The Cooks & Books Book Club

The Cooks and Books Book Club
Hello! Cooks & Books is Books Inc. in the Marina's newest book club. We meet every 3rd Tuesday at 7PM, and discuss all manner of food-themed books, from memoirs to cookbooks to novels and essays; and if you feel inspired by our current selection feel free to test out a recipe and bring along the samples, it happens all the time!
As of March 2014 the Cooks and Books Book Club has been disbanded. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

ISBN: 9780385342612
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Published: Random House Trade - May 21st, 2013

March 2014 - Not meeting. As of March 2014 the Cooks and Books Book Club has been disbanded. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

ISBN: 9780865473928
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Published: North Point Press - October 10th, 1989

February 2014 Selection: In 1929, a newly married M.F.K. Fisher said goodbye to a milquetoast
American culinary upbringing and sailed with her husband to Dijon, where
she tasted real French cooking for the first time. "The Gastronomical
Me" is a chronicle of her passionate embrace of a whole new way of
eating, drinking, and celebrating the senses. As she recounts memorable
meals shared with an assortment of eccentric and fascinating characters,
set against a backdrop of mounting pre-war tensions, we witness the
formation not only of her taste but of her character and her prodigious

By Holly Hughes (Editor)
ISBN: 9780738217161
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 29th, 2013

January 2014 Selection: For thirteen years now--a baker's dozen!--the annual Best Food Writing
anthology has become known as THE place where readers and food writers
meet to celebrate the most delicious prose of the year, from a dynamic
mix of seasoned food writing stars and intriguing new voices. You'll
find every course served up, from entertaining blogs to provocative
journalism, from richly detailed profiles to tender memoirs. "Best Food
Writing 2013" offers one-stop shopping for the foodie in all of us.

ISBN: 9780307948052
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Published: Vintage Books - April 9th, 2013

November 2013 Selection: A generous new collection by the acclaimed novelist who, according to "Salon, " is also "the best wine writer in America." For
more than a decade, Jay McInerney's vinous essays have been praised by
restaurateurs ("educational and delicious at the same time" --Mario
Batali), by esteemed critics ("brilliant, witty, comical, and often
shamelessly candid and provocative" --Robert Parker), and by the media
("McInerney's wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his
literary references impeccable" --"The New York Times"). Here, in pieces
originally published in" House & Garden" and "The Wall Street
Journal, " McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite
varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it, with the
trademark style and expertise that prompted the James Beard Foundation
to grant him the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing in 2006.

ISBN: 9780307338785
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - April 14th, 2009

October 2013 Selection: "Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale, even
for those with no interest in the fruit of the vine. . . . As delicious
as a true vintage Lafite." --BusinessWeek The Billionaire's Vinegar
tells the true story of a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux--supposedly owned
by Thomas Jefferson--that sold for $156,000 at auction and of the
eccentrics whose lives intersected with it. Was it truly entombed in a
Paris cellar for two hundred years? Or did it come from a secret Nazi
bunker? Or from the moldy basement of a devilishly brilliant con artist?
As Benjamin Wallace unravels the mystery, we meet a gallery of
intriguing players--from the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who
speaks of wines as if they are women to the obsessive wine collector who
discovered the bottle. Suspenseful and thrillingly strange, this is the
vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler
diaries. "Updated for paperback with a new epilogue."

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ISBN: 9780446697903
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 6th, 2009

July 2013 Selection: Already hailed as "brave, emotional, and gorgeously written" by Frances
Mayes and "like a piece of dark chocolate--bittersweet, satisfying, and
finished all too soon" by Laura Fraser, author of "An Italian Affair, "
this is a unique memoir about the search for identity through love,
hunger, and food. Jim Harrison says, "TRAIL OF CRUMBS reminds me of
what heavily costumed and concealed waifs we all are. Kim Sun e tells us
so much about the French that I never learned in 25 trips to Paris, but
mostly about the terrors and pleasure of that infinite octopus, love. A
fine book." When Kim Sun e was three years old, her mother took her
to a marketplace, deposited her on a bench with a fistful of food, and
promised she'd be right back. Three days later a policeman took the
little girl, clutching what was now only a fistful of crumbs, to a
police station and told her that she'd been abandoned by her mother. Fast-forward
almost 20 years and Kim's life is unrecognizable. Adopted by a young
New Orleans couple, she spends her youth as one of only two Asian
children in her entire community. At the age of 21, she becomes involved
with a famous French businessman and suddenly finds herself living in
France, mistress over his houses in Provence and Paris, and stepmother
to his eight year-old daughter. Kim takes readers on a lyrical
journey from Korea to New Orleans to Paris and Provence, along the way
serving forth her favorite recipes. A love story at heart, this memoir
is about the search for identity and a book that will appeal to anyone
who is passionate about love, food, travel, and the ultimate search for

