Guy Vanderhaeghe’s “Daddy Lenin and Other Stories”

10 Jul

Book/Food Club met at our affable host Dorothy’s house on the lovely summer evening of June 30th to discuss Pat’s choice of Canadian author Guy Vanderhaeghe’s Daddy Lenin and Other Stories. Dorothy based her feast on several sprinklings of food references throughout Vanderhaeghe’s gritty short stories. Her meal, however, was not gritty. Grit is not what one desires in food.


On the groaning board were a hearty loaf of potato bread, butter, root chips, two classic pizzas from Spinelli’s Bar Italia in Edmonton: a Margherita and a Capricciosa, and luscious fresh cherries of the dark and Ranier varieties.


Laid down on a soft bed of butter lettuce, and arrayed on Dorothy’s vintage Hycroft “Calico” dinnerware, were a goodly assortment of cheeses: Gorgonzola, Cheshire, white Stilton with apricots, and the favourite, goat cheese with honey, along with a lovely salty prosciutto, gherkins, and crackers (“Gone Crackers”  to be specific).


We settled back to discuss the short stories, accompanied by Il Grigio Chianti Classico red wine, Villa Angela’s Pecorino white wine, sparkling water and Limonata.


The evening was rounded off with blood oranges and pizzelle cookies. The Italian Centre Shop does not disappoint, nor do Book/Food Club’s rousing discussions. It was an evening of substantial food and literature. Thanks Dorothy!


Posted by Marlena Wyman


6 Responses to “Guy Vanderhaeghe’s “Daddy Lenin and Other Stories””

  1. swankola July 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    I don’t think I’d like your book club – too many books that haven’t been made into movies.

  2. swankola July 10, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Grit = not good. Grits = delicious.

    • Marlena Wyman July 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      We need to find a restaurant that serves grits.

      • swankola July 14, 2016 at 9:23 am #

        Meat has Southern Grits on its brunch menu – with brisket or pulled pork, a poached egg and sausage gravy.

      • Marlena Wyman July 14, 2016 at 9:59 am #


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