Love & Saffron: a novel of friendship, food, and love (Paperback)
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Love & Saffron: a novel of friendship, food, and love (Paperback)

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Published: 02/03/2023
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'I wanted to go on reading it forever' Nigella Lawson

Two strangers. One recipe. A friendship for the ages.

Creamy risotto alla Milanese. Mussels in a hot, buttery broth. Chicken spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Joan Bergstrom and Imogen Fortier understand the key to a savoured life: delicious food.

Young Joan is just discovering herself as a food writer in bustling Los Angeles, while experienced magazine columnist Imogen is settled in her decades-long marriage on Camano Island outside Seattle. When Joan sends a fan letter to Imogen, alongside a gift of saffron and a recipe, their journey of culinary exploration and life-changing friendship begins.

A long-lost flavour unearths buried memories, a quest to make carne asada opens the doors of a sheltered life, and, as the two women connect through their letters, they build a closeness that sustains them through the unexpected changes in their own worlds.

'Like a dinner with friends you won't want to end' J. Ryan Stradal
'Warm, delicious, and absolutely satisfying' Meg Waite Clayton
'You'll want to share it with everyone you call friend' Louise Miller

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529395105
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 194 x 128 x 18 mm


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I absolutely loved this . . . I wanted to go on reading it forever - Nigella Lawson

Part historical fiction, part friendship saga, and part carnival for the senses, Love & Saffron isn't just for food lovers -- it's an ode to risk-takers, trailblazers, and the chefs in all of us. With lush descriptions of food and a resonant historical setting, Love & Saffron is a sweet, savory, and emotional pleasure. It's like a dinner with friends you won't want to end. - J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

In an age when we're barraged with Twitter blow-ups, pandemic deaths, and political discourse of the most uncivil kind, Love & Saffron is as refreshing as watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a bowl of garlicky clams at your elbow. Kim Fay convincingly recreates a charming and civil world, and a touching friendship, in a period piece that will restore you to your kinder, gentler self. - Richard C. Morais, author of The Hundred Foot Journey

Love & Saffron is simply a delight. In letters between two women-strangers, at first, but ultimately best friends -- in 1963, Kim Fay reveals how a love of food can open doors into culture, history, homes, and love. Indulge yourself in the world of Joan and Immy, preferably with some quesadillas or mussels in wine and saffron by your side. - Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

Fay's brilliant novel explores the magic of food and how one letter with a special ingredient can forge the unlikeliest of friendships -- awakening the taste buds of life, meaningful friendships, and love along the way. Á table! Savor this story one delicious and heartwarming page at a time. - Samantha Vérant, author of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux and Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars

Love & Saffron is a gift, a poignant and moving gift, to food and to friendship. This book transports us back to the lives and kitchens of two women from different generations and different places in the Sixties. Through the exchange of letters, confidences, recipes and, yes, saffron, a deep relationship evolves for both the characters and readers. Imagine taking a stroll through a critical time in American cuisine through the eyes and palates of two great friends. I loved this lovely book. Pour yourself a glass of Chablis and drink in Love & Saffron. - Lian Dolan, author of The Sweeney Sisters and Helen of Pasadena

In Kim Fay's charming novel two women in 1960s Los Angeles and Washington state become the best of friends long before they meet in person. Together, they navigate relationships, ambition, societal expectations, and the arts of making and writing about food. Warm, delicious, and absolutely satisfying -- I devoured in one enthusiastic gulp! - Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London and The Postmistress of Paris

The beautifully written Love & Saffron is a delightful recipe of food, friendship, love, and acceptance. Utterly captivating from the first page to the last, Kim Fay has penned a touching, satisfying novel that readers will surely savor for a long time to come. This story will fill your heart, lift your spirit, and feed your soul. I truly didn't want it to end. - Heather Webber, USA Today bestselling author of Midnight at the Blackbird Café

Love & Saffron is a story about the joys of being alive -- the delight found in discovery, the comfort of a good meal, and most of all, the richness of true friendship. It is a story about connection-to place, to food, and to each other. I read Love and Saffron in one delicious afternoon. It's the kind of story you get lost in, one that breaks you open, fills your heart, and reminds you of what is important in life. A genuine pleasure. You'll want to share it with everyone you call friend. - Louise Miller, author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

A deliciously memorable and lovely story of friendship, food and the enduring connections we form through the lost art of letter writing. - Tembi Locke, author of From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

In the footsteps of Laurie Colwin and Ruth Reichl, Love & Saffron is a beautiful, gentle, intimate exploration of food and friendship, as well as life, loss, and love. - Susan Elia MacNeal, author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, a Maggie Hope novel

Astonishing, exhilarating, existential! Love & Saffron explodes forever the arbitrary separation of fiction from fact. I inhaled this book in one delectably deep breath, uncovering layer after layer of the aromas, flavors, tastes on lips and tongue of my own life as a young American housewife in the 1960s. Author Fay conveys the texture of daily life as a mystery story that discovers food is a cultural creation and connector as powerful as story-telling itself to erase the separation of past from present and memory from now. This is a book for Every Man and Woman. READ IT NOW! - Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn, My Kitchen Wars, and Eat, Live, Love, Die

Love & Saffron is an elixir for our times. It speaks to the power of food to communicate friendship and stoke a curiosity about worlds unlike our own. After you read this book, you'll want to drop a letter in the mail to someone you love. - Naomi Hirahara, author of Clark and Division

A delectable second novel showing how food can bring people together, even across distances and cultures... Fay's emotionally generous novel demonstrates how people's worlds can expand when they open themselves to new possibilities. Readers will be touched by this enriching tale and inspired to embark on their own international culinary adventures. - Booklist

Through their culinary adventures, new worlds open up for Joan and Imogen and bring with them new people. This charming, effervescent little novel (it's a slim 200 pages) deserves to be a huge bestseller. - Red Magazine

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“Short and sweet but not particularly challenging”

1960s America and young Joan is just starting out on her career as a writer in Los Angeles. She admires the work of Ingrid, an older woman based in the Pacific North-West. Through their shared love of food a strong... More

Hardback edition
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“How a letter can change ones life”

I found this story about two women, who were pen pals for a short time, very caring and heartfelt. The letters were very personable and kind and they seem to help each of the women when they needed it most.
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Hardback edition
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Katy Wheatley

“Like a Hug”

This is a charming, lovely epistolary novel about two women who start writing to each other because of a shared love of food. It reminded me in tone and style of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie novel or the... More

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