The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen
Karen does an excellent job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life’s battles; such as bouts of depression along with life’s joys.
At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.
Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and peppers the stories throughout the book.
Each chapter has, in addition to the story, Sweet Secrets which poses the question to different women “What’s your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?” and gives their answer, Food for Thought which asks the reader questions based on the chapter and finally at the end of the chapter is Because Real Women Don’t Need a Cookbook which highlights reader-submitted recipes.
I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.