Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Book Review: Friendship Bread

Hello Bloggers,

Today I have a book review for you. My Aunt Karen and I about a month ago decided to read the same book together and then get together and talk about it since we are always exchanging info about books. This first month was my choice and I choose "Friendship Bread" I really didn't know much about the book before selecting but was hoping it would be a good one.

Here is a bit about the book:
Gee's "Friendship Bread" is a deeply felt, utterly charming novel about how two estranged sisters, three newfound friends, and, ultimately, a whole Midwestern town are brought together by a loaf of Friendship Bread.An anonymous gift sends a woman on a journey she never could have anticipated.

One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others.

Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift, but to make Gracie happy, she agrees to bake the bread.

When Julia meets two newcomers to the small town of Avalon, Illinois, she sparks a connection by offering them her extra bread starter. Widow Madeline Davis is laboring to keep her tea salon afloat while Hannah Wang de Brisay, a famed concert cellist, is at a crossroads, her career and marriage having come to an abrupt end. In the warm kitchen of Madeline’s tea salon, the three women forge a friendship that will change their lives forever.

In no time, everyone in Avalon is baking Amish Friendship Bread. But even as the town unites for a benevolent cause and Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, Friendship Bread tells the uplifting story of what endures when even the unthinkable happens.
So feel like trying some of this delicious Amish Friendship Bread here is the recipe for it:
-1 0.25 ounce package of active dry yeast
-1/4 cup warm water
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup white sugar
-1 cup milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand ten minutes. In a glass, plastic or ceramic container combine flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly. Slowly add milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover slowly and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. This is Day one of the ten day cycle. For the next ten days care for you starter according to the instructions for Amish Friendship Bread. 
Want the instructions leave a comment and I will get them to you.  

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