Page Turners: Food & Cooking Wrap-Up

Book club logoThe second meeting of the Page Turners Book Club was on Thursday, September 8 at the library. We were joined this week by a new member. Always glad to see new faces! We also selected the themes for the rest of the year.

Since our theme was food and cooking, we each read books that involved food in some way or another. Although none of us read cookbooks, a couple of our books did contain recipes. A couple of members showed us sections in their books that involved cooking, although it was not the main topic of the book.

For instance, there is an entire section in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith that discusses the meals that Francie’s mom makes for the family on their very limited budget. I had know idea that stale bread could be made to sound so appetizing.

By the way of mysteries, one member talked about Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanna Fluke. Hannah Swenson runs a pastry shop in small town where a Hollywood film is being filmed. The director is very particular about the sort of cheesecake he eats (and he eats it every day), but our hero is well up to the task and soon she is making cheesecake to appear on the trays of the waiters in the film. When someone dies on set, Hannah helps solve the mystery.

Another member discussed From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin. In this quirky novel Meg, a pastry chef, is confronted with her mother’s tall-tales. Things like being told that you can blow up like a balloon if you drink too much carbonated lemonade are funny when you’re a child, but Meg wants to sift through the fictions to learn who her mother Valerie really is.

Also mentioned at the meeting:

Rutabaga: The Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal  (Read my review here.)

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Next moth’s theme is Spooky Tales. Join us on Thursday, October 13 at 6 PM.

 

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