The first is the new Food for Thought book club. This book club was started by Kate who also hosts the monthly blogging event Cookie Carnival where a bunch of bloggers bake a selected cookie recipe and post about their results. I’ve been participating in Cookie Carnival for two months now and have made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies. The first reading selection for the book club is Waiter Rant by The Waiter. As part of this book club, you have the option to make a recipe from the book or one inspired by the book.
The description from the back of the book is:
According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server’s unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he’s truly thrived.
Another new blogger foodie book club is the Cook the Books Club. This club also has a similar concept where a group of folks read the same food-centric book but in this club everyone cooks something inspired by the book. The first pick for this club is a novel that has been on my to-read list for awhile: La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior. Here’s a blurb from the book description:
Exuberant and touching, La Cucina is a magical evocation of life’s mysterious seasons and the treasures found in each one. It celebrates family, food, passion, and the eternal rapture of romance.
And last but not least, there’s a new book challenge starting up in January called the Well Seasoned Reader Challenge. This challenge is hosted by Book Nut and focuses on reading books about “Interesting People, Amazing Places, and Good Food”. The challenge books need to be about food, travel, or culture. I will have this covered easily since two of my favorite types of books are about food and foreign culture. Plus, I will be reading lots of food books in the two new book clubs that I mentioned above. For more details and to sign up for the challenge head on over to Book Nut’s blog.