Join the discussion on the last Sunday of the month. The shop will be open for those that might like to come in person – with social distancing of course! We’ll also have Zoom available, please let me know if you feel more comfortable with this option. 

This month we’re going to be reading “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron. Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is of no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé. 

Copies are available for purchase in the bookshop.

 

 

Join the discussion on the last Sunday of the month. I’m also going to open the shop up for those that might like to come in person – with social distancing of course! We’ll also have Zoom available, please let me know if you feel more comfortable with this option. 

This month we’re going to be reading “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi. By the time he was 27, Kwame Onwuachi had opened – and closed – one of the most talked about restaurants in America. he had sold drugs in New York and been shipped off to rural Nigeria to “learn respect”. He had launched his own catering company with $20,000 made from selling candy on the subway and starred on Top Chef. Through it all, his love of food and cooking remained a constant, even when, as a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the food world can be for people of color. In this inspirational memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age; a powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest account of chasing your dreams – even when they don’t turn out as you expected.

Copies are available for purchase in the bookshop.

 

 

Celebrate your local independent bookstore by shopping local and shopping small! Special sale items all day and every purchase will get an entry into a prize for a $50 gift certificate!!

 

Book club is going to get back on its normal schedule for July, the last Sunday of the month. I’m also going to open the shop up for those that might like to come in person – with social distancing of course! But, wow, that seems like forever from now and so much can change! We’ll also have Zoom available as well. We’ll play it by ear :-).

This month we’re going to be reading “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler. Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.

Taking orders now, so let me know if you’d like a copy!

Do you love to cook and try new foods? This just might be the event for you! Cookbook Club is a lot like a conventional bookclub, but with a twist. Bring your favorite dish to share with the rest of the group! We’ll talk about the book and the recipes while enjoying an evening of really good food. Cookbook Club will meet every other month on the first Sunday evening.

May’s selection is “See You on Sunday” by Sam Sifton. Sam has written a cookbook to help us rediscover the art of Sunday supper and the joy of gathering with friends and family.

Purchase of this book is included in the ticket price! Register online and we’ll pull the book for you. Stop in the shop anytime to pick it up!

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to registering.

March’s selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

Do you love to cook and try new foods? This just might be the event for you! Cookbook Club is a lot like a conventional bookclub, but with a twist. Bring your favorite dish to share with the rest of the group! We’ll talk about the book and the recipes while enjoying an evening of really good food. Cookbook Club will meet every other month on the first Sunday evening.

March’s selection is “Milk Street: The New Rules ” by Christopher Kimball. This book promises recipes that are sure to change the way you cook! It’s a playbook for the new chef, as well as the seasoned chef who feels a bit stuck in a rut. Fun recipes include Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Peas, and Mexican Wedding Stew.

Purchase of this book is included in the ticket price! Register online and we’ll pull the book for you. Stop in the shop anytime to pick it up!

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to registering.

February’s selection is Jello-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom 

In 1899, Allie Rowbottom’s extended family bought the patent to Jell-O for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals n American History, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege- but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments.

More than 100 years later, Rowbottom’s mother, Mary, began obsessively researching her family’s past, determined to understand and combat what she had come to consider the “Jell-O curse”. Before she died, Mary passed her research along to Rowbottom, in the hope that her daughter might someday write what she could not. Jell-O Girls is the liberation of that story.

A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in its long shadow, Jell-O Girls is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love, and loss.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

January’s selection is The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

 

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

October’s selection is Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood.

Notes on Life, love, and food, this is a heartwarming collection of essays and recipes that are sure to nourish the body and the soul.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.