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
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 (Bloodroot) Appalachian 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?
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