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Read it and eat : a month-by-month guide to scintillating book club selections a
Gardner, Sarah.
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .G37 2005

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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. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Gardner, founder and publisher of the Literary Gathering, a newsletter that celebrates the happy marriage of book clubs and cooking, has taken the work out of this union, here providing book ideas and more in a neat seasonal format. Each month has a theme and four book ideas, which range from classics like To Kill a Mockingbird (for "Not So Lazy Summer Reads" in August) to newer titles like Nickel & Dimed (for "Muckraking Madness" in November). For each book, there is a brief synopsis, ten to 15 discussion questions, and several recipes that reflect the theme, from appetizers, soups, and salads to entr?es, drinks, and desserts; most seem relatively easy to prepare. There are also four bonus chapters on classical literature, beach reading, gardening, and horses. Title and recipe indexes are also provided for ease of use. A crowd-pleasing guide that will be popular with book groups and cooks alike; recommended for public libraries.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. of Ohio Libs., Oxford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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