Author: Dana Bate
Published: Hyperion; Feb. 2013
Source: BookSparks PR
Synopsis: 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.
My Take: First of all, how could I not want to read this book with a cover as delicious looking as this? It took all of my willpower not to gorge myself on cupcakes the whole time I was reading this book!
But enough about the cover, let's talk about what was inside. The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate is an immensely readable book about Hannah Sugarman. When the story begins, Hannah is a little bit of a lost soul. She loves to cook but her family and boyfriend don't approve of that as an actual career. Her actual career, as an academic, bores her to tears. Her boyfriend, well he is just awful. So Hannah needs to figure out a new direction in her life.
After being dumped by her lame boyfriend and moving into new digs, her friend and her decide she needs to do something to cheer herself up and that's where the supper clubs come in. Has anyone out there been to an underground supper club? Also refereed to as pop up restaurants and underground restaurants, I can speak from experience that they are a blast! You usually eat in a communal style and get to try all kinds of super delicious food. The only problem is, depending on where you live, they have different legality issues.
Anywho, Hannah wants to try her hand at the underground supper club thing, if only to see if she could actually make a career out of cooking. Naturally there are a few problems with this plan and how she deals with those problems, those that come with her new love life, and how to figure out her whole career path is what this novel centers on. I found it to be a delicious and satisfying read. Even if Hannah seemed a little too naive at times, I still completely rooted for her. If you are looking for a fun and read to fill your evenings, you won't be disappointed by picking this one up.
Also, as an added bonus, some of the delicious sounding recipes used in the book are listed in the back!
Cover Lust: Well as I mentioned, this is one of the yummiest covers I've seen in a long time!