Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 Book List

Here is a rundown of books that our club read in 2008, including the theme foods we ate that month at our meeting. Click on the books to learn more at Amazon.


Our book for January 2008 is Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. It is a "Judy Pick."

Menu: eclairs, chocolate cake, French and German breads, butters, Gouda cheese, sesame cookies


Our book for February 2008 is Random Harvest, by James Hilton. It is a "Mark M. Pick."

Menu: A "random" sampler of stuffed mushrooms, pigs in a blanket, Rice Krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies, mixed nuts, cheese, raspberry tarts, and strawberry cake


Our book for March 2008 is Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama. It is a "Pat K. Pick."

Menu: Portuguese Sweet Bread (which is like Hawaiian Sweet Bread), "S'moores," and Oatmeal Raisin cookies


Our book for April 2008 is Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. It is a "Stacy Pick."

Menu: Portuguese Sweet Bread (which is like Hawaiian Sweet Bread), "S'moores," and Oatmeal Raisin cookies


Our book for June 2008 is Texas, by James Michener. It is a "Sherry Pick."

Menu: chicken and cheese tacquitos with sour cream and black bean salsa, saffron seafood rice, orange poppyseed cake with macerated fruit medley, lime drinks, the honeyed pecans, homemade wheat bread with jalapeno red pepper jelly, wheat rolls with honey and pecans, deer summer sausage, and raspberry cake/cheesecake


Our book for July 2008 is Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner. It is a "Pat M. Pick."

Menu: Grapes, guacamole, a variety of chips and salsa, fruit salad, hummus, and watermelon


*A 2008 Food For Thought Pick

Our book for September 2008 is A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway. It is a "Mark F. Pick."

Menu: pigs in a blanket (meant to represent cervelas de crustaces), Spanish olives, baguettes and layered Brie and pesto dip, cream puffs, non-alcoholic wine, bread and peach jam, organic tomatoes and basil drizzled with olive oil.


*A 2008 Food For Thought Pick

Our book for October 2008 is The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards. It is a "Cristin Pick."

Menu: spinach-artichoke-cheese dip and crackers, one-layer apple cake with caramel frosting, Barley Pilaf, chocolate-filled and cream cheese-cinnamon crepes with various toppings, mixed nuts, citrus lemon squares, pumpkin cake, fresh dates and fresh pomegranate seeds, black olive tapenade and crackers, and pumpkin tarts with cream cheese frosting


Our book for November 2008 is The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. It is a "Judy Pick."

Menu: Root Beer/Coke floats, cheese and crackers, apple cider, apple slices with peanut butter and honey dip, Graham cracker crust with pumpkin filling, melon balls and cheese plate


Here are the books from our Holiday Yankee Swap, including who brought each one:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Pat K.)
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (Cristen)
Bee Season: A Novel by Myla Goldberg (Peggy)
The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (Sherry)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Stacy)
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes (Mark F.)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Laura)
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird (Scott)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Pat M.)
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry (Judy)
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas (Rebecca)
Gates of Fire by Elwyn Chamberlain (Mark M.)

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