2021 Wine+Food release challenge, Feb. 15-Mar. 15:

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Welcome to the wine+food release challenge!

Bookczuk began this challenge several years ago as a loosely organized short Challenge centered around a local Food/Wine Festival in Charleston SC, her hometown. (Alas, the 2021 festival is cancelled, as so many events have been due to COVID-19. If your area has food-related festivals - at this point I'm thinking Australia and New Zealand - feel free to mention them; otherwise we'll release books in honor of food and wine, and hope for better times!) By popular demand the duration of the challenge has expanded to a full month.

Re books to release: Pretty much anything goes as long as you can relate the book somehow to food or beverages via topic, title, author, and/or cover illustration. Any type of release is fine; wild, controlled, releases to OBCZs and LFLs, etc. I'll award wings-for-a-month or a wishlist book to the person with the most releases, and to another randomly-chosen participant.

So what can you release?

Cookbooks are good, as are books with food in the title or author-name:

Driving Over Lemons
Like Water for Chocolate
Five Quarters of an Orange
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
Traveling with Pomegranates
Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

Books with some passing relation to any of the above are also good:

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
Road Food
The Main Corpse (and other punny food/meal-themed titles)
A Pirate's Tale (for the embedded "ate" - and also "ale")
Kitchen Confidential

And books with food on the cover are also good. In short, if you make me believe that it fits, it will count.

Multiple challenges are fine too, in fact I encourage them - and since this challenge overlaps both February and March, you can double-up some of these releases with the February challenges and others with the March ones.

See last year's thread ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/566261 ) for examples of releases.



Kicking off this challenge!

Released to various area Little Free Libraries, with photos, on a mini-release-run just ahead of a messy ice storm:

1. FRUITs Basket, Vol. 8 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16091542/ ), multiple challenges

2. Freedom SOUP ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15807471/ ), multiple challenges

3. Sweet Revenge ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068094/ ), a cookbook [Update: caught!]

4. My Mommy Loves Me More Than SUSHI ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16137131/ )

5. forTUNAtely, the MILK ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978071/ )

6. The DisapPEARing SPOON ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068031/ ), multiple challenges

7. The SPICE Alphabet Book ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16044055/ ), multiple challenges

8. The ICE CREAM Queen of Orchard Street ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16055574/ )

9. The Face on the MILK Carton ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16043130/ ), multiple challenges



10. Life and Death ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16056307/ ), for the APPLE on the cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo



Released to LFLs, with photos:

11. The Oxford desPOIler and Other Mysteries from the Case Book of Henry St LIVER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068047/ ), multiple challenges

12. The Accidental ZUCCHINI: An Unexpected Alphabet ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16044802 ), multiple challenges



8 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16145973/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (3rd copy)
9 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16145979/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (4th copy)


13. POPCORN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4680820/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.



10 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148063/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (5th copy)


14. Terns of Endearment ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16138189/ ), for the COCKTAIL on the cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo

15. A Parrot in the PEPPER Tree ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13125726/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


16. BUTCHER Bird ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127824 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


17. In Defense of FOOD ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16073183/ ), wild release, photo

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

18. Five Go GLUTEN FREE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978062/ ), multiple challenges

19. HUNGER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127853/ )

20. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive BAKING ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16064737/ ) multiple challenges

21. The DINNER List ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15520497/ ), multiple challenges

22. Making TOAST ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068101/ )

23. The GRAPES of Wrath ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16043132/ ), multiple challenges

24. A MEAL to Die For ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127857/ )


3. Stuffed VEGETABLES, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16138227
4. James McNair's RICE Cookbook, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16138226


Controlled releases:

25. Manly APPETITES: Minegishi Loves Otsu Vol. 1 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068006/ ), also for the delicious foods on the cover; multiple challenges

26. Heterogenia Linguistico, Vol. 1 by SALT Seno ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16063578/ ), multiple challenges

27. Go With The Clouds, nORTh by Northwest, Vol. 4 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068079/ )

28. Sachi's Monstrous APPETITE Vol. 1 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16138186/ ), multiple challenges

29. How To COOK A Wolf ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787246/ )


Released to various LFLs, with photos:

30. COCKTAIL Parties, Straight Up! ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16144637/ ), multiple challenges

31. Spineless: The Science of JELLYFISH and the Art of Growing a Backbone ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15944773/ ), multiple challenges. [Side note: jellyfish are edible, but the embedded "jelly" might be a more appealing option for some {grin}.]

