Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge Hour 13

I am super excited, this is my first time hosting a Mini Challenge (though my 6th Dewey). Hello to you all, and thank you so much for participating in my Mini-Challenge. How is your reading going? No matter how many or little you’ve read, I hope you are enjoying yourself and having a good time.

Hour 13… I figure I should have thought of something spooky, but maybe half way through the read-a-thon, you are feeling a bit hungry? How about if we cook the books a bit?

For this challenge, You will need to think of a popular title, twist it into a cookbook theme, then give us a little introduction about the book.

Here is a couple of examples:

The Soy Duck Club– Four pairs of mothers and daughters share their favorite recipes in this unusual cookbook. Here you will find authentic family recipes, fondly remembered by the mothers as their childhood favorites in China. Meanwhile, the American-Chinese daughters add their American twist to classics, using easier-to-find ingredients and utensils, as well as preparation methods more suited to our modern, busy lifestyles.

Three Ramen in a Bowl, Not to Mention the Hotdog – From the popular Food Network series, our three hosts travel up and down Mississippi river, sampling what America has to offer. There are American classics like BBQ, crawfish gumbo, as well as international and fusion cuisine found in the metropolitan areas. A must have for foodies and armchair travelers alike!

How to Play:

  • Post your reply here in the comment, or post on your blog and enter the link below.
  • This mini challenge will run for 3 hours.
  • There will be two prizes. One randomly drawn, and one I like the best!
  • Prizes: Select one of these yummy books below, or receive a book of your choice up to $12 from Better World Books.

* Tender at the Bones by Ruth Reichl
* The Bizarre Truth by Andrew Zimmern
* Fried Eggs with Chopsticks by Polly Evans
* The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver
* In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
* The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber

So, grab a snack to get your creative juice flowing! Any book title will do, but if it’s not a popular title, please include what the original title of the book. As for the synopsis, it doesn’t have to be related to the plot of the original title though if it does it’s more fun.

Thanks for stopping by and participating in the Cooking the Books mini-challenge! Happy Reading!

Wow, thanks all for participating!! I love reading all the replies, so creative and funny. You guys are genius!! Picking my favorite proves to be harder than I imagine as I really love quite a few of them.

Here are the winners:
Mrs. Soule for Hard-to-Miss Fowl
Christina for The Bun Also Rises

Congratulations, and thank you all for playing. Keep it going till Hour 24!

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  1. […] Check out Azuki’s Cooking the Books […]

  2. Pride and Pork Chops: Learn how to take pride in your cooking with only a few simple steps! From pork chops to pies, we’ll teach you how to cook!

  3. I did Hamlet & Eggs. LoL

    • to eat or not to eat… a good question!

  4. Where the Red Chard Grows – a boy and his family serve up recipes for traditional Ozark recipes, from blackberry cobblers to succotash–and you might even find that there’s more than one way to cook a raccoon! Also included is a section on home gardening, and how to protect your vegetables (and pets) from any cougars that might come around with a salad on their minds.

    • Whoops, I said “recipes” twice in the first sentence. OH WELL.

  5. This is such a fun challenge!

    Running With Kitchen Scissors:

    The true story of a boy whose mother (a struggling cook with delusions of Julia Child) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox chef who bore a striking resemblance to Jacques Pepin.

    So at the age of twelve, the budding foodie found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the chef’s bizarre family, and befriending a French waiter who resided in the backyard shed. This is the story of an outlaw childhood where following recipes were unheard of, and the Thanksgiving turkey pan stayed out all year round, where fresh herbs and Himalayan sea salt were consumed like candy, and if things got dull a set of very sharp kitchen knives could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

    (inspired by Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs)

  6. Secret Life of Beans by Sue Mung Kidd (original: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd)
    Jack and The Beanstalk told from the perspective of the magic bean. What’s it like to grow from a tiny seed into a giant beanstalk, to reach into a realm of giants and golden geese? How does it feel to be traded for a cow and used as a ladder? What was Jack *really* like? Read this first-hand account of a story you only thought you knew!

    my readathon blog:

    • Ok, I think I did this wrong. So I’d like to add to my synopsis that Magic Bean has to watch his brothers and sisters be cooked into various dishes, always narrowly escaping being made into a meal!

  7. “Cooking with Alaska
    Miles Halter is a boy who’s always lived for one thing, the “Great Recipes”, written by François Roulade, famous French cook. But he found a love of his own: Alaska’s culinary.
    Forget about ice cream and salmon, because Miles found out that that snowy land cooking has a lot more flavors to offer. It’s delicious, spicy, warming, and nothing you might expect.”

    Hahahaha this was so much fun :))

  8. Here is my link to The Madman’s Desserts. LOL! This was a fun mini-challenge.

  9. A Visit From the Mushroom Squad ( A Visit From the Goon Squad)

    Each member of the squad treats you to his/her favorite mushroom dishes. Appetizers, side dishes and more plus anecdotes of the squad’s experiences searching out the most elusive varieties of this wonderful fungus fill up the pages. A culinary masterpiece!

  10. “The Liver We Noshed” The original and much less revolting title is The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe.

    Thanksgiving dinner at Kaelyn’s house is rocked when Kaelyn’s grandmother serves not delicious turkey, but foul (fowl?) liver instead. A deadly virus decimated the turkey population, and only the wealthy and privileged have the luxury of eating the few remaining turkeys. Kaelyn and her family must instead nosh on liver. This once beloved American holiday will never be the same.

