The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship
  • The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship
  • The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship

The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship

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by Andrea Israel, Nancy Garfinkel
     
 

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“A look at the difficulties of sustaining childhood bonds, it’s also a satisfying meditation on how nourishment for the body can replenish the soul.”
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A novel that combines the moving story of a friendship told in letters with more than 80 delicious recipes, The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel (Taking

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“A look at the difficulties of sustaining childhood bonds, it’s also a satisfying meditation on how nourishment for the body can replenish the soul.”
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A novel that combines the moving story of a friendship told in letters with more than 80 delicious recipes, The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel (Taking Tea) and Nancy Garfinkel (The Wine Lover’s Guide to Wine Country) is a wonderful literary banquet. A celebration of female bonding and excellent cooking—with scrumptious dishes developed by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark—The Recipe Club will satisfy readers who previously devoured The Friday Night Knitting Club, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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“Told through letters and recipes, this novel traces the pair’s loving, competitive friendship from 1963, when the girls first meet, to the present. A look at the difficulties of sustaining childhood bonds, it’s also a satisfying meditation on how nourishment for the body can replenish the soul.”
People Magazine
"Told through letters and recipes, this novel traces the pair’s loving, competitive friendship from 1963, when the girls first meet, to the present. A look at the difficulties of sustaining childhood bonds, it’s also a satisfying meditation on how nourishment for the body can replenish the soul."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061992292
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
603,917
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Israel is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer and the author of Taking Tea.

Nancy Garfinkel is an award-winning writer, design consultant, creative strategist, and editor, and co-author of The Wine Lover's Guide to the Wine Country.

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Recipe Club 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
LondonGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Lilly and Val are best friends. They are the typical pairing of friends, as one is dramatic and charismatic, while the other is her other half to include shyness and a lacking of self confidence. The two friends started a letter writing habit at a young age and decided they would call it their Recipe Club and have a recipe included with each letter they wrote to each other. The letters chronicle the happenings in the lives of each girl with a recipe that often has a name derived from that event. Such names include Good Karma Veggie Samosa and Apple and Pear Friendship Fool, with the book containing 80 recipes. Overall, I liked the book. However, it seemed at times the characters were annoying and you wanted to tell them to stop bickering. The characters seemed more enemies than friends for most of the book and the ending didn't seem to fit well with the the overall concept of what had taken place during their lives. I think I would have liked the characters to have more depth so that the reader could have a better connection with them.
Nicole309 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with all the good ratings for this book. It reminds me of something I would have read in Junior High. It was not just the subject matter, but the predictable plot that did not grab me at all. I'm not sure why so many rated this so well. It was not for me.
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This book was disappointing on many levels.  First, don't read it for the recipes as they are (overwhelmingly) old ones that have been around forever.  Then, I expected the "voice" of the main characters to change as they grew older (as they should have, especially in the adult e-mails) but that never happened.  The family dynamics that ended up being revealed were just weird.  Finally, after much conflict between the two adults the problems are miraculously resolved, without any real explanation.  Bottom line:  don't bother with this book unless you are stuck without anything to read!  
RaeDS More than 1 year ago
The recipes brought back good family memories for me. The story line was a little drawn out but still a good read.
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This is a good book for someone who wants a quick read with a bit of substance. An interesting look at childhood friendship and what makes a friend.
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