Short Books Club :: Cooking for Claudine by John Baxter

And the winners are…

Many thanks to all those who entered and the winners this month are…

Sonia Hawes – Eydon Book Group

Elizabeth Webb – Minster Readers

Csaba Bali

Jan Willetts

Tracey Atchison – Fairwarp WI Book Group

Jill Hailey

John Hausrath

Susan Pollard – Southway Readers Group

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In the meantime – CONGRATULATIONS.


November Offer of free books is live…

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Free proof copies of Cooking for Claudine by John Baxter for the first 10 book groups…

We don’t like to start Christmas too early but as the lights are up on Oxford Street and the first Christmas tree has been spotted near the office, we thought we would be forgiven for offering you a festive reading feast this month. We have just published Cooking for Claudine this month and it is just the ticket to get you in the mood for the fast approaching onslaught of turkey, baubles and mince pies.

John Baxter, an acclaimed film critic and foodie, impulsively moved to Paris to marry the woman he loved, only to discover the first test of his intentions would come in the form of a challenge: to cook Christmas dinner for her formidable, grand French family. His year-long quest to produce the perfect meal takes his readers to the farthest corners of France in search of the country’s finest receipes and ingredients. It is a charming, improbabale (but true!) tale of how a man raised on white bread, who didn’t speak a word of French, had to cook his way to the heart of his new family.

It has been a big hit in both the US and Australia so far. Here’s what they had to say about the book:

‘John Baxter is so erudite while being so funny. He’s much more than a tourist ‐ he’s got it all.’ ‐ Diane Johnson, bestselling author of Le Divorce

‘This is a gentle, amusing and elegant memoir… full of amusing tales of being an Aussie in France, a love affair with cooking and, most importantly his endless quest for the best ingredients to make a French Christmas dinner. The result is a sublime and entertaining celebration of a fascinating life ‘ – Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

‘This sweet old‐fashioned memoir is wrapped around the first time he cooks for [his wife’s] formidable French family… his quest for the perfect meal is a joyous food tour through France, navigating the strict local conventions about eating’ ‐ Herald Sun

Cooking for Claudine is Gallic gastroporn with a soupcon of crackling for good measure to rival Babette’s Feast. A tasty culinary education’ ‐ Vogue Australia

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On another note: I would love to hear from anyone who has been reading The White Lie, which was the September offer. All your thoughts are very welcome, whether good or bad!

Free monthly offer tomorrow…

Just to give you fair warning of another monthly free books offer tomorrow. This month is is Cooking with Claudine by John Baxter – the PERFECT Christmas read. Paris, food, family – what’s not to love. The books will go on offer tomorrow at 4pm. To enter you need to sign into the blog (that way I don’t get winner’s I can’t get in touch with) and then leave a comment on the post.

If you want to find out more about the book you can go here.

“John Baxter is so erudite while being so funny. He’s much more than a tourist – he’s got it all.” Diane Johnson, bestselling author of Le Divorce

Cooking for Claudine

Another lovely foodie book we have coming out this Christmas is Cooking for Claudine by John Baxter. It will be on offer soon but I thought I would flag it up and also the great review written by one of our Short Books Club regulars, Anne, on her blog Random Things Through My Letterbox. Many thanks Anne!