Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The 2012 Book Blogger Cookbook - Guest post by Christy Dorrity + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to Ex Libris Christy Dorrity, author of the wonderful and popular Book Blogger Cookbooks. Christy just recetnly released the Cookbook for 2012 full of a couple dozens delicious bookish recipes no book lover should miss. Today I asked her about her inspiration and how she chooses which recipe to pair with which book. Read on to see her answer and she also shares one of my favourite recipes of the cookbook with you. (If you'd like two other yummy recipes check out Christy's post from last year and my review of the book).

ps. And there is 2 fantastic giveaways waiting for you at the end as well ;-)

When I first started blogging, I didn't think about writing a cookbook at all. I love to read and I love to cook and I wanted my book review blog to reflect that. I decided to pair each book review with a companion recipe. Some of the recipes have to do with food or meals that the characters consume in the books, like "Lost in Love Chicken Alfredo Pizza" from Emily Wing Smith's Back When You Were Easier to Love. Others stem from the theme or mood of the book, like the "Perfect Ten Dauntless Skewers" to go with Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I don't have a structured system for choosing which books to highlight. I read a handful of books each year, mostly young adult fiction. If I enjoyed the book, it was a clean read, and is published for the mainstream market, I consider it. I like to have at least a few ebooks from authors whom I think are doing a great job self-publishing.

At the end of my first year of blogging about books, I decided to publish a little pdf file of the recipes for my readers. About the same time, there was a lot of buzz about self-publishing. I am a writer, and the idea of self-publishing is intriguing. I thought it might be fun to publish the recipes as an ebook and figure out what it's like to self-publish.

I knew that the recipes themselves would not be enough to attract readers so I asked my blogging friends from around the world to contribute blurbs about the books that are included in the cookbook. So many bloggers responded and the community of book reviewers has been an unexpected bonus to this process.

Reading about cooking and cooking about reading is a tasty adventure that I can't wait to continue!

And here is one of my favourite recipes of the 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook Christy was kind enough to share with us:

Polite Pumpkin Custard

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, is a downright frightening place to be. Children who lag behind, or are unruly in library class, are likely to get eaten. You may survive if you step lightly around Principal Headcrusher and steer clear of Mr. Dragonbreath. At least Sue the Amazing Octo-Chef can whip you up a delicious, if dubious dessert. Charlie Newkid is the first to figure out that Sue’s amazing pumpkin custards will stop to let you eat them, if you ask them politely. You, too, can enjoy this creamy, crust-less custard, if you say pretty please.


1 (15 ounce) canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 cup half and half cream
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt


¼ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Whipped cream
and ground cinnamon for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the filling ingredients. Beat until smooth and pour into five greased custard cups (or small hollowed out pumpkins, if available).
  3. Place in a 13x9 inch baking pan. Pour hot water around the cups until the bottoms are in an inch of standing water.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  5. For the topping, combine the brown sugar, pecans and butter. Sprinkle it over the custard.
  6. Put the custards back in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Serve warm or chilled. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Serves 5.

Christy Dorrity loves to read about cooking and cook about reading. She was taught early to have a discriminating taste for both books and food. Christy grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. She taught elementary school and lives in the mountains with her husband Devon and their five young children. When Christy's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
twitter: @christydorrity

Great books, bloggers, and recipes meet in this second volume of a fresh and unique cookbook that helps you experience books, not just read them. This year's volume features even more tasty reads, recipes and book bloggers.

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format. The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.

You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because…

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere. It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book. Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.
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Blog Giveaway

Christy generously offered a copy of The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment and tell us what is your favourite food/meal? Either to prepare or eat ;-)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 22 May 2012!

Grand Prize Giveaway

Every person who comments on one of the blogs during the tour will be entered to win a grand prize: a copy of every book featured in The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook (22 in all, over $200 value). You can find the rules and details here.

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