Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Review: The Christmas Cookie Club

This book was part of the BEA Atrium Galley Grab earlier this summer, but I just couldn't bring myself to read about Christmas cookies in the heat.  I grabbed it earlier this week, and can't say I missed too much by waiting. It has good recipes, great little non-fiction essays on the history of various ingredients, like flour, butter, almonds, chocolate, vanilla, etc, loosely tied together by the stories of the 12 women who form the Christmas cookie club.

They meet the first Monday of December to exchange cookies and catch up for the year. Their stories are wooden, formulaic, and re-hash many of today's "women's" issues (sex, divorce, pregnancy, widowhood, money, sullen teenagers, aging parents, etc etc) with nothing much new to say about them. The author could have done a much better job of building some character into these women. They all seem like wax figures from a museum who spit out their stories when someone winds them up and it's their turn.

There seems to be a glut of these women's support group books being published, and it really is going to take some effort to come up with an angle that allows the group to present something fresh. This just didn't work for me. I enjoyed the food parts, but could have easily skipped the soap opera.


  1. You were very honest. Good review. Now I can stop crying over not winning this book.:)

  2. Are you reading Dead Cat Bounce? I enjoyed that book. I've read another one. Would like to read the series.

  3. Tea..I just started dead Cat Bounce this morning, and it's been a struggle making myself put it down so i can get packed!!! I read it while I was getting a pedicure, and I'm sure the stylist was quite put out with me that I had my nose buried in a book--LOL. It's delightful and SO SO small town Maine.

  4. at least it had the good recipes!

    I hate this sort of "woman's" book.

  5. One of my blogger meet-up friends was saying the same thing about this book as you do in your review. It's too bad, the premise of the story sounds like something i would've enjoyed.

  6. I have this was held aside for the holidays, but I won't go into it with too high of hopes. I am always looking for new recipes though so that will help sustain me.


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