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Allrecipes Book Club - Guest post by sueb 
Jan. 18, 2012 5:54 am 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2012 9:23 am

Hi this is sueb guest posting on Scotdog’s blog.Come and join the new book club! Participate when you can, as often as you can! You can participate on several levels.

First, a list of books will be posted. Each book will have something to do with food but it won't be a cookbook. You could read the book to get new recipes. You might be inspired to create your own new recipes based on the theme of the book.

Second, you could comment on the book. You might read the book, knowing that you have enjoyed the author's other books. We might explore things like character development, plot progression or other literary features.

Anyone can get the book, and share their opinions.

Every two weeks, we will make comments about a particular book. If you have read the book, fine! If you haven’t, you might be inspired to after reading the comments that are posted. If a recipe interests you enough to try it out, we would like you to share that experience. We will link your photo to the book comments!

On the specific date of the “discussion,” we will post a comment post. Feel free to express your opinions of the book to be discussed. If you are not able to read a book in a two week time frame, the next one will also be posted. Join when you can, leave your comments, and let's see if this inspires you to serve up a new recipe!

Hopefully, you will find these books at your local library. Others you may have to purchase or borrow to be on the same page we are! Feel free to suggest books that might be of interest to other AR buzzers.

This book club may change and evolve due to the participation of those who are interested. Please let us know what direction you envision this going!

The first book is Crunch Time, by Diane Mott Davidson. This may be short notice, but can you read it by the end of January? On Saturday, January 28, we will have our first on-line book club meeting. Come and go, post as you can during the day. If you feel that we should set a time during that particular day, let me know!

Book #2 is Scones and Bones by Laura Childs. This will be discussed on February 11.

Book #3 is Devil's Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This will be discussed on February 25.

