Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sweet Revenge report

This month's book was Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson, the 14th book in the mystery series starring caterer Goldie Schulz.  Not many of us had read books from this series, and we had a variety of reactions.  Some folks found the book paced and fun entertainment.  Others found it annoying...especially the fast talking, obsessive, nosy, and redundant narrator.  Everyone seems to have enjoyed the food references, and folks felt her descriptions of the caterer life seemed right on the ball.

Sonja G - Got-a-Hot-Date Bars

Katie W – Pina Colada Muffins

 Madeleine - Prudent Potatoes au Gratin

 Tania Z-G - Chicken Divine

Dawn – Stylish Strawberry Salad

Laura H - Enchiladas

Carol L - Chicken Divan

Julie – Swedish Meatballs (from Chopping Spree)

Karen T. – mac and cheese casserole

We also did a terrific cookie exchange!

Sonja G - Chocolate-Peppermint Thumbprints
Katie W – Russian tea cakes + spritz
Heather McN - chocolate chip cookies
Karen T. – chocolate buttermilk bars and toffee bars
Madeleine - sugar cookies
Tania Z-G - ginger pumpkin cookies, candy cane cookies
Dawn – white chocolate topped gingerbread cookies
Laura H - coconut bon bons
Carol L - Sugar cookies + Brown sugar Shortbread cookies
Julie – cake balls + sugar cookie

Next month we are reading one of my favorite books of the last few years, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.

Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?  

It is not so much a foodie book, as a great book that features a decent amount of food, but I think we will enjoy discussing and digesting its flavors.  See you on Monday January 9th at 6:30!