|CURRENT COOKBOOK GIVEAWAYS
In this issue you'll find:
- New book recommendations from book clubs around the country
- This month's Author Bite: Janice Y.K. Lee's recipe for Peking Duck Spring Rolls -- a great holiday party pick-up -- paired with her new novel, The Expatriates, about the lives of three American women living in a small expat community in Hong Kong
- The results of our BookTalk survey: titles that readers say carried them away to a far-off time or place. Plus a new question about your favorite book of 2016
- Our Japanese Home Cooking Blog Party: Surprisingly simple recipes from Iron Chef Morimoto's new cookbook, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, with reviews and recipes from bloggers around the country
- A great holiday gift idea for the book and food enthusiast: THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK
- Our new Facebook group, Book Club Favorites -- a dynamic community of readers looking to share ideas and inspiration
As always, please
what your book club is reading and eating.
Warm wishes and happy holidays,
Judy and Vicki
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
BOOK CLUBS SUGGEST
New Book Club Favorites
The Readers of Madison, Wisconsin, recommend:
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North by Blair Braverman (Ecco, 2016), Memoir, 288 pages
"We could not stop talking about this book! '
Ice Cube' is a memoir about growing up female in the Arctic bush (the author races sled dogs), but it's also a meditation on fear, adventure, feminism, and violence. It's smart, dryly hilarious, and full of the kind of elegant insights that leave you stunned, staring at the same page for an hour.
"Much of the book is about the author's friendship with Arlid, the only shopkeeper in a seal-hunting village in Lapland. As their relationship deepens, we begin to glimpse the disturbing-yet-inspiring path that brought her to that village in the first place."
: "We talked about
over mugs of salted hot chocolate and open-faced sandwiches, which was just enough to give us a physical connection to the story without having to stand outside in a blizzard."
by Dave Eggers
by Emily St. John Mandel
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan
AUTHOR BITE: JANICE Y.K. LEE
Book Club Holiday Recipe & Giveaway
Janice Y.K. Lee's new novel is set in Hong Kong, where, says Lee, "expats can live a rarefied life of cocktails and dinner parties." When we asked her for a dish inspired by
, Lee mentioned a dinner party scene in which character Hilary Starling's life starts to unravel. "Right before, as if she can sense the impending chaos, she lies in bed, unwilling to get up, " Lee told us. "At least there was delicious food on the menu," says Lee, "including canapés like salmon tartare in phyllo tarts and Peking Duck Rolls."
Lee shared a recipe for Peking Duck Rolls -- delicious, unusual and a perfect pick-up for your book club's holiday party and discussion of
THE GREAT (BOOK) ESCAPE (AND A NEW QUESTION!)
Titles that Transport
We asked for titles that transported you to another time or place, and you sent books everywhere from the tea plantations of Ceylon to a modern-day game reserve in Zululand. Here's a sampling of responses -- all terrific holiday gifts for the reader yearning to escape.
Norwegian by Night
(a Scandinavian crime novel)
by Derek B. Miller
: Oslo, Norway, in the present
America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
: Monticello, revolutionary Paris, and the Jefferson White House, in the early days of the Republic
The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
Setting: a game reserve in post-apartheid South Africa
The Tea Planter's Wife
by Dinah Jefferies
Setting: a Ceylon tea plantation in the 1920s
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
: pre-Civil War America, where slaves attempt to escape via a secret network of tracks and tunnels running below the earth
DID YOUR BOOK CLUB HAVE A FAVORITE READ IN 2016?
TELL US ABOUT IT!
WE'LL SHARE YOUR IDEA WITH OTHER BOOK CLUBS.
JAPANESE HOME COOKING BLOG PARTY
Bloggers Celebrate New Cookbook Release
Looking for expert takes on a new cookbook? In November, bloggers
You'll find our round up of bloggers' recipes, reviews and stories on our Japanese Home Cooking Blog Party page, and you can
Morimoto introduces readers to the simple dishes favored by Japanese home cooks. Culinary bloggers from around the country cooked up everything from Japanese Curry to Soba Noodle and Duck Soup, showcasing a sampling of the healthy and flavorful recipes in this amazing collection.
follow with the #JapaneseHomeCooking hashtag on social media.
THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK
A Unique Gift for Book and Food Lovers
Looking for a way to show your fellow book club members how much you care? Need a hostess gift for your foodie friend? Look no further. The Book Club Cookbook makes the perfect gift for the book and food enthusiast. With holiday recipes like Glögg, a hot spiced wine mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Markus Zusak's Vanilla Kipferl cookies, paired with The Book Thief, The Book Club Cookbook is the ideal holiday gift for your favorite book club member, avid reader, or foodie.
OUR NEW FACEBOOK COMMUNITY
Join the Conversation on Book Club Favorites
If you're on Facebook, join our Book Club Favorites group, a space for sharing favorite book clubs reads, food pairings and other ideas and enhancements for your book club. Book Club Favorites is meant to be a conversation about recommended book club books as well as food and drink inspired by them and helpful ideas for organizing and participating in a book club. This is a dynamic community of book club members, book lovers, and those who enjoy recipes inspired by their reads.