I Was A Guest Judge For Cook The Books!

Recently, I had the opportunity to serve as guest judge for a great online community called Cook the Books. Originally formed by three self-professed foodies, the group reads a book every two months that contains a food-centric theme. Then, everyone prepares a dish mentioned in or inspired by the text and posts the entry on his or her own personal blog. At the end of the reading period, the entries are rounded up, judged and a winner is chosen. Usually the author of that round's book serves as the judge - now how cool is that?

For the June/July round, the group picked the book Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. This is definitely a book to read during the lazy days of summer. I read and reviewed this one earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, when Rachel of The Crispy Cook contacted me to be the guest judge (unfortunately the author was unable to judge the entries herself) I immediately agreed. Reading and cooking are two of my passions, so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to be involved with such a fun and creative group.

There were 13 entries for this round and I have to say judging wasn't easy. In every entry it was evident that much thought, research and creativity went in to every dish. However, my choice was Heather from Girlichef for her colorful Fruit and Grains Salad with Edible Flowers and Strawberry Vinaigrette. There were also two very scrumptious looking honorable mentions.

Head over to the Cook the Books blog to read the full results and to check out all the wonderful dishes! If reading and creative cooking interests anyone, I highly recommend giving this group a look and joining in on all the fun.


  1. How fun! Very much like many IRL book groups, eh? Yet in cyberspace. Nifty; as cooking and reading are two of my favorite pastimes, I may join the group in the fall!

  2. Thanks again for taking the time and effort to be our guest judge for this past round of Cook the Books. Your comments were really on the mark about the book and I appreciate all your efforts for our little band of literary foodies. Or foodie literatis. Whatever we are, we sure have fun.

  3. Oh wow! What a great opportunity and it sounds like the food was just amazing as well! Very cool that you got chosen to judge. It sounds like it was a huge honor!

  4. How fun!! What a great treat -- and a brilliant idea! I love it! Will head over now and start following.

  5. What a cool idea! Books and trying new foods are two of my favorite things, so I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!


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