Jan. 18, 2012 6:07 am
How fun!! To say I'm an avid reader is an understatement. I don't know if I'll be able to find those books in time but I'd love to join the online discussion!
Jan. 18, 2012 6:10 am
Awesome! I'm not sure I'll find the time to read right away either, but it will be fun to read the discussions.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:01 am
How fun, I love to read. I saw these authors recommended the other day so I looked them up to maybe try reading next :-) I was wondering if the books should be read in an order? While looking at Joanne Flukes, I thought I saw someone say you should read the Chocolate Chip Murder first? I was reading reviews on Amazon.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:07 am
Did I make sense? Not an order for these three books, but the books are all parts of series (I think), so wondering if it matters if you jump right in without having read the prior books? Sorry, I'm not trying to be a troublemaker! I'm ready to go, going to see if I can get the first one on my Nook.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:14 am
Fun! I'll be checking out these books for my kindle as soon as I get off allrecipes!
Jan. 18, 2012 7:34 am
Sounds like a great idea! I'm not sure if I'll be ready to go for January but I'd love to participate.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:36 am
This looks like fun! I love to read and love book discussions so I'm up for this. Going now to see if I can get the first book at either my library or buy it for my Kindle. Thank you for putting the time and effort into getting a book club started!
Jan. 18, 2012 7:51 am
Hi, And the male choice is!!!!????? cheers.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:54 am
Looks like fun. Not sure I'll be able to participate this month but will join in soon as I can. :)
Jan. 18, 2012 7:55 am
This is great. Love to read. Not sure I'll be free to participate in the discussions on Saturday but will enjoy reading the comments when I have time. Thanks for putting this together!
Jan. 18, 2012 7:57 am
Hey Don, come up with a male appropriate book. We'd all love to see what you'd choose!
Jan. 18, 2012 8:36 am
What a cool idea!! I LOVE Dianne Mott Davidsons books as well as Joanna Flukes...Now I just have to check out Laura Childs....Can you perhaps post a reminder a day or so beforehand?? I;d love to participate but cant seem to remember these things....
Jan. 18, 2012 8:50 am
I'll try to post notices several times today and throughout the weekend. Of course, I will post a reminder ahead of "discussion" day!
Jan. 18, 2012 8:50 am
I'll try to post notices several times today and throughout the weekend. Of course, I will post a reminder ahead of "discussion" day!
Jan. 18, 2012 8:53 am
From the Diane Mott Davidson site, I copied this for your preview of the book:
Jan. 18, 2012 9:07 am
Sounds like fun! I enjoy these authors. The hardest part will be simply making it to "d" day!
Jan. 18, 2012 9:46 am
OMIGOD! What a fun idea! Count me in. I've read several food-wine mysteries, and I love them. Can't wait to read these! THANKS sueb
Jan. 18, 2012 9:55 am
Justice & Dane's, I saw someone say that you should read them in order but I don't think it's essential. These are page-turners - nothing plot heavy (although I haven't read Laura Childs yet) so there are references to things in previous books but you aren't going to be lost if you don't start at the beginning of the series. And you'll have others to ask anyway since it sounds like many of us have read many of these books. This sounds like fun. What am I ever going to do when I get a job? I'll never have time to do all the things I have found to amuse myself! I just took on the job of church secretary on a volunteer basis!
Jan. 18, 2012 9:57 am
Great idea! I doubt that I can get two books a month done...but I will join in whenever I can! I love my book club at work but that requires a book a month, so hopefully I can keep up with all!
Jan. 18, 2012 10:21 am
I would love to be part of this, but not sure if I can find the time. I'll follow your posts!
Jan. 18, 2012 10:50 am
This sounds fun! I was just looking for some new authors and now I have something new to try. I love reading.
Jan. 18, 2012 11:01 am
Cool beans! I'm glad so many are interested. I think I'll go check out my library online & see if they have any of these. Thanks everyone!
Jan. 18, 2012 11:07 am
I just requested the first two from my library online :)
Jan. 18, 2012 11:22 am
I'm all set for the Devil's Food Cake Murder - dh can get books on my nook through a sharing thing, so if they can be found he can get them for me, he couldnt find the first two authors, so I may wait or go find our library - our school district boundary lines are weird so I I have to pay to use the library that is 5 min from my house :( Not sure where the one is I can use free, I'll have to go find it.
Jan. 18, 2012 2:31 pm
This sounds interesting to me. How can I join? I'll see if my local library has all three books. I know of another place to check for these books. Please put my name into the pot. I have a question. Will there be a specific time that you'll post the blog or will I have to scroll through to find it?
Jan. 18, 2012 2:40 pm
I will post several times during the day we will discuss the books. You can leave one or many comments! You can also cook any of the recipes you feel like trying out!
