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The Welcome Home Diner

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  343 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Betting on the city of Detroit’s eventual comeback, cousins Addie and Samantha decide to risk it all on an affordable new house and a culinary career that starts with renovating a vintage diner in a depressed area of town. There’s just one little snag in their vision.

Angus, a weary, beloved local, is strongly opposed to his neighborhood’s gentrification—and his concerns re
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Food and family equal love, and The Welcome Home Diner in Detroit definitely oozes with love.

Addie and Sam's grandmother taught them the love of and joy of making fresh food, and they both knew that opening a diner was something they were destined for.

Opening a diner in the new Detroit was a challenge, but a challenge that was proving to be very fruitful. The fresh food offered at the diner drew in the crowds along with great reviews from food bloggers. The only problem was the neighbors and sp
Arc provided by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4+ Stars

A compelling & rewarding book with an interesting, substantial plot, memorable characters and scrumptious, irresistible food.

Cousins Addie & Sam Jaworski -with Polish roots- were both born and raised in Michigan. For them moving to Detroit to open their Welcome Home Diner in one of the more desolate parts of town seems the most natural thing in the world, while their families & friends are mostly hor
DJ Sakata
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She’s also known for her outrageous wardrobe and is proud to proclaim she’s growing old disgracefully.

The staff is coming up with a language of its own. In a couple of years, we’ll be the only ones who understand one another. “A gastronoid,” Lella continues, “is a human subspecies that only lives to eat and complain.”

Your silence is becoming too loud in my head.

Yoga, Pilates, sashimi, and salads. Believe me, there’s nothing graceful about aging. It’s a full-time job.

And there wer
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Let’s start with that gorgeous cover, isn’t it stunning?! I’ve not read the authors previous book and based on the blurb I was expecting it to be on the lighthearted side, basic women’s fiction with a cutesy plot. Instead this was SO much more, it definitely has its fun moments and happiness but at its core it’s much deeper and full of substance. It tackles some extremely relevant and timely current issues in a really respectful and realistic manner. It touches on love, loss, community, and quit ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Don't read this book if you are hungry or else have something close to your reading spot to snack on. Actually even if you aren't hungry, you will be after you read about the wonderful food served at the diner. Added bonus - recipes at the end of the book on how to make some of the wonderful food from the diner!

I loved this book for several reasons - first, the personal reason. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit (on the east side) and went to college in the city so Detroit is a special
Stewart Tame
I won a free Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. And if there was ever any suspicion that I go easy on reviewing books that I get for free, this should put that to rest …

Ultimately, this book just wasn't for me. The idea sounded promising. I like good food, and live close enough to Detroit for the setting to have a special resonance. The descriptions and characters are vivid and detailed. It's just that not much happens.

Seriously. I read through about a quarter of the book, and cou
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book.

4.5 Stars

The book simply is beautiful with delicious food of Welcome Home Diner. It’s about struggling life of Jaworski sisters in new business and their personal life surrounded by lovely staff and hesitant, fearful neighbors of Detroit. Book revolves around The Welcome Home Diner and its owner Addie and Sam narrated in their alternative perspective. You will s
Ashley (BooksandButtons)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
"'Our dream was to shape an old-fashioned neighborhood gathering spot - authentic and welcoming to all races and creeds - where everyone has a seat at the table.'" - Peggy Lampman - The Welcome Home Diner

Thank you to the author and publisher for providing my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Calling all foodies - You won't want to be hungry while reading this book as the descriptions are drool worthy. The story alternates perspective between 2 cousins Addie and Sam, co-owners
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite books are the ones with recipes. So thank you, Peggy Lampman, for more dinner ideas during the week.

Addie and Sam are cousins living in Detroit with the crazy idea to open a diner. While dealing with personal issues, they're also faced with a dozen and half issues arising around Welcome Home. Who is writing these untrue Yelp accusations? Who is this strange neighbor that seems to hate them?

