Hannah Sugarman loves to cook, but her professor parents don’t support her desire to cook for a living, telling her that her mother didn’t fight for women’s rights for Hannah to end up back in the kitchen. Unable to stand up for herself, Hannah suffers through her job at a think tank, puts up with her sanctimonious boyfriend who scoffs at her obsession with throwing an underground supper club, and regularly puts her foot in her mouth, usually loudly and in public.
When said boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Hannah finds a new to place live in the basement of a townhouse owned by a quirky guy who peppers his speech with sailing metaphors and works for a Florida congressman, causing him to spend a lot of time out of town. Hannah’s best friend, Rachel, convinces her that now is the time for that supper club, and they quickly put together a dinner for 12. Only Hannah’s basement apartment floods, and in the spur of the moment she decides to use her landlord’s house, complete with its newly renovated kitchen, without his knowledge. Soon word spreads around the DC foodie community and The Dupont Circle Supper Club becomes the talk of the town.
It’s clear Hannah can only get away with her endeavor for so long, but the money they make and the joy she experiences from cooking make her continue the supper club against her better judgment. And as she grows closer to her landlord, who also happens to be running for neighborhood council and is fiercely against illegal restaurant workers and such underground ventures as hers, she finds it harder to lie to him. Hannah also continues to juggle her unsatisfying job, with a boss who is demanding and a coworker who may be dating Hannah’s ex, and has to fend off her parents, who want her to apply to grad school, ignoring her attempts to tell them that’s not what she wants.
The descriptions of Hannah’s food are mouth-watering, making me want to run out and eat turkey legs and cinnamon buns, and I feel like I know my way around the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, thanks to the detailed depictions of Hannah making her way around town. Hannah does a lot of growing up during the course of the novel, facing her fears and finally finding love. The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a book filled with humor, witty characters and a little bit of romance and I greatly enjoyed it.
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