Friday, April 25, 2008

Random Thoughts on Being a Lady and Supper Clubs

I have always wanted to be a member of a supper club. Doesn't that sound delicious and wonderful? I love to cook and entertain, and I love to try new recipes, so I think I am the perfect candidate. I have just viewed a streaming video of Mario Batali demonstrating Asparagus with Lemon-Prosciutto Vinaigrette from his new cookbook, Italian Grill, and can hardly think of anything else till I make it! How do I find more people like me?
Earlier today, I tuned in to Ina Garten's show, The Barefoot Contessa, whose theme of the day was, Ladies Who Lunch. That's it....I need to have a Ladies Who Lunch Club. That might be do-able. I'm going to have to find a way to arrange a group of like minded people and start serving up gourmet delights with others who will enjoy them as well!
Maybe a book club would be a way to begin, I love to read! Each month's hostess would also host the meal! Ooooohhhh, I like it. Did I see that in The Jane Austen Book Club?
I didn't read the book, but I sat through the movie. I started to read the book before for a meet- and-greet with the author, but I had only read a few pages when there was a sexual assault....just one line, I didn't see it coming, most certainly not in a book with Jane Austen's name attached to it. I was really kind of disturbed by the mental image that it gave me. Now, admittedly, I am a sensitive soul .... but I am ... that's me, and I have nothing to apologize for. I would never knowingly set myself up for something like that....and afterwards I was appalled at the prospect of meeting the woman who had been capable of sharing such an ugly thought with the world. Has she no Mother or Grandmother? Or children? I say she is no lady*. Anyway... I had been so excited about the book signing, attendance to the event included admittance to a movie screening with the author. At the appointed time, I did not darken the doorway, even though I had made reservations for several people, including my Mother and daughter. That must explain why, when I found the book, it was in the Bargain Books section, for 75% off.
When I was on the threshold of my trip to England, which included a visit to Jane Austen's home, someone told me they had seen the movie, and assured me that it had no such assault scene in it. Then I watched it. The movie was fairly tame by today's standards, but the book... contrary to the book jacket, Jane Austen most certainly would not have approved.....
however....... Jane would be a perfect candidate for membership in my imaginary Book Club/Ladies Who Lunch Society. Maybe I'll call it, The Jane Austen Ladies' Supper Club...

*as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: a woman of refinement and gentle manners


  1. I'm in. I don't know if I need the supper portion, I'd be happy to feast on the books, but I suppose it would give our get-togethers a little structure. Hmmm... let's do.

  2. I'm in too!! I'm all about a party where we try new food, you know me. The Ladie's Lunch Club sounds great...we should have one special meeting for just things made with Chocolate ;) This would also get me back into reading on a regular basis. Great idea mom!!

  3. I would love to be in if out-of-towners are allowed.. Madera? The Ladies Lunch Club has a fun and prestigious ring about it...books, food, chocolate...FABULOUS!