I am loving the TV show The Bear. Can anyone recommend a good book about a family run restaurant please?? (I‘m more interested in the family run business drama side of things than the cooking side 😉)
Lots of kindle deals today... stopped at 3 and feeling proud of myself!
I really enjoyed this story of family, relationships, restaurant ownership, and a world that can change faster than any of us are usually prepared for. Good characters and an author who embraces midwestern regionalism and her love of her hometown, Chicago.
I‘ve been sitting on this review for a bit. I love these types of stories: family sagas/dramas, often dysfunctional. Love books with lots of grown siblings where dynamics of childhood bleed into adulthood. This is that type and I had high hopes. Though I enjoyed this read, I‘ve seen it done better which I‘ll tag in the comments below. The family runs a restaurant in Chicago, which many pivotal moments take place in, which added to my enjoyment.
“Marrying the Ketchups” by Jennifer Close told a great story of the Sullivan family and all their drama. It checked all the boxes for me (based in Chicago, lots of Chicago Cub mentions, and family restaurant drama!) and really could be summed up with this quote: “They were a pressure cooker of drama, an Instant Pot of insanity. It was only a matter of time.” -Chef‘s kiss-
You were right @MicheleinPhilly this book was delightful!! Meet the Sullivan‘s, a large Irish family who own a bar/ restaurant in Chicago. Sometimes families implode and the Sullivan‘s are about to burst 💥 My third book by author Jennifer Close and another heartfelt read. #BOTMbacklog My October #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks 🎃❣️🥳
Im LOVING my time with the Sullivan Family. They‘re messy, loud, meddling but mostly marvelous ♥️ My houseguests are visiting family today so im taking a mental break 😉 Still celebrating Sukkot 🍋#LifeIsGood 😎
At #NatBookFest and just got out of this great panel with authors Jennifer Close and Eleanor Brown. I may have to check their books out now!
Told from multiple POV, this book enveloped me with its sometimes laugh out loud dialogue, the relatable angst that accompanies a close-knit family, and the vivid descriptions of its characters. By the end of the book, I felt a little saddened at the thought of having to leave JP Sullivans and all the characters that inhabit it. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58537243
A novel full of whimsical,endearing,comical,at times frustrating characters,who love Chicago, the Cubs, & food.The restaurant of home cooked comfort food, JP Sullivans, is owned & operated & staffed largely with family. The book centers around the restaurant.The families lives are intertwined with its rhythms,food,& stature in the city.Coming from a large Irish,once Catholic family, I could relate to many parts of this novel.A fun read with depth.
When I was young, I did not understand this family narrative & would talk about that elephant. With looks, just plain avoidance of a topic & words, my parents made me feel I was totally wrong & imagining things. But deep down I knew I was right, & struggled to honor my perceptions. I could read feelings, emotional atmosphere in a room. Keeping a journal was a saving grace, as well as therapy later in life.
This book pressed ALL my buttons. Big, messy, Irish family drama taking place largely in the family pub/restaurant in 2016-2017. It hit that humor/pathos sweet spot and I absolutely LOVED it.
They had me at Oak Park & the Cubs! Sullivan‘s Pub is an institution,the family is shocked that Grandpa Bud dies before the Cubs win it all.As their world changes the cousins are questioning their futures.Jane observes her husband pulling away, Gretchen , chasing fame as a musician, wonders if it‘s time to give up & Teddy , suffering from a bad break up retreats to manage Sullivan‘s though his cooking goals are more gourmet.Enjoyed it very much !
This comedy of manners was so fun. The Sullivan cousins are a bit nuts but would be great to have a beer with!🍻
Bud Sullivan, the owner of JP Sullivan‘s and patriarch of a large Chicago family, dies days before the Cubs win the pennant in 2016. With changes afoot in the family and the US, his three grandchildren end up back in the family business. They fight, laugh, and help each other in equal measure through 2017.
Calla lilies have popped!
#20in4 @Andrew65 #readathon this is what is on tap for a reading weekend . The Reef is a buddy read , so not set on finishing it.I have a Christie on the Kindle , Not sure if I will go to library or grab something from the home TBR , but it‘s already Az hot on this holiday weekend in U.S. reading inside in the hottest part of the day is the logical choice!
Hey, Chicago what do you say! I couldn‘t read a bingo‘s worth of family sagas in a row, but I like placing them in the mix. I loved the Fall 2016 World Series Oak Park setting here and mapped its distance from both Lake Forest and Wrigley Field. It wasn‘t a super exiting book but the family dynamics of the extended Sullivan clan and their 3-gen restaurant was fun to read. Go Cubs Go! ↓
This really is just a fun family read. I did not walk away with anything grand, but just enjoyed the time I got to spend with this family, where love is in abundance, but everyone has their own quirks.