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More ‘Foodie’ Fiction This Week!

Button for Weekend Cooking memeWeekend Cooking is hosted by Beth F, over at ‘Beth Fish Reads’. It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. When leaving your link, don’t forget to leave a comment for Beth F, we all like to receive comments and share your thoughts.


Isn’t it strange how some things occur and a seemingly random series of events, can be so linked? I guess we have only to look to the theory of ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ to bear this out, although I see that ‘Facebook’ declare that they have now reduced this to Four Degrees!

When I posted my last ‘Weekend Cooking’ post, it was relatively easy for me to choose the content for the post, as I had received a couple of great fiction book recommendations with food related links in their titles, following a comment left in a post I had published on another regular meme. Lo and behold .. a comment in that same ‘Weekend Cooking’ post, came from an author, who when I payed a reciprocal visit to her site, has written a novella titled ‘Must Love Sandwiches’, a ready made subject for my post this week!!

Not only that, but on the weekend I visited her site, ‘Must Love Sandwiches’ was being offered as a free Kindle download for a few days, which is even better. The author, Janel Gradowski, was so sweet, that I have also agreed to promote and review the book, which is intended to be the first in a series of books, which will be collectively known as ‘The Bartonville Series’.

I love sandwiches, although I have to say that I prefer the traditional English sandwich, two slices of bread with just a couple of fillings, over the giant whopper ‘Subway’ style sandwiches which are fast becoming a part of life here now, and which, when we first came across them many years ago in the US, we just couldn’t even begin to contemplate eating.

This of course, is not to be confused with the ‘English Tea Sandwich’, which demands almost ritualistic preparation, calling as it does for the crusts of the bread to be removed, each sandwich to be uniform in shape and size and relies on the sandwich filling to be barely visible to the naked eye! Click here for a short video to see exactly what I am talking about!

Emma has worked hard to establish herself as an artist. The artists’ colony where she lives is heaven compared to the rundown trailer parks she grew up in. After a relationship comes to an unexpected end she decides to make some drastic changes in her life, but it isn’t as easy as just flipping a switch. Her best friend, Daisy, thinks she’s being too extreme. Plus, the owner of Emma’s favorite food truck is more tempting than the gourmet sandwiches he serves. That makes everything even more complicated. Is taking a different route in life the best thing to do? What if she ends up miserable instead of on the path to happiness?

“Must Love Sandwiches” is the first volume of The Bartonville Series of foodie fiction. This is a “cake” sized (novella) story of approximately 30,000 words. Recipes and two “truffle” sized (flash) stories of about 1,000 words each are also included.


Photograph of author Janel GradowskiJanel Gradowski grew up, and still lives, in the mitten of Michigan. She is a wife and mother whose writing companion is a crazy Golden Retriever named Cooper. In the past she has worked many jobs. Renting apartments, scorekeeping for a stock car racetrack and selling newspaper classified advertisements are some of the experiences that continue to provide inspiration for her stories. Now she writes fiction and is also a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking and is fueled by copious amounts of coffee.

Her work has appeared in many publications, both online and in print. She is the author of two series. Her first culinary fiction series is The Bartonville Series. Each volume will contain foodie fiction stories of various lengths, all set in Michigan. The 6:1 Series features themed collections of her stories that are based on the title’s theme.

I am looking forward to sharing the ‘foodie’ connections you have all made this week!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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