Is America ready to meet the Potluck Catering Club on reality TV? The women of the Potluck Catering Club have a growing business. They even became the subject of a budding filmmaker’s class project. Problem is, they didn’t read the fine print when they signed off on his documentary. When he enters the club in the reality show The Great Party Showdown, the ladies of Summit View, Colorado, must head to the Big Apple for the unexpected adventure of their lives. Between navigating New York City, dealing with cutthroat contestants, and trying to maintain their close friendship in the surreal world of reality TV, the Potluck women must keep their eyes on the prize–a cool million dollars–and work together if they’re going to make it back home in one piece.
Oh my! Where to start on this one? Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson have mixed together the fifth book in their Potluck Club series, and it’s perfectly seasoned. (Okay, I think we agreed a few weeks ago I shouldn’t write food metaphors. Even if they’re true.)
I was disappointed when I got to the end of A Taste of Fame. I wanted it to keep on going. I think I’m going to have to go into my spare room and pull all of my Potluck Club books out to reread now, just to enjoy the ladies’ company a little bit longer.
When it comes to the end, by the way, I was fooled. There are recipes from the book included in the back. If your mouth starts to water reading about those Peppermint Patty Brownies, you can go and whip up a batch. Sweet! It’s a great bonus, and I’ve already read them… twice. (Yes, I read recipes. Have been known to sit on the beach and read a cookbook.) But I forgot they were there as I read. When I got to the end of the book, I thought I still had pages left to go! Oh well, I just read the recipes again. And maybe gained a few pounds.
I’m a first-person kind of girl, and this book is all first-person. Each chapter is from the point of view of one of the six main characters. It takes a little getting used to, but getting into the rhythm is quick. It’s interesting to follow each of them and to get their personal thoughts on their New York adventures. The format allows you to see how each woman changes and how each one’s actions affect the others. I liked it, sort of like reading their journals about what went down behind the scenes.
One thing I’ve always loved about the Potluck Club is that each of the women is at a different place in life. They are different ages, different stages, different needs, different fears, different desires. There is something for every woman in a Potluck Club book, and that remains true in A Taste of Fame. All of them are sharing the New York reality show experience, yet it’s all set against the backdrop of individual lives. For a people person like me, that was fascinating.
And then, as if their personal issues weren’t enough to keep you turning the pages… there’s a dash of intrigue. Who is trying to knock the girls out of the competition? Why? And what will the saboteur do next?
Take a trip to New York with the women of the Potluck Club and go behind the scenes of reality TV cooking shows. You’ll love the journey… and the food.
Speaking of the food… There’s a Potluck Club cookbook! We’ve already establihed how I feel about cookbooks, right? I’m reading it now and seeing tons of recipes I want to try. (After I make those Peppermint Patty Brownies…) After I’ve made a few and taste-tested them on the family, I’ll update you on it.
Want to learn more about the Potluck Club and their catering adventures? Maybe get some tips for your book club? Check out the book trailers? Visit The Potluck Club online!