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The Secret Supper Club

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,488 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
If twenty-six-year-old Hannah Sugarman had her way, she'd be whipping up carrot cakes and running her culinary empire. Instead, she spends her hours cooking up papers on the financial crisis. It doesn't help that no one in her life takes her passion seriously - not even her boyfriend.

When her relationship implodes, Hannah decides to jump-start her life by hosting a secret
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 6th 2012 by Canvas (first published 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
Feb 28, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2014 Juliet Donaghy rated it did not like it
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
Super cute, reads like a romantic comedy watches and I loved it
Cintya Larasinta
Aaaahhhh... Suka BANGET buku ini!!! Deskripsi dalam The Secret Super Club dengan plot, tokoh, tempat, peristiwa sangat menarik, menyenangkan dan lumayan kocak dan romantis banget. dan aku cukup senang Penerbit Gramedia mau menerjemahkan buku Dana Bate ini. dan kuharap Penerbit mau bersedia menerbitkan novel Dana Bate lagi, mendadak aku menyukai penulis Dana Bate, The Secret super club, Hannah Sugarman wanita sangat menyukai memasak, jago membuat kue wortel dan sangat bahagia di dapur, mimpinya a ...more
I downloaded the sample of this for my Nook and about half-way through the twenty pages or so I was given for free I decided, nope. There's no way. The heroine seems to have a sense of humor, but it's the same old thing. She's in a relationship with the wrong man even though he seems like the right man because he's hot, he has an exciting job, etc., and his parents don't like her because they're uptight but she's clumsy and a bit of a wild spirit...yeah, been there, read that. I could already se ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
This book didn't have to be quite so pink. It's chicky, sure, but it has an honest character arc with an intelligent protagonist who is interested in more than the brands of clothes she wears. And we're well beyond the cupcake - think brisket instead.
Hannah is a train wreck in the most fun way; you can see the crash coming for miles and when it came I had to put the book down for a second it was that cringeworthy. But that's what makes it fun. And the food described is amazing, and there's a lot
Nov 30, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so amazing. I loved how much culinary terms and references in the book. Witch I loved so much.
Jenna Osborn
Dec 15, 2015 Jenna Osborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book.
Feb 28, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 28, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2013 Charlotte Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lilac Wolf
Feb 11, 2013 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 12, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2014 Donna Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 30, 2013 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2012 Leish rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2016 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I've discovered this author! Fun, smart chick-lit (I hate that term because I feel people sneer at it) is hard to find-this book was a great read because of the well-drawn out characters and food! My one complaint-and remember this is the author's first book-is how often she uses the description "smirks". Where was the editor? I'm surprised no one caught it-every single chapter uses this description for multiple characters. It started to take me out of the story. Luckily I didn't not ...more
May 08, 2013 Nova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 25, 2012 Haider rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 not read this book on a
May 14, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2015 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED it! It was fun and entertaining but also had an excellent plot and character development. I would really love to see a sequel come out to this book! In the meantime, I will be looking for other books from this author to read. This would make such a cute rom-com movie!

After writing this review, I looked at a few other reviews because I was surprised by the overall average rating of this book. (So I had to edit my review in protest!) One person read 20 pages and gave this book one star --
Sharon Chance
Feb 16, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 13, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first drawn to this book by that cover. I mean who doesn't want to read a book with a cute cupcake on the cover. I liked reading this book because I love cooking as much as the main character Hannah. I enjoyed the menu planning and decoration descriptions of the supper club scenes. I loved that the recipes of the meals Hannah makes in the book are included at the end. This book is such a fun read. I recommend reading with a snack because it will make you hungry.
Rebecca Menger
Jul 31, 2015 Rebecca Menger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read. It's an easy plot, no real shocking twists, but the characters are relatable and fun and the story will keep you interested. A good debut novel from 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.

She is the author of A SECOND BITE AT THE APPLE (published in the UK as THE STALL OF SECOND CHANCES), the forthcoming TOO
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