Jan. 18, 2012 2:56 pm
Cool! sounds exciting!!!
Jan. 18, 2012 3:39 pm
Love, love the idea and I'm an avid reader too, but I don't like mysteries at all. I'll check out the comments and will keep an eye out for future books that aren't mysteries.
Jan. 18, 2012 6:54 pm
I just ordered the first 2 from my library - I hope I get them in time.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:16 pm
No problem! We'll take it easy at first & see how this works its way out.
Jan. 19, 2012 3:24 am
I am a bookworm to say the least! Excellent idea and I'm certainly going to try to at least drop in on the discussions. I'm going to see if I can borrow these books for my kindle. Love this idea!
Jan. 19, 2012 4:15 am
Hi everyone. I was the one who suggested reading Joanne Fluke's books in order. The mystery is solved in each book but there is a story line that started in the first book Chocolate Chip book that is continued thru the rest of books. I am anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. Unfortunately there isn't a release date yet.
Jan. 19, 2012 4:20 am
Sounds like fun. Me being me I may not remember regulary to check and if I can find the books I will participate. I think the library will be a good place to check first!
Jan. 19, 2012 5:41 am
I will try to get to at least one of these! My chores have doubled as I take care of our household and now everything for the in-laws, laundry, shopping, everything has to be ironed per MIL, bills, balancing three checkbooks, okay I'll stop cause you all know! I am reading a paperback and one on my Nook right now but should be able to jump in on the second book. I will watch for the posts! Thanks for getting this set up, it will be fun!
Jan. 19, 2012 8:48 pm
Hi Sueb, just saw your post about "Under the Tuscan Sun". It'll be hard to please us all, so I say to start you pick the books and we can choose to participate in the current book or not and we'll just see how it goes? I'm so excited for the "cullinary mysteries" I actually started reading Joanne Flukes first book as my DH put them all on my Nook :) I'm not particularly interested in Frances Mayes myself, but others may be, I'm sure we'll have a wide variety of tastes.
Jan. 19, 2012 8:49 pm
I've barely started but so far am loving the chocolate chip cookie murder, its a nice change of pace from what I normally read.
Jan. 19, 2012 8:53 pm
ooh, but thinking about being inspired to make some authentic Italian recipes...I see where you are going with the book - maybe I would be interested in it :-)
Jan. 19, 2012 8:59 pm
Oh Wow you guys, this will be Cool! Thank You. I will start haunting the library tomorrow. Yippee. I love foodie books!
Jan. 19, 2012 9:08 pm
Sue, what you have started is just fine. You can, you know, tie food into any subject you want---ie, geography. So you can take this in any direction you want. I'm in! I'm trying to finish the book I'm reading so I can start the one in question.
Jan. 20, 2012 4:48 am
Stopped at the library last night and got Crunch Time. I am home alone tonight so it will be the perfect time to read it. I also picked up Janet Evanovich's book, it has seventeen in the title but I can't remember the full name. I see they have made her first book into a movie (One for the Money) that is coming out soon.
Jan. 20, 2012 7:32 am
Sorry, I answered on the Buzz before I saw that you wanted us to answer here. Bread Alone and her second book The Baker's Apprentice are not mysteries and have recipes and the other suggestion I can't locate anywhere but on Amazon so I won't suggest it again. Tried finding something for Don and others who would prefer a less female type book but haven't come up with anything yet. Thanks again!
Jan. 20, 2012 7:51 am
I got the first two at the library yesterday. I'm going to try to start the first tonight also Denise. I need to stop reading reviews on Amazon!
Jan. 20, 2012 7:52 am
Thanks for these suggestions!
Jan. 20, 2012 8:46 am
How fun, I miss my old book club,I will find these books right away!
Jan. 20, 2012 11:10 am
I picked up Crunch Time in the library this morning! I will start reading it next week (gotta finish Killing Lincoln first).
Jan. 20, 2012 7:21 pm
I have Crunch Time and Devil's Food Cake on order from the library someone has them checked out. Hopefully, they will arrive in time! If not, catch up with you later.
Jan. 20, 2012 7:58 pm
Hi, everyone. I saw a post the other day about the book club and I love to read, so I saved the Joanne Fluke books to my favorites at the our library. I can't wait to give them a try. As much as I love to read, I find my time is limited.
Jan. 20, 2012 9:47 pm
Sounds fun! And just may be what I need to make the time for reading again!
Jan. 20, 2012 9:50 pm
neat idea.
Jan. 21, 2012 4:49 am
Brilliant idea! Glad to know there are more people like me who enjoy food and reading. I think you should add your 100 Mile Diet to your list. I have a few other great recommendations but that would be my first choice.
Jan. 21, 2012 5:28 am
I downloaded the book to the IPad. Not sure I like reading on here. Might see if the library has it in "real book" form. Seems to be a quick and easy read.
Jan. 21, 2012 6:22 am
I'm in! I just downloaded Crunch Time on the Kindle. Can't wait to start it.
Jan. 21, 2012 7:18 am
