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The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"The food -- oh my goodness -- the food! From the Dupont Circle farmers' market to the Maine Avenue Fish Market, Hannah leads readers on a culinary tour of D.C.'s locavore scene. Do not read this book hungry." - Washington Post
"This is a beautifully written book about love, food, secrets and self-discovery that will make you think long after you turn the final page." - The Daily Mail
"Great for foodies . . . [a] book that you can quite easily eat up in one go." - Cosmopolitan (UK)
"The kind of book you just devour. Hannah Sugarman is Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe." - Stacey Ballis, author of Good Enough to Eat and Off the Menu
"[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
"Clever and charming . . . The pages practically turn themselves -- and thank goodness, because you'll want both hands free to make Hannah's mouth-watering carrot cake and other irresistible dishes. An absolute treat." - Jael McHenry, author of The Kitchen Daughter
"Hannah is a girl I can relate to... 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
"[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
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Hannah is in her twenties and seemingly has everything going for her. She’s well educated and smart with a good job and an ambitious boyfriend who she lives with. Sounds good right? Hmmmm, maybe not since she’s extremely unhappy with her good job and it turns out that her boyfriend doesn’t think she’s good enough for him anymore. He used to think her quirkiness and smart mouth were cute but she’s bumbled once too often for his liking and he’s kicking her to the curb. So she’s single and wondering once again what to do with her life. What Hannah loves most is to cook but her parents, both professors at a University, think that is a complete and utter waste of an intelligent woman. Hannah’s dream is to someday run her own catering company but the question is will she ever be able to realize it.
Hannah is lucky enough to find herself a decent, although really tiny, apartment with her landlord living upstairs. All is fine until her friend Rachel mentions supper clubs again. Hannah has been itching to run an underground supper club for a long time but her ex wouldn’t even hear of it. So she gives in and she and Rachel set about to planning it but on the big day of the supper Hannah’s apartment is flooded.Read more ›
As a side job to her think tank job, Hannah starts a supper club because the one thing that she really loves to do is to cook. She is outstanding at cooking and would like to go to culinary school. However, her parents are encouraging her to continue working at the think tank and to take the GRE's for graduate school. Hannah has other ideas. She starts a supper club and decides to use her landlord's townhouse to host the supper club. Her landlord, Blake, travels and since her apartment is too small to entertain she uses his townhouse to host the supper club and she does not tell him.
Hannah has set herself up for a big fall because Blake is unaware of how his townhouse is being used while he is out of town. When he finds out, all hell breaks out.
This is a really fun read but you may find yourself not liking Hannah. She comes off as a bit of a whiner and of course the fact that she lies to support her own ends is a major character flaw. There is one scene in this book that had me laughing out loud. It comes when Hannah is called into her manager's office for a discussion about her work at the think tank. It was really, really funny. This is a fast paced book that will keep you turning the pages.
The protagonist, Hannah, is a smart and resourceful young woman living in DC and working the typical think tank job. She's dating a handsome, wealthy, and upper crust type of fellow who is employed in the political arena. From the outside, life seems perfect, but on the inside, she's unhappy. Like many DC types that have come before her, Hannah actually wants no part of the political policy scene and would rather spend her time on other pursuits, namely cooking. Cue a round of applause from the true life wonk who dropped out of life on Capitol Hill to open up Cake Love (a gourmet bakery) in downtown DC. Of course her parents don't support these aspirations (might as well tell them you want to be a rock star) and her boyfriend begins to tire of her less-than-high-society demeanor as well.
It appears that something's gotta give but Hannah isn't quite ready to stand up to her parents or give up her dreams so she takes the route many would and finds a way to do it all without upsetting anyone, at least at first. As expected, things come crashing down spectacularly and she has to find a way to put everything right again.
It's a great story, light reading, with a strong arc and happy ending (I love happy endings!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked the book, it has a great story. However, I really could not stand the woman who did the audiobook recording. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely LOVED this book. Though it has been almost a decade since I was in my twenties, and though I've never had that kind of pressure on me when I was in my twenties, I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rita
This was a great book! Enjoyed the characters , the recipes and storyline! A great read along with a second bite at the apple! Can't wait u til her next book!Published 19 months ago by Jen Lynette
I disliked this book. I rarely give up on books and usually finish them. Pathetic characters. Predictable plot. I could not warm up to Hannah. Read morePublished 21 months ago by lmcguire429
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This book had a different storyline which interested me. It was a quick read and fun story. I enjoyed the story and all the ins and outs of the various characters and their... Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Rosemary Otoole