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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 11:14 AM ET
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Didn't someone suggest putting cookbooks on the voting list at some point? Or was it maybe a seperate thing that was suggested? I was just thinking that we could do a cookbook discussion pretty easily but it would need to be seperate like the genre discussion. We could make a list like we do for the regular discussion and vote on it then when we get the book we each either pick our own recipe to make or we pick one for all of us to make then we discuss it. Questions could be, how easy was the recipe to follow? Was it easy to find the ingredients? What did you like about this recipe? Did you make any substitutions? etc

What do you guys think about this?



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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 2:26 PM ET
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I love cookbooks.  I took a college class in cooking, and love Foodnetwork and Cooking channel.   Of course once I had kids we lived on mac and cheese and chicken fingers etc.  I sort of lost interest in actually cooking but still love cookbooks.     Let me check and see if there  are any cookbooks that have enough copies.   I'll get back to us here.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 2:44 PM ET
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I've found a few books on a cusory search that have more copies posted than we would need. A couple are Rachel Ray books but even though I'm not a fan of hers I wouldn't be opposed to using those books as a starter since they seem to be heavily posted.

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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 5:05 PM ET
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I do cook but I'm primarily a baker. I get a couple cooking magazines and between those and the internet I haven't needed a cookbook in years. I have belonged to a message board based on a cooking show for about 10 years and that is another resource. The membership has dwindled down to mostly just us core members but they're good for any questions or feedback on ideas. I wouldn't really be interested in getting any new cookbooks but I would be up for a discussion of them in general. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 5:30 PM ET
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There is a reason Rachel Ray's books are heavily posted, no one wants them.  I, too, would be up for a general discussion on cookbooks, maybe we could just highlight the ones we already own that we like?  I have more than 200 cookbooks, (and who knows how many WL) so that could go on a while for me.  Maybe we could also each highlight a special cookbook we own that perhaps is off the beaten path.

Speaking of special cookbooks, please see my blog post on The Book Club Cookbook.  It appeared on May 31.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 6:15 PM ET
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Love the idea of discussing cookbooks! Since I've been slower recently, I've reintroducing myself to cooking and eating at home. This'd be a great excuse to stop neglecting my food books. The Improvisational Cook has been lonely for far too long.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 8:59 PM ET
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Would anyone be up for one of those cozy mysteries that includes a recipe or two?  of the top of my head I cna't think of any but I know I've read them.  The books are usually quick to read, and the recipes are simple enough but it might be fun.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 9:16 PM ET
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Okay,  I came up with Diane Mott Davidson.   She's written about 15 mysteries and while I haven't looked specifically I'm sure there are plenty of copies.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 10:08 PM ET
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DMD is my favorite writer, see my profile page.  I have all her books in hardback.  She is the only author I will pre-reserve a book at Amazon for new release.  As with most cozy series, they are best read in order.  Her first was Catering To Nobody.

Other cozies with recipes are Joanna Carl's Chocolate Shoppe mysteries, Cleo Coyle Coffehouse Mysteries, Jessica Beck Donut Shoppe mysteries, Laura Childs Cackleberry Club, Julie Hyzy White House Chef, Livia Washburn Fresh Baked mysteries, Shelia Connoly Orchard mysteries, Miranda Bliss Cooking Class mysteries, Jean McKinlay Cupcake Bakery mysteries,and Claudia Bishop Hemlock Falls mysteries..  Those are just the ones currently on my bookshelf, some TBR, some already read.

I'd be fine with doing a cozy as a monthly read.  But I think Chris is talking about non-fiction actual cookbooks for the genre discussion.  Or we could do both as genre discussions.  I love discussing books, so will contribute to multiple threads if we go with more than one.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 10:22 PM ET
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Nope, I mean a monthly discussion of cookbooks. If there isn't enough interest then we don't hafta do it.
Date Posted: 6/6/2012 11:18 PM ET
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I'm up for anything that isn't too gory or too LOOONNNNGGGGGG      I'm a light reader.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 11:53 PM ET
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I don't think we'd wanna do a discussion of a gory cookbook. Well, maybe for Halloween.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 7:42 AM ET
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Monthly sounds good to me!

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 11:18 AM ET
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Craftnut,  Can you recommend any cozy that has baking in it?

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 5:21 PM ET
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Deb, Diane Mott Davidson's Culinary Mystery books have lots of baked items like cakes, brownies, pies, scones and the like along with savory recipes.  The Jean McKinley Cupcake bakery series has all cupcake recipes in every book.   Livia Washburn's Fresh Baked mysteries have mostly baked items, some savory like Corn Bread Dressing in the Pumpkin Muffin Murder book.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 9:16 PM ET
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Anyone willing to try  Sticks and Scones by   Diane Mott Davidson?    There are 190 copies in the system.   I am guessing there are some recipes of scones and I love scones.   Is it to hot to bake in the summer?    Will it take time for people to decide? 

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 6:19 PM ET
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Deb, I am always ready to read a cozy. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:05 PM ET
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I wasn't really talking about another book we'd have to read
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:09 PM ET
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Even I can read a cozy in a couple days.     And we could all try the recipe that is included.   When should we start?

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:47 PM ET
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If you guys wanna do a cozy that's cool but I'll sit it out. It isn't the sort of thing I was getting at with this idea and I don't want another book to have to read for the month.
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 9:23 PM ET
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Chris,  I'll send you the recipe and we can have a discussion how it turns out.  hahah

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 10:09 PM ET
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It's cool Deb I just don't like that kind of book so it would take me forever to read it. Also I kinda figure if we wanted to read a Cozy one of us would have put it on the main list and we would have voted it in for a discussion. Culinary Cozies aren't my cuppa and I don't want to commit to reading one as an auxiliary book to the monthly one.
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 10:33 AM ET
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Chris, I understand entirely.  I am sort of a fluff reader myself.   I am reading Sookie Stackhouse right now.   I've bowed out of some of the books here.  Maybe eventually we'll have book several threads of book club.   Maybe not, but you never know.  hahah.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 2:58 PM ET
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Why don't we just have a couple of ongoing recurring threads, one on cookbooks and one on cozy mysteries?  You both could start the one you have talked about, and see what the interest is by the responses.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Anyone who participates down here can create anything they want. That was the point of hijacking an entire forum. I actually would like it if y'all would start more stuff to make this a more active place to be. I suggested the cookbook thing because I think it would be a way to attract some members from the higher forums down here to take a look at what we are doing. They may not necessarily think they want to do a discussion of a fiction book, but they might see differently if they check us out. A cookbook discussion would be a way to get them to check us out.

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