Cook Your Books

I am excited to announce a series of posts for 2017.  What?  A series?  Careful reader that you are, you have probably noticed that I have never done a series before. Sure, sure, I have done some linked posts, but never really a series.  Well, friends, it's a dawning of a new day. And a new year.

I have set myself a reading challenge this year. I chose, relatively arbitrarily, 15 topics for books for the year, and I will slowly be reading through them all.

But I have a theory.

I have a theory that no matter what I choose to read, food will somehow play an important role. So while I have chosen these categories, I have not chosen "food books" (well, one is, but that was the category, okay?). I still think I will be able to pull a recipe out of each one. Which I will share with you. And also indulge in some book discussion. 

Ready for my category list?

  1. A book published in 2017. (Huck Out West, by Robert Coover)
  2. A book published in 1917. (Summer, by Edith Wharton)
  3. A book about food (you knew this had to be a category). (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender)
  4. A National Book Award winner. (The Round House, by Louise Erdrich)
  5. A book set in Illinois.
  6. A book that is under 150 pages. (In the Orchard, the Swallows, by Peter Hobbs)
  7. A book from Oprah's Book Club.
  8. A graphic novel. (Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel)
  9. A book of poetry.
  10. A collection of essays.
  11. A book published in the 1970s.
  12. A banned book.
  13. A book written by someone under 30.
  14. A debut novel written by a person of color.
  15. A book based on a fairy tale. (The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey)

See? I told you it was a somewhat arbitrary set of categories. I haven't chosen all of the actual books yet, but there will certainly be overlap between categories, I suspect.

So, in what I am calling Cook Your Books, I will be posting and then linking back to this tab (also found at the top of the page) and to each category.

Let's get cooking and reading, shall we? And feel free to join me--what are you reading, and what are you cooking based on what you're reading?

Oh, this is going to be fun. I promise.


  1. I love this idea! I happened upon your blog looking for feedback on some of Ottolenghi's recipes, and am glad to see you are a fan.
    So, not sure on which categories you haven't chosen a book for yet, but here are a couple of ideas. For a book written in 1917, I have nothing. But..."Betsy's Wedding" from the Betsy-Tacy-Tib series by Maud Hart Lovelace was based in 1917. I loved all of the books as a child. A book about food, I recommend Homecooking by Laurie Colwin, or she has a few novels published in the 70s.
    Happy reading and happy cooking/eating! Lauren

    1. Lauren, I love your suggestions! Thank you. I have never read Homecooking, but I am putting it on my own list (if not this one, because I just filled that with an Aimee Bender book). Keep the suggestions coming! (and a new post soon! I am making banana bread....)