{announcing} FSC Book Club

Now that we’ve gathered over 2,000 friends on Facebook, it’s about time to announce our latest and greatest community-building project: the FSC Book Club! I’m sure you have figured out by now that we are book lovers. We read them, write book reports on themcook from them, give them away as prizes… we love books. And we love food. And we love you, our awesome FSC community! So it became obvious a little while ago that we needed to start up a virtual FSC Book Club on Facebook.

For our first book, we chose An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler. One of our lucky giveaway winners already has her copy and I just picked up my own copy a few weeks ago.  Ms. Adler’s classic, authentic writing style will make you want to simplify your cooking and savor the smallest details and most subtle flavors. It’s as instructional as it is personal, and she offers anecdotes as she walks you though a new, old way of cooking: using what you have, when you have it to create simple, wholesome meals. Adler eloquently convinces her reader to re-think their time in the kitchen. Rather than starting each dinner from a completely new place, she urges us to wisely use leftovers and reclaim culinary themes of meals that came before. Ms. Adler takes the mystery out of home cooking by making it accessible, easy & efficient.

The FSC Book Club!

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Join us in an on-going, virtual community discussion of some of the best food writing out there. Share photos and stories from your own life. Tell us where you were when you read Chapter 3 or what meal this book inspired you to cook for your family. Get together with your sister or friend and have a mini book club discussion over coffee and croissants! Bring your book to a local pub and settle in with a lager and handful of pretzels. Read it on vacation, on your lunch break, while your kids are sleeping or before bed.

Each Monday for seven weeks, we’ll post discussion topics, questions, surveys and notes on our Facebook page. This book also has a few recipes sprinkled throughout, so we may even throw in a few cook-a-long “assignments” throughout the book club! Reading & cooking together with the FSC community- does it get any better?! “Like” us if you haven’t already and then join in each week to discuss An Everlasting Meal. We’ll cover around 30 pages each week, beginning with the Introduction, Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 for the first discussion. We’ll post the reading schedule on our Facebook page.

What: FSC Book Club
When: Beginning Monday, April 23, 2012 (1st discussion will cover Introduction & Chapters 1-2)
Where: From Scratch Club’s Facebook Page
The Book: An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy & Grace by Tamar Adler

Are you in? Then go grab a copy of An Everlasting Meal and get reading! Check your local library, independent bookstore, friend’s bookshelf or your favorite online retailer. To give everyone enough time to get their grubby hands on a copy of the book and to read through the first section, we will kick off the book club discussion covering the Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 on Monday, April 23. See you then!

FAQs, or Questions We Think May Be Frequently Asked in the Future

How do I join?
Would you like to be a part of the FSC Book Club? Great, then you are! There’s no sign-up or registration form. Just show up to our Facebook page (click FSC Book Club, its a new forum created just for this project) and join the conversation. Every Monday, we’ll post a few questions or prompts and let you take the reigns! Respond to our moderated discussion questions right on Facebook and post your photos, stories and your own questions too. We may even dish out a few recipe assignments, so you can cook your way through the book with us! Feeling inspired? Post about it on your own blog & share the link! You can also chime in on Twitter or Instagr.am using the hashtag #FSCbookclub, if you’d like, but the primary discussion will take place on Facebook.

What are the rules?
Be nice. Have fun. Play fair. Generally speaking, we won’t be reading any murder mysteries or thrillers but please still be considerate and avoid posting about chapters we haven’t covered yet. Even the unassuming food memoir can have a few twists and turns, so don’t spoil the fun by posting about chapter 12 when we are only on chapter 3.

I’ve fallen way behind on the reading schedule. Will you kick me out?
No! This is a low-stress, FUN virtual book club. Didn’t have the time to read this week’s selection? Don’t worry, we won’t fail you! Just catch up when you can and rejoin any discussion you’d like, old or new.

I don’t have Facebook. Now what?
Honestly? Join Facebook. I held out for a really long time… years, in fact, and just created a personal account last year. In 2011. So I’m a big-time latecomer to the Social Network. But now that I’m on it, I love it. I can catch up with old friends, or not. I can post tidbits from my life, or not. I can stay up to date on my favorite blogs and websites like FSC and connect with other super cool peeps. Still not sold? That’s ok too. Just read along with us and can chat up a fellow book clubber at an upcoming food swap or FSC Academy class!

This book sucks, why did you pick it?
First: No! It doesn’t suck. None of the books we pick will suck. But maybe they aren’t your favorite. That’s ok. You have two options: 1) Skip it! Take the month off from book club and pick up back again next time. 2) Join us anyway. Keep an open mind. Chime in politely on the discussion and delve a bit deeper into the book than you would have on your own. We’re all in it together, so let the FSC community guide you on your reading journey.

This is so cool! You FSC ladies are GENIUSES! But, I’d like to host an in-person, real life book club.
Thanks! We are pretty great, aren’t we? Would you like a face-to-face book chat? Go ahead and invite your peeps over to your place for crumpets & discussion, we won’t stop you! Cook a few of the recipes! Drink a little wine! Compile your questions and stories and thoughts and share them with the bigger virtual community on our Facebook page. In fact, post a photo of your book club gathering so we can witness the fun.

Who’s in?! Our FSC Book Club forum is all set up & ready for our kick-off Monday, April 23. Stop by and introduce yourself to the gang! Tell us who you are and where you’re from. Then brew a mug of coffee, grab that book and get reading. We can’t wait to read along with you!


23 Comments Add yours

  1. leroywatson4 says:

    This sounds like a great project. I will check it out on FB. The food swaps sound good also, but its a long drive from Wales! Happy blogging (www.thebeachhousekitchen.wordpress.com)

    1. Christine says:

      We hope you join in! You can give our book club a bit of international flare 🙂

  2. Nicolle says:

    Absolutely, I’m already excited 🙂

    1. Christine says:

      Yes! See you Monday on Facebook.

  3. Such a great idea, and I am so excited to join! Plus, I love food – what a bonus 🙂


  4. Kate says:

    I reserved this months ago from the library and I just got it today. It has to go back in 2 weeks so I’ll have to read it quick and take notes to stay in the right place with the book club!

    1. Christine says:

      Haha, sounds good!

  5. domaphile says:

    I’m in. A virtual book club is a fantastic idea! I just finished the book and am looking forward to cooking my way through it a second time around, so this is perfect timing!

    1. Christine says:

      Perfect! We’ll be tossing in a few recipe challenges and cook-alongs throughout the book club so it will be awesome to have you with us.

  6. Great idea! I just “liked” it on FB so I can participate.

    1. Christine says:

      Superb, head on over and introduce yourself there & we’ll get chatting on Monday!

  7. Susan Morelli says:

    I have never been part of a book club or virtual one. So, my inquisitiveness made me sign up! 🙂

    1. Christine says:

      It will be awesome. Low pressure, easy to participate, lots of fun! Pour yourself a beverage and pop over to our Facebook forum on Monday! In the meantime, feel free to head over and introduce yourself 🙂

  8. Jillian says:

    This book sounds like a lot of fun to read – I can’t wait!

    1. Christine says:

      Nice, Jillian!

  9. Dianna says:

    wait how do we join? I am challenged and need to have explicit instructions, Thank you.

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