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!
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!
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Happy Reading & Cooking!