August meeting - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

  • August 10, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Hi all!

The August book is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.  Here's what one review said, "Young Rose Edelstein discovers at age 9 that she can taste the emotions in her mother's lemon cake — "absence, hunger, spiraling, hollows." Horrified, she tries to talk to her mother about her unhappiness, only to face a blank mask of denial. "I was having trouble trusting her cheer," Rose notes. "I knew if I ate anything of hers again it would likely give me the same message: Help me, I am not happy ... And now my job was to pretend I did not get the message."

Happy reading, and bon apetit!

Diane

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  • Diane

    Thank you, Deb, for hosting! It was so lovely in the mountains, and sitting on your deck by the fire. It's so much fun socializing and eating great food with everyone!

    August 11, 2013

    • Deb W.

      I had a great time! I love having people over.

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    An interesting discussion about many things - including the book! Thanks for clarifying what happened to Joseph - I was CONFUSED. Food was delicious and I had a great time and it was nice to get out of Denver

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    Need Address!! Driving now...

    August 10, 2013

    • Diane

      9822 corsair Dr Conifer 80433

      1 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I didn't realize I had RSVP'd for this month...I am not available this weekend...I am so sorry

    August 9, 2013

  • Deb W.

    Hi ladies! I know there is a good chance of rain Saturday, but if we have any clear sky there is a good chance of seeing the Perseid Meteor Shower.

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Diane

      That would be great. I how it's all rained out by then! I've got another Meetup hiking on Monday night to see it.

      August 8, 2013

  • Bettina K.

    Hey Guys just came back from the Dr. I had to do radiation treatment on Wednesday. I am not suppose to cook or be around people for long periods of time for 5 days. Thyroid cancer easy fix but need to do this treatment.

    August 5, 2013

    • Diane

      Bettina, I hope you are better soon!

      August 5, 2013

    • Deb W.

      I hope you're feeling ok and I'm sorry we'll miss you.

      August 8, 2013

  • Diane

    Erika, please come!

    August 8, 2013

  • Tona

    Have been hoping I could squeeze in the time to read the book, and make the meeting this weekend, but it just isn't going to be possible. Sorry :( I was really looking forward to it. I will be way less busy after September and hope to meet then.

    August 7, 2013

    • Diane

      Oh, that's too bad, Tona! We'll miss you.

      August 8, 2013

  • Diane

    I am going to make a paté appetizer plate.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm making a baked "fried okra." I really doesn't have anything to do with the book, but I thought of it because her idea to randomly cook spaghetti sauce one night was a turning point. I figured some random idea for random food would be a half-way decent tie in???

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    “It was s homemade ham-and-cheese-and mustard sandwich, on white bread, with a thin piece of lettuce in the middle. Not bad, in the food part. Good ham, flat mustard from a functional factory. Ordinary bread. Tired lettuce-pickers. But in the sandwich as a whole, I tasted a kind of yelling, almost. Like the sandwich itself was yelling at me, yelling love me, love me, really loud. The guy at the counter watched me closely.
    Oh, I said.
    My girlfriend made it, he said.
    Your girlfriend makes your sandwiches? asked George.
    She likes doing it, said the guy.
    I didn’t know what to say. I put the sandwich down.
    What? said the guy.
    The sandwich wants you to love it, I said.”

    Truly one of my favorite quotes from the book . . . and there were many others :-). Looking forward to discussing the book and see you all this weekend.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Bettina, Take care, we'll miss you. You have a good attitude!

    August 7, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Hi Diane, may I take you up on your offer of a ride this Saturday? I am happy to contribute some gas money and I can "re-connect" with my sunglasses. My phone number is[masked] Thanks

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not able to make it to this one but see you at the next one. Enjoyed the book. Stacy

    August 5, 2013

  • Bettina K.

    I hope to see you all at the next meet up. sorry for the last minute cancellation.I really like the book and was looking forward to meeting you all.

    August 5, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Either book is fine with me. And yes, I need a ride as I don't have a car. I am located just off of i 25 and washington park. Can get myself to wherever to hook up. Looking forward to it. Margaret

    June 14, 2013

    • Vicki S

      I love close to there

      1 · June 14, 2013

    • Erika

      I am in NW Denver, near Highlands. I'd like to hitch a ride and can meet the driver where it's convenient for her. I'd like to contribute gas money--it's quite a drive.

