The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format. The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.
You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because….
The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere. It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.
The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.
The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book. Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.
With permission from Christy I would like to share the Modern Day Root Beer Cookies recipe:
Modern Day Root Beer Cookies When the romantic regency era setting that she always dreamed of immerses Jane, in Shannon Hale’s Austenland, she is pulled between her fantasy and reality. A quick root beer drinking fling with the "gardener" is just what she needs to ground her and help her see what she really wants. Root beer stars in this cookie recipe that will remind you of summertime root beer floats.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon root beer extract
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons root beer extract
Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon root beer extract. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Stir in walnuts.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Combine the frosting ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost the cooled cookies and watch them disappear! Yields about 5 dozen cookies.
In addition to sharing this recipe, I had the opportunity to ask Christy a couple of questions regarding The Book Bloogers Cookbook:
Will you continue to do The Book Bloggers Cookbook?I plan to do the cookbook annually until I have at least 5 volumes. At some point I will combine the volumes and print physical copies.
Who gives you the recipes (Are they from the authors)?
The recipes come from my kitchen. They are family favorites that have been passed down, and new recipes that I find in my experimenting. When I read a book, I am always on the look out for a possible match of food or theme that can be represented by one of my favorite recipes.
How do you decide which books will be highlighted?
I read quite a few books in a year and I just read whatever sounds interesting to me. I include mostly YA because that is what I read most of. I do read other books that are not included in the cookbooks and I leave them out if I don't like the read, or if it is not mainstream. For example, I read quite a few books that are written for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I don't feel that they are mainstream enough for the audience of the cookbooks. Also, the reads I include are clean and have little violence. Every year I try to include at least a few self-published ebooks that I feel are high quality and worth the read.
Thank you Christy for writing such a great recipe book and stopping by My Life With Books today.
For links to additional tour stops and reviews for The Book Bloggers Cookbook check out Christy's Website. Remember that every person who comments on one of the blogs during the tour will be entered to win a grand prize: a copy of every book featured in The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook (22 in all, over $200 value).
To enter leave a comment below - do you have any food that makes you remember your favorite book? A recipe you would want to share that was inspired by a book? Tell me about it, I would love to hear how your love of reading has seeped into other aspects of your life. Maybe it's not food, maybe just music or of some other book attribute - just tell me about it for your entry into the contest.