ISBN: 9780393343618
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 8th, 2013

June 2013 Selection: For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities-not
just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of
religious ritual. Today's researchers are continuing to confirm the
remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and
"extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But
what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt? Starting with
an explosive article in The New Yorker, Tom Mueller has become the
world's expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud-a story of
globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient
times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today's lax
protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United
States. A rich and deliciously readable narrative, Extra Virginity is
also an inspiring account of the artisanal producers, chemical analysts,
chefs, and food activists who are defending the extraordinary oils that
truly deserve the name "extra-virgin."

ISBN: 9780307476968
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Published: Vintage Books - August 21st, 2012

May 2013 Selection: From the author of "Paris to the Moon," a beguiling tour of the morals
and manners of our present food mania, in search of eating's deeper
truths. Never before have we cared so much about food. It
preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing.
With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of
pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and
transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer
to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives? With inimitable
charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in
search of that meaning as he charts America's recent and rapid evolution
from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes.

By Laurie Colwin, Anna Shapiro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780307474414
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 23rd, 2010

April 2013 Selection: Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the
kitchen, "Home Cooking "is Laurie Colwin's manifesto on the joys of
sharing food and entertaining. From the humble hotplate of her one-room
apartment to the crowded kitchens of bustling parties, Colwin regales us
with tales of meals gone both magnificently well and disastrously
wrong. Hilarious, personal, and full of Colwin's hard-won expertise,
"Home Cooking "will speak to the heart of any amateur cook, professional
chef, or food lover.

ISBN: 9781416551614
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 12th, 2011

February 2013 Selection: Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City,
Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning
to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she
interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew
nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and
driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed
her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to
start a new farm with him. "The Dirty Life "is the captivating chronicle
of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter
through the following harvest season--complete with their wedding in the
loft of the barn. Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow
everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit
romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred
people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole
diet"--beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours,
dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables--produced by
the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the
fertility comes from compost. Kimball's vivid descriptions of landscape,
food, cooking--and marriage--are irresistible. "As much as you
transform the land by farming," she writes, "farming transforms you." In
her old life, Kimball would stay out until four a.m., wear heels, and
carry a handbag. Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a
pocket knife. At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of
physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life,
falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment
she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of

ISBN: 9780767928892
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Published: Broadway Books - March 1st, 2011

January 2013 Selection: Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever
since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly
two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to
Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings
into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in
the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world "en France." From
learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's
footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to
the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is
David's story of how he came to fall in love with--and even
understand--this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city. When did
he realize he had morphed into "un vrai parisien"? It might have been
when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with
cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with
135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no
change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found
himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to
accept that in Paris appearances and image mean everything. The more
than fifty original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as
Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais
Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut
Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and
Mocha-Creme Fraiche Cake, will have readers running to the kitchen once
they stop laughing.

By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781439181881
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 19th, 2012

November 2012 Selection: In this meditation on cooking and eating, Tamar Adler weaves
philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on feeding
ourselves well. "An Everlasting Meal "demonstrates the implicit
frugality in cooking. In essays on forgotten skills such as boiling,
suggestions for what to do when cooking seems like a chore, and
strategies for preparing, storing, and transforming ingredients for a
week's worth of satisfying, delicious meals, Tamar reminds us of the
practical pleasures of eating. She explains what cooks in the world's
great kitchens know: that the best meals rely on the ends of the meals
that came before them. With that in mind, she shows how we often throw
away the bones, skins, and peels we need to make our food both more
affordable and better. She also reminds readers that almost all kitchen
mistakes can be remedied. Summoning respectable meals from the humblest
ingredients, Tamar breathes life into the belief that we can start
cooking from wherever we are, with whatever we have. An empowering, indispensable work, "An Everlasting Meal "is an elegant testimony to the value of cooking.

By Molly Wizenberg, Camilla Engman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416551065
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 23rd, 2010

September 2012 Selection: An irresistible story of cooking that goes beyond the kitchen: Molly Wizenberg shares stories of an everyday life and a way of eating that is inspiring, playful, and mindful. From her father's French toast to her husband Brandon's pickles to her chocolate wedding cakes, A Homemade Life is a story about the lessons we can learn in the kitchen: who we are, who we love, and who we want to be..

- Delicious homemade food: The fifty recipes that accompany Molly's writing are an integral part of her story; she connects food to the people who cook and eat it. Full of fresh flavors, these dishes invite novices and experienced cooks alike into the kitchen. .