Join the discussion on the last Sunday of February. With the bookshop’s storefront being closed – we’ll be meeting via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87440242613?pwd=KzZiU2c5UGNlNk9Xc2Z4MkhMcm9SQT09)

This month we’re going to be reading “Recipe For Persuasion” by Sonali Dev. Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?

Rico Silva, that’s what.

Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.

FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn’t too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he’s definitely over her.

But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico. Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?

In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy

Orders for this book will be made on January 20, so place your order with me today!

 

 

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! Bring your favorite adult beverage for interesting conversation and fun!

This month we’re going to be reading “The Cookbook Club” by Beth Harbison.  Margo Everson sees the call out for the cookbook club and knows she’s found her people. Recently dumped by her self-absorbed husband, who frankly isn’t much of a loss, she has little to show for her marriage but his ‘parting gift’–a dilapidated old farm house–and a collection of well-loved cookbooks Aja Alexander just hopes her new-found friends won’t notice that that every time she looks at food, she gets queasy. It’s hard hiding a pregnancy, especially one she can’t bring herself to share with her wealthy boyfriend and his snooty mother. Trista Walker left the cutthroat world of the law behind and decided her fate was to open a restaurant…not the most secure choice ever. But there she could indulge her passion for creating delectable meals and make money at the same time. The women bond immediately, but it’s not all popovers with melted brie and blackberry jam. Margo’s farm house is about to fall down around her ears; Trista’s restaurant needs a makeover and rat-removal fast; and as for Aja, just how long can you hide a baby bump anyway? In this delightful novel, these women form bonds that go beyond a love grilled garlic and soy sauce shrimp. Because what is more important in life than friendship…and food?

Copies are available for purchase in the bookshop.

 

 

Ever wanted to make your own charcuterie board and have no idea where to start? Learn the basics of how to put together a beautiful board that everyone will love! It’s perfect for an at home date night or an intimate gathering during the holiday season. Live class will be November 13th at 7pm EST in a private Facebook group. Can’t make the Live? It will be available for viewing for 2 weeks after.
This class also includes a kit that will be mailed straight to your door with some of my favorites!
Kit includes:
Handmade Mixed Wood 9″x12″ Board, made by Katie’s Dad
Sweet Dreams Dish Towel, 100% Cotton 28″x28″ by Natterdoodle
Cheese Knife from Once Upon a Thyme
Mini Gold Fork
Shopping List + Full directions on how to make a beautiful board
Shipping $5 or FREE Delivery

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!

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.

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.