Can you eat a book? Maybe.

In the original plans for The Butter Churn, The SuperJanes and I knew we wanted a library of delicious literature.  We love to read and we love to eat.   And we really love to read books that make our mouths actually water.  Then we like to go into the kitchen and make what we’ve read about.

We believe that food can be connected to almost everything – food is fuel, food is love, food is economy, food is relationships and culture and history and traditions.  We eat with our eyes, our imaginations, and our hearts.  We get inspired by textures and tastes and smells.  Food can be overwhelming (god.  I have to make dinner again.  ARGH)  It can be intoxicating….   walking in from the cold to a kitchen that smells like apples and butter and cinnamon.

So words make us ravenous and we’ve always known that The Butter Churn is all about the things that are simple and powerful and inspire us to make amazing things.  We’ve been making lists of our dream library while we’ve been watching our building go up from afar.  We’ve also been planning our commercial kitchen and thinking about all the things we want to make in it.

So while we patiently wait for our building (which is AMAZING btw) we need to keep planning about the future.  Because our store is going to be up sooner rather than later.

Here are just a few of the books we want (I’ll post more later):


Like Water For Chocolate

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


The School of Essential Ingredients

The Boxcar Children Cookbook

Ugly Pie

Thunder Cake

Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral


So this is a smallish list….  Talk to me about the books and the stuff you are wanting to see in the store!


psst… Want to see more of our building?

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11 thoughts on “Can you eat a book? Maybe.

  1. ok. this seems relatively comprehensive list for a foodie book list, it could keep you busy until at least March reading the list! I am currently reading “Food of a Youngerland” By Mark Kurlanski, also Diana Kennedy’s “The Art of Mexican Cooking” (holy Mother of Mexican Cookbooks batman!) ok here’s that wacky list:


  2. This one was a fun novel to read:
    The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China — this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.


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