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Love & Saffron
“Everyone should read Love & Saffron! It's a heartwarming and lovely story of friendship and connection. You might want a box of tissues nearby. I immediately wanted to be friends with Joan and Imogen, swapping recipes and memories with them. This book was a balm to my soul and just what I needed in these turbulent times. I want to send a copy to everyone I know!”Genevieve,
A Great Good Place for Books
“Set in both Washington state and California in the 1960s, young Joan Bergstrom strikes up a correspondence with her favorite magazine columnist and includes a small packet of saffron. So many descriptions of sumptuous feasts and tantalizing recipes are interwoven into the letters between Joan and Imogen. These two very different women become best friends through their mutual love of food and words. They cheer each other on, share secrets and dreams, and ultimately support each other through another tumultuous time in our country’s past. I was delighted by the mention of one of my favorite food writers- Elizabeth David- whose recipe for risotto alla Milanese plays a key role in changing the direction of these women's lives forever. Don't read this book hungry!! ”Erin,
Water Street Bookstore
“Such a sweet gentle tale of pen pals, born of a love of food and a great recipe. I was so enthralled and touched by the simplicity and beauty of the every-day-life displayed within the pages of this book. Keep a box of tissues handy. I was listening to the audio version while walking laps at the YMCA and CERTAINLY turned heads when I suddenly burst into tears!”Kathy,
The Well-Read Moose
The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick
In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.
When twenty-seven-year-old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan letter--as well as a gift of saffron--to fifty-nine-year-old Imogen Fortier, a life-changing friendship begins. Joan lives in Los Angeles and is just starting out as a writer for the newspaper food pages. Imogen lives on Camano Island outside Seattle, writing a monthly column for a Pacific Northwest magazine, and while she can hunt elk and dig for clams, she’s never tasted fresh garlic--exotic fare in the Northwest of the sixties. As the two women commune through their letters, they build a closeness that sustains them through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the unexpected in their own lives.
Food and a good life—they can’t be separated. It is a discovery the women share, not only with each other, but with the men in their lives. Because of her correspondence with Joan, Imogen’s decades-long marriage blossoms into something new and exciting, and in turn, Joan learns that true love does not always come in the form we expect it to. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of Joan and Imogen’s friendship—a test that summons their unconditional trust in each other.
A brief respite from our chaotic world, Love & Saffron is a gem of a novel, a reminder that food and friendship are the antidote to most any heartache, and that human connection will always be worth creating.
Born in Seattle and raised throughout the Pacific Northwest, Kim Fay lived in Vietnam for four years and still travels to Southeast Asia frequently. A former bookseller, she is the author of Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards’ Best Asian Cuisine Book in the United States, and The Map of Lost Memories, an Edgar Award finalist for Best First Novel. She is also the creator/editor of a series of guidebooks on Southeast Asia. Fay now lives in Los Angeles.