Every book group has its specialty. Some read non-fiction, others focus on the classics or contemporary novels written by women. My book group obsesses on chocolate. We meet every two months alternating houses and dessert responsibilities. Our literary taste is varied, our dessert taste isn't. All new recruits learn that right off the bat.
My chocolate tart recipe was a contribution to the furtherance of our obsession last summer. Follow the link below to see that recipe.
At our last meeting, Jeanne (pictured above) made this espresso and chocolate swirl cheesecake. It was creamy with a bite of coffee to cut through the richness and a fudge-like swirl to make your mouth water.
Book Group Vitals:
Dessert: Espresso and chocolate swirl cheesecake. Click below for the recipe from Epicurious.
Comment: Jeanne says to double the cream in the chocolate swirl to make it softer, less candy bar like.
Book: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Macadam/Cage,518 pages, 2003
Book Group Consensus: Well written but some found the time travel device tiresome after awhile. Also, some readers disliked the main character and found it hard to be emphatic. All agreed that the book had lots of topics for discussion and provoked more comments and debate then most books we have read.
Our next book is Birth of Venus. Check back in January for a book (and chocolate) report.