Book Of Clubs

May 22, 2012

Tonight it was my first time hosting our book club!


Preparatory PB&J quesadilla as an afternoon snack (I was trying to think of something other than cereal, yogurt and fruit to have since I have that nearly everyday for a snack! This was good but didn’t keep me as full as a dairy snack would).


I had fun playing hostess and getting things all set up before the group arrived



Matt kindly made pizzas for us all and I was in charge of cutting the cheese – heh heh. I normally do it by hand, but there was so much I enlisted the help of my Cuisinart. MAGICAL I tell you. The power of a motor..


Matt made four pizzas – two veg, one pepperoni and one pear + goat cheese. They were delicious!! And I was starving and ate four slices.


We also made a big salad from our garden greens – with nuts and goat cheese


And the others brought snacks, fruit and brownies! [And wine, sniff]


First plate – plus 3 more pizzas!


On the agenda, Ahab’s Wife, which is my favorite book. I loved it because it’s a poetic adventure set by and on the ocean about a strong female character and her life’s trials. It’s beautifully written and thought provoking. Others didn’t like it as much because it was slow to get into, a bit boring at times and the characters were a little flat. A good discussion though!

Alice made these spicy brownies for dessert. They have quite the kick but all the chocolate you love!


Just finished washing all the dishes and cleaning all the corners of the kitchen and porch.

Time to start a new book: The Midwife’s Confession!

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1 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

So is the book Ahab’s Wife in any way related to Moby Dick?


2 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Yes, it’s the story of Ahab’s Wife! Moby Dick is in the plot


3 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Ok I figured but wasn’t sure :) I tried to read Moby Dick a few months ago and really wanted to like it but I just could NOT get into it. Verrry slow.


4 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’d like to read it too just because I’ve read this twice, but I hear it’s really long… I don’t think I’d like it


5 TC May 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

It is one of the best American novels ever written, hands down, and hilarious too, which no one ever seems to talk about.


6 K May 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I was struck by the humor when first reading Moby Dick as well! Ishmael is quite wry at times. I know that last sentence sounded really pretentious, but I couldn’t think of a better way to put it! Sorry! While it can seem slow compared to many of todays popular novels, I am a sucker for beautiful prose, and Melville was a master of description. Which is why it has become such a classic. “nur!” at myself. I am just going to stop talking about things everyone knows already before someone tells me to shut it. I just get excited about literature! Also, for someone who reads a lot, I am, obviously, not a good writer myself.


7 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

a tortilla with nut butter is my favorite afternoon snack! & that pizza looks absolutely delicious!


8 Sana May 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hahah I want to join a book club! For both the food and the books!


9 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Would love to be in your book club- if only for the food! ….I’ll sniffle with you with the whole no wine thing.


10 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm



11 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

OoOoOoO book club!! I’ve never been in a book club before! Now that I am done my nutrition schooling AND house renos I might just have to participate in one!

PS that pizza looks incredible! I’m on the hunt for the perfect pizza dough though!


12 Lea @ Healthy Coconut May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

May I ask how you found a book club? Thru meet-ups or is this book club includes all your friends already?


13 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

One of my friends was already in it and she invited me to join in


14 kathleen @ the daily crumb May 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

what i wouldn’t do for some of that pizza!!

glad you enjoyed the book, will have to add it to my list!


15 Elyse May 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I LOVED that book too!!! So glad to hear you liked it. :-)


16 Greg May 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

The spicy brownies sound really interesting. Any chance of getting the recipe from Alice?


17 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I will ask ..


18 Lindsay May 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Ooo, I’m hoping for a Kindle soon, so I love hearing about some new titles, been a bit flat on good reads as of late! All the food looked DELISH and I have never thought about using a food processor to cut cheese…brilliant!


19 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

PB&J quesadilla? Why haven’t I ever thought of that hahahah!


20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

What a great hostess!! That food looks amazing!


21 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Waah, I totally aspire to be part of a book club. I’m an English teacher who yearns to talk fun books with adults. I loved Midwife’s Confession and was on a Diane Chamberlain kick for a while. Now I’m reading “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which is loosely based off the Columbine shootings. I’m in need of something lighter I think :)


22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

pear and goat cheese?! I could eat that! I may have to try making my own version! Was there any sauce or just a little olive oil?


23 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

A little honey!


24 Cait's Plate May 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I’ve heard such good things about that book. It’s on my list!

Those pizzas. Gah. They kill me every single time. SO SO good. Is Matt for catering hire?? 😉


25 Jen May 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’ve never heard of that good – but I’d go for the food spread!