Addie and Sam open Welcome Home in Detroit as a way of saving the cities economy. I studied thi
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I began reading this book, I soon thought it to be a travel book for the state of Michigan. The author talks about beautiful areas of Michigan and the fact that Detroit is a city on the verge of a comeback. It did make me want to visit Michigan next summer, but not much more. I, obviously, was missing the point!

Addie and Samantha are two cousins, descendants of a wonderful Polish woman, who open a diner in the inner city of Detroit in hopes of being part of a rebuilding and rebranding effo
Cousins, Addie and Sam, open Welcome Home Diner in Detroit. They start to see some success, the only problem is that they don't exactly have the support of the neighborhood where the restaurant is located.

This story is told from alternating points of view. Addie was super annoying and Sam was only slightly better, though she was the more flighty one. It was okay to read both Addie and Sam's viewpoints, but a third person story would have worked too. The most interesting characters were the staff
Christine Nolfi
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A yummy treat set in a Detroit neighborhood diner managed by cousins Sam and Addie. You’ll cheer along with the memorable cast as they undergo conflicts ranging from family issues to the trials and joys of running a small business. Highly recommended.
Yes, I do love a good foodie novel and I was excited to get a chance to review The Welcome Home Diner about two cousins who buy and renovate an old urban diner, hoping to transform their neighborhood and help (and benefit from) the urban renewal happening in Detroit. I have my own a cafe fantasies. When I make something delicious in my kitchen I often think, "that's totally going on my cafe menu!" Having spent some time in and around the food business, a cafe is much more work and effort than I ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a heartwarming book. Cousins Addie and Samantha open a diner in a rundown area of Detroit. Their hope is that by bringing the diner and business to the area it will start the much needed revitalization program. They also source all their supplies from local growers and merchants. I found all this very compelling. Their hope is to bring delicious healthy food to the people that live nearby and therefore ...more
Joan Bannan
I am so glad I'm done. I would have abandoned this book had I not been committed to reading it for my book club. I was thrilled to find I was done sooner than expected because the back pages are filled with recipes.

The story, if there was one, didn't start until about two thirds full. This book is full of pages and pages of pretty much nothing. Tedious back stories of people who are not part of the, um, hard to say there was a plot. Seven full pages about the weather, which ironically starts wit
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman is this story will make you so hungry!!!! With mouth-watering descriptions of food throughout, I could almost taste the rich pancakes drizzled in maple syrup, so my advice is make a cup of tea and have a lovely piece of cake to hand when you settle down to read this touching novel.

Addie and Samantha are two cousins who have poured their heart and soul into their new business venture, their diner with a difference, and ha
Linda Zagon
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it


I appreciate some of the relevant topics in "The Welcome Home Diner" by Peggy Lampman. The genre for this novel is Women's Fiction.  The story takes place in a vintage diner in a depressed area of Detroit.The author writes this in a current timeline, only going back to clarify and describe something relevant to the characters or story.

The author describes some of her characters as dysfunctional., quirky and colorful. The characters are diver
Patricia Sands
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Peggy Lampman's books are delicious in every way, not merely when she writes about food ... which she does brilliantly, I might add. The characters in this story are diverse and real, as is the neighbourhood setting in Detroit. Lampman weaves magic with her words as we become completely engaged in the challenges faced as cousins Sam and Addie work flat out to ensure the success of their diner, as well as their personal relationships. There's a lot going on, many social issues addressed, and page ...more
Katy (Katyslibrary)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!  I rate this beautiful contemporary foodie fiction 4 out of 5 stars.  A harmonious blend of family, diversity, acceptance, and food make for the perfect ingredients to this delicious, feel good story.

"And there were two brave women, Addie and Sam, who made a family from scratch, using what others left behind."

The beginning of this story starts off slowly, to me
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookclubcookbook, own
I feel the need to visit this diner and meet Addie and Sam! And all the amazing employees that work at this establishment. The author makes you feel at home and comfortable while enjoying all the comfort foods that are served. It's a thought-provoking read with a little romance, humor, mystery and mouth-watering recipes. A big shout out to author Peggy Lampman for sending me this book. Also thanks to Lake Union Publishing and bookclubcookbook
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The Welcome Home Diner is a diner started by Addie and Samantha. They have chosen a run down area of Detroit, in the hopes of bringing more life into the area.

