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Dana Bate
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6 Dec 2012
Starter If twenty-six-year-old Hannah Sugarman had her way, she'd be whipping up carrot cakes and running her culinary empire. Instead, she spends her hours cooking up papers on the financial crisis. It doesn't help that no one in her life takes her passion seriously - not even her boyfriend. Main When her relationship implodes, Hannah decides to jump-start her life by hosting a secret supper club out of her landlord's flat. Her underground operation presents some problems. Running an unlicensed restaurant out of someone's home is not, technically speaking, legal. Dessert As the success of Hannah's supper club grows, so do the number of secrets she is forced to keep. Can Hannah keep her pop-up restaurant underground? When mysterious guests turn up for dinner, can she handle the heat? Or will she have to step out of the kitchen? A charming romantic comedy, The Secret Supper Club is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472102312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472102317
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dana Bate is the author of THE STALL OF SECOND CHANCES and THE SECRET SUPPER CLUB, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and has been translated into five languages. Before writing fiction full time, she was a Washington producer and reporter for PBS's Nightly Business Report, where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. She studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and received her master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where she won the Harrington Award for outstanding promise in the field of journalism. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

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I loved this book so much! The Secret Supper Club is a magical debut novel. A wonderfully uplifting, funny and gloriously romantic tale that I guarantee will have readers glued to the page. Be well warned though, her mouth-watering food descriptions will make you wish you too were a member of the Secret Supper Club ... or in my case, that I'd kept a lock on the fridge door while reading! (Claudia Carroll )

This is a beautifully written book about love, food, secrets and self-discovery that will make you continue thinking long after you turn the final page. (Daily Mail )

A jolly fictional debut. (The Lady )

Gloriously escapist ... with delectable recipes peppered throughout, this witty read will inspire you to follow your dreams. (Easy Living )

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A charming romantic comedy, The Secret Supper Club is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering debut read 31 Dec 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Hannah Sugarman is living the dream life... living with her boyfriend Adam in Washington and working in the financial district compiling currency reports for her boss Mark.... except it's not her dream life it's the one her parents want her to lead as they arranged the job for her and Adam hasn't even told his parents they're living together yet!

If Hannah had her way she'd be cooking for a living but she doesn't want to upset her parents, who'd rather she went to Grad school and take up an academic career, so she settles for her boring day job and keeps her cooking for her spare time instead.

When Adam ends their relationship Hannah finds herself having to look for a new apartment, eventually renting the basement apartment from landlord Blake. With her self-esteem at an all-time low she finds herself agreeing when her friend Rachel suggests she set up a Secret Supper Club from the apartment, even though it's not strictly legal, after all what can go wrong as she loves cooking. But this is when the fun really starts...

I'm sure that most of us can relate to Hannah's predicament about wanting to please others and not necessarily doing what we want, I know I've certainly been guilty of this in the past. I really enjoyed seeing how Hannah's confidence was restored, despite a few hiccups along the way, and seeing certain characters get the comeuppance they so richly deserved.

The one thing I'd say about this book is don't read this if you're hungry as you'll soon find yourself salivating at the descriptive writing of the feasts that Hannah prepares for her suppers... One of the things I've been craving in the last couple of days is Cinnamon Buns so I had to buy one today for breakfast... last splurge before diet starts tomorrow!

This was a really enjoyable, funny, debut read and I cannot wait to see what Dana has in store for us next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly inappropriate..... 18 Dec 2013
"...his arms flailing as he randomly pushed buttons. He looks like someone with cerebral palsy"

As a paediatrician who has to sometimes break the bad news that someone's child has cerebral palsy this phrase shows insensitivity, crassness and a total disregard for some of the best people I know.....

I would give this book less than 0 stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 21 Jan 2013
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This was a good holiday read, not too heavy but with something to think about as the story line shows how entangled people's lives can be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Supper Club - Dana Bate 21 Jan 2013
By abbieh
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As a bit of a foodie myself, I was definitely drawn into the plot line of a woman struggling with her job, relationships and life in general, who seeks solace in baking, cooking and eventually, the running of her own underground supper club. Set amidst the backdrop of one of the political captials of the world, Washington DC, the legal grey area of the whole setup of a supper club is thrown into sharper relief, with higher risks and bigger consequences. I have to admit, as the main character Hannah attempts to juggle the supper club plans and her very analytical role in a `think tank', there was a lot of political/business/financial stuff that I didn't understand, but whilst that made those sections a little dull to read, it added to the realness of the character, as you began to appreciate that Hannah doesn't much understand either.

However, when it comes to the details of the menus, shopping and cooking for the supper club, the pages are a real treat to read through. From Jewish holiday foods to state-specific classics, each supper club is themed and the guests - and readers - learn something new every time. The passion and enthusiasm Hannah has for her cooking is more than evident, and as well as getting more than a little hungry, you really feel for her as she battles to get her dream of working as a caterer realised against her pushy parents, who are mortified at the thought of her even cooking as a hobby. Quite frankly, it's enough to inspire anyone to get out and away from any dead end job and go out and realise their own dreams!

As you can imagine with a secret underground restaurant, there are more than a few hiccups along the way, and the bad to worse scenarios keep you eager for more as you think, along with Hannah, that things can't possibly get any worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 7 Jun 2014
By Wendy
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I really enjoyed reading this book I didn't want it to finish. A definite recommendation for a light hearted love story. It had me in tears of laughter throughout. It's the first time I've read a book from this author but definitely won't be my last. I'll keep a look out for other books she had written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The SEcret Supper Club 7 Jun 2014
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I loved this book so much. I guess you could call it a chick-flick but I'm very much in touch with my feminine side and so I loved it. Hannah the main character struggles to get away from the life that's been mapped out for her. Miserable boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her and so they break up and then after that follows the most amazing story about supper clubs and cookery which leaves the mouth watering and the very complex relationships she has with numerous people had me laughing and cringing right to the end. Very highly recommended to anyone and everyone!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be worse 18 Dec 2013
By Mrs W
Didn't get further than the cerebral palsy reference. Inappropriate & disgusting. Completely unnecessary & I found it very upsetting and am surprised this was allowed to be published
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fewer predictable clichés would have meant one more star
My two favourite things in a book - food and romance. That said, the main character does do some annoyingly stupid things which appear to happen only to service the predictable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss N. A. Golding
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really loved this book.I loved the way the characters were intertwined,and the idea of an underground supper club was brilliant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mrs l h alloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for holidays
Hannah is not my favourite character but the book is pleasant and you read it quickly. Good for your travels to work or for holidays
Published 5 months ago by Justyna Jedral
2.0 out of 5 stars No wow factor
This book is way too predictable and it could have been shortened as nothing much was happening between the pages, found myself skimming the pages just to finish the book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars book
looking forward to reading this. The write ups are brilliant and looks like a good laugh. Down on my list of books to read in the new year
Published 7 months ago by B. H. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering Cinnamon Buns!
I had no idea what a secret supper club was until I read this book which I thoroughly enjoyed and now in my every day life I keep coming across people running these clubs for real. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rani Shergill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I loved this book - nice characters and original story and was so cheap for the kindle edition. Good read for any chick lit fans.
Published 9 months ago by ZMcC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
l don't write reviews as l feel that people should make their own decisions and not be influenced by others points of view, l will say though that l found myself smiling and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daisey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Supper Club
Initially, I struggled with the start of the book as it just didn't hold my interest. However, the more I read, the more it held my interest. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dipseymare
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