Cook Your Books

Whew.  And we're back for round two of my series.  Two years ago, I proposed to read 15 relatively arbitrarily chosen books on 15 different topics. My theory is that no matter what I choose to read, food will somehow play an important role. Turned out to be true. So I am doing it again. 

Ready for my 2019 list?  

1.  A book of letters.
2.  A rewriting of a Shakespeare play.
3.  A post-apocalyptic or dystopian novel.
4.  A book by an author from a country I have not visited. 
5.  A book that is more than 500 pages. 
6.  A book that features anxiety (Turtles All the Way Down by John Green)
7.  A book written by a woman under 25.
8.  A classic Austen.
9.  A book I always think I have read, but haven't.
10.  A book set in pre-colonial India.
11.  A book by an author who uses a pseudonym.
12. A book set in two different time periods.
13.  A book that features poverty or low-income housing.
14. A book my mom loves.
15.  A book set during wartime.
I will be posting and then linking back to this page (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....)


Post a Comment

By Popular Demand

Ottolenghi's Semolina, Coconut and Marmalade Cake

Ottolenghi's Lamb Shawarma

Classic Frisée Salad (Salade Lyonnaise)

Ottolenghi's Lemon and Eggplant Risotto

Ottolenghi's Salmon Steaks in Chraimeh Sauce