Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cookbook Review & Giveaway: Table of Contents

When I got an email from the authors asking if I'd like a copy of their new cookbook featuring recipes from bestselling authors, I said: YES, PLEASE!! And even better, they sent me two!
One for me and one for one of you!

Here's the official product description:

Have you ever wished you could enjoy an Italian dinner with Frances Mayes? Or swap recipes with Jacquelyn Mitchard? It's all possible in Table of Contents, the unique cookbook that features recipes drawn from the works of today's bestselling authors, along with intimate insights that help bring their most beloved books to life. With more than 100 dishes and drinks created by fifty of today's brightest writers, Table of Contents will become a feast for your mind—and your soul!

When this book arrived I spent two hours browsing through the authors and their recipes and I was delighted! This book's black and white presentation is thoughtful and elegant. An author introduction page precedes the recipe(s) they've contributed, featuring lists of their popular titles and short but insightful interviews. The book includes a nice mix of established and new authors and a wide variety of recipes. Here are a few that caught my eye:

  • Amanda Thigpen's Salmon en Croute from Sara Gruen, a recipe inspired by her latest, Ape House.
  • Barbara Delinsky's Crab and Corn Chowder
  • Joanne Harris' Lentil and Toulouse Sausage Casserole
  • Henry's Favorite Hum Bao from Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet author Jamie Ford.

And for my mega sweet tooth:

  • Philippa Gregory's Medieval Gingerbread, from a 15th-century recipe.
  • Anita Diamant's Apple Kuchen
  • And a good old southern staple from Joshilyn Jackson, Rose Mae Lolley's Chess Pie.

And there are many, many, more recipes, including selections from James Patterson, Adriana Trigiani, Lisa See, Garth Stein, Laura Lippman,and a trio of Oz-themed tasties from Gregory Maguire. This book would make an excellent gift for your book-lovin' foodie friends! If you like the concept of this cookbook, head over to the authors' website, bookclubcookbook.com for more authors and recipes, food and book pairings, interviews, chats, and more. I think it's a really cool cookbook and their website'e pretty cool, too. Such a great idea!

Want to win this fabulous cookbook?
Leave a comment with an email address.
That's it!
(Followers double their chances to win :)

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, and ends at midnight EST February 21, 2011, when I will select a name at random from the entries. Thank you and good luck!


This giveaway has ended and the winner has been selected:
Congratulations Kimberly Sue!


  1. What a clever concept, and very clever title. I know I'd enjoy this book even w/o trying the recipes, which I promise to do.

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  2. I'm always looking for good cookbooks!

  3. WOW what a great looking cookbook. To get recipes from different people.
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  4. I really want to read (and make some recipes from) this book!!

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  5. I love cookbooks, please enter me in your giveaway.

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  6. Sounds like a great cookbook with a lot of interesting reading in it also. Would love to win a copy!

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  8. Looks great!! And, I'm a follower :)


  9. I love cookbooks, and what a cool way to combine a love of books with a love of cooking!

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  10. I love puns! Table of Contents made me laugh and it took me a second to notice the it was a pen and not a knife.
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  11. Cookbooks are my favorite! Please include me in the giveaway


  12. What a great idea - it would be fun for a book club to match the recipes to the authors, too!

  13. This cookbook looks great. Would like to add it to my collection.

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  14. I follow by gfc.

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  15. What a clever theme for a book! :D I absolutely love the concept, and I'm also crossing my fingers! djlibrarian3[at]gmail[dot]com. Thank you for the opportunity, Lady Q!

  16. I am an avid book reader, I LOVE to cook, French cooking among others, so looks like this book would be perfect for me. LOL
    Thanks for offering
    Emma @ Words And Peace

  17. I would love to win this one AND I'm a GFC follower!



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