Book Discussions


Bibliobites in March: Hola Mexico!

This month we explored the cuisine of Mexico with two of Rick Bayless’ books. Bayless is a nationally known expert on authentic Mexican cooking, having written several books on the subject; he also operates four restaurants in the Chicago area and stars in an eponymous PBS television show. He’s a busy, busy guy! […]

Bibliobites in February: Culinary Crossroads

This month we explored the cuisine of Armenia (tying in with our One Book title, The Sandcastle Girls), and by extension, the Middle East. This was unfamiliar turf for most of us, and we were introduced to new spices, flavor combinations, and cooking techniques. Our Armenian cooking focused on kufta, which are as […]

Bibliobites in January: Soup’s On!




To paraphrase cookbook author Ken Haedrich, in winter only serious soup will do! We gathered post-blizzard to discuss Anna Thomas’ Love Soup, a collection of vegetarian soup recipes. Reviews were generally mixed: definite high points, but some lows as well. Many recipes were tried; among those that were liked best are […]

Bibliobites in December: No Cookie Left Behind

Bibliobites Notes 12/5/14 — 14 people attended!

There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air as Bibliobites book group members set their plates and plastic tubs of cookies on the table near the fireplace. What kinds of cookies did folks make? What would become a new holiday favorite? More importantly, when could we […]

Bibliobites in October: Let Them Eat….Pie!

Pie turned out to be a topic that generated a lot of interest— and a great deal of pie-baking! Ken Haedrich’s book is an exhaustive compendium of all things pie. His explicit and extensive instructions help to allay pie crust fears, and he provides tasty filling recipes for every conceivable category of pie, whether […]

Bibliobites in September: What’s for Lunch….and Dinner!







In Beating the Lunch Box Blues J. M . Hirsch recommends “leftovers by design”. Cook extra for dinner and you’ll have the makings for some quick and delicious lunches. If you like this concept, and/or are looking for lunch inspiration, the author also has a blog by the […]

Bibliobites in August: Vegetables

The recommendations and the recipes were flying fast and furious at the August Bibliobites meeting. Everyone seemed inspired by summer’s bountiful produce to try new things, as well as new variations on old favorites. We did not read a specific title; each person checked out a book from our collection that related to the […]

Bibliobites in July: Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay





We thought summer might be a good time to explore the thrill of the grill, so this month found us knee-deep in smoke boxes, rubs, and hot fires! People found the book visually pleasing (with lots of drool-worthy photos) and well laid out. Our experienced grillers were motivated to try […]

Book Discussion – The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White




June’s Bibliobites title was The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White. Reviews were decidedly mixed! People mentioned that they liked some of the recipes they tried, but not enough to make them again. Some participants also said they already had recipes they loved for some of the classic fish dishes in […]

BIBLIOBITES IN MAY – Eating and writing!

May’s Bibliobites group read Garlic and Sapphires by bestselling author and former New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl.

Everyone said they loved the book and many revisited her two memoirs – Tender at the Bone and Comfort me with Apples. Some even went on to read her new fiction title Delicious – published in […]