Red Apple- I read the review. That is a great suggestion! I would love to have more suggestions!
Jan. 21, 2012 7:36 am
H, forgot about peter mayle and his french stories. There are 1 or 2 with food. Looking for spanish and italian possibilites (food that is not language). For you later their is mirielle guiliano - "French women don't get fat" and "french women for all seasons". some nice recipes. cheers.
Jan. 21, 2012 2:24 pm
omg!! How much fun I have been wanting to join a book club for so long and to have book club mixed in with food is awesome!!
Jan. 21, 2012 2:44 pm
Here is one I can hardly wait to read: BEYOND DELICIOUS The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook : More than 100 Recipes from the Dearly Departed By May Ann Winkowski. (Each recipe includes a page describing the ghostly circumstances involving the recipe in question).
Jan. 21, 2012 4:15 pm
This is a great idea! I'll be trying to round up these books! I love mystery's but for those who don't, I found a book called The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman that might work.
Jan. 21, 2012 8:29 pm
Jan. 22, 2012 6:12 am
I don't know who falls for those bots, but somebody must. Like we all believe you can make $98/hour doing anything legal!
Jan. 22, 2012 10:49 pm
We should all spam these bot sites! LOL
Jan. 22, 2012 11:08 pm
I can't participate, but what a wonderful idea for the Buzzers! We used to do a lot of international travel, and among my favourites (apart from basic ethnic cookbooks) were the 'story' books that combined history/life story with recipes. I will be watching!
Jan. 23, 2012 7:30 am
Just curious if anyone that is reading on a Nook wants to share? I have all the Joanne Fluke books and can email them, but I dont have the other two authors. I dont know how to do any of that, but my dh does, so I can share any I have. And it may not matter the format, how he does it they dont always translate all the way so sometimes the wording is a bit off but nothing major, doesnt ruin the story. Hope that wasnt too confusing, I can give my email address if anyone is interested in e-reader sharing. And...has anyone made any of Joanne cookie recipes? I'm reading her first book right now and am tempted to try some of them - the choc. chip crunchies and black and white cookies are on my list to try.
Jan. 23, 2012 2:12 pm
One book I would like to suggest: "The Christmas Cookie Club" by Ann Pearlman. Probably October or November would be a good time to read it. I know it was popular a few years ago; I don't know if it's hard to find now.
Jan. 23, 2012 6:43 pm
Will this be posted next weekend as a blog or on the buzz? I would think perhaps a blog so your comments don't get "lost" in the buzz? Thanks! I've got Book 1 downloaded.
Jan. 24, 2012 3:52 am
Hey Sue...just checking to make sue all at your homefront is ok....I'll check back here later on today to see if you had a chance to check in! Going to the library hopefully today to pick up one of the books.
Jan. 24, 2012 4:10 am
This is awesome! I love to read almost as much as I love to cook. I would definitely like to be a part of this. Not sure if I can make it in on the January, but will try.
Jan. 24, 2012 9:59 am
Thanks for your comments everyone! I know sueb is out of town until tomorrow. Hopefully, she missed the storms!
Jan. 24, 2012 10:44 am
Got the Kindle version of the first book and diggin in. Will check the library for the other two.
Jan. 24, 2012 11:13 am
Great Question Magnolia! We might start with one post on the buzz just to see if anyone is around & has read the book. I'm not sure what sueb will want to do. It's easier to find people on the buzz, IMO.
Jan. 25, 2012 7:57 am
I would like to make a recommendation if I may. I am currently reading The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister and I absolutely love this book. It would be a great selection for a food-related book club.
Jan. 25, 2012 10:58 am
Thank you!!
Jan. 25, 2012 12:55 pm
So excited for this! Probably not gonna make it to book 1 but def. in for book 2!!
Jan. 25, 2012 1:22 pm
Almost done with "Crunch Time". Scones and Bones is next. Library had them both. Can't wait to discuss, I'm thinking about making one of the recipes in it already.
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Jan. 26, 2012 4:01 pm
I just found this post and think this is a neat idea. I don't have time to read but I love listening to audio books in the car on my way to work. Excited to see that my local library has two of these titles in audio, Crunch Time and Devil's Food Cake Murder. I reserved them and doubt they will be available to me in time but I'll sure give it a try!
Jan. 28, 2012 1:29 pm
Is it possible to start a new blog for the review?
Jan. 29, 2012 9:22 am
Sue, I have a suggestion for somewhere down the road. It's a fun read, not a mystery but more of a sweet beach read! Lots of food, catering and recipes, romance too! I picked it up on special for the kindle at 99 cents, but that special is long gone. The book is: Always, the Baker, Never the Bride, by Sandra Bricker.
Jan. 29, 2012 9:22 am
Jan. 29, 2012 9:23 am
I also agree with Marianne, I think it would be more effective to have another blog or need to direct people to this blog for their comments. It's hard to find the threads in the buzz.
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