Is Foodbuzz still your sponsor? I don’t see the ads on the site anymore?


26 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Yeah, they should be there… Weird!


27 Annette @FitnessPerks May 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

FUN! I love book clubs. I would love ’em more if they served that pizza more often though…hehe 😉


28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

My husband loves spicy chocolate cake. I bet he would love those brownies! Pizza is always perfect for a crowd. That looks like a delicious gathering!


29 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Love all that pizza! You guys should sell some, and open an inline store so I can order frozen pizza!!!


30 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

spicy brownies…I have had spicy hot chocolate (with cayenne added) but never brownies…interesting twist!

Gotta love power tools for kitchen tasks!


31 j3nn May 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That sounds like a lot of fun! You put out an awesome spread. Hostess with the mostest pizza. :)


32 Amanda M May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Does that cafe say sperm on it? Or do I just have a dirty mind?


33 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

Sperm whale oil! I was trying to get in the whaling spirit :) good eye!


34 Kendall May 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Your pizzas always look so good! I’m thinking of making some for dinner tomorrow, can’t wait!!


35 Danica @ It's Progression May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I loved The Midwife’s Confession! Diane Chamberlain is a great author.


36 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Ooh, glad I have another book recommendation. I just finished ‘The Wednesday Sisters,’ and I miss it already–it was such a delightful book to read that I didn’t want it to end.


37 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I call my book club “food club”


38 Khushboo May 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

I would love to join a book group although I think a spread like that would appeal to me more than the book itself ;)!


39 Rori May 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

Kath, Have you heard about the “Things I am afraid to tell you” challenge that many bloggers have been posting? Freckles Chick sums it up pretty well here:
Is this something you would consider doing for your readers? I know that I would enjoy a post like this from you. Have a great weekend!


40 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

I’ll have to think about what I’d say. There’s a fine line between sharing and too personal and I generally share everything that isn’t too personal! Hmmm.


41 Simply Life May 23, 2012 at 6:14 am

that is a great spread for book club!


42 Hillary May 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

Ahab’s Wife is my best friend’s favorite book, too. She’s been pushing me to read it for years! Guess it really should get on the list already, huh?

Looks like a great night…especially Matt’s pizzas!


43 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 23, 2012 at 6:41 am

Joining a book club looks like fun! I basically read books and then pass them on to my friends/neighbours and my mother…we pass books between us all…perhaps getting together will be the next step! The pizza looks amazing as always!


44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

I think I’d have to read the book just to have an excuse to come over for the salad and pizza!


45 Molly @ RDexposed May 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

Mmm I’m doing a goat cheese and pear combination tonight. Would love to try it on a pizza!


46 Karen May 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

I bought the Diane Chamberlin book last year, but never felt the urge to crack it open as I am always turned off by the ‘chick-lit” ish cover – silly I know! Please keep us posted on your thoughts – I’m scouting for a winner. (I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a terrific memoir I recommend if you’re feeling like a well written, moving – and entirely relatable – nonfiction read.)


47 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

How fun to have a book club! :) All of the food looks great!


48 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

Everything looks delicious! I couldn’t get through Moby Dick, so I don’t think I’d do well with Ahab’s Wife, although I’ve been surprised before by a book after starting it.


49 Amanda @flecksofgreen May 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

Yum! The pear and goat cheese pizza sounds heavenly! What kind of a dip is that for the tortilla chips? It almost looks like a cheesey hummus or a mashed sweet potato.


50 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

It was hummus – not sure what flavor though


51 Erin May 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

food processors, ftw. I’m in love with mine!


52 Emily May 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

If you’re interested in another birth-themed book (fiction), I recommend The Birth House by Ami McKay. It’s set on Canada’s East Coast and really beautifully written, enjoyable for all but especially if you are in birth mode. :)


53 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Cool, thanks!


54 Angel7 May 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

A pear & goat cheese pizza sounds interesting and good!

I love chocolate with a bit of kick to it!


55 Johanna B May 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That is one good looking pizza. Pizza is one of things I miss most about having Celiac. The GF ones just aren’t the same.


56 Michael Tavallaei DDS May 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

always wanted to start a book club.


57 Maria Carolina May 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

That pizza looks to-die-for! What kind of cheese does Matt use? I’ve heard the trick is to use half cheddar and half mozzarella or something like that? And were the crusts whole wheat, 50% or white? (Can you tell I love me a good pizza? 😛


58 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

He did half pepperjack and half cheddar! It was whole wheat with Great Harvest four


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