Book Riot Book Mail Box Review – June 2016
Book Mail Box is the new book box from Book Riot. Every other month, they’ll release a new box you can purchase full of books and bookish goodies!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: Book Riot Book Mail Box
The Cost: $60
Get books and bookish items hand-picked by Book Riot, exclusive content from authors, and first crack at new items in the Book Riot Store. A new Book Mail box will be available every few months, and the contents will be a secret! (Decoder ring not included.) Does not contain any repeats from Book Riot’s Quarterly or YA Quarterly subscriptions. Total retail value of contents exceeds $60.
Purchase of this box sends one book to a community in need.
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This box comes with an info card detailing all the items included.
Book Summary from Amazon:
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.
Book Summary from Amazon:
A delectable memoir about the transformative power of food, Blue Plate Special is a deeply personal narrative in which food becomes the vehicle for exploring a life. Here, novelist Kate Christensen tells her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled the house with his fists to her extraordinary success as a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author. Hungry not just for food, but for love and a sense of belonging, Christensen writes honestly about her struggle to find the contentment she has always yearned for. A beautifully written account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows, pleasures—and, of course, food—Blue Plate Special is a delicious reading experience.
Kate Christensen also included two recipes for Book Mail Box readers:
Roasted Eggplant-Ricotta-Basil Pizza (and One-Pot Supper with Wild Rice and Mushrooms on the flip side).
Out of Print Clothing Tea Towel – Value $15
This tea towel is made with 100% cotton, and I like the retro print. Here is a closer look at the design:
I couldn’t find these on the Out of Print website, so I’m thinking they may be exclusive for Book Mail Box customers.
Out of Print Clothing Apron – Value $22
Another cute print – this box is definitely perfect for someone who loves to cook!
This bar is all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, and Rainforest Alliance certified! And also important – it tastes delicious! I would consider this a dessert bar – the cherry/salt/chocolate combination is perfection.
Eat Sleep Read Bookmark – Value $2?
This bookmark was created by Alexis Lampley of Nerdy Post, exclusively for Book Mail Box readers.
Here is the flip side of the bookmark:
Now I want to subscribe to Nerdy Post!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $64.50 (using Amazon discounted book prices). I wasn’t expecting a high value from Book Riot box, so I’m not disappointed in the value – but I think it is important to call out that you will get approximately the value that you paid for the box.
That being said, obviously the curation of this box is impressive. I think any bookish foodie would love this box. It’s pushing me a bit out of my reading comfort zone with the two food memoirs, but I’m exciting to give them a try – Yes, Chef gets amazing reviews!
What do you think of the first Book Mail Box?