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"Whether you’re looking to start a book club, choose your book club’s next reading selection, find a recipe to match with a book or gather fresh food ideas, this volume can help," declare authors Gelman and Krupp, a PR consultant and an educator, respectively. To gather all that material, they contacted members of dozens of book clubs throughout the country—from clubs of Jewish moms in Atlanta to psychotherapists in Connecticut—and quickly discovered that these chatty groups are diverse, passionate and boast an impressive camaraderie. It’s logical, then, that this collaborative project offers all sorts of anecdotes and food ideas from club members and profiles of various clubs, in addition to recipes drawn from favorite books. (Short plot summaries of each suggested title are also included.) The choices range from Anna Karenina’s Wild Mushrooms on Toast and Life of Pi’s Tandoori Shrimp to The Hours’s Crab Casserole and Nickel and Dimed’s Mozzarella Sticks. Part cookbook, part celebration of the written word, the volume illustrates how books and ideas can bring people together. And considering that there’s an estimated seven million people in America involved in book clubs these days, this should prove to be a popular volume.
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About the Author

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp have participated in many book clubs. After taking a cooking class together, they began meeting regularly at a local sandwich shop. There, over stacks of library books, endless cups of coffee, and bagel sandwiches, The Book Club Cookbook was born.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542322X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585423224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp are cooks, book enthusiasts and friends. Seeking to combine their passion for books, food, and book clubs, they met over stacks of books and endless cups of coffee at a local sandwich shop, where THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK was born. The first cookbook for book clubs, THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK has become a classic guide to pairing food and literature. The revised edition of THE BOOK CLUB COOKBOOK was released in 2012.

Judy and Vicki were motivated to write their second book, THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK, after librarians, parents, and teachers who attended their talks asked for a similar book for the growing number of youth book clubs across the country.

Their third book, TABLE OF CONTENTS features book related recipes from fifty of today's most popular authors.

Judy and Vicki enjoy speaking about book clubs and appreciate their ongoing conversations, both in person and via their websites, with book and food enthusiasts across the country.

They live with their families in the Boston area.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
While many of us enjoy "reading" cookbooks, checking through recipes and making notes of new discoveries, this cookbook provides a totally different type of reading experience. Authors Gelman and Krupp, both members of several book clubs, decided that instead of organizing a cookbook around the foods and recipes mentioned in particular novels, memoirs, or non-fiction (which has been done before), that they would start instead by choosing the one hundred favorite books of book clubs from around the country. The list they developed includes the classics, such as Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence; current affairs, such as Reading Lolita in Tehran; contemporary fiction, such as Empire Falls; historical fiction, such as Ahab's Wife; history, such as No Ordinary Time; and memoirs, such as Wild Swans.
Having chosen the one hundred books first, the authors then checked to see if foods were featured in the book, and if so, they looked for the best recipes they could find for each of these foods. If food did not play an important role in the book, they contacted the book clubs to see what they might have served in conjunction with their discussions of these books, sometimes tapping into favorite family recipes of club members and sometimes seeking recipes from specialty restaurants. On occasion, they even contacted the authors of the books themselves. In every case, they found recipes, some from well known sources, that compliment the books and their discussions.
Each of the one hundred books is summarized at the beginning of the section and accompanied not only by one or more recipes but also with a profile of a participating book club, noting the activities each club sponsored in conjunction with the book, and describing what makes each club unique.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 24, 2004
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Have you ever wondered how to serve a suitable meal for a book discussion at your local book club? Whether you can serve a meal which is thematically related to the book being discussed? If the answers to both are yes, then the perfect solution is acquiring a copy of Judy Gelman's and Vicki Levy Krupp's "The Book Club Cook Book". The authors contacted members from over one hundred book clubs within the United States, soliciting comments not only the books themselves, but also on the meals served at these discussions (For the record, I am an outgoing coordinator of a book club, and am quoted in several entries.).

Each book listed is accompanied by a brief summary, including comments from book club members, and a recipe for an appropriate dish (For example, for Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", is a recipe for Irish Soda Bread.). There is also an in-depth profile of a book club. So if you are wondering what to serve for a discussion of Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi", then a suitable dish might be the Tandoori Shrimp featured for this entry.

This is a fun, highly informative book which will interest long-time book club members and those who are just joining. To their credit, the authors also provide some excellent tips on how to organize your own book club. Without question, "The Book Club Cook Book" may become the essential reference guide to serving meals at book club meetings.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ed wolowicz on July 11, 2004
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I totally enjoyed reading this book. Although a lot of my friends consider me a "foodie", I really enjoyed reading the entries about the books and about what book clubs are doing across the country. My wife belongs to a book club, and we have been fighting over who gets the book each night. The recipes and the book summaries are great. I particularly enjoyed the mojitos and the honey cake, but so many of the recipes have been useful and intriguing. Great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
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What a great concept and even better execution! Bringing together cuisine and literature is not necessarily a new idea but the way Gelman and Krupp have put together this exciting collection of literary recipes is superb! The authors have obviously done their homework and the result is a very exciting compilation of recipes based on meals served in some great books, everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to the Da Vinci Code. Book clubs will have a blast with this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy Bart Kancigor on August 22, 2007
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by Judy Bart Kancigor, author of Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family

from The Orange County Register
March 8, 2007

It's a simple idea. You read a good book and you just have to share. Some credit Oprah with starting the phenomenon, but, according to Rachel Jacobsohn, author of "The Reading Group Handbook," there are approximately 500,000 book clubs in the United States, double the number since 1994. And those that combine great books with great dining come away doubly nourished by sharing ideas as they break bread together.

Enter The Book Club Cookbook (Penguin), which pairs 100 popular book club selections with the recipes they inspire. Authors Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp sent thousands of surveys to book clubs across the nation to find out what they are reading and how they dine, and the response was overwhelming.

"When we started hearing the same book titles over and over from many different clubs, we knew those titles would make our list," said Krupp. "We also tried to balance the list by genre. We included fiction, non-fiction, history, memoir, even short stories. We included books highly recommended by African-American book clubs not found on other lists. Some L.A. Asian professionals read only books with Asian themes. Women of the West in Boulder, Colorado, read only books with an American Western woman protagonist or author.
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