The Recipe Club: A Novel about Food and Friendship (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 recipesfrom 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 deferreduntil the fateful day when an act of kindness becomes an unforgivable betrayal.
About the Author
Andrea Israel is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer and the author of Taking Tea.
Nancy Garfinkel is an award-winning writer, design consultant, creative strategist, and editor, and co-author of The Wine Lover's Guide to the Wine Country.
Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, "Bear Witness", "Swimming Upstream", "Slowly", and "Imperfect". Her essay, Rachael Ray Saved My Life is included in the anthology "The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage". She is also the creator of the animated television series, Braceface, starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel. She has written scripts for Rolie Polie Olie, Totally Spies, Sweet Valley High, among others. Melissa teaches creative writing and literature courses both privately and at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
“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.”