Wanna Be a Judge at Pie Social? Join the Chow Bella Book Club!

Hey Chow Bella readers -- and pie lovers everywhere!

Want to be a judge at the second-annual Pie Social, coming up Saturday, November 12 on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix? We've got a star-studded line-up of celeb bakers, and we're looking for one more judge to round out our panel.

Intrigued? It's (almost) as simple as leaving a comment on a blog post. 

Details after the jump.

Simply join in on the first (virtual) meeting of the Chow Bella Book Club Tuesday, November 1, and we'll enter you in a drawing with a grand prize of a judging spot at Pie Social. Runners-up will receive 2 tasting tickets for the event.

Some background on our new book club, in case you're just tuning in:

Every month, we'll choose a book -- memoir, history, novel, biography, cook book -- that you can buy at a discount from Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe (awesome, right?). Our book club leader, Jennifer Woods, will review that month's book and then host a "meeting" on the First Tuesday of each month on that month's Chow Bella Book Club blog post to discuss it.

Our first selection is The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn. 

We're really excited about this one. It's about a writer turned Le Cordon Bleu Paris educated chef -- and her fated encounter with a woman who was filling her cart with processed foods at the supermarket. Flinn turned that meeting into a special project, learning from nine novice cooks about the real reasons behind their aversion to real cooking at home, actually get them cooking and even spending a year following up with them.  Intrigued? Ya, us too.

Hurry up and grab your copy and get ready for next month's post, where we will have at it in the comments section in traditional book club style. 


Chow Bella Book Club members can get a copy through Changing Hands for 20% off -- to do so, print this coupon. You can also order online at -- they'll mail it to you, or you can pick it up at the store.

We'll be discussing Kitchen Counter Cooking School on November 1st at 7 p.m., so put it on your calendars, folks. And remember -- if you post a comment (please do read the book!) we'll enter you to win a shot at being a Pie Social judge.

Oh, and here's the Changing Hands coupon for Flinn's book. Stay tuned, we'll announce next month's book soon. Have a suggestion for what you'd like to read? Leave it in the comments.  

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