Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Life in France

Author: Julia Child
Genre: Memoirs
Picked by: Marla

A chronicle of Julia Child's years in France, her culinary education and her epic quest to write her cookbook - this month's read is a mirror into Julia's personality, a view of her real life!

Recipes that the book inspires:

Marla wrote a fabulous review and baked a bacon, swiss and spinach quiche.

Simran baked chocolate cupcakes.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Undomestic Goddess

The book club is back. And we pick our favorite author once again!

Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Fiction - Romance/Humour

A hot shot lawyer walks out of her office in a panic after she discovers she has made a big mistake. She takes a train and lands up in a village, walking straight into a house awaiting their housekeeper. Confusion, chaos and romance follows.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Judy baked a speedy no knead bread.

Marla, our newest member wrote this fabulous review and also made eggs benedict with bacon and guacamole, inspired from my favorite episode in the book.

Sweatha brought the funniest scene in the book to life with her oven roasted chickpeas.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Author: Helen Simonson
Genre: Fiction - Romance/Humour
Picked by: Jaya

The setting is Edgecombe St. Mary, a sleepy little village in the English countryside. The unlikely hero is Major Pettigrew - old retired Major who sticks to tradition and honor above all else. When he decides to turn tradition on its head and falls in love with a Pakistani widow running the only store in the village, chaos ensues.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Simran made a caramel apple trifle.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Beach Cafe

Author: Lucy Diamond
Genre: Fiction - Romance/Humour
Picked by: Sweatha

Evie, our heroine happens to get a cafe set by a Cornwall beach as her aunt's legacy. The family's black sheep, Evie goes through a series of mishaps involving her trying to remotely run the cafe before moving to this little Cornish town to live. And to enjoy her legacy. The book is all about this ugly duckling turning into a swan.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Charis made a fudgy chocolate cake.

Judy made pasties.

Roshni baked chocolate chip cookies.

Simran made vanilla cupcakes.

Siri made soft scrambled eggs.

Sweatha made cornish pasties.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Like Water for Chocolate

Author: Laura Esquivel
Genre: Fiction - Romance
Picked by: Roshni

Laura Esquivels' first novel could have been a simple love story of two star crossed lovers. Instead, Tita and Pedro become characters in something that's part fable and part fantasy.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Charis made sausage and bacon rolls.

Roshni made a Mexican Lasagne.

Simran made Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Sweatha baked Aztec chocolate cookies.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Malory Towers

Author : Enid Blyton
Genre : Fiction - Humour
Picked by : Gayathri

The six books in the Malory Towers series chronicle the life of Darrell Rivers, as she goes through six years of education at this Cornish boarding school.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Roshni made burgers.

Sarita, our newest member, baked an apricot jam tart.

Another jam tart comes your way from Sweatha.

Simran made a cherry crumb pie.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Movable Feast

Author : Don George (Editor)
Genre : Non-Fiction - Memoirs
Picked by : Aparna

A Movable Feast is a wonderful book - something you should read even if you're not hunting for dinner inspiration. Its full of tales of travel laced with food, culture, interesting people and if you're super imaginative then perhaps even smells and sounds.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Roshni, our newest member, made two dishes - a za'atar chicken pizza and arborio rice vanilla pudding.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Life from Scratch

Author : Gesine Bullock-Prado
Genre : Non-Fiction - Memoirs
Picked by : Adriane

Gesine led the high life in Hollywood. Then she left the glamour behind to restart her life as a small town baker.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Adriane made a cherry pie.

Gayathri, our newest member, baked a carrot cake.

Simran made a vanilla cake with cherries.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Owl & Moon Cafe

Author : Jo-Ann Mapson
Genre : Fiction - Drama
Picked by : Judy

The story of a family of four generations of women. Their lives are intertwined by the cafe, the customers, and the life that breathes from the cafe itself.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Judy made Artichokes with a dipping sauce.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Language of Baklava

Author : Diana Abu-Jaber
Genre : Non-Fiction - Memoirs
Picked by : Jessica

Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of the two cultures of Diana's childhood–American and Jordanian–while helping to paint a loving and complex portrait of her impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children.

Recipes that the book inspired:

Adriane made spinach stuffed fetayer.

Judy made Mona Lisa Cream Puffs.

Sweatha baked Sambusik Cookies.