The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs
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The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...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
Crowded Earth Kitchen
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Hannah Sugarman has well connected parents, an ambitious live-in boyfriend, and a competitive job with a Washington, D.C. think tank. All of this might be easier to bear if only someone would appreciate her carrot cake.

Readers will laugh their way through Dana Bate’s debut novel, The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. When Hannah’s boyfriend reveals himself to be more of a toad than a prince, and working for a barefoo...more
Randy Briggs
I really enjoyed this book--it was funny and well written. Hannah Sugarman is somewhat thoughtless and kind of a loose cannon, but a sympathetic character nonetheless. She gets herself into a lot of trouble, but you root for her anyway. I am looking forward to this author's next novel.
I thought this book was well written and it is certainly entertaining. But, laugh, law of attraction--I've been feeling a bit stressed and this is the second stressy/stressful book I've read in a row. Hannah's disasters are so obvious in coming I felt myself groaning and I didn't even want to read the BIG disaster--obvious throughout the book that it would come--when it finally happened.

Well written and executed. Easy to like the Hannah. Funny. But, I swear, this book stressed me out! It is one...more
Very cute and girlie book. Sort of has a Bridget Jones feel to it as well. Overall, I liked it.
I really liked this story...I would have given it four stars if not for the TERRIBLE language (I mean, how many f-words does a book need?!), and for that reason, I'll be passing it on via Paperbackswap instead of keeping it. But back to the story. It was fun, it was interesting, it wasn't completely predictable...and it involved food. I love food. You know it's a good food book when it inspires me to cook instead of start looking for new unique restaurants on Urbanspoon.
Anyway, again, language=t...more
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
4.5 stars

I kinda loved this book. Funny, likable characters, and FOOD! I loved reading about Hannah starting and successfully running a secret supper club and seeing what her food themes for the dinners would be.....that's right up my alley. One of the reviews on the book likens the main character to Bridget Jones and I would have to agree. They share that quality of "realness" that makes you feel like you can relate to her problems and also her humor. Overall, great book and perfect for a light...more
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...more
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
I thought Dana Bate's novel "The Girls' Guide To Love And Supper Clubs" was about a jazz singer - I have this habit of reading synopses after starting books - but maybe I had paid closer attention to the cover I would have noticed a nice cupcake prominently featured, giving me a clue that this novel would be about food/cooking. Well, turns out it is, and isn't. Its about Hannah Sugarman, who works at one of those government agency offices but whose real passion is cooking. Hannah is one of those...more
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...more
Hannah Sugarman, like many chick lit heroines, is dissatisfied with her life. She hates her boring job at a think tank, which her parents got for her, and her long-term relationship ended in an ugly and public manner. Her stress cooking is the best part of her life. Then her best friend comes up with an idea: Why not start an underground supper club?

Supper clubs, basically, are unlicensed restaurants run out of people's homes. That would be one of the major complications of Hannah's: she's borro...more
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
Disaster! It's like everything in Hannah Sugarman's life was a disaster. I kinda felt bad for her, it's like finally when everything was starting to work and she's comfortable with what she does, something happens and it all falls apart.

I guess, once, in somebody's life, that happens, like everything's set out for failure but in the end it somehow works out. I think similar stories like this have been tackled before but what I like about this book is it doesn't sugarcoats it. This kind of sit...more
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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
Janet Chapman
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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...more
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