We are at long last announcing the event you’ve been waiting for!
Even if you were a member of the last Appetite for Reading book group, please read this carefully as we have made some changes to the programme structure and dates. We hope to see you all again!
Appetite For Reading: A Book Club for Serious Food Lovers continues with the 2nd installment in the series taking place Oct 2010 – April 2011. We’ll read and savour 6 books about food – one a month for 6 months. Each month, we’ll meet in a carefully selected restaurant to discuss the book. Chosen restaurants will have main courses available for under $25, and you will be able to choose items from the full menu (no prix fixe).
This exciting club allows you to participate in lively discussions about each book in a wonderful restaurant setting. We will of course also discuss food and restaurants over our meal! This is an interactive club, not a lecture, so come and enjoy the chance to have your opinions heard and share in other people’s impressions of the books we’ll be reading. And no, you don’t have to know how to cook to join! As a restaurant critic and food writer, I am passionate about food, books and restaurants and hope that you will join me on this adventure. Surrounded by good food and people who love to get lost in great books, this is an experience that you won’t want to miss out on!
My mouth is watering already.
Pricing, Availability, and Registration:
Two seatings available: 6-8 pm or 8-10 pm, all meetings are on Tuesdays
Price: $178.01 (includes all 6 books, membership fee and GST)
Membership is limited to two groups of 12. To reserve your spot, please contact Maxeen at Nicholas Hoare 45 Front Street East Tel: (416) 777-2665 or email Maxeen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appetite For Reading Menu
Don’t Try This at Home
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 -Restaurant T.B.A.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 -Restaurant T.B.A.
The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship
Tuesday, January 11, 2011-Restaurant T.B.A.
Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life
Tuesday, February 8, 2011-Restaurant T.B.A.
Knives at Dawn
Tuesday, March 8, 2011-Restaurant T.B.A.
My Kitchen Wars
Tuesday, April 5, 2011-Restaurant T.B.A.
The Books We’ll Be Reading. Notes by Stephanie.
This time round, I’ve changed the book list a little. In this series, we’ll read a food writer’s recollections, the inside stories from a restaurant critic, a fiction title, a food-obsessed writer’s memoir, a detailed look inside the industry and a cookbook author’s experiences. Take a look:
Don’t Try This at Home edited by Kimberly Witherspoon
In this raucous collection, over forty of the world’s greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to flooding the room with meringue to being terrorized by a French owl, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. A delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren’t always perfect.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food by Moira Hodgson
This restaurant critic (formerly of the New York Times, currently of the New York Observer) weaves professional, insider secrets of reviewing restaurants for a living with memoir moments that make for a rich, evocative read. You’ll certainly read about many famous chefs and personalities, but it’s perhaps Hodgson’s life that you will remember most fondly. Thankfully, recipes are included.
The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel
It’s called a “novel cookbook” so it seemed like a good choice for the club – a little bit of fiction and then off into the kitchen to recreate some of the recipes. Sounds like fun to me. Lilly and Val are lifelong friends, revealing the novel’s details through their letters that also contain recipes. It’s hard to remember that it’s a novel at times, because it’s written by 2 real-life friends and the dialogue throughout rings true.
There are more than 80 recipes here so I bet we’ll be cooking as much as reading.
Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West
Don’t be surprised if you drool on the pages as you’re reading this one. This Southern Tale covers both the new and old South and offers up foods that you probably aren’t so familiar with here in the T-dot (Which is why you might find yourself scouring online markets at midnight for ingredients to make Lemon Chess Pie and hush puppies). This accessible read covers home cooking, whether it’s a dish to take to a potluck or feeding friends and family at home, in a completely charming fashion.
Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition by Andrew Friedman
Competitions are what much of food television is about these days. So I think it’s fitting to include a title like this, where everything is on the line and you can’t help but get caught up in 24 culinary teams competing at the most prestigious cooking competition. Can you imagine having to cook for 5.5 hours straight, only to be judged by the world’s best chefs?Gulp.The story of this competition is intriguing in of itself, but it’s the
play-by-play detail that will have you flipping pages long after the rest of the family has gone to bed.
My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussell
Betty has written at least 12 books, but this title might just be her most compelling. What’s nice is that this cookbook author has gone outside the usual autobiography template and uses acerbic humour to share her stories. A nice note to end on, don’t you think?
If you’re looking for somewhere affordable and fun to visit, consider Holidays to Boston.
Boston is one of those cities that truly has something for everyone in the family. It’s easy to get around and you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to have a good time. In fact, much of it is free, including the arts, such as visiting Harvard University and their incredibly mesmerizing bookstore, walk along Newbury Street where you can visit many intriguing galleries and pop into the beautiful Boston Public Library.
Beacon Hill is a historic area, lined with cobblestone streets that you can stroll with ease. And make sure you put good food on your daily itinerary. You can visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace that offers 17 restaurants and 40 pushcarts in which to find great food. Do a little shopping too while you’re there as well!
If you’re a sports fan, visiting Fenway Park is probably going to be high on your to-do list. Don’t forget Harvard has a stadium as well and TD Garden is New England’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Arena.
And while I can recommend a number of sites to visit, simply look up and around – the architecture is stunning. There is a wonderful blend of old and new buildings that should not go unnoticed.
Sigh. I told you there was a ton to do!