October 14th, 2009

Forget the Books… What about the Food?

It’s book discussion time… everyone has their bookmarks and notes in place, with plenty of interesting ideas to contribute to the discussion.  Water for tea is boiling, the delicious smell of fresh coffee fills the air, and the best part, there are snacks!  October is National Reading Group Month, and we have book discussions (and snacks) on the brain.

We respect how you like to read and eat, so we’ve created many choices when it comes to book discussions (click here to see a list).  You can bring your lunch and talk about suspenseful reads at our “Brown Bag Mystery” book discussion, plus enjoy free dessert.  Our many adult book discussions feature the best fiction and non-fiction titles, along with delicious refreshments.  And, of course, our teen and kid book discussions always include yummy snacks.

In my experience, one discussion really stands out (for both the conversation and the cuisine).  My group read Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which is all about sustainable, local agriculture.  We had fresh, locally grown strawberries; they were right in season, tasted wonderful, and were the perfect complement to the discussion.  Some of the other librarians like to theme their snacks to the book and participants often volunteer to make treats.   Some past hits have been trail mix for A Walk in the Woods, devil’s food cake for the very creepy The Devil in the White City, and real fried green tomatoes for the book of the same name.  Having food that goes with the read can help spark conversation and set the tone, plus, it’s just tasty.

Tell us — what’s the best snack you’ve ever had at a book discussion group?  What’s your favorite book discussion read?




2 Responses

  • Erica Posted October 14th, 2009

    My favorite book discussion read was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. What a fabulous book – everyone loved it. We served all red foods because the character, Christopher, is obsessed with the color red and prefers to eat red things. Great, great book.

  • LOB Posted October 15th, 2009

    My bookgroup (non-CCPL) read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, then went out to eat at the U of D’s student run restaurant, Vita Nova. The book was a fun, eye opening insider guide to the restaurant world and we had great appreciation for what the students who served us were learning.


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