The story is told in alternating viewpoints from Addie and Samantha. They basically retell each thing that happened though from a different point of view. Each person’s retelling of the event doesn’t really add anything to the story, just gives you a glimpse of what that character was thinking.

Other than some differences in their lives l
Aida Alberto
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced review copy of this book from The Great Thoughts Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own. An absolute gem of a book. I was astonished by the depth and details of the story. I was thinking it would be light and frilly and it was so much more than that. You need to make time to read this book. You absolutely will love having made the time.
Barbara Sissel
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman combines a veritable menu of literary flavors. While the story is peopled with a cast of engagingly quirky characters as diverse as the neighborhood in which the diner is located, the lighthearted themes of the novel often touch on a darker index of issues that trouble inner cities today. For instance what happens when an influx of folks—outsiders basically—move into an old neighborhood with their ideas for revitalization? In the case of the Welcome Home D ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peggy Lampman previously owned a specialty food store, The Back Alley Gourmet, in her college town of Ann Arbor before writing a weekly food column for the Ann Arbor News. Now she writes a food blog, and all this led her to write two novels- The Promise Kitchen (2016) and this year's The Welcome Home Diner.

Addie and Sam, two cousins from Birmingham, Alabama, move to Detroit to open a diner. Detroit has been through some rough times, and the cousins hope to help resusitate an area
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Welcome Home Diner is another foodie book to add to the favorites. Lampman shines as she tells the story of two close cousins who open a diner in Detroit. Sam and Addie put everything they have into this diner, praying they will succeed in the urban decay. The girls took this chance in order to honor their Babcia, their grandmother, who taught them everything they know and whose picture hangs with care in the dining room of the restaurant. They did this for Detroit. To help bring it back to ...more
(4.5) This was a very enjoyable book which is filled with some wonderful descriptions of the delicious food being served up at The Welcome Home Diner. I loved the characters of cousins Addie and Sam, as well as the many other diverse characters in the book. This is not only a story about delicious food in a vintage diner but it's also about the love that goes into creating that food, romantic love, and love for friends and neighbors. It deals with some very current issues: human trafficking, rac ...more
Christine Moore
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ninja
I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own. Addie and Sam are cousins and they open a diner in Detroit. It is a lovely story of family and how those who aren't blood related can become your family. I loved all the references to Addie and Sam's grandparents and the food and recipes sound amazingly delicious!
Jan 30, 2018 added it
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I'm making cabbage rolls for dinner, thanks to this book.
Ricki Treleaven
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all I must disclose that Peggy Lampman grew up here in Birmingham, AL, but I don't know her (she currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, her college town). Because of her heritage, I wanted to read and review this book. She wrote me a very nice card (along with the book) that contained a recipe for Louisiana Okra Gumbo which I plan to make soon. She obviously had no idea that Mr. Sketchy Reader is from New Orleans, and his favorite food is gumbo. In her note, she states: "I refer to my ...more
Happy Booker
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Welcome Home Dinner is a contemporary woman’s fiction novel written about Addie and Samantha. These two women start a business in the culinary field. They buy and renovate a building in a very unsuitable town. Angus comes along like a rock and stands in front of this concept and idea. He has concerns over this business idea and has no fret expressing them. Many other factors increase pressure on these two friends. Addie and Samantha’s relationship begin to tumble. Their friendship, their bus ...more
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Wow! I can't believe THE WELCOME HOME DINER is, at last, published. This is a book dear to my heart as my former daughter-in-law opened a diner in Detroit. I spent hours in that restaurant, ate a lot of wonderful meals and, most importantly, tried to absorb the culture.

My passion is writing novels using food-centric themes to break down familial and cultural barriers.THE WELCOME HOME DINER is my