers' recipes, reviews and stories on our Soup Swap Party page, and you can follow with the #SoupSwapParty hashtag on social media.
Thank you to our party sponsors:
And many thanks to our terrific chef bloggers:

A Day in the Life on the Farm   Hogwash 
All Roads Lead to the Kitchen  Kahakai Kitchen 
Bermuda Onion  Life on Food 
briciole  Mission: Food 
Brooklyn Farm Girl  Not Starving Yet 
The Chef Next Door  The Picky Eater 
Cookistry  The Primlani Kitchen 
Culinary Adventures with Camilla  Recipe Renovator 
Eliot's Eats  Tortillas and Honey 
Grab a Plate  Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook 
The Heritage Cook   What's Cooking with Kids

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