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Read it and Eat : A Month-by-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 2, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1594630046
  • ASIN: B000EPFVTG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Why order pizza while discussing Barbara Ehrenrich's Nickel and Dimed when you can eat like the characters in the book (Pasta on a Tight Budget)? Gardner, publisher of the bimonthly newsletter The Literary Gathering, plans out a year's worth of books and menus for book clubs. The books (four per month) range from classic to contemporary, and encompass fiction and nonfiction; the accompanying themed menus are made up of generally uncomplicated fare. Gardner also includes discussion questions for each book. September honors Celebrate Banned Books Week, with suggestions for reading The Color Purple (and eating Southern foods, like Harpo's Fountain 7 UP Cake). Some book choices are unusual (Geshundeit!, a health book by Patch Adams); others predictable (Angela's Ashes, by Irishman Frank McCourt, in March; Gone with the Wind for February romance); and a few accompanying meal suggestions are a stretch (The Catcher in the Rye features some peripheral characters from Buffalo, NY, so Gardner suggests readers try some of the city's specialty foods, like Roast Beef on Kimmelweck). Clearly meant for all-female groups (witness April's theme, "Sassy Singletons," and Gardner's suggestions to read Confessions of a Shopaholic or Valley of the Dolls), this book is hardly necessary but could be just the thing a lagging group needs to liven things up.
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Some book clubs feed the body as well as the mind. Anyone who's hosted such a gathering knows how difficult it can be to serve food appropriate to the reading if one has as a goal a sort of bond linking the book at hand with the dining table. Gardner offers a month-by-month reading list complete with recipes appropriate to each title. For Gone with the Wind, Eggs O'Hara fills the bill. After reading Up from Slavery, a soul food meal of macaroni and cheese and candied yams satisfies. Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography provokes World War II sugarless brownies. The Hound of the Baskervilles suggests old-fashioned English fish and chips. Gardner wisely forgoes the obvious meat in her chapter on books about horses, offering instead Kentucky burgoo and mint juleps. Gardner's recipes are all simply and easily prepared, not intimidating to anyone with even modest kitchen skills. She also provides questions to provoke discussion. Her selection of readings ranges from classics to works of contemporary nonfiction, such as Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (2001). Mark Knoblauch
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By readergirl on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read the review for this book in Pages Magazine and purchased it for my reading group (we've been together for about 2 years.) I brought the book to our meeting last week, along with the "Vintage Junk Food" chocolate cake. What a big hit! The recipes are easy and delicious, we LOVED the book selections and the discussion questions are both fun and interesting. What a great book! I highly recommend it! I'll be using some of the ideas to get my high school students excited about reading. I also purchased a subscription to the author's newsletter, The Literary Gathering, for my school's library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There should be more of these books with suggested reading and tempting recipes. This particular one is chock full of book suggestions for the entire year with discussion questions for each book PLUS delicious tasting recipes to set the theme of the book.

Love this idea of a book - so much to it - we need more of these!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on June 2, 2006
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What a great book for book clubs or to help jump start your reading! This book is a guide to monthly reading suggestions for your book club, and offers 4 different books to read each month along with recipes that go along great with the action of the book. Also included are 4 bonus chapters for additional ideas as well.

Each month offers a theme including: "Not-So-Lazy Summer Reads" for August, "Change Your World" for January's New Year's resolutions, and "Celebrate Banned Books Week" in September. After a synopsis of each book, you will find thought provoking questions for your book club discussion, or just to spark thought if you have read the book on your own. To go along with the book, the author offers several great recipes that she suggests are brought to the book club discussion...a great bonus so that you don't have the usual cake and cookies fare after your meeting!

Pick up this book if you are in a book club, or if you want to find a great book to read each month. Then treat yourself to a meal that reminds you of each great selection. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on December 7, 2009
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I love this book! With great suggestions for reading as well as menus to go with your selections - this took our book club to the next level. Not only were the suggestions wonderful, but they opened up the group to think more out of the box and each member when hosting was able to envision a deeper meaningful review with great food and conversation to boot!
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