Table Of Contents by Judy Gelman & Vicki Levy Krupp

From Breakfast with ANITA DIAMANT to dessert with JAMES PATTERSON.  Book lovers you will not want to miss out on this treasure of a book!

Fair warning:  I am going to GUSH about this book

I think most book lovers really enjoy books about books, about book clubs, about readers….. AND I also love books that are rich with food details… so vibrantly described that I swear I can smell their mouthwatering aroma right off the pages!   So how about this…. what if I told you there was a book about authors – probably some of your favs…. that not only share some of the frequently asked questions, what readers should know, but also …

a recipe.

It’s true – and it is all in this book.


Table Of Contents barely made it into my home before I was leafing through this books reading fun facts on some of my go to authors…  for instance, Laura Lippman (I’d Know You Anywhere)says


I’m a lifelong reader, and much has influenced me,  But I particularity like Maud hart Lovelace’s “Betsy-Tacy” books.  Which, not incidentally, all filled with delicious sounding food.


and… Sara Gruen (Water For Elephants) says


I wrote half of Water For Elephants in a walk-in-closet.  I had stalled about half way through writing the book and realized I was employing all my favorite writing avoidance techniques.  I painted the walls of our family room five times and spent way too much time on Ebay.  We didn’t have wireless connection at the time so I asked my husband to move my desk into our unwired closet and I went in each morning with my laptop, the dog, and a cup of tea.

And not only fun little clips like the ones above, but also the recipes – oh the recipes!  Interested in knowing Philippa Gregory’s recipe for Medieval Gingerbread?  Henry Ford’s Cantonese Barbeque Pork Buns?  Barbara Delinsky’s Crab and Corn Chowder?  Chris Cleave’s Post-Colonial Pie?

50 different authors in all share pages of information about their writing, their inspiration, their favorite authors, and a recipe worth trying.  I am in total book crush over this read.

I will leave you with this one recipe from an author who holds a special place in my heart, Adriana Trigiani:


Pia’s Crabbies

During the Christmas dinner scene in my novel Rococo, Bartolomeo’s Aunt Edith barely makes it through the front door before she demands a serving of these crab delights!

Credit for these savory snacks goes to my sister Pia, the ultimate party hostess.  Through the years she collects, invents, and reinvents recipes to please the crowds.  We can’t make enough crabbies when we have a party.  They are delish!  Enjoy!

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened

1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup soft pimento cheese spread (recipe for this is in the book if you do not want to use store bought)

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 garlic clove, minced

8 oz. lump crab meat

4 English muffins, split

ground paprika, for sprinkling

salt to taste

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Use a fork to mash together the butter, mozzarella, and pimento cheese spread in a large bowl.  Add the mayonnaise, garlic, and crab meat and mix well.

2.  Toast the English muffin halves, if desired.  Spread mixture on the muffin halves and sprinkle with paprika.  Salt to taste.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.  Place the muffins on a cookie sheet and broil until tops are golden brown – about one minute.  Cut each crabbie into quarters and serve.

I am not sharing my copy of this book.  Nope.  It is that good.  My only recommendation is that you run to your nearest book store or jump on your favorite online book site and order not only a book for yourself – but for that very bookish friend you have who will jump up for joy and SSSQQQQUUUEEEEE when he/she unwraps this treasure at their next birthday.


Amazon Rating

My 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Table Of Contents


I received this book from the author, Judy Gelman

This review is part of the Weekend Reading meme by

Beth Fish Reads

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on January 29, 2011, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. I have this cookbook here and I know what you mean about how great it is. Gush away!!!

  2. Oh, this sounds very delicious!!

    I like books filled with anecdotes about writers’ lives, and one filled with recipes sounds like an added delight.

  3. This sounds like such a fun book. thanks for the heads up! I will be looking for it now.

  4. Oh, that sounds like like a really nice book. Are you sure you need to hold on to it? Yes, of course you do! I’ll have to find my own copy!

  5. I love the quotes included. Especially the Sara Gruen one. Crabbies sound yummy.

  6. What a fun book! Doesn’t get much better than an inside view of writing life alongside good food.

  7. This sounds like such a winning combination a book about authors and food :)

    Trigiani is one of my favorite female authors…so glad she is included in this!

  8. This one sounds great and I love food and reading about it…just not making it :D

  9. Lol, your enthusiasm is getting to me ;) I must now be off to the library and find it!

  10. That sounds like a fun read. I’ll have to put it on my every growing TBR list.

  11. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!!

  12. Wow, what a wonderful idea for a book! I need to find a copy, as it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  13. I’m so glad you liked this one so much since my copy just arrived in the mail last week! I’m going to have to go pull it out!

  14. This sounds very appealing, and I do hope you try Betsy-Tacy! Emily of Deep Valley might be right up your alley…

  15. The book sounds great and the “Crabbies” sound delicious! I have to keep an eye out for this book.

  16. Great review. Thanks.

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