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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
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ebook, 320 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Hyperion (first published December 6th 2012)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
The Secret Supper Club (published as The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs in the USA) is Dana Bate's debut novel. I hadn't read any reviews of this book before I picked it up myself, but I didn't hesitate to accept it for review, the story sounded entertaining and easy to read, which it was.

This is a chick-lit book and will most probably appeal to all chick-lit lovers out there, with a good sense of realism, strong characters and a good dose of romance! From the title of this book, you can
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Chelsey
For some reason I always find myself lost and mesmerized in the books that surround food of any sort. This book may very well be my favorite book so far this year. I was just so lost in the literature and lost in Hannah’s world of carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, and coffee cakes galore! Books that have anything to do with food or a main character that loves to cook and bake are just really hard to beat. There is just something about them that feels extra cozy and all the more real to me. Han ...more
Juliet Donaghy
Wow. This is the most awful thing I've read in years. The main character is so hateful that the most enjoyable section of the book is the "crisis" scene in which someone finally shouts at her. Sadly that's about the only trouble she gets in, despite spending hundreds of her parents' dollars on obscure groceries and thinking bitchy thoughts about everyone around her for the entire thing. I'm not sure which part of the book was the most painful to read - perhaps her monologue about how difficult i ...more
Darlene
The Girls Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the debut novel of Dana Bate and I’ll say right off that I loved it! It is a charming, fun book and yet serious at the same time. It’s about a woman trying to find herself in the often times confusing paths of life and making mistakes along the way. It’s about love, secrets, and most of all descriptions of tantalizing dishes that will leave your mouth watering for sure. What a wonderful novel!

Hannah is in her twenties and seemingly has everything going
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Darcie Czajkowski
From the outside, Hannah Sugarman appears to have it all: a successful boyfriend and an enviable job at a Washington D.C. think tank. But on the inside, Hannah feels like she’s living a lie. Her dream is to run her own catering company, an ambition not supported by her parents, prominent economics professors, and her boyfriend, Adam. To them, cooking is a hobby, not a career, especially for someone with Hannah’s intelligence. It’s not that Hannah doesn’t want to pursue her goals and forge her ow ...more
Leah
When I first heard of The Secret Supper Club, I was excited. I’m not a big foodie – I like eating food, but I can’t cook and overly complicated food is not for me as I am a massively fussy eater who firmly believes fish fingers are the best food, ever – but I adore books that feature food, and I love to watch shows like Come Dine With Me. Books like that are always a winner because food is pretty much something everyone loves. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like food? No. I didn’t think so ...more
Charlotte Lynn
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. He
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Angie Holtz
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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
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Anne
I just want to say that I loved this book. It was really fun and I could really relate to Hannah. The author really made her seem like a real person, there was so much depth and history to who she was. I liked that she was unsure of herself and sometimes didn't know if her life was going in the right direction. I think that the way Hannah deals with her parents' conflicting expectations of her was really good. How she develops in the book is great and at times so funny I was chuckling to myself ...more
Donna Parker
The best part about this book, it’s like Bridget Jones' Diary. The worst part about this book, it's like Bridget Jones' Diary. Think about it, if that’s the worst part, then this is an amazing read. Has something ever come along just when you needed it, a book or TV episode or movie or call or email? This book was really what I needed. When I started reading this I didn’t want to stop so once I’d read it, I reread it. This was like an effervescent cocktail, a delectable rich chocolate decadent c ...more
Adriana
4.5/5 Stars

You guys, this is a monumental moment in my life: I have finally found a fantastic food fiction book! I have been waiting for this since I was in middle school, I am not even going to lie to you. I have bought—in vain, might I add—so many books, romantic comedy or not, that have tried to combine fiction and cooking unsuccessfully (to put it nicely). Anyone who knows me knows that two of the subjects I am most passionate about are the culinary arts and literature—it even used to be a p
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C
I so enjoyed this debut novel by Dana Bate! I had no clue what the book was going to be about but I love books that combine cooking and romance, like Jenny Colgan's 'Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe' so the cover suggested that I would like this one!

We meet main character Hannah who is in a bad relationship, a bad job and has a strained relationship with her parents. I began to sympathies with Hannah right from the start of this novel, which shows what a well-written character she is! I HATED boyfri
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Alicia
I cannot even describe how much I loved this book, and I wasn't even expecting to! Hannah is one of my favorite female characters in quite awhile. She's funny, independent, kind of crazy and did I mention funny? She won me over with this precious gem: "boom, motherfucker!" Now I'm trying to incorporate that into my daily conversations.

We start out with Hannah and Adam as a couple, and immediately I hated Adam and wanted to punch his friend, Millie. Conniving bitch, party of one. I was not sorry
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Nova
This was a very good book; i really enjoyed it.
Hannah seemed to have it all looking at her life from the outside. She had a nice apartment, with a boyfriend who was trying to achieve his goals, and she has a really nice job. But all she wants is to cook. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, she has to find a new place to live, and she really wants to try her hand at a career in cooking. But her parents wouldn't approve and she feels no one would support her desire at this new career. She has a sta
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Haider
I'm not into these romantic/comedy/single life books, but I saw this in a book shop at the train station when I left my own book at home- it seemed like the only good book in the shop on a promo offer and I have to admit even with only 10 chapters in... I am really liking it!!

