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The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship

by Andrea Israel

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This is the story of Lily and Val. Lily and Val are friends. They are also enemies. I enjoyed the dual pov format. I also enjoyed how the recipes were introduced. There were moments of chuckles but overall, as I read, I kept thinking how self-absorbed both characters were. As I read I understood why but that self-absorption doesn't allow a connection between the characters. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Another story told thru letters and emails and recipes. Our book group read this for our November selection. We chose to have each member make a recipe from the book. Do not follow the recipe for Zucchini Bread it needs an adjustment in the liquid. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
This book was a bit of a letdown. I think the authors could've done a much better job, maybe they shouldn't have used the letter-exchange format for the majority of the book, that kind of writing requires a lot of skill and creativity to successfully pull off.

I guessed that the girls had the same father well before the letter was read after his death--there were numerous clues, especially the entry in her mother's journal that Val found, dated not long before Val was born. That seemed fairly obvious, but Val didn't seem to blink at all just wondered what her mom was talking about...

The recipes, which were the part I was most looking forward to, seemed average and already familiar, and the letters and recipes seemed very contrived--too much of a stretch in my opinion.

I wish I had enjoyed the story more, it definitely had potential.

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  twileteyes | Feb 4, 2016 |
I LOVE this book it was VERY hard for me to put it down , It has many interesting and tasty recipes. I highly recommend the sangria recipe , It was VERY good! ( )
  LizzyRachel | Sep 16, 2015 |
Lilly and Val are childhood friends with complicated parents. Val's mother is agoraphobic and Lilly's father is her psychiatrist, who takes a vested interest in Val's education and future. They grow up in the late 1960's and into the 70's. At a young age, they create "The Recipe Club"- just the two of them, exchanging recipes back and forth. The format of the book is primarily letters between the two, including the recipes.

I suppose this book is sweet, but it feels very predictable and cliche. The writing is average and the story is... okay. It's good for a break from some heavier reading. ( )
  amaryann21 | Jul 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061992291, Paperback)

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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Lilly and Val, friends from childhood, reveal their feelings, secrets, and recipes through a series of letters, until a misunderstanding separates them for years and a death forces them to decide if they want to reconcile.

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