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The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

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Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn't want any of it. What she wants is much simpler; to cook.

When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she's always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord's town ...

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Overview

Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn't want any of it. What she wants is much simpler; to cook.

When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she's always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord's town house. Though her delicious dishes become the talk of the town, her secret venture is highly problematic, given that it is not, technically speaking, legal. She also conveniently forgets to tell her landlord she has been using his place while he is out of town.

On top of that, Hannah faces various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who don't support cooking as a career, and her own fears of taking a risk and charting her own path. A charming romantic comedy, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., Bate’s engaging debut concerns 26-year-old Hannah Sugarman, who continues to let her overbearing, well-meaning parents dictate her life’s trajectory. After her disenchanted boyfriend, Adam Prescott, leaves her for her nemesis Millie Roberts, Hannah moves into Blake Fischer’s basement apartment. Eager to turn over a new leaf and egged on by her best friend Rachel, Hannah decides to covertly pursue her culinary dreams by hosting a series of imaginative— albeit illegal— supper clubs. After a series of mishaps render Hannah’s apartment unfit for guests, she and Rachel decide to utilize Blake’s impressive kitchen and home without his knowledge. Blake slowly transitions from landlord to friend, but as he works for a congressman and has political aspirations, it becomes clear that he’s against operating an unlicensed business and would never approve of Hannah’s secret life. As her business grows more popular, Hannah grapples with what to do. Bate’s writing is smart and compelling—especially as she chronicles why Hannah’s tedious think-tank job proves to be a wrong fit—and also captures the magic and frustration of dating a seemingly perfect guy who never has any time for Hannah. Even Bate’s implausible happy ending feels right. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
Cosmopolitan (UK)
"Great for foodies . . . [a] book that you can quite easily eat up in one go."
Joy Wilson
"Hannah is a girl I can relate to. She knows the value of a good carrot cake, and she's sometimes the most awkward girl at the party. Hannah is like all of us: she has dreams that seem so right and yet, so terrifying. She reminds us that dreams are often chocolate frosted and hard-fought, but the key ingredient is believing in yourself."
Sarah Pekkanen
"[A] delicious debut . . . Hannah is the kind of heroine you'll root for, the descriptions of food are dangerously good, and Bate adds a healthy dash of humor to the mix."
Stacey Ballis
"Foodie Fiction has a new it girl! Dana Bate's debut, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the kind of book you just devour. Hannah Sugarman is Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe, and you will cheer her triumphs in the kitchen while you suffer with her trials in love and life. A delicious read from appetizer to dessert."
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"[An] engaging debut . . . Bate's writing is smart and compelling."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Journalist and debut novelist Bate deftly conjures up a witty, resilient heroine, surrounds her with delightful friends and frenemies, and sends them all on a rollicking quest for love and delicious food."—Kirkus Reviews

"Great for foodies . . . [a] book that you can quite easily eat up in one go."—Cosmopolitan (UK)

"Hannah is a girl I can relate to. She knows the value of a good carrot cake, and she's sometimes the most awkward girl at the party. Hannah is like all of us: she has dreams that seem so right and yet, so terrifying. She reminds us that dreams are often chocolate frosted and hard-fought, but the key ingredient is believing in yourself."—Joy Wilson, author of Joy the Baker Cookbook

"[A] delicious debut . . . Hannah is the kind of heroine you'll root for, the descriptions of food are dangerously good, and Bate adds a healthy dash of humor to the mix."—Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls

"Foodie Fiction has a new it girl! Dana Bate's debut, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the kind of book you just devour. Hannah Sugarman is Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe, and you will cheer her triumphs in the kitchen while you suffer with her trials in love and life. A delicious read from appetizer to dessert."—Stacey Ballis, author of Good Enough to Eat and Off the Menu

Kirkus Reviews
Adam's parents have finally invited Hannah to dinner. They have finally acknowledged her existence after an ill-fated luncheon nine months ago. All she has to do is keep her mouth shut. All she has to do is keep the secret that she and Adam have been living together for three months. Can she do it? No. Unable to control her behavior or her tongue, Hannah Sugarman is not having a good year. The political aspirations--not to mention the parents--of her boyfriend, Adam, bump up against her wild, unpredictable spirit. Her own parents, professors who hope she shares their academic tendencies, would be astonished to learn that Hannah actually dreams of attending culinary school, starting a catering company and even running an underground supper club. Sadly, she currently works as a research assistant at the Institute for Research and Discourse, appropriately dubbed NIRD. As if analyzing public policy weren't bad enough, she has to deal with Millie every day. The Millie who introduced her to Adam. The Millie who wants to steal Adam away. The Millie who will very likely have Adam all to herself after Adam dumps her and gives her a matter of weeks to find a new home. Losing her entire social network, however, brings Hannah to the doorstep of Blake Fischer, who offers her a basement apartment. Blake also has his own very tempting kitchen, which he hasn't technically offered to her, but it isn't long before Hannah and her friend Rachel surreptitiously use it for a secret supper club. Hannah's talents reap instant success, a new-but-weirdly-uncommunicative boyfriend, fresh encounters with Adam and Millie, and increasing guilt over deceiving Blake. Journalist and debut novelist Bate deftly conjures up a witty, resilient heroine, surrounds her with delightful friends and frenemies, and sends them all on a rollicking quest for love and delicious food.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401311001
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 340,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Bate is a writer and award-winning journalist, whose writing has appeared in numerous outlets, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Culinate, and Smithsonian.com. Prior to her writing career, Dana spent five years working as a field producer and on-air reporter for the PBS Nightly Business Report, where she won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. Bate studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University as an undergraduate, and received her master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where she won the Harrington Award for outstanding promise in the field of journalism. She divides her time between Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Loved the book!!  Congratulations to Dane Bate for a great first

    Loved the book!!  Congratulations to Dane Bate for a great first novel!!!  Hope she will be writing more books soon!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Hannah Sugarman¿s parents have guided her to a successful life.