Great character, great story, and some good one liners. Will give a full review once I've finished reading the whole thing :)

Summary of the book- very very good. Like i said not my kind of genre of book but im sure to find
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Amber
Really enjoyable and fun read. First, my pet peeve about "chick-lit" is that they are typically very poorly written; however, Dana is a great writer and I was able to concentrate on the story rather than trying to ignore the writing style. Next, Hannah is a lovable character. It is easy to see parts of your current or former self in her. You cheer Hannah on through the whole book and really want her to figure things out rather than just tolerating her.
Last, the food...do not read this book on a
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Heather
I give this 4 stars because it was so much fun.... For me, the perfect fun summer or I need a break or something to get my mind off things kind of read. It combined things I love in reading: food, DC, a little family/relationship/work drama. Not too much swearing(a few times only, but in my mind justified uses... Way less than other books), no descriptive sex, though a tiny bit of implied. To describe the plot: the protagonist is late 20s and trying to figure out her life, basically. We've all b ...more
Penelope Bartotto
Be prepared to totally relate to this novel, if you're a woman that is. Bate has mastered the sheer humility that is being a woman looking for love in all the wrong faces and places, in this hilarious book. Hannah is the new Bridget Jones or Becky(Sophie Kinsella), with all the insecurities and spunk that made them stars in the literary world. All of the characters that Bate has created are an astute demonstration of character construction, none of them lie flat on the page. The characters would ...more
Sharon Chance
I really enjoyed this book. Debut author Dana Bate combines romance and comedy in a lively, fast-paced story that keeps the readers mesmerized and hungry from the very beginning. I love books that combine food and storytelling, and Dana does that in pots-and-pans-full! And the best part is that she provides recipes for a few of her yummy sounding treats from the book!

I also enjoyed her characters - the lead character Hannah is personable, like someone you would know from work or school or even c
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Jessica Thompson
Picked this book up randomly at the library and LOVED it! Such a great fast read. Loved the food based plot, enjoyed all the description, and liked the believable crazy characters.
Christopher Winterburn
I loved this book so much. I guess you could call it a chick-flick but I'm very much in touch with my feminine side and so I loved it. Hannah the main character struggles to get away from the life that's been mapped out for her. Miserable boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her and so they break up and then after that follows the most amazing story about supper clubs and cookery which leaves the mouth watering and the very complex relationships she has with numerous people had me laughing and cring ...more
Michael Webb
Wonderful. Loving, funny, kind, and sweet. A delightful novel.
Melinda Pollard
Reading a Dana Bate novel was a first for me and I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed! This book is mostly about a girl who's dream is to cook- not just any cooking, but gourmet cooking and supper clubs, which I have to admit is my favorite part. I also loved how inspiring this book is- it is all about going after your dreams, even if you make mistakes or fail. And most importantly, about being true to yourself, regardless of what other people think you should do with your life. ...more
Linda
What a great debut novel! I stayed up late reading this charming book about a woman who is doing what everyone expects of her, rather than following her own passions in life. Dana Bate is a wonderful writer and I really felt as if I came to know and care about the characters in her book. Look forward to reading her second novel - this is smart women's fiction at its best -- and if a good novel isn't enough to motivate you to read The Girls' Guide, there are some delectable recipes in the back of ...more
Sarah
This was our book club book for this month, and I really wanted to like it. I love food and I enjoy reading about food. I'm also a sucker for a good romance. I will admit that I struggle with some first person narratives, but mostly if I don't like the narrator. In this case I really dislike Hannah. She really frustrated me because I felt like she whined a lot about her life and not being treated like a grown up, but she never really acted like one or took responsibility for herself and her life ...more
Romancing the Book
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
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Melissa
Chick lit is hit and miss for me. I can’t totally pinpoint why I prefer some and not others, so I do feel bad when I criticize the authors who don’t quite catch my attention. Sorry Dana Bate, but I have to add you to my just alright chick lit list.

Hannah constantly complains that her parents treat her like a child, but in fact she does spend most of the book acting like a child who doesn’t have a backbone and will take whatever is given her without any thought of how those actions might have co
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Jen
This was a readers choice book from the library and I can see why. I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of the book. It was a romance but had a little more to it than the classic boy meets girl plot. I thought it was fun and kept me entertained.

Now to the not so good......I gave it a 4 star rating because I really did like it and wanted to read it HOWEVER, the use of foul language seemed forced and silly in this book. The language was placed in the book where it was almost as if the author was trying t
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Katie Marriott
I found this book incredibly enjoyable. The main character was so likeable and the whole plot was refreshing. I find the idea of a secret supper club fascinating and now wish I could have one of my own. I also spent all of the book rooting for everything to work out for her, in romance and with the supper club! This was a clever spin on a very much over done chick lit genre. I would call it chick lit for the more cynical romantics out there! Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.
Chelsea Erdmanis
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!
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Dana Bate graduated from Yale with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, then became a broadcast journalist with a specialization in finance and business, and then gave it all up to write romantic comedies.

Don’t worry: none of this makes sense to her parents either.

Her debut novel, THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS (published in the UK as THE SECRET SUPPER CLUB), earned a star
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