Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Books'

Book Club and a Lime Curd Cream Cheese Tart

Last month one of my book clubs read Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. Synopsis: From Jodi Picoult Shay Bourne - New Hampshire’s first death row prisoner in 69 years – has only one last request: to donate his heart...

Mediterranean Summer

This is one of the books I thoroughly enjoyed reading while we were in Italy. Brad also loved it. Chef-author, David Shalleck writes about leaving his paid job at Campton Place in San Francisco, as a saute cook, his...

Summer Books

Believe it or not, I do not spend EVERY moment in the kitchen baking or cooking! Between pool time and several hours of work a week, I have enough time to read. In July, I read these, and a few...

Lemon-Glazed Candied-Ginger Cookies

My turn to host of one my book clubs. One group meets at lunch time. Sometimes we potluck appetizers for lunch, and some months the hostess decides to do it all. Last month I joined a second book club...

What Looks Like Crazy

I needed a quick, fun, "beach read", laugh out loud, girl book! My tastes range from psychological thrillers, to murder mysteries, courtroom dramas, historical fiction, memoirs, and what I call "pool books". Pool books include anything by Janet Evanovich,...

For My Blog-reading Friends

Enjoy an excerpt from one of my favorite childrens' books, If I Found a Wistful Unicorn by Ann Ashford and Bill Drath: "If I found a wistful unicorn, and brought him to you all forlorn... Would you pet him?...

Three Cups of Tea

Yesterday was this month's book club lunch. We had a great spread for lunch. You may remember my post of the asparagus tart around Valentine's Day. This time I tried it with zucchini and crumbled Italian sausage. This month we...

"The Girls"

I was hooked completely after reading the first paragraph of Lori Lansen's book, The Girls: "I have never looked into my sister's eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood stood in the grass at night and...

Book Club Lunch

I hosted this month's Book Club Lunch. We read One Thousand Splendid Suns, by Kahled Hosseini. It was an excellent, but very sad story about women and family relationships in Afghanistan during the past thirty years of political struggles....

A Surprise Gift

Yesterday I received a wonderful surprise in the mail. Deborah, a Slow Travel friend, was inspired to send me two books! She had a book signing in her bookstore, and thought of me after reading my blog entry on...

"Southern Cake"

Today is my monthly bookclub luncheon. I am bringing dessert. I haven't baked anything for a month, during the pseudo-diet. Our book this month was "Beach Music", by Pat Conroy. I really enjoyed the family saga, which takes place in...

February Book Club Luncheon

Today I hosted our monthly Book Club Lunch. Even though Valentine's Day has past, I kept the theme, as we read a love story for February: "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks. My table was set with gold and silver, with...