    Hannah Sugarman’s parents have guided her to a successful life.  She works at a think tank in Washington D.C.; her boss is someone her parents know.  She lives in a great apartment with her high achieving boyfriend.  The only problem, Hannah isn’t happy.  All she wants to do it cook.  Cooking is not considered a successful career by her parents or her boyfriend.




    When Hannah’s world turns upside down, she makes it an opportunity to do what she has always wanted and opens and underground supper club.   Her supper club becomes the most sought after meal in town.  But it is not quite legal.  The health department does not check her out, she has no licenses, and is using her landlords apartment without his knowledge.




    Hannah is one of my favorite characters.  She is crazy (in a good way), independent, and funny.  I was constantly laughing and hoping everything would work out for her.  I easily related to her love of cooking, even though I don’t cook as fancy as she does.  But I can hope to try some of the recipes included in the book.   I loved watching her struggle with her guilt of using her landlords apartment and then cover her tracks when she leaves little clues behind accidentally.  She is a horrible liar, but somehow she never gets caught.  My favorite part was when she stands up to her parents.  Finally telling them how she is done living her for them and is going to do what she wants to do. 




    Jacob and Blake were interesting.  I knew something was fishy with Jacob and loved it when she confronted him.  But was hoping he wouldn’t blow the whistle on her supper club, especially with Blake standing right there.  Blake was amazing.  Even with his pirate and fishing talk he was so likeable.  It seemed that he just got Hannah.  Although I don’t know of any men that would be able to forgive someone for the mess Hannah made of his home and career.  I loved how supportive and pushy he was with Hannah’s career goals. 




    This was a fun and sometimes silly book.  I loved learning about Hannah and her relationships. Definitely an easy read with a great story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    This fantastic debut by Dana Bate is a book that all twentysomet

    This fantastic debut by Dana Bate is a book that all twentysomethings should read. She wonderfully captures what it is to be a young woman trying to find her identity and passion in this world. Her writing is witty and entertaining, and draws you in from the first paragraph. It's hard not to fall in love with Hannah Sugarman! And from a food lovers perspective...the book is absolutely decadent (and frequently made me hungry). I can't wait to read more from Dana Bate!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

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    Reviewed by Robin Book provided by the publisher for review Revi

    Reviewed by Robin
    Book provided by the publisher for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    What do you do when life hasn’t turned out the way you imagined it to? Your boyfriend Adam has turned into a jerk and just dumped you very publicly which turned out to be pretty ugly. You have a dead-end job…Well if you are Hannah Sugarman you take your passion for cooking and turn it into a new career path.

    I found this to be a very positive attitude type of book. Giving you the encouragement that most of us tend to need from time to time to take that next step and change all that is not going right in our lives. Hannah takes her zest for cooking and starts an underground supper club. They are a little on the illegal side because they are in homes or unlikely places. There are no health inspections; they are competition for the restaurants that do things by the book and have the legal licenses. Underground supper clubs have become big everywhere despite that they are rather harmless. I think that this story concept is very fun and edgy.

    I really loved that Hannah was the girl next door, someone you were comfortable getting to know. She like most others grew and learned from her past. It is nice to see the growth and learning in stories as it makes that seem more realistic. Ms. Bate’s did an awesome job describing the food because believe me it made me hungry. This probably wouldn’t be a good book to read if you are on a diet. Then again maybe it would force you to change that which is wrong and loose that weight.

    It always tends to be a favorite read with good food, good friends and positive likable characters that go outside the box to find what they want out of life.

    This is a very quick read. The storyline moves along nicely. This is a great book to pack for the beach or a lazy day at home. The recipes in the back are worth looking at twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Just picked up this book at the library and absolutely loved it.

    Just picked up this book at the library and absolutely loved it. It was rivetting! It had so much suspense, I kept worrying the main character was going to get caught. I laughed out loud a lot. And it was all good-natured fun. No violence or perversity. Just lots of fun cooking situations. A very different kind of read for me.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    One star is too much for this book

    I found this book to be so dumb. It was so poorly written and the main character was irritating. I wish I could get my money back and I wish I could get back the time I spent reading this horrible book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Nothing fun

    There is nothing fun about this book - it is just one disaster after another for the heroine. I did not enjoy the book because there was just no break from the anguish. I mean, come on, everyone has a good day every now and then. Not Hannah Sugarman.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Set in D.C., wit

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
    Set in D.C., with a girl, Hannah who is trying to find happiness in following her parents' path and just wants to do what she feels she is gifted in - cooking and catering.  Although she finds confidence through being deceptive and hosting a supper club in her landlord's apartment, she finally finds the courage to pursue her passion.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review This book really touched me. It s

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    This book really touched me. It starts out with Hannah kind of having a dream life. She has a boyfriend who is doing well, she has a job that her family approves of. But it's not really perfect. He's kind of an ass and throws her out and she honestly hates her job. She loves to cook, that's where her passion lies.

    So when she finds her perfect apartment, her friend starts pressuring her to hold a supper club. It's an illegal and secret dinner. I was hooked. I'd love to do something like that! But with 2 kids and a ratty old trailer, I'll have to live through Hannah for right now.

    It's a good sign when you are cringing at all the bad choices a character makes but you still can't put it down. I read this book months ago, the cover caught me. I had some free time and library books but this cover just screamed "read me!" It really was a great chick-lit story. Romantic comedy? Fun, definitely fun!

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