Monday, August 7, 2023

August/September Pick: Love & Saffron

Our August/September pick is Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by Kim Fay. This one is a newer book (pub February 2023), but it went immediately on my TBR list when it came out, and I am excited to read it with all of you! 

Publisher's Blurb:

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel is a sensuous experience of food and a deep friendship between two very different women in 1960s America.

Two strangers. One recipe. A friendship for the ages.

Creamy risotto alla Milanese. Mussels in a hot, buttery broth. Chicken spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Joan Bergstrom and Imogen Fortier understand the key to a savored life—delicious food. Young Joan is just discovering herself as a foodwriter in bustling Los Angeles, while experienced columnist Imogen is settled in her decades-long marriage on Camano Island outside Seattle. When Joan sends a fan letter to Imogen with an enclosed packet of saffron and a recipe, their journey of culinary exploration and soul-deep friendship begins. A long-lost flavor surfaces buried memories, and a quest to make carne asada opens the doors of a sheltered life. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of their friendship, and of their belief that food and love can sustain us during our darkest hours.

I love a good epistolary novel and when you add in food and friendship, it sounds like a perfect end-of-summer read to me. I look forward to seeing what delicious dishes that you all are inspired to make!

To join in this Cook the Books Club round, just read the book, make a dish inspired by your reading, and submit it by our deadline of Saturday, September 30th. 

Remember that membership in our book club is open to anyone and we hope you will join us by reading these selections and creating inspired recipes. New participants are always welcome and so are returning ones. For more information about participating, click here

Happy Reading & Cooking!


Amy said...

Thanks for hosting! Here's my recipe:

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you Amy! Your salad looks amazing!

Claudia said...

I really enjoyed this book! My post is now up:

Deb in Hawaii said...

So glad you enjoyed it Claudia!

Claudia said...

Amy, I don't know if anyone else is having a problem with commenting on your blog, but every time I've tried the "Sign in with Google" doesn't work. Anyway, I thought your salad was an excellent way to use that Jerk Chicken. Cheers,

Debra Eliotseats said...

Really enjoyed this one! Thanks, Deb!

Marg said...

I really enjoyed this one too!

Here's my post:

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you Debra and Marg, I am so glad you both enjoyed the book!

Simona Carini said...

Here's my contribution:

Thank you for hosting, Deb :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you, Simona!