The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship

The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship


By (author) Andrea Israel, By (author) Nancy Garfinkel, With Melissa Clark


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  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 22mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061992291
  • ISBN 13: 9780061992292
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 505,650

Product description

Loyalty, loss, and the ties that bind: These are the ingredients of The Recipe Club, a "novel cookbook" that combines an authentic story of friendship with more than eighty delicious recipes.Lifelong friends Lilly and Val are united as much by their differences as by their similarities. In childhood, "LillyPad" and "ValPal" form an exclusive two-person club, writing intimate letters in which they share hopes, fears, deepest secrets . . . and recipes--from Lilly's "Lovelorn Lasagna" to Valerie's "Forgiveness Tapenade." The Recipe Club sustains Lilly and Val's bond across the decades: through the challenges of independence, the joys and heartbreaks of first love, and the emotional complexities of family relationships, identity, mortality, and goals deferred--until the fateful day when an act of kindness becomes an unforgivable betrayal.

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Told through letters and recipes, this novel traces the pair s loving, competitive friendship from 1963, when the girls first meet, to the present. A look at the difficulties of sustaining childhood bonds, it s also a satisfying meditation on how nourishment for the body can replenish the soul. --People