In spite of the lure of celebrating St. Patrick's Day elsewhere, a good crowd showed up on March 17th, enough to fill the hour with plenty of discussion on books. The topic for the month was books with a food theme.
The books read by the group included:
- Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson - a woman goes into the catering business in the hills of Colorado and has a mystery to solve
- Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs - an aging host of a TV cooking show must reinvent herself and her career while dealing with intergenerational family issues
- Beat til Stiff by Claire Johnson - a pastry chef comes to work early and stumbles over a dead kitchen employee tied up in a laundry bag and takes on the task of finding out who killed him
- Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri - translated from the Italian, this is an Inspector Mollinari mystery, with a food theme concerning regional snack food
- Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout - From the Nero Wolfe series, this mystery involves food and chefs.
We also had one non-fiction holdout - Fish on Friday, by Brian Fagan, discusses the role fish has played in the lives of cultures around the world throughout history.
All the books were recommended by their readers and we also strayed off to other books that had a food theme of some sort while finishing up the discussion.
Next month, we will be reading and discussing DC-themed books concerning events from the 20th century, any time between 1900 and 1999. No excuse for having trouble with this topic - it will more than likely result in way too many options. Please join us on Wednesday, April 21st, at VNS Group, 805 15th Street, NW, right near the MacPherson metro station at 6pm. All readers are welcome! RSVP to Barbara Folensbee-Moore at bfolensbee-moore