If your a foodie as I am, you love anything to do with food, recipes, cooking and eating delicious meals. There are many books on the market, memoirs, mysteries, humor and novels to name a few that are geared toward food lovers. A love for food, reading and great conversation can be shared with friends and family with your book club.
Get your book club going easily with these tips:
Get your Group together:
Contact family members, co-workers, friends and ask if they are interested. I am sure you know of a few people off the top of your head that like to read or cook, they should go at the top of your list. Invite at least 7-10 people to start.
Your first meeting should be about picking a book everyone will enjoy. (See book ideas at bottom of page). Have a list of at least 3 books available to choose from as too many books could get overwhelming. Organize what day and time of the month is good for everyone for your first book review meeting. Let your friends know that you will be rotating meetings at each others homes and will put a list together along the way as well as more books to choose from. Serve cookies, drinks, something light at this meeting and it should only be about up to an hour long.
Book Review Meeting
Have the first book review meeting at your home. Since your are the creator of this group, you should host. This is also a good way for your friends to see how you do it and be able to feel more comfortable for the next meeting if it is in their home. Send out a reminder of the day and time of the meeting a couple days ahead, and ask if anyone will not be able to attend. You will be serving food that is themed to the book, so getting a head count will help know how much to make. Arrange your furniture for conversation or set a table big enough to hold everyone.
Set aside at least 15 – 20 minutes of this meeting for everyone to socialize a bit and then start to focus on the book. Explore the characters, the authors recipes, favorite parts of the book etc. The meeting should last about an hour and a half and you can serve the food as you are starting the review or after.
Theme your Dishes
Theme your dishes for the meeting to the book your reading. Try pulling out a recipe from the book and bring it to life at your meeting. If you cannot make the recipe, see if one of your members would like to give it a try. Most of the recipes in these books, are easy to follow and make. No time to cook? Visit your local bakery, deli or hold your meeting at a restaurant geared toward that dish.
Your goal should be to have fun, enjoy good food and friends.
Here are a few hot books to get you started