September’s selection is Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

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.

August’s selection is “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life–its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.

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.

In July we will be reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

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.

July’s selection is “Ottolenghi Simple” by Yotam Ottolenghi. In this 2018 favorite, you’ll find new recipes for busy cooks. If you’re short on time and need something that’s easier than you think it’s going to be, this is sure to be one of your new go-to cookbooks!

The event itself is free, but please RSVP. Visit the shop and purchase your copy of the book and receive 20% off when you sign up for the cookbook club.

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to RSVPing.

In June we will be reading Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.

Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they bake. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhastrana, the faraway (maybe nonexistent) land of Harriet’s youth. Many twists, turns, and mysteries along the way as we follow the Lee’s on their journey.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available.

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 “Everyday Dorie” by Dorie Greenspan. Dorie is a popular cookbook author with thirteen cookbooks under her belt. Her newest cookbook is full of recipes she uses often when cooking for her own family. Comfort food abounds, but you’ll also find healthy selections. You’re sure to find many new recipes that will become your own family favorites.

The event itself is free, but please RSVP. Visit the shop and purchase your copy of the book and receive 20% off when you sign up for the cookbook club.

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to RSVPing.

We’re going back a bit for this months selection! In April we will be reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Tita de la Garza realizes that she can transfer her emotions into her food. When she’s forced to stay home and care for her mother instead of marrying, she becomes a talented chef who can affect people’s moods with her cooking. She attempts to keep this power a secret, but is finally forced to reveal it at the end of the novel.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available.

Celebrate your local independent bookstore (that would be us!)! Special sale items all day, and we’ll have fun activities for the whole family!

Activities will include: Science in the Kitchen, Make your own bookmarks, pop-up crafts, and snacks

Save the Date!!

Come and be a part of the excitement and celebration of our First Anniversary!

We are so excited that we have been a part of this amazing community for a year! We’ll have fun activities going all day long – Face painting, balloons, cookie decorating for the kiddos, and so much more!

 

This months selection will be What She Ate by Laura Shapiro

Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives-social and cultural, personal, and political. Yet most biographies rarely pause at the table to explore what’s on the plate. Shapiro introduces six fascinating women, and in telling us about their lives, she puts the food right up front. What did these women eat? And why? And who was sitting across the table?When we follow the culinary trail through a woman’s life, we find surprises around every corner. She looks at Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available.