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"[An] engaging debut... Bate's writing is smart and compelling." - Publishers Weekly starred review
"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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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. There’s no way she can serve people in her place but her new landlord is out of town a lot and it doesn’t take long before the idea of holding it upstairs in his place is sounding pretty good to her especially since his part of the townhouse is awfully nice and would make a much better setting. The first supper club is a complete success and the girls are getting bookings left and right for more dinners. Hannah is thrilled and who cares if: number one supper clubs are illegal and number two she’s using her landlord’s place without permission. This just may be a train wreck waiting to happen…
Hannah is really a likeable character and although quite a lot younger than me I still really liked her and could easily relate to her. Her decisions when it came to men weren’t always the best but I think she just wanted to find love as so many of us do in our twenties and usually fail to realize when it’s staring us in the face. Hannah faces what so many of us face and that’s the decision to go with what our heart desires or to succumb to the pressures of those around us instead. Then of course there is the food. I’m naturally drawn to books that have people who love to cook in them and the luscious food described within the pages of this book are enough to satisfy any foodie. Just imagine – Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Asian Pears or Devils on Horseback (Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Honey-Laced Mascarpone) and both of these recipes are featured at the end of the book. Yummo!
The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate is a novel about realizing your dreams and following your heart. It’s a great read and for a foodie – well, even better. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I hope there will be more from the very talented Dana Bate to come.
Last, the food...do not read this book on an empty stomach. Dana seamlessly incorporates cooking into the storyline with delicious results. If you enjoy to cook or to eat amazing food, you will enjoy this book. I am not a cook but might try to make some of the enclosed recipes. I would love to continue to follow Hannah on her future adventures and hope that a sequel is in the works.
I am excited to read Dana's books in the future. I think that she has great potential given the quality of her debut novel.
I felt like Hannah was one of my friends, and I didn't want to stop reading because I was eager to find out what happened to her! The predicament Hannah's in -- not loving her job but feeling like she should stick with it because it's a "good job" -- is one that's really common among 20- and 30-somethings.
After I read this book, I bought five copies and sent them to friends. It's that well done! Can't wait to read Dana's next book.
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