Lunch This Time

Don't you love watching someone cook a meal for you? At Chef's Haven in Hockessin, the anticipation started with a delicious scent wafting from the grill as I walked in. I had no idea what Chef Mark might serve. What is Shaker food, anyway?
I enjoyed the Eat Drink Read dinner event last month. Hockessin Book Shelf also does a lunch version. We read “The Visionist” by Rachel Urquhart. The story takes place in Massachusets in a Shaker community. A mother leaves her two children in the care of the Shakers after 15 year old Polly sets fire to their farm, killing her abusive father. The plot unfolds around Polly and her friend, Sister Charity, and the valuable farm land, where the ownership is in question since the mother has disappeared.
Discussion was lively and reactions were quite mixed. Some did not care for the book, feeling it was slow reading. I did like “The Visionist” and rated it 3.5 out of 5. The Shaker philosophy interests me and I felt engaged with the characters and the plot.
But what about the food? Half the fun is trying to sleuth out the menu! I was ever vigilant, marking anything edible with my red pen and tasty passages were pretty sparse. But lunch was wonderful, smoked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, fresh tomato pudding and three berry pie with vanilla creme for desert. Apparently, Shakers ate well.
After our book discussion, cooking demo and delicious meal, Rebecca gives one lucky participant an advance copy of a new book. My friend Ginger won “Sleeping With God.” Sounds interesting…

That beautiful loaf of bread was baking in the oven while we were eating. Of course it had to come home with me. The Eat Drink Read events are fun and delicious. Looking forward to next time!



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  1. Fun. And interesting.

  2. Lynne Laino says

    Oh my goodness, that tomato pie intrigues me!!! Was that a bread crumb topping? Love hearing about your books too!

  3. I am drooling. Do you have to read the book?

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