  11. Love It! I would like to go with Hunger Games and leave the title as Hunger Games…. this is a cook off to the death. Contestants are given an assignment to make a series of dishes…. if you fail… well…. I think you know. 🙂

    Catching Fire of course would be the sequel to Hunger Games and catching fire would be the outdoor grilling version 🙂

    Mocking Jay could turn into “Mock Turkey, a tofu like version of the thanksgiving turkey and of course there would be a whole section on Pita bread 😉

    Super fun idea 🙂

    Sheila Book Journey

  12. Here’s mine! Be sure to scroll down the post. It’s my update sticky so it will be farther down in the body of the post. 🙂

    What fun! Thanks!

    Happy reading!

  13. The City of Chefs:
    Clary Fray, a self-proclaimed foodie, travels all over New York City in search of the most delicious and exotic foods. Her passion for food leads her to the extraordinary restaurant Shadowhunters where her taste buds become mesmerized by the French cuisine such as steak au poivre, cassoulet and heavenly tarte tatin. Entranced with the restaurant she embarks on a journey to earn a position in the famous Shadowhunters’ kitchen.
    Isa @ Chasing Quills

  14. […] Azuki’s Cooking the Books […]

  15. Hard-To-Miss Fowl (original title: Artemis Fowl):
    Follow along with Ireland’s famous 12-year-old genius chef as he explores the ins and outs of cooking chicken and not-chicken as he finally shares his secret “Fairy Dust” spice blend. Full post at:

  16. Blackberry Season!: When you have nothing left in your pantry to party, Blackberry Season offers the taste tempting solutions to your dilemma. Luscious photos invite exploration! Discover what you’ve been craving. Right in your own backyard! {or market!}

    • original is Blackberry Winter – a mystery from Sarah Jio

  17. fun but hard. here is mine.

  18. Such a cool challenge since I just read a StarWars book Ill go with:
    Cookie Bar Wars 🙂

  19. […] not have noticed this but I seriously am loving the challenges. The hour 13 challenge, sponsored by Azuki’s Book Cafe, was to take a popular book title and twist both it and the plot to be a cook book. I am choosing […]

  20. How about The Bun Also Rises? If you’re feeling exhausted, like you’ve just been through a war, this cookbook is for you! Vent your frustration by learning to bake the perfect pastries, cakes, and loaves of bread. These light, buoyant delicacies are sure to lift your spirits! Traditional Spanish recipes are prominently featured.

    • This is hilarious!

  21. Mine took Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and turned it into The Year of Magical Drinking. It’s a bar tending guide guaranteed to get anyone through a year of incredible loss and grief.

    Full post at:

  22. […] p.m. Okay, I love this Cooking the Books challenge! You take a well-known book title and twist it so that it sounds like a cookbook, then […]

  23. Okay, I really didn’t think I was imaginative enough for this tonight, but then this popped into my head!

    “Gone with the Wok” – A collection of authentic Civil War recipes with an Asian twist! Prissy might not have known “nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies” but she could sure make a mean stir fry! You’ll find everything from “Scarlett’s Never Be Hungry Again Szechuan” to “Rhett’s Don’t Give a Damn Super Hot Kung Pao” in the pages of this delectable volume!

    I actually kind of proud of it! I’ve listed it on my blog post under hour 13!

  24. Girl with a Poached Egg
    (Original title: Girl with a Pearl Earring)
    This is a guide on how to make poached eggs! It’s not as hard as it looks, and it doesn’t take hours sitting still to achieve. Poached eggs are wonderful, and the guide covers how to make yummy Eggs Benedict and Eggs Over Easy, Over hard, omelettes, etc! After reading this you will amaze your friends at your artistic poached egg-making abilities!

    Posted here too

  25. […] Azuki’s Cooking the Books […]

  26. Pride and Pomegranates

    Serve your guests a sophisticated late 18th century tea with pride … and pomegranates! Classic English teatime delights such as watercress and cucumber dainties and currant scones with clotted cream blend perfectly with pomegranate cinnamon tea biscuits and coconut-pomegranate lemonade as a refreshing repast.

    • Yum, sounds like a delicious afternoon tea!!

  27. Reblogged this on Elizabeth Willse: Surrounded by Books and commented:
    Yes, the #readathon mini-challenges with food themes are getting reblogged so I can play with them later.

  28. The Iron Chef, the Poisoner, and the Refrigerator

    NARNIA … the land beyond the refrigerator, the secret kitchen known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy … the place where the adventure begins.

    Lucy is the first to discover the secret of the refrigerator in the master chef’s mysterious old restaurant. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the kitchen of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the great Iron Chef, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

    Enter this enchanted world countless times in The Chronicles of Narnia. There are seven books in all:
    The Sous Chef’s Nephew
    The Iron Chef, the Poisoner, and the Refrigerator
    The Scullery Horse and his Boy
    Patissier Caspian
    The Voyage of the Dawn Cupcake
    The Saucier’s Chair
    The Last Cook Off
    (adapted from the summary on the back of my book . . . I might have had too much fun with this one)

    Posted here:

  29. 5 am and my brain just doesn’t want to work, but here goes!

    The catcher in the rye bread

    Sick of your neighbor showing up with her perfect artisan loafs at parties, shaming your unsophisticated pop-can biscuits? Never fail and be disappointed by complicated snobby recipes again – start being in control every step of your bread-making process. This books talks you through the steps of making a rye sourdough starter, using the wild yeast all around us to get it going and the perfect condition for it to flourish. It will explain you how to keep your child-starter alive indefinitely, and revive it if necessary. It includes many uses for your starter, not just a loaf of bread! You won’t need anything else! Even if you’ve failed breadmaking many times, this is so easy a child could do it. No one will ever defame you again! So fight your inner demons and get started – now!

  30. So excited that I am a winner for this challenge! Would you mind emailing me at christina(dot)behe(at)gmail(dot)com? I wanted to email you my address and prize pick, but I don’t know your email address! Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you.

  31. […] 13 Cookbookify a book title and add a […]

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