This post is about doing something new creatively and gaining a fresh start. In addition to sharing recipes on this site, I’ve decided to host an online foodie book club. What’s that you say? Well, about once a month, I will share thoughts about a book, as well as a recipe inspired by that book. I invite you to join me. Read and cook if you are so inspired. Let’s chat about the books we read. Also, if you are already a part of a book club, you may find these recipes inspire you to make and share them at your next book club meeting.
This post contains affiliate links. See policy for disclosure.
Below is the list of upcoming books I plan to review and share a related recipe to. I update this list a few months out at a time so you can plan ahead. Come back here anytime to see the upcoming books or subscribe to my email newsletter for updates. I’m always open to suggestions. Book inspired recipes go live the last week of every month. To comment about the book or the recipe, click on the inspired recipe post. The great thing about an online book club is that you can read at your own pace and comment at any time (even after the target month). And you can be from anywhere in the world. Your local library is a great free resource to obtain these books. The more people involved, the more fun it is. Feel free to invite your friends to read along.
2019 Reading List and Book Inspired Recipe
- Aug Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
- Will be published end of August
- Sep Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- Will be published end of Sept
- Oct Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Will be published end of Oct
Why a book club?
For several months now, I’ve been on a blogging break. Finding time to create and write recipes to share here has been increasingly difficult for me. When I started Pine Needles In My Salad, it was meant to be a creative platform to share my love of cooking. I enjoyed the creative process in the kitchen. Somewhere along the way, blogging became less about food and more of a technical job. This combined with working full-time as a mom and managing a part-time business at home was taking it’s toll. Time is a precious commodity. I started to feel like I wasn’t successful at anything because I didn’t have time to focus on any one thing and do it well. I was losing my joy.
During my non-blogging time, I did some soul searching and more reading. I decided to get back to the joy of cooking. I stopped taking pictures of food. I stopped doing what everyone in the blogging community tells you to do to be successful. I started to find my joy again.
I decided to combine my love of reading with cooking. And that’s where the foodie book club comes in. I would love to hear your thoughts on the stories and recipes I share inspired by them. Have you ever been inspired by a book? Are you already in a book club? Do you bring tasty treats to your book club? Let me know below in the comments. At the end of each book-themed post, I will recommend another book for the following month. If you have any book or related recipe suggestions, feel free to email me.