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Vote for the 1st BGO Book Group Read of 2014


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  1. 1. Which book would you like to discuss?

    • Healing Foods by Miriam Polunin
    • The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    • Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham
    • Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
    • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
    • Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni

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The nominations are:


Healing Foods by Miriam Polunin


Miriam Polunin profiles the top 50 foods with outstanding therapeutic properties describing for example how broccoli may reduce the risk of heart disease cancer stroke and cataracts and how garlic can aid the circulation and the body's resistance to infection. She explains why each food is so beneficial and suggests balanced eating plans that combine key foods to safeguard health. Featuring a collection of mouthwatering recipes to help you enjoy the top 50 foods this book is the essential guide to good food for improving health and alleviating illness. Representing outstanding value for money this stylish and contemporary series has been specially created for everyone with a busy lifestyle. Highly practical and inspiring the "DK Living" series embraces every aspect of a wide range of popular topics from gardening and cookery to beauty and sports. Each title covers both basic and more advanced information including a clear explanation of the subject equipment and preparation. Detailed step-by-step photographs and instructions take the reader systematically through all the techniques. The highly visual approach combined with clear uncluttered presentation make each title exceptionally easy to follow.



The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan


What shall we have for dinner? Such a simple question has grown to have a very complicated answer. We can eat almost anything nature has to offer, but deciding what we shouldeat stirs anxiety. Should we choose the organic apple or the conventional? If organic, local or imported? Wild fish or farmed? Low-carb or low-cal? As the American culture of fast food and unlimited choice invades the world, Pollan follows his next meal from land to table, tracing the origin of everything consumed and the implications for ourselves and our planet. His astonishing findings will shock all who care about what they put on their plate.



Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham


Curry is the product of India's long history of invasion. In the wake of the Mughal conquerors, an army of cooks brought Persian recipes to northern India; in the south, Portugese spice merchants introduced vinegar marinades and the chillies they had recently discovered in the New World; the British soon followed, with their passion for roast meat accompanied by cauliflowers and beans. When these new ingredients were mixed with native spices, they produced those disinctly Inidan dishes. Curry tells the story of an array of familar Indian dishes and the people who invented, discovered, cooked and ate them.



Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain


All is not well at the Dreadnought Grill . . . the chef has a smack habit, the owner has been set up by the FBI and in the midst of this, the sous-chef Tommy is just trying to do his job. As depraved as it is hilarious, Anthony Bourdain's first novel is street smart and spiced with drugged-up savvy, foul-mouthed feds and salty mob speak. With a cast of unforgettables like the hitman who covers himself in clingfilm to avoid leaving fingerprints and a plot with more twists than a plate of spaghetti, Bone in the Throat rocks through the streets of Manhattan at a blistering pace.



Chocolat by Joanne Harris


When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?



Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni


Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs an Indian spice shop in Oakland, California. While she dispenses the classic ingredients for curries and kormas, she also helps her customers to gain a more precious commodity: whatever they most desire. For Tilo is a Mistress of Spices, a priestess of the secret, magical powers of spices. Through those who visit and revisit her shop - Ahuja's wife, caught in an unhappy, abusive marriage; Jagjit, the victim of racist attacks at school; the noisy bougainvillaea girls, rejecting the strict upbringing of their tradition-bound Indian parents; Haroun who drives a taxi and dreams the American dream - we get a glimpse into the life of the local Indian expatriate community. To each Tilo dispenses wisdom and the appropriate spice: coriander for sight; turmeric to erase wrinkles; cinnamon for finding friends; fenugreek to make a rejected wife desirable again; chillies for the cleansing of evil. But when a lonely American comes into the store, a troubled Tilo cannot find the right spice, for he arouses in her a forbidden desire, and following her own desires will destroy her magical powers.


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