Reading While Cooking is creating Book and Recipe recommendations
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Book and recipe recommendations—designed just for you

Reading While Cooking
is an advice column for readers and eaters. We provide book and recipe pairings tailored to your interests, to nourish your mind and your body together. Every Reading While Cooking advice column answers a request for book and recipe recommendations, taking all your literary and dietary preferences and restrictions into consideration.

Reading While Cooking is the brainchild of Rose Fox and David Shaw, two lifelong readers and foodies. On the book front, we both love fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and Rose also enjoys romance novels. On the food front, Rose tends to go for easy weeknight meals, while David is a molecular gastronomer. We both draw culinary inspiration from a wide variety of global cuisines and eagerly recommend books by minority and marginalized authors.

How it works

To ask our advice, submit a request (as often as you like) and let us know what you do and don't like to read and eat, and what sorts of books and recipes you're looking for. Here are some examples of requests we can easily and happily answer:

  • I'm looking for historical romance novels by women of color. I love spicy food, and can't have gluten or dairy.
  • I'm totally on an Arthurian fantasy kick right now, and I'd love some interesting medieval recipes to go with it.
  • I want some big meaty epics to sink my teeth into while I get used to being a vegetarian. Potluck and party platter suggestions would be especially great.
  • I'm tired of love triangles; how about some polyamorous romance? Also I just got an ice cream maker and would love ideas for what to make first.
Whenever possible, we'll suggest books and recipes that we think work well together. (You may find yourself actually reading while cooking! Don't set the book on fire.) We'll also do our best to suggest books that are in print or easy to find used copies of—they may be obscure, but they won't be frustratingly impossible to get. All the recipes we provide will be our creations; all the ones we link to will be on sites where they're freely available without any kind of login or subscription.

Publication schedule and patron rewards

Right now we publish one monthly column, on the first Sunday of the month, at readingwhilecooking.com. Our plan is to gradually increase to four columns per month, always publishing on Sunday, once we have enough requests in the queue.

We're doing this for the fun of it, because we love books and food and talking with people who love books and food, and we plan to continue the project at least through the end of 2015, regardless of patronage. That said, we hope you find our recommendations worth supporting, and we greatly appreciate every pledge and link. The more love we get from our patrons and readers, the more time and effort we'll be able to devote to bringing you the best and tastiest recipe and book suggestions, and the more likely it is that we'll be able to continue writing Reading While Cooking into 2016 and beyond.

Anyone who pledges more than $10 per column gets to submit requests via our priority request queue; 25% of our requests will be pulled from that queue. For each individual requester, we'll answer no more than one question every three months.

When you become a patron, you'll get to see our columns on Fridays, two days before they go live to the rest of the world. You'll also receive our monthly newsletter, which may contain hilarious failed recipe stories, book and recipe links we found of interest, tips about exciting books coming out, or whatever else we decide to throw in.

Selections from our queue aren't random; we'll pick the questions we think we can give the best answers to. So if you're looking for children's books in French, or nonfiction about medieval Europe, we may skip your request in favor of one about zombie novels or Regency romance that we have more advice for. Once our pledges reach $60 per column, we'll bring in some guest editors to make suggestions in literary or culinary areas we don't cover.

Got any questions we didn't answer? Contact us.

Thank you so much for supporting Reading While Cooking! We hope our recommendations leave you feeling full of delicious food and brilliant words.


Image: "Showing Why the Dinner Was Late," from Trials and Confessions of an American Housekeeper by Timothy Shay Arthur, 1854.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per advice column
1 patron
You get access to our backer-only newsletter, and see columns before they go public!
Pledge $10 or more per advice column
0 patrons
Back at this level or higher and get access to our priority request queue!
Pledge $30 or more per advice column
0 patrons
We'll help you plan a menu for a book-themed party! (Offer is open once to each backer at this level.)
Goals
$4 of $40 per advice column
We'll publish at least one column a month regardless of funding levels, but this is the amount that will cover our time, effort, and hosting costs.
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Book and recipe recommendations—designed just for you

Reading While Cooking
is an advice column for readers and eaters. We provide book and recipe pairings tailored to your interests, to nourish your mind and your body together. Every Reading While Cooking advice column answers a request for book and recipe recommendations, taking all your literary and dietary preferences and restrictions into consideration.

