By Becky LeJeune
If you’ve followed the club, then you know that this month we’ve been cooking from Stephen and Jessica’s Rose’s The Peach Truck Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for All Things Peach.
Well, in addition to choosing a new cookbook each month, we’re taking it one step further with themed book club reading and snacking suggestions to go along with the club pick. Today we’ve got reading ideas and a menu suggestion for the perfect peachy themed book club meeting!
First up, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. Joana is been proudly out of the closet for quite some
time, but a move to a more conservative town means hiding who she is. Until she falls in love.
This YA romance is touchingly sweet and a unique coming out story. Discussion topics include conflicts between faith and sexuality, family dynamics, and teen relationships.
Brown’s latest, The Meaning of Birds, is out now in hardcover.
Next up is Molly Harper’s Sweet Tea and Sympathy. Margot Cary is a city girl through and through but when a disastrous incident kills her career as an event planner, she’s forced to take the only job open to her – as a coordinator at her family’s bait shop and funeral home. Making the move from city to small town is one thing, but Margot doesn’t even know these people! Her mother whisked her away at the tender age of three and she has no memory of the extended family offering help at her time of need.
This first in the Southern Eclectic series is light and breezy while also making for a great discussion about family dynamics.
And finally Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey, kicks off her Peachtree Bluff series, which focuses on three sisters and their mother as they navigate family drama and romance. This charming series is a perfect summer read brimming with southern sweetness and drama! Discussion topics include relationships between sisters and mothers and daughters.
Pickled Peach Deviled Eggs
BBQ Chicken Sliders
Peach Tarte Tatins
Burger Up’s Peach Truck Old-Fashioned
Happy reading (and eating)! And remember to post your pictures to social media using the hashtag: #BookBarCookClub
Becky LeJeune is BookBar’s local author coordinator and office manager and resident cookbook enthusiast.