Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Book Worth Reading....

This month our book club read "Walking Across Egypt" by Clyde Edgerton, a North Carolina writer who teaches at the UNC-Wilmington. Many of us had already read several of his former books, among them "Raney", a highly-acclaimed first novel. 

This book is chock full of references to southern foods, since the main character is an elderly woman who loves to lay out a banquet table for anyone who chances upon her front porch; friend or stranger. 

The hostess for the evening asked us to bring foods that were mentioned in the book, and our menu consisted of a delicious tenderloin, potato salad, tomato pie, deviled eggs, green beans and peas, lima beans and dessert:  apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and angel food cake with strawberries and chocolate sauce. It was all delicious (as usual) and I was so glad not to be on a diet  (as if I ever had been....lol)

The July book on our reading list is "The Secret of the Nightingale Palace", by Dana Sachs. Our host for that meeting went to high school with this author, and we may be able to Skype with her that night and ask questions, or discuss the book. The prospect is exciting  (as long as we like the book....lol)   

I'll let you know how it goes.

7 comments:

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE the idea of fixing and eating foods mentioned in the book you were all reading....Lawrence Sanders was a writer of mystery/policeman books---And his main characters LOVED food---I read most of his books and it occurred to me that one could make up a wonderful small book out of ALL the recipes and foods that were fixed and eaten in his books. There were some very inventive sandwiches that one of his main characters always fixed for himself...! GREAT fun!

kenju said...

And cornbread!! I forgot the cornbread.

redondowriter said...

I'll look for this book.

Gilly said...

What a great idea to bring foods mentioned in the book. It all sounds wonderful, and delightfully foreign to me!

Arkansas Patti said...

I love that idea and my what a spread you all assembled. A real groaning board.
Will check out the book. Thanks.

robin andrea said...

Love the food-book connection! Such a great idea.

sage said...

Clyde Edgerton is a treasure and I've enjoyed the half-dozen or so of his books... I read Raney ad Walking Across Egypt years ago and should go back and reread them.