Announcing the Foodies Read 2 Challenge

Many of us who love to eat also love to read. But we go beyond that. We love to read about food. If that is you, then you are invite to join us in the Foodies Read 2 Challenge for 2012. This is the second year in which we’ll indulge ourselves with good food writing.

If you are new to a food/reading challenge, you may be wondering – what is a “food book”? A food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role.

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. Decide how many food books you want to read in 2012. Pick one of the reading levels below. Remember, this is a challenge, so try pushing yourself. Participants from last year, please notice I’ve pushed the numbers up a bit. Levels:

  • Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
  • Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books
  • Sous-Chef: 9 to 13 books
  • Chef de Cuisine: 14 to 18
  • Cordon-Bleu Chef: More than 19

2. Grab the challenge button and write a post on your blog so we can spread the word. No blog? That’s okay. Sign up in the comments section.

3. After you read each book for the challenge, come back here and tell us about it. On January 1st I’ll provide pages so you can post links for your reviews. We’ll use the same categories as last year: Cookbooks, Memoirs/Biographies, Fiction, and Nonfiction. I’ll also include a page where you link up your Challenge Wrap-Up post.


  • The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012.
  • You don’t need a pre-selected list of books.
  • It’s okay to cross over with other challenges.
  • Any book format is allowed (print, audio, ebook)

Sign Up Here: Visit the dedicated blog for this challenge here: Foodies Read 2

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19 Responses to Announcing the Foodies Read 2 Challenge

  1. Louise says:

    Oh, I’m so glad that you’re keeping it going next year Margot. Even though I didn’t get a chance to read everything that I wanted (but when does that ever happen anyway?), it was such fun with the handful of posts that I got to do. And I enjoyed seeing what other people were reading too.

  2. I actually have a foodie book review coming up in a few days but it’s not 2012, darn!

  3. kaye says:

    I’m looking forward to your reviews, Margot! Have fun with the challenge.

  4. You read my mind! I was just coming over to ask if you were going to do this in 2012, and here is the post answering my question!

    I loved this challenge. I signed up in 2011 for the 4 – 6 book level and am reading my 6th book right now. As soon as I finish and review it, I will put up a challenge wrap up post.

    And I will sign up for 2012 at the same level. Although I am tempted to try to be a sous chef! I’ll come back with a link to my sign up post ASAP.

    This has great cross-over potential with my new European Reading Challenge! Especially for those who want to participate in the “Agritourisimo” version.

  5. I didn’t do as well as I expected to on this challenge this year. Health reasons made cooking a bit more of a challenge. Although I do have a couple of books to add and I really enjoyed reading other people’s reviews on the dedicated blog.

  6. Beth F says:

    I love your categories! What fun names. I know I finished 2011 in record time (but I’ve *terrible* at linking up reviews — must correct). I’ll be joining in this one for 2012; so glad to see the announcement.

  7. Joanna says:

    sounds like fun Margot!

  8. Staci says:

    Have fun with this challenge!!

  9. Melissa says:

    As others have said, I’m SO glad you’re hosting this one again this year. I’ll definitely be signing up again, even though I failed miserably at this year’s. (I was a glutton and signed up for 12 books. I’ve read two.)

  10. Molly says:

    While I have resolutely decided not to join any reading challenges this year….I must confess that I have favorite placed this one just in case I change my mind. I have about 3 or 4 books already on my shelves that fit this category and I would like to learn to write about food in more sensory detail. This challenge would help me pursue that goal.

    I’ll let you know….

  11. Gloria says:

    I’m so glad that you’r hosting this again for 2012–life happened, and I wasn’t able to do the challenge in 2011. But, being a happy foodie, I’m committed this time, and even have a few books ready to start for January 1! Put me down for the Sous Chef category–my goal is 12 titles; 1 for each month……

  12. I been looking for you……

    I’m making a list and checking the titles from 2011 and I’m going to have to go up a level. I read more foodie novels than I thought.

    back in a while with a link 🙂

  13. Esme says:

    I am signing up for this one-it will be fun and easy.

  14. linked! Thanks for hosting again

  15. The foodies read2 challenge is quite interesting and nice to hear about this challenge.I must participate in this challenge.thanks for telling about this.

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  17. I really enjoyed this in 2011, so I’m ready to again in 2012. Thanks for hosting, Margot!

  18. Darci says:

    Just joined – can’t wait!

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