Reading While Cooking is the brainchild of Rose Fox and David Shaw, two lifelong readers and foodies. On the book front, we both love fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and Rose also enjoys romance novels. On the food front, Rose tends to go for easy weeknight meals, while David is a molecular gastronomer. We both draw culinary inspiration from a wide variety of global cuisines and eagerly recommend books by minority and marginalized authors.

How it works

To ask our advice, submit a request (as often as you like) and let us know what you do and don't like to read and eat, and what sorts of books and recipes you're looking for. Here are some examples of requests we can easily and happily answer:

  • I'm looking for historical romance novels by women of color. I love spicy food, and can't have gluten or dairy.
  • I'm totally on an Arthurian fantasy kick right now, and I'd love some interesting medieval recipes to go with it.
  • I want some big meaty epics to sink my teeth into while I get used to being a vegetarian. Potluck and party platter suggestions would be especially great.
  • I'm tired of love triangles; how about some polyamorous romance? Also I just got an ice cream maker and would love ideas for what to make first.
Whenever possible, we'll suggest books and recipes that we think work well together. (You may find yourself actually reading while cooking! Don't set the book on fire.) We'll also do our best to suggest books that are in print or easy to find used copies of—they may be obscure, but they won't be frustratingly impossible to get. All the recipes we provide will be our creations; all the ones we link to will be on sites where they're freely available without any kind of login or subscription.

Publication schedule and patron rewards

Right now we publish one monthly column, on the first Sunday of the month, at readingwhilecooking.com. Our plan is to gradually increase to four columns per month, always publishing on Sunday, once we have enough requests in the queue.

We're doing this for the fun of it, because we love books and food and talking with people who love books and food, and we plan to continue the project at least through the end of 2015, regardless of patronage. That said, we hope you find our recommendations worth supporting, and we greatly appreciate every pledge and link. The more love we get from our patrons and readers, the more time and effort we'll be able to devote to bringing you the best and tastiest recipe and book suggestions, and the more likely it is that we'll be able to continue writing Reading While Cooking into 2016 and beyond.

Anyone who pledges more than $10 per column gets to submit requests via our priority request queue; 25% of our requests will be pulled from that queue. For each individual requester, we'll answer no more than one question every three months.

When you become a patron, you'll get to see our columns on Fridays, two days before they go live to the rest of the world. You'll also receive our monthly newsletter, which may contain hilarious failed recipe stories, book and recipe links we found of interest, tips about exciting books coming out, or whatever else we decide to throw in.

Selections from our queue aren't random; we'll pick the questions we think we can give the best answers to. So if you're looking for children's books in French, or nonfiction about medieval Europe, we may skip your request in favor of one about zombie novels or Regency romance that we have more advice for. Once our pledges reach $60 per column, we'll bring in some guest editors to make suggestions in literary or culinary areas we don't cover.

Got any questions we didn't answer? Contact us.

Thank you so much for supporting Reading While Cooking! We hope our recommendations leave you feeling full of delicious food and brilliant words.


Image: "Showing Why the Dinner Was Late," from Trials and Confessions of an American Housekeeper by Timothy Shay Arthur, 1854.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per advice column
1 patron
You get access to our backer-only newsletter, and see columns before they go public!
Pledge $10 or more per advice column
0 patrons
Back at this level or higher and get access to our priority request queue!
Pledge $30 or more per advice column
0 patrons
We'll help you plan a menu for a book-themed party! (Offer is open once to each backer at this level.)