Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Preview: The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel


  • The Recipe Club - A Tale of Food and Friendship
    By Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel
    Published by Polhemus Press
    October 2009; 978-09823492-0-5

Book Info:

Lilly and Val are lifelong friends, united as much by their differences as by their similarities. Lilly, dramatic and confident, lives in the shadow of her beautiful, wayward mother and craves the attention of her distant, disapproving father. Val, shy and idealistic -- and surprisingly ambitious -- struggles with her desire to break free from her demanding housebound mother and a father whose dreams never seem to come true.

In childhood, "LillyPad" and "Valpal" vow to form an exclusive two-person club. Throughout the decades they write intimate letters in which they share hopes, fears, deepest secrets -- and recipes, from Lilly's "Lovelorn Lasagna" to Valerie's "Forgiveness Tapenade." Readers can cook along as the girls travel through time, facing the challenges of independence; the joys and heartbreaks of first love; and the emotional complexities of family relationships, identity, mortality, and goals deferred.

But no matter what different paths they take or what misunderstandings threaten to break them apart, Lilly and Val always find their way back together through their Recipe Club . . . until the fateful day when an act of kindness becomes an unforgivable betrayal.

Now, decades later, while trying to recapture the trust they've lost, Lilly and Val reunite once more -- only to uncover a shocking secret. Will it destroy their friendship, or bring them ever closer?

Author Bios:


Andrea Israel is a producer/writer for ABC's Focus Earth. She was a producer/writer on Anderson Cooper 360, Dateline, and Good Morning America (which garnered her an Emmy Award). Her story In Donald's Eyes was recently optioned for a film. Ms. Israel is the author of Taking Tea. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

Nancy Garfinkel is co-author of The Wine Lover's Guide to the Wine Country: The Best of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino (Chronicle Books, 2005). A creative strategist, design consultant, writer, and editor for magazine, corporate, and non-profit clients, she has won a host of graphic arts and editorial merit awards. She has written extensively about food and graphic arts.

To access the authors’ website please click here.

For Amazon purchasing information links are listed as follows US/UK/Canada:

The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship/ The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship /The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship

Thank you to Caitlin from FSB Associates for sending Layers of Thought this book for review!

Review coming soon!


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This one really looks good. I have it as well. Enjoy

Unknown said...

Daine -
Yes - I noticed you had it listed.
I'm looking forward to something a bit lighter here since I have been doing a bunch of heavy reads lately.
I will link your review when I post mine. :)

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