Book Review: Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson – a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors

Author:  Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Publisher: AdamsMedia, 2011

Rating: A

I’ll tell you right off the bat that I loved this book. But then, I think most book and food love enjoy reading about current authors talking about their writing and how food fits into their stories.

There are 50 authors featured in Table Of Contents, many you will know. Each featured author talks about common themes: What is your inspiration for writing? What should readers know about you? What authors have influenced you? And then, each author shares a recipe that was inspired by something in one of their novels and/or some family dishes.

I found myself reading this book in a different way than I normally tackle a book.

  • First I checked to see what some of my favorite authors had to say. A plus was that I found titles of new books coming out this year and next year. I also liked learning the authors/books that influenced their writing.
  • Next I flipped through and read all the recipes. (Yes, I’m a true foodie.) Often reading the recipes led me to flip back and read the author’s information. This in turn led me to make a list of new authors and books I want to read.
  • Finally, I went back and read everything. I inserted loads of post-it notes and made a couple more lists: Recipes To Try and Books To Re-read.

Here are some of the recipes I’m going to try:

  • Frances Mayes’ (Under the Tuscan Sun) Summer Shrimp Salad. It involves a fantastic marinade that the shrimp swim in for 24 hours.
  • Jenna Blum’s (The Stormchasers) Norwegian Ham Balls. This is a traditional Christmas Eve dish from her mother’s side of the family.
  • Amy Greene’s (BloodrootAppalachian CatHead Biscuits. What’s unusual is that there is both regular flour and cake flour in this mix. I’m curious about how light they will be.
  • Adriana Trigiani’s (Brave Valentine) Pia’s Crabbies. This is a yummy sounding mix of cheeses and crabmeat on toasted English muffins.

As you can see, Table Of Contents is delightful read for foodies and bookies alike. It was fun and interesting. In addition it’s a great resource.

Thanks to Judy Gelman, one of the co-authors, for sending me a copy of this book. For more information about Ms. Gelman, Ms. Krupp and their books, visit their website: BookClub Cookbook. Table Of Contents is available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

To those of you lucky enough to have already read this book, tell us – What was your favorite recipe and/or author?

I love to talk about food almost as much as I love to eat it. Other bloggers like to talk about food too. I hope you’ll read their food posts. To find them, click the button below. It will take you over to Beth Fish Reads and Weekend Cooking.

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22 Responses to Book Review: Table Of Contents

  1. Pingback: Joyfully Retired » Book Review: Table Of Contents | ReviewTica

  2. Pia’s Crabbies sounds good to me – I don’t know about the title of it though! :–)

  3. I loved this book too! I really want to try Kate Christensen’s Mexico City Taco Stand Chicken Tacos.

  4. candice says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! First, I love the play on words in the title, secondly, I love books that are resources for other books and lastly, who doesn’t love to read about food?! Perhaps when we see each other again, I can borrow this… So glad to have you back. The sunshine this morning made reading your post feel like we’ve entered a new season. Thanks!

  5. stacy says:

    I want to see what my favorite authors have included. I’ll have to look for this at the library.

  6. Nan says:

    What a great, great idea for a book! I know there was one a few years back of recipes from children’s books.

  7. Beth F says:

    I almost reviewed this one this week too. LOL. I’ll hold off a bit. It’s a great book.

  8. TheBookGirl says:

    This sounds like something right up my alley – combines two of my loves: food and books!
    The Pia’s Crabbies recipe sounds delicious 🙂

  9. Amused says:

    I really need to make some recipes from my copy – the ones you picked sound delicious!

  10. Staci says:

    This is so one that I want to pick up sometime soon!! It sounds awesome!!

  11. The recipes all sound fabulous, what a great book to have! I’ll check it out, thanks for the link and the review!

  12. What a fun find! I will check it out. (My TBR list has gotten whittled down a bit in your absence — now I can to add to it again ;>)

  13. This sounds great! I love how you skipped through it and then read it as a whole.

  14. Martha says:

    I love the everything about this book. Authors, books, and food what more can a girl ask for. I’m going to have to order this right away.

  15. A great mix of recipes in this book! I liked Gregory Maguire’s fantasy menu of what might be cooked/served by the characters in his novels.

  16. I loved this one too and have cooked out of it 😉

  17. Alex Baugh says:

    This looks like a fun book. I have never bothered with this book because the title was kind of a turn off, you make it sound more interesting so thanks for writing about it.

  18. Chinoiseries says:

    Book sounds very promising! I’m curious as how the “catheads” turn out? I don’t have a favorite cookbook… yet. Haven’t given up searching for it!

  19. Robin says:

    Sounds great. Will have to check it out.

  20. kaye says:

    I think this book would be a fun one to own

  21. Belle Wong says:

    As soon as I saw the description, I thought, yes, I want to read this one! Oh, you are so bad for my to-read list, Margot … I’m adding it to GoodReads right now.

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