{fsc book club} Relaunch w/ 2nd Book Selection (& Giveaway Winner)

The results are in! Thank you to everyone who took a moment to answer our poll about the FSC Book Club. We wanted to hear directly from you how we can grow this thing into a super fun, no pressure, foodie-friendly book club. We asked about the types of books you want to read, the ways in which you want to participate, how often you want to chat and more. And you answered! Thank you! We promised that one of you lovely readers would be in the running to win a copy of our next book club pick… that lucky lady is ERIN BELL! (Erin, please email fromscratchclub@gmail with your mailing address so we can get you your very own copy of our Book Club selection!)

And what did she win? What is the next FSC Book Club selection?

Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry, giving an author’s talk at the April 2012 Troy Food Swap.

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making
by the incredible, wonderful Alana Chernila!

We can’t get enough of Alana and her wonderful book.  Alana visited our April Food Swap in Troy to chat with swappers and sign copies of her book. Alana and her adorable husband even swapped too! We also featured snippets of her talk on Episode 3 of the From Scratch Club Podcast, hung out with her at the Delmar Farmers Market and invited her back to the Troy Food Swap scene when Marisa was in town.

Based on your feedback, we’ll rotate our Book Club picks so that there is something for everyone- cookbooks, food memoirs, policy reads, etc. This time around, we are getting in the kitchens and getting cooking! Round two of the FSC Book Club will be a cook-a-long! You asked for it and we’re making it happen.


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. Get together with your sister or friend and cook up a recipe together! Bring your book to a local pub and plan out the recipes you want to tackle.

Every other Monday, we’ll post Book Club “challenges” for the assigned chapters. You pick a recipe from the selection- anything you’d like- and then make it in your home and attempt the “challenge”. Maybe the challenge will be to take a photo of the finished product or to invite a friend over to join you in eating it! Some weeks, we’ll just pose questions for you to think about as we cook our way through the book. Then you can stop in the Book Club at anytime to chat, share photos, ideas and inspiration. You can even go back to past discussions and catch up! No stress! No pressure!

We are planning lots of surprises and extras for this round of the book club- you won’t want to miss it.


The Book: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making
When: Begins Monday, September 24
Where: The FSC Book Club on Goodreads

We are really excited to host the second round of the FSC Book Club over on Goodreads:

Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 10,000,000 members who have added more than 370,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.

Goodreads is perfectly set up to host virtual book clubs with many options for discussions, sharing photos and videos, answering polls and chatting. You can set your notification preferences so that you are alerted each time someone responds or to receive a daily/weekly digest of Book Club activity. You can also turn those notifications off, if you’d like. We think this will be a more organized, user-friendly format. We hope you agree!


  1. Sign up for a free account at Goodreads. Once you register, you can log in easily using your Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts if you’d like.
  2. Join the FSC Book Club & introduce yourself! This is your mini-assignment between now and September 24. Say hi on Goodreads and tell us about yourself! Bonus:  Follow @FSCBookClub on Twitter and “Like” From Scratch Club on Facebook too and follow our ‘FSC BOOK CLUB’ board on Pinterest
  3. Get your hands on a copy of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making. Flip through, get inspired and read the introduction. Get ready for our first book club “challenge”, which we’ll post in the Goodreads forum on Monday, September 24.

We are going to give you the options of sharing media on various forms of social media. First,  we have a brand new Twitter page just for the Book Club! Follow us at @FSCBookClub, where we’ll be tweeting along about the book, the recipes and the conversation. Take photos of your finished product and share them on our FSC Book Club Flickr Group, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Follow our dedicated FSC Book Club board on Pinterest as we will be repinning your pictures, blog posts and other book club-related materials. Use the hashtag #FSCBookClub and tag us at @FSCBookClub so we can find you! Don’t know what those things are? That’s ok too. We’ll be posting recaps every so often here are the blog, so you can participate in the comment section of those posts.


Remember, this is a NO PRESSURE book club. This schedule is just a guide of which chapters we’ll be posting about and what recipes we’ll be tackling, but feel free to chirp up whenever you are ready. If you fall behind, no worries! Catch up when you can and then join in any conversation we’ve posted.

