The Recipe Club

The Recipe Club Summary

“Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel have written an absorbing novel that reflects the wisdom of MFK Fisher, namely that there is no separating food and dining from family and friends. . . . A satisfying meal for both body and soul.  — Sara Moulton

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.

Book Reviews


Love a twist5 star

Everyone has that one person, this book shows all the ups and downs, loves and hurts; everything friendship endures including the love of food and cooking. I truly enjoyed it.55

maya izidoro

Ok2 star

This book in the is ok. I felt that there were something missing to keep me hooked along the story.25

Sandra Dobres

The Recipe Club5 star

This book really hit home with me. I am going to see if my best friend/enemy will read it as well. Maybe she will finally admit that we still need each other. I truly recommend this book...the story line and the recipes were a great read! Sandy55


Spans a lifetime4 star

I could not put this book down.45

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