32. Two-bite CUPCAKES ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15977965/ )

33. Michael Symon's 5 in 5 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16056970/ ) - cookbook


11 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148094/ There Was An Old Bloke Who SWALLOWed a Chook
12 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148095/ There Was An Old Bloke Who SWALLOWed a Chook (2nd copy)
13 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148096/ There Was An Old Bloke Who SWALLOWed a Chook (3rd copy)
14 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148098/ Time Out For COFFEE
15 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148103/ Camilla the CUPCAKE Fairy Best Friends
16 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148104/ Watch Out For BANANA Peels
17 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148111/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (6th copy)
18 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148120/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (7th copy)
19 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148136/ YUMMY, YUMMY In My Tummy! (8th copy)
20 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16151532/ CUPCAKE Catastrophe
21 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16151541/ Are You There, VODKA? It's Me, Chelsea
22 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16151548/ Peeny BUTTER FUDGE


34. GARLIC ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068100/ ), wild release, photo

Released to LFLs, with photos:

35. Hidden FIGures ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127817/ ), multiple challenges

36. Colorado Collage ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16054691/ ), multiple challenges [a cookbook]


5. The SWEET POTATO Queens' Book of Love, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16152006


37. Traditional Irish COOKING for Today ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16151915/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


38. S Is for SALMON: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127839/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

39. CALLALOO, Calypso and Carnival: the CUISINES of Trinidad and Tobago ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16043172/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

40. Silver SPOON, Vol. 5 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788916/ ), multiple challenges

41. ABSINTHE & Flamethrowers ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068082/ ), multiple challenges


Released to local LFLs, with photos:

42. The Pioneer Woman COOKs: Come and Get It! ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15944741 ), multiple challenges

43. Swim with the Sharks Without Being EATen Alive ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16118656 ), multiple challenges


23 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16156143/ 60 SuperDISHes (cookbook)
24 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16156401/ DELICIOUSly Ella (cookbook)


Released to various LFLs, with photos:

44. Pig: COOKING With a Passion for Pork ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15762667/ ), multiple challenges

45. John Schumacher's New Prague Hotel Cookbook ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7249426/ ), multiple challenges

46. Light the Fire: Fiery FOOD with a Light New Attitude ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068110/ ), multiple challenge

47. Humble PIE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978014/ ), multiple challenges

48. KITCHENS of The Great Midwest ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127836/ )


25 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16158601/ GLUTEN Free Favourites (cookbook)
26 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16158603/ RECIPEs From China (cookbook)


wild release with photo

1. Can Holding in a Fart Kill You? - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16113569
multiple types of food (and some drink) on cover

LFL release with photo

2. The House on MANGO Street - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16157477

wild release with photo

3. In a PUMPKIN Shell - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16159354


Controlled releases:

49. Monster BURGER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16065543 )

50. French MILK ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068075 )


Released to LFLs, with photos:

51. Irish TOASTs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15977997 ), multiple challenges

52. Little MEALS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933517/ ), multiple challenges

53. The Nouvelle Yenta COOKBOOK ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15935289/ )

Less than a week to go in this challenge; keep 'em coming!




Glad you could join in!


Controlled releases:

54. Beneath the SUGAR Sky ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978060/ ), multiple challenges

55. SOUP Club ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068021/ )


30 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16164753/ BREAKFAST, School Run, Chemo


1. Murder of a Small-Town HONEY http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14835417
2. Meet STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16148097


56. Never COOK BACON Naked ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16067990/ ), geocache release, multiple challenges

Released to various LFLs, most with photos:

57. Silver SPOON Vol. 15 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16048592/ ), multiple challenges

58. SPOON FED ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788919/ )


59. EAT More Better ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15361993/ ), controlled release, multiple challenges

60. Stealing Wishes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15975239/ ), for the cup of coffee on the cover; LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


61. RAISINg the Stones ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16168210/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


Last day of the challenge!

62. Beyond The PASTA; RECIPES, Language and Life with an Italian Family ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10029709/ ), controlled release, multiple challenges

63. Save Me the PLUMs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594869/ ), controlled release

64. Séance TEA Party ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068080/ ), wild release, photo

65. BUNker Hill ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068099/ ), released at the Bunker Hill monument; multiple challenges, photo

Released to various Little Free Libraries, with photos:

66. The Original 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15946906/ ), multiple challenges

67. Fannie's Last SUPPER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15988566/ )

68. The LUNCH Witch ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15622046/ ), multiple challenges

69. The LUNCH Witch #2 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16097143/ ), multiple challenges

70. The Very THIRSTY Vampire ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127856/ )

71. MANHATTAN Transfer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16043131/ ), multiple challenges

72. FEED ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068033/ )

73. FEEDback ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068013/ )

74. The Home COOK's Guide to Journaling ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15944761/ )

75. It Came With the House ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068009/ ), for the picture of a beverage on the cover


And another challenge that I meant to update well before this! This one was definitely limited due to COVID concerns, but we did get some books out there: 116 releases in two countries. awaywithfairies has the most releases, and will get a wishlist book; wings to the other participants. Thanks for playing, and let's hope we can all get out and about safely next year - if not sooner!


And another challenge that I meant to update well before this! This one was definitely limited due to COVID concerns, but we did get some books out there: 116 releases in two countries. awaywithfairies has the most releases, and will get a wishlist book; wings to the other participants. Thanks for playing, and let's hope we can all get out and about safely next year - if not sooner!

This is exciting - many thanks! I always enjoy this challenge and look forward to returning next year. I'd better return - I've already started collecting books!


This one was definitely limited due to COVID concerns, but we did get some books out there: 116 releases in two countries. awaywithfairies has the most releases, and will get a wishlist book; wings to the other participants.

Thanks for the wings: a gift I can always use! :D


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