Book Review - The Cookbook Club by Beth Harbison


One of the things I miss most during the pandemic is seeing friends and family whenever I want. Simple things likes sharing a meal, and planning for the future. Reading a book like The Cookbook Club that speaks of meeting new friends over a delicious meal makes me positively envious for a time when life was easier.

The story surrounds three women who initially meet through the cookbook club. Margo is a woman whose husband has recently come home and announced he has been given a promotion on the other side of the country and that he is leaving her. He’s left her a dilapidated farm house and the house she is living in, but the mortgage is now all hers. Trista is the woman who has organized the cookbook club. She’s recently been fired from her position in a law firm and has taken the opportunity to buy and redesign the bar/restaurant she worked in years ago. Aja is a young woman who is in an unhealthy relationship who comes to realize that she is pregnant - something she wants to hide for as long as she can.

The trio meet monthly to share and a meal, try new recipes and provide support for one another. However, most of the story is about the three women and their independent lives outside of the club. I found the character development to be adequate and appreciated the challenges in life each woman was facing. I didn’t, however, feel as connected as I would have liked to the characters. While the book kept my interest, I felt it could have been much more. The story just seemed to wrap up too quickly for my liking. I was also surprised and disappointed to see the lack of engagement between club members, especially given the title of the book.

I listened to the audiobook version of the book which was narrated by Orlagh Cassidy. Her performance was believable as each of the women, and I found her voice to be articulate and with the right amount of expression. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x which was the perfect speed for listening. Thanks to my local library for having a copy of the audiobook.

I’d recommend this book for those that enjoy a lighter, relaxing read.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️/5.


22 comments:

  1. Oh I love the idea of this!! Meeting through a cooking club! And I'm a huge fan of light and easy reads. Thank you so much for recommending!

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  2. The story itself sounds really good, I like the idea of these three women meeting up and helping each other out with their struggles. It's a shame that it didn't really live up to that expectation. I always like when a book makes you feel a connection to the characters so it's a shame this doesn't do that. Great honest review though, thank you for sharing! x

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  3. When I read your review, I feel to switch into an audiobook. Thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. I really enjoy audiobooks! Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Sometimes a lighter read is just what you need. This sounds like a good read all round.

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  5. This sounds like a cute/light read, though I guess it needs to be read while having a full stomach (I know I get hungry when food is mentioned). I love the idea of cookbook club that evolves into more. Great review~

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  6. I always enjoy a light relaxing read! I will have to check this out! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. This is a great concept! I like the idea of these three ladies coming together during a tough time in all of their lives. I have had a similar experience where me and several other women were having a hard time all at the same time and we really bonded together. I'm sorry to hear the character development wasn't what it could've been. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. How nice that you have your own circle of cooking friends! Thanks for your comment!

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  8. The Cookbook Club sounds like an exciting read! It is a bummer to hear about Margo's situation but I am glad that she found passion in the cooking club. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. This looks like a very interesting book! I love the idea and I also need to say, that even the cover of the book is very good made - eye catching and intriguing! Thanks for sharing this book with us!

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  10. This could be an ideal Christmas present for my mum this year! Thank you for the recommendation :)

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  11. Well, I liked the way you always made it simple for the readers that why to buy this particular book? I think the writer didn't talk more about the cookbook club; because to emphasize the woman's friendship. I hope after your honest and wonderful review, readers will buy it more willing ling.

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