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Bookgroup of the Month Archive

Every month we feature a different bookgroup. We'd like to hear from other bookgroups. Please email us at info@bookgroup.info and tell us about your group. If we choose it we'll send you a book voucher for £10.

The London Foodies, London

Bookgroup of the Month, April 2014

Who are you?

We are an all-female group (however men are most certainly welcome) of fabulous, intelligent and inspirational foodies that happen to live in and around the centre of the universe (London). The only criteria for becoming a member are to love food and to be a nice person. Life is too short for people to be cut off at the knees for having an opinion!

How did you get started?

Our founder, Reena, loves to eat and cook however found that once she had eaten and couldn't eat any more she still wanted to read or talk about food. In a bid to find like-minded epicureans she started the book group with a small group of friends.

How long have you been going?

We have been going since December 2013. Our first meeting was at the Southbank Centre. Coincidentally Philip Pullman was doing a book signing that night and so we all got to meet him!

Where and how often do you meet?

We meet monthly at Walkers of Whitehall, a historic pub in Central London (for special occasions we may meet elsewhere) where we enjoy wine, food, and each other's company at every meeting.

What sort of books do you read?

We read books that have some connection to food; they may be fiction or non-fiction; history, essays, memoirs, humour, anthologies, novels…

Having said that, we have just read Patrick Suskind's Perfume. Whilst not actually food related it is about olfaction and a minimum of 70 per cent of what we perceive as taste comes from our sense of smell so we allowed it!

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

The best discussions have come from books such as Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Equivil) and Bread Alone (Judith Hendricks). These books have complex characters who develop as the stories progress as well as provoke emotional responses in the group. The discussions digress to our individual life experiences and how these relate to the characters. It's a wonderful sharing experience in a warm and friendly environment.

What was your worst read?

The worst read was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanna Fluke. It had a dull plot, one-dimensional characters and no atmosphere. No one in the group enjoyed it and the discussion ended quickly. We spent the remainder of the evening eating tapas and drinking wine.

Anything else?



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