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.

October’s selection is The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Once a month on a Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect.

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create….

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.

Our cozy bookshop is the perfect backdrop for a fun game night, and we’re not going to disappoint this month with a murder mystery! You’re invited to Heathcliff Manor, where Lord Heathcliff is hosting a dinner party in honour of his new bride. All the usual suspects are here – the cook, the professor, the butler – as well as some unusual ones. But before anyone can toast his happiness, Lord Heathcliff is killed with the candlestick in the pool room. Find out who snuffed out his candle.

We’ll have warm drinks and snacks on hand for a fun evening! Please note-we must cap the evening to 8 registrations, so register early to secure your spot as a suspect!

Cost – $10 per person

 

 

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.

Our cozy bookshop is the perfect backdrop for a fun game night! We’re bringing back a murder mystery! Everyone’s a suspect when murder is on the menu! The mystery- It’s a tour of the California Wine Country with its peaceful vineyards and picturesque wineries. The annual wine-tasting festival is in full swing when the body of a local Vineyard owner is found beneath his wine cellar. He’s been missing five years but with the discovery of his body comes new clues to solve. Don’t miss being a part of this fun night!

We’ll have warm drinks and snacks on hand for a fun evening! Please note-we must cap the evening to 8 registrations, so register early to secure your spot as a suspect!

Cost – $10 per person

 

 

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.

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.

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