About four or five evenings a year, for the past twenty-seven years, a small group of friends have gathered to share a meal and discuss a book. Four couples gather at the hosts house (hosting is done in a round robin) and last night we met at my home. Hosts provide a main course and side dish, and if possible, tie their selection to the book. Other couples bring appetizers, salad or dessert, and, since we all enjoy wine, everyone adds a bottle or two to the lineup. Our book assignment this time was The Boys In The Boat, by Daniel Brown. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900s, this non-fiction story captivated all of us. In keeping with the theme, I grilled wild-caught, Columbia River King (Chinook) Salmon served with rice on the side.
Our friendship is dear, and our conversations are lively, which is why we came up with the name “A-Club”. Though we are not noteworthy wits writers or pundits, we like the comparison to the Algonquin Round Table of the early 1920’s in New York.