LBC 3 Reads – May Read

Our bi-monthly zoom book club continues this month and – as is usual for us – we have the theme (however loosely applied) and choices ahead of time.

Our 2023 Choices Theme – Delicious Reads

This year we will mostly be reading books – fictional and non – that feature or are about food.

  • 21 Jan – Heartburn – Nora Ephron
  • 18 March – Recipes for Love & Murder – Sally Andrews
  • 20th May – Kitchen – Banana Yoshimoto
  • 15th July – One Hundred Foot Journey – Richard Morais
  • 16th Sept – Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Stout
  • 18th Nov – Taste – Stanley Tucci


Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan.

It is a startlingly original first work by Japan’s brightest young literary star and is now a cult film.

When Kitchen was first published in Japan in 1987 it won two of Japan’s most prestigious literary prizes, climbed its way to the top of the bestseller lists, then remained there for over a year and sold millions of copies.

Banana Yoshimoto was hailed as a young writer of great talent and great passion whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of modern literature, and has been described as ‘the voice of young Japan’ by the Independent on Sunday.

About the Author

Banana Yoshimoto is the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Kitchen, N.P., Lizard, Amrita, Asleep and Goodbye Tsugumi. She has published ten books in English translation and her work has been translated and published in over thirty countries. She lives in Tokyo.


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