{MEETING 1} Monday, September 24

  • Dairy
  • Cereals & Snacks

{MEETING 2} Monday, October 8

  • Canned Fruits, Vegetables & Beans
  • Condiments, Spices & Spreads

{MEETING 3} Monday, October 22

  • Soups
  • Baking Needs & Mixes

{MEETING 4} Monday, November 5

  • Frozen Foods
  • Pasta & Sauce

{MEETING 5} Monday, November 19

  • Breads & Crackers
  • Drinks

{MEETING 6} Monday, December 3

  • Candy & Treats

We’ll kick off each new section of the book on the dates listed above. Then you can start reading and get cooking! Choose  any recipe(s) you’d like from the assigned chapters. Cook one thing or many. For example, your very first assignment is to choose a recipe from the first two chapters. Chapter 1 is all about Dairy and Chapter 2 is Cereals and Snacks. Flip through and find something that looks good to you! You could try your hand at homemade yogurt and/or granola. We’ll post your discussion questions and “challenge” at GoodReads on September 24. Anytime after that, meet us there and chime in! Don’t forget to also keep the conversation rolling on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, on your blogor anywhere else you can think of.


What if you don’t want to make anything from those chapters? What if you don’t eat dairy, gluten, etc? Well, you can absolutely modify recipes to fit your own preferences and dietary needs. I mean, obviously. We aren’t forcing you to make anything you don’t want to! You can also just skip the cooking for that week and get in on other conversations. The beauty of Alana’s cookbook is that in addition to being incredibly useful and practical, it reads like a beautiful memoir too. Alana shares personal experiences and anecdotes with each recipe, and we encourage you to do the same in this Book Club! Chime in and tell us how your chosen recipe turned out, who you made it with, where you served it and everything else.

More questions? Check out our Book Club FAQs right here. If you still have questions, leave a comment or post it on the GoodReads forumWe can’t wait to read and cook along with you! Stop by Goodreads to say hi and introduce yourself before we officially get rolling with our FSC Book Club Cook-a-Long. We’ll see you Monday, September 24 with our questions and challenges for the first two chapters.

You can visit the FSC Pantry on Amazon to buy a copy of The Homemade Pantry and all other book club selections. A small portion of sales from our shop will come back to FSC to help support our free book club. Think of it as a tiny tip jar to keep everything running smoothly.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. A cook-a-long? I am so INTO this. This is going to coincide partly with Vegan Month of Food (October). So, I may try my hand at veganizing some recipes. Excited!

    1. Christine says:

      YES! Cook-a-long and veganize everything! It will be like you are back here with us in NY… sniff sniff.

      1. And, I will pretend you guys are here because you should totes have a Midwest branch. I realized FSC events were how I met most of my NY friends.

        1. Christina says:

          Oh Corrie! We miss you too! Start a FSC-Midwest! Food Swaps Mid-West! Start contributing to the blog (once you get settled…seriously, can we talk? Wanna be a Regular Contributor?!?)

  2. Grazia says:

    This is so great!

  3. I’ve never been in a book club before, virtual or otherwise. So – one quick question: if the chapters for Sept 24 are Dairy and Cereals & Snacks, does that mean we read those chapters BEFORE Sept 24? Or do we START reading them Sept 24 (the question assumes one is following the schedule, which I hope to).

    I ordered the book using your Amazon link and it said it will arrive the by the 22nd.

    Still looking forward to reading together – eager for the book to arrive.

    1. Christine says:

      Great question! You can START reading those two chapters (Dairy, Cereals & Snacks) on September 24. The schedule announces when we will start reading which chapters… so on the 24th, we will all dive into the book and choose one recipe (or more!) to make. On the 24th and the other scheduled “meeting” times, we’ll also post questions, challenges, etc. for you to think about as you read and cook your way through the “assignments”.

      But remember, this is low-stress and no-pressure group… so if you want to start reading ahead, do it! If you fall behind, no worries!

      1. Thanks Christine. Sounds great! My only stress is that I can’t wait to start reading (I think it was suggested somewhere that we read the introduction now) and the book hasn’t arrived yet. I enjoyed listening to the Preserving podcast today while driving around in my truck at work.

  4. Becky says:

    sounds super fun! and what a great book to pick!

  5. Susan says:

    Very excited – this is going to be so much fun!

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