The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

by Dana Bate


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Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn't want any of it. What she wants is much simpler; to cook.

When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she's always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord's town house. Though her delicious dishes become the talk of the town, her secret venture is highly problematic, given that it is not, technically speaking, legal. She also conveniently forgets to tell her landlord she has been using his place while he is out of town.

On top of that, Hannah faces various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who don't support cooking as a career, and her own fears of taking a risk and charting her own path. A charming romantic comedy, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594688754
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 331,212
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.84(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 18 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dana Bate is a writer and award-winning journalist, whose writing has appeared in numerous outlets, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Culinate, and Prior to her writing career, Dana spent five years working as a field producer and on-air reporter for the PBS Nightly Business Report, where she won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. Bate studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University as an undergraduate, and received her master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where she won the Harrington Award for outstanding promise in the field of journalism. She divides her time between Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.

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The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!!  Congratulations to Dane Bate for a great first novel!!!  Hope she will be writing more books soon!!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Hannah Sugarman’s parents have guided her to a successful life.  She works at a think tank in Washington D.C.; her boss is someone her parents know.  She lives in a great apartment with her high achieving boyfriend.  The only problem, Hannah isn’t happy.  All she wants to do it cook.  Cooking is not considered a successful career by her parents or her boyfriend. When Hannah’s world turns upside down, she makes it an opportunity to do what she has always wanted and opens and underground supper club.   Her supper club becomes the most sought after meal in town.  But it is not quite legal.  The health department does not check her out, she has no licenses, and is using her landlords apartment without his knowledge. Hannah is one of my favorite characters.  She is crazy (in a good way), independent, and funny.  I was constantly laughing and hoping everything would work out for her.  I easily related to her love of cooking, even though I don’t cook as fancy as she does.  But I can hope to try some of the recipes included in the book.   I loved watching her struggle with her guilt of using her landlords apartment and then cover her tracks when she leaves little clues behind accidentally.  She is a horrible liar, but somehow she never gets caught.  My favorite part was when she stands up to her parents.  Finally telling them how she is done living her for them and is going to do what she wants to do.  Jacob and Blake were interesting.  I knew something was fishy with Jacob and loved it when she confronted him.  But was hoping he wouldn’t blow the whistle on her supper club, especially with Blake standing right there.  Blake was amazing.  Even with his pirate and fishing talk he was so likeable.  It seemed that he just got Hannah.  Although I don’t know of any men that would be able to forgive someone for the mess Hannah made of his home and career.  I loved how supportive and pushy he was with Hannah’s career goals.  This was a fun and sometimes silly book.  I loved learning about Hannah and her relationships. Definitely an easy read with a great story. 
ChelseaErdmanis More than 1 year ago
This fantastic debut by Dana Bate is a book that all twentysomethings should read. She wonderfully captures what it is to be a young woman trying to find her identity and passion in this world. Her writing is witty and entertaining, and draws you in from the first paragraph. It's hard not to fall in love with Hannah Sugarman! And from a food lovers perspective...the book is absolutely decadent (and frequently made me hungry). I can't wait to read more from Dana Bate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Came across this at the library and ended up loving it so much I forced my sister to read it as well!!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book What do you do when life hasn’t turned out the way you imagined it to? Your boyfriend Adam has turned into a jerk and just dumped you very publicly which turned out to be pretty ugly. You have a dead-end job…Well if you are Hannah Sugarman you take your passion for cooking and turn it into a new career path. I found this to be a very positive attitude type of book. Giving you the encouragement that most of us tend to need from time to time to take that next step and change all that is not going right in our lives. Hannah takes her zest for cooking and starts an underground supper club. They are a little on the illegal side because they are in homes or unlikely places. There are no health inspections; they are competition for the restaurants that do things by the book and have the legal licenses. Underground supper clubs have become big everywhere despite that they are rather harmless. I think that this story concept is very fun and edgy. I really loved that Hannah was the girl next door, someone you were comfortable getting to know. She like most others grew and learned from her past. It is nice to see the growth and learning in stories as it makes that seem more realistic. Ms. Bate’s did an awesome job describing the food because believe me it made me hungry. This probably wouldn’t be a good book to read if you are on a diet. Then again maybe it would force you to change that which is wrong and loose that weight. It always tends to be a favorite read with good food, good friends and positive likable characters that go outside the box to find what they want out of life. This is a very quick read. The storyline moves along nicely. This is a great book to pack for the beach or a lazy day at home. The recipes in the back are worth looking at twice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just picked up this book at the library and absolutely loved it. It was rivetting! It had so much suspense, I kept worrying the main character was going to get caught. I laughed out loud a lot. And it was all good-natured fun. No violence or perversity. Just lots of fun cooking situations. A very different kind of read for me.
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catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be so dumb. It was so poorly written and the main character was irritating. I wish I could get my money back and I wish I could get back the time I spent reading this horrible book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing fun about this book - it is just one disaster after another for the heroine. I did not enjoy the book because there was just no break from the anguish. I mean, come on, everyone has a good day every now and then. Not Hannah Sugarman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Set in D.C., with a girl, Hannah who is trying to find happiness in following her parents' path and just wants to do what she feels she is gifted in - cooking and catering.  Although she finds confidence through being deceptive and hosting a supper club in her landlord's apartment, she finally finds the courage to pursue her passion.
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Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review This book really touched me. It starts out with Hannah kind of having a dream life. She has a boyfriend who is doing well, she has a job that her family approves of. But it's not really perfect. He's kind of an ass and throws her out and she honestly hates her job. She loves to cook, that's where her passion lies. So when she finds her perfect apartment, her friend starts pressuring her to hold a supper club. It's an illegal and secret dinner. I was hooked. I'd love to do something like that! But with 2 kids and a ratty old trailer, I'll have to live through Hannah for right now. It's a good sign when you are cringing at all the bad choices a character makes but you still can't put it down. I read this book months ago, the cover caught me. I had some free time and library books but this cover just screamed "read me!" It really was a great chick-lit story. Romantic comedy? Fun, definitely fun!