Book Review: The Kitchen House

Lisa hosted this month’s Book Club and it was the perfect evening!  It was so nice to get out of the house and see my girlfriends. Working like I do, I do not get to hang out with my friends very much so I really look forward to these monthly get-togethers!  I think it is the same for most of the group because we always have so much fun!  We settled around Lisa’s table for shrimp and corn soup, buttermilk cheddar biscuits and a big green salad.  I know you want to know…YES, she made everything from scratch!  Talking about this out loud, I have to admit, I cheated on my diet.  I am always on a quasi diet and this time I am trying to support my husband on his diet but… the biscuits were soooo good (side note: Lisa did however make me a zucchini soup with no cream so I could keep to my regimen… she is a very good friend!)   The conversation was lively and entertaining while we dug into our dinner.  For dessert, Kari made delicious chocolate chip brownies served with vanilla ice cream.  Kari told me separately that she used her Bakers Edge Nonstick Brownie Pan so that we all would get an edge piece!  I know the ladies at the table would never tell, but my conscience got the better of me… I did have wine and I had my dessert… every last morsel!  Do not worry, it is not a secret, I told my husband and he was ok with it!  The dessert was just what we need to complement our scrumptious dinner and a good time to grab everyone’s attention to start talking about the book.  For October we read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson

Ridgely Brode reviews The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

I am pretty sure everyone at the table had read the book (or, at the very least, was deep into the middle of it) because we had a very animated and robust discussion.  The story begins in 1791 when Lavinia, age 7, is orphaned while traveling from Ireland to America with her family.  The captain of the ship takes her in as an indentured white servant to work and live on his tobacco plantation.   She is placed in the kitchen to work with Belle, the captain’s illegitimate mixed race daughter. Lavinia and Belle take turns narrating the story, sharing their daily lives and how they navigate the hardships, racial tensions, and social order determined by their place on the plantation.  It is not an easy life and the book does not try to hide anything.  Gripping and emotional, it is a page turner!

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  1. Looks like something I would really like!Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Love the suggestion, and I am due to visit the Library today…. this one looks to good not to take a bite out of (could not resist the pun darling).

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