      August 4, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    Hey Laydeeees ! ! ! I am thinking of making Broadway Beet Carpaccio (a lovely summer salad-type dish)! What say you? It combines 2 types of beets, goat cheese, walnuts, arugula, coconut oil and red wine vinegar. Really super yummy . . . thoughts, opinions, comments . . .

    August 4, 2013

    • Diane

      That sounds delicious!!

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Bettina K.

    I can bring some potato salad and a appetizer

    August 1, 2013

    • Diane

      I bet potato salad from a Culinary Arts Institute grad is amazing!

      August 3, 2013

  • Diane

    I am having trouble being inspired to make something from this book! This is the problem with audio books - you can't look through the pages. I'm going to see if I can find something that Rose liked in the restaurant where she worked.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    I am just starting the book. The food idea is great! When we cook burgers its a big deal to slap on a piece of cheese and lettuce. This will be great. I will bring the lemon cake and some cole slaw. Looking forward to it. Meg

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Diane

      Hi Meg, Please let me know where to pick you up. Anyone else want to ride with me?

      August 3, 2013

  • Deb W.

    Hi everybody. I just finished the book, which I really liked. If I were to provide food based on the story, it would be prepacked junk food :) So in keeping with the idea of the book, I will prepare something designed to evoke the feel of summer in Colorado. I have a great burger recipe that includes a marinade of teriyaki, pineapple juice, chili powder and various other spices and is topped with provolone, a green chili, and pineapple. If anyone has any allergies let me know and I can make a plain one.

    2 · July 29, 2013

    • Bettina K.

      I live in Thornton so if anyone wants to car pool I can drive. I love the book finished it last night. since I am new to the group should I make something that everyone can taste my feelings or keep them to my self. LOL. Any suggestions let me know. Thanks

      1 · July 29, 2013

    • Diane

      I guess someone should make a lemon cake with chocolate frosting. And think happy thoughts while they make it!

      1 · July 29, 2013

  • Diane

    Who wants to carpool? If you do, please email me with your address and details about where you can be picked up, I'd you want to drive or ride, and if you are willing to contribute some gas money for your ride. I also hope to see fewer people sign up but then back out. Remember how much fun these meetings are! It's so much more fun to meetup than just sign up!

    July 17, 2013

    • Diane

      If, not I'd, you want to drive or ride. Doggone auto correct.

      July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a heads up. The author reads the audio version & is awful. I almost chucked the book! Decided to try the print version & was immediately almost 1/2 way through the book. I don't recommend the audio version!

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Diane

      I know! She reads sooooo slooooooow. I put my iPod on faster speed and it sounds normal.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Bettina K.

    Hi my name is Tina. This sounds like a great group. My two favorite things combine. Sounds like fun.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I need to drop - I just accepted play tickets for that night...the Conifer location sounds great too!

    July 4, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi all, the poll for the August book is tied between two books! The polls close on July 1st. Our meeting is tentatively set to be held at Deb's house in Conifer, so if anyone wants to carpool, post it here.

    June 13, 2013

  • Deb W.

    I'd like to volunteer to host the August meetup. If everyone would like to come. I live in Conifer and August is beautiful. I have a great deck with city light views. Let me know.

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Diane

      That sounds great, thank you, Deb! Could you please post where Conifer is? Maybe a few of us can carpool.

      June 5, 2013

  • Diane

    Here are descriptions of the August choices

    May 18, 2013

    • Diane

      Like Water For Chocolate, a poignant love story told from a woman's point of view, takes place on the De la Garza ranch in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Cooking and eating play a central role in the tale. The heroine, Tita, a master chef, was literally born in the kitchen. Following tradition, her tyrannical mother decrees that Tita as the youngest must not marry but must instead care for her mother in old age. Unable to communicate freely, Tita concocts recipes so magically potent as to convey her emotions to all who eat her creations- even the chickens-with often hilarious results.

      May 18, 2013

    • Diane

      The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the slice. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she’s privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father’s detachment, her mother’s transgression, her brother’s increasing retreat from the world. But there are some family secrets that even her cursed taste buds can’t discern.

      May 18, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    Voted for both June and July! Super excited for my first meetup with y'all.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Diane

    To vote in the poll, go up to the bar above right under the header that says, Appetite for Reading, where it lists the menus/pages (Home, Members, Sponsors, Photos, Pages, Discussions, More) and click on More. Then click on Polls.

    April 23, 2013

  • Sandy Funt P.

    Hi, I can't find where on the page to find the book poll so that I can vote. Please excuse the typos on my previous note to the group. Glad to be joining.

    April 23, 2013

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