The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano – Clever and Cultural Contemporary plus Good Food!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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ABOUT the BOOK
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2018
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher Provided ARC – thank you, Tyndale
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Rating: ★★★★


Rachel Bishop is a rising star in the world of gourmet food. Along with partners she has her own restaurant, Paisley, a place where her food is rapidly earning itself a reputation. All feats she’s earned the old-fashioned way, by her own hands and hard work.

Alex Kanin is a freelance writer who’s rebuttal response (about the danger of social media) to an article belittling female chefs backfires. When his piece earns syndicated attention, Rachel’s comments to the media are taken out of context and as a result, Rachel loses everything.

Feeling partially responsible, Alex reaches out to this stranger, and before either of them knows what comes next, Rachel finds herself working with Alex. To rebuild her reputation she realizes she actually needs Alex’s help… but first, she also needs to find herself.


If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first novel by Laureano I’ve read. This novel, the first of a series, seems to debut a different tone than that of her prior works, while also playing into a specific cultural phenomenon. It’s a kind of play on a popular movement with its own spin on the topic. To say more doesn’t feel necessary since I have contradictory opinions in comparison to the masses, but I will say, when reading through that prism, this book is interesting. That said, this novel is so much more this than one dimension, and it’s well worth a second look.
“You are not the sum of your accomplishment or failures.” ― Carla LaureanoThe Saturday Night Supper Club
From the characters all of whom are memorable, witty and vulnerable to the unique “foodie” adventures and places, this novel sparkles. Rachel and Alex don’t get nearly enough page time if you ask me, but what’s there crackles with electric and aching chemistry. Between this and the witty text peppering the pages, The Saturday Night Supper Club is a winning novel from the talents of Laureano.

Smart, complex and delightful, this story is sure to charm anyone looking for a new novel experience, especially those who enjoy Katherine Reay or Hillary Manton Lodge. It’s classy and of course, as one would expect, is chocked full of appetizing moments.

Synopsis: Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back … even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life--and love--outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well? – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC copy of this book; all opinions are my own

8 comments

  1. Thanks for the review Rissi. I have this one on my TBR list and I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy this one - let me know what you think if/when you read this one. :)

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  2. Great review! I love the concept of foodie-inspired books and I can't wait to read this one. And the cover is beautiful, too.

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    1. The cover IS beautiful, I agree. Hope you enjoy this one - and thanks so much for reading. :)

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  3. I've been wondering about this one--glad to see your review! I don't read many foodie-inspired books, so I'm looking forward to this one!

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    1. This one is really very good, Jordan. Hope you enjoy if/when you read it. :)

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  4. Such a good book! Can’t wait for the next one!

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    1. Same! SO looking forward to the follow up novel. :)

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