The Cookbook Club by Beth Harbison

The Cookbook Club by Beth Harbison

Beth Harbison comes to the blog with a story of friendship, support and sharing with  

The Cookbook Club  

Three women, all at crossroads are brought together by a simple “advert” for a book-club that is simply for recipes and food.  Started by former attorney and now bar-owner Trista, she wants to expand the offerings at the bar, and hopes to use her group as a ‘tester’, getting some friends and input all at the same time.  Aja has been believing in a relationship that is never going to work out, and now, newly pregnant, is just trying to start again. Lastly there’s Margo – she and her husband have just split up – and the only thing she has besides a broken relationship and some resentments is a dilapidated farmhouse desperately in need of work, and a collection of cookbooks, most sitting unused for years because of her husband’s rigidity.  

The premise and the first introductions to the characters gives us a perspective of three women, in three varying stages of life, with experiences different yet similar enough to bond them. And their friendships and the concern for one another is apparent, And Harbison did a good job bringing us characters that were easy to care about at first meeting. What didn’t happen to make this story truly shine (or the best it could be) was giving each character a full arc to show those moments that provide growth and truly engage investment in their lives and their path.   

Still in all, even as Margo and the renovation of her farmhouse took precedence over Aja or Trista’s stories, we get snippets of them all, separate and alone, that keeps the reader interested and engaged, and salivating over the food mentioned: from simple “bar snacks’ to home-cooked treats, dinners and the clear correlation between food, caring, sharing and satisfaction.  I’m hoping that this story expands to give us more from Aja and Trista and their struggles and allowing us to revisit all three women as their friendship solidifies and changes through time. 

The Cookbook Club by Beth Harbison

Title: The Cookbook Club
Author: Beth Harbison
Genre: Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements
Published by: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062958623
Published on: 20 October, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 58 minutes
Rated: three-half-stars
Heat: One Flame

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New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison whips together a witty and charming--and delicious--story about the secrets we keep, the friends we make, and the food we cook.

MUST LOVE BUTTER: The Cookbook Club is now open to members. Foodies come join us! No diets! No skipping dessert!

Margo Everson sees the call out for the cookbook club and knows she’s found her people. Recently dumped by her self-absorbed husband, who frankly isn’t much of a loss, she has little to show for her marriage but his ‘parting gift’—a dilapidated old farm house—and a collection of well-loved cookbooks

Aja Alexander just hopes her new-found friends won’t notice that that every time she looks at food, she gets queasy. It’s hard hiding a pregnancy, especially one she can’t bring herself to share with her wealthy boyfriend and his snooty mother.

Trista Walker left the cutthroat world of the law behind and decided her fate was to open a restaurant…not the most secure choice ever. But there she could she indulge her passion for creating delectable meals and make money at the same time.

The women bond immediately, but it’s not all popovers with melted brie and blackberry jam. Margo’s farm house is about to fall down around her ears; Trista’s restaurant needs a makeover and rat-removal fast; and as for Aja, just how long can you hide a baby bump anyway?

In this delightful novel, these women form bonds that go beyond a love grilled garlic and soy sauce shrimp. Because what is more important in life than friendship…and food?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

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