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"[An] engaging debut... Bate's writing is smart and compelling." - Publishers Weekly starred review

"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


"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

About the Author

Dana Bate is a freelance writer and former Washington producer and reporter for PBS's Nightly Business Report. She lives outside Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311001
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
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The Girls Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the debut novel of Dana Bate and I’ll say right off that I loved it! It is a charming, fun book and yet serious at the same time. It’s about a woman trying to find herself in the often times confusing paths of life and making mistakes along the way. It’s about love, secrets, and most of all descriptions of tantalizing dishes that will leave your mouth watering for sure. What a wonderful novel!

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.
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Hannah Sugarman is a young woman who is working in a job that she finds totally boring, a Washington DC think tank. She is in the job because her famous university professor parents have called in some favors to get Hannah her first job out of college. She has worked there for three years so that she follows her parents wishes. She is miserable. Her love life has gone down the tubes with her boyfriend that she lives with and she needs to find a new place to live.

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.
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One of my friends on goodreads.com recommended Dana Bate's new novel and so I thought I'd give it a read. I'm a foodie that dabbles in gourmet dinner parties, I live in the metro DC area, and I'm pretty interested in the underground restaurant scene that is all the rage lately. These circumstances and my love of breezy `chick lit' meant that The Girls' Guide To Love and Supper Clubs was sure to be a book I'd enjoy and it was.

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!).
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