Book Discussions


D-I-Y Dairy: Buttery, Cheesy, Creamy Goodness

As we learned this month, many dairy products are among the easiest foods to make yourself; and reading Home Dairy by Ashley English inspired us to make some “basics” that we usually buy. Yogurt, butter, fresh cheeses like paneer, ice cream, and ricotta all contain the simplest of ingredients, and require only the simplest […]

Bibliobites in May: Breakfast Is Served!

This month’s Bibiliobites meeting found us exploring that most important meal of the day, breakfast! Our two main selections were comprehensive tomes that covered the full range of possibilities for breakfast, from savory to sweet and everything in between. A Real American Breakfast was an enjoyable read for many, as it had numerous entertaining […]

Bibliobites in April: Cuisine/Culture

As spring reluctantly arrived in our corner of the world, we took a short digression into the world of fiction with Nicole Mones’ The Last Chinese Chef. We didn’t really stray far, however, since this book is firmly rooted in the cuisine of China and its indelible connection to Chinese culture. The story concerns […]

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 Pickle Soup (yes, it […]

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 same name:

Some dinner ideas suggested […]

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 […]