Number One Ladies (and Gentlemen) Book Group

 Date  Book  Hostess/Host  Menu
 Aug, 2003  None: organizing meeting  Christie Sleeter  Blackberry pie and ice cream
 Sept. 2003 Alexander McCall-Smith, The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency  Arlene Krebs  Chinese + birthday cake (Karen & Arlene)
 Oct. 2003  Yann Martel, Life of Pi  Linda Rogers  Indian
 Nov. 2003  Julia Glass, Three Junes  Marsha Moroh  Greek take-out
 Jan. 2004  Jamaica Kinkaid, Mr. Potter  Karen Schmidt  Gil's enchiladas
 Feb. 2004  Dan Brown, DaVinci Code  Rina Benmayor  Italian
 April, 2004  Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees  Eleanor Funk  Southern Cuisine
 Aug, 2004 Ann Patchett, Bel Canto  Chris Pearson Casanave Sandwich buffet, homemade split pea-lentil soup, fruit salad
 Sept. 2004 Barry Unsworth, Morality Play  Christie Sleeter  Forgettable fast food
 Oct. 2004 Alexander McCall-Smith, Tears of a Giraffe and Morality for Beautiful Girls  Josina Makau  Forgettable fast food
 Dec. 2004 Sena J. Naslund, Ahab's Wife  Karen Schmidt  Gil's Enchiladas
 Jan. 2005 Daniel Mason, The Piano Tuner  Marsha Moroh  Thai take-out
 Feb. 2005 Khaled Hosseini, Kite Runner  Arlene Krebs  Indian and Mid-Eastern
 April 2005 Ann Tyler, Celestial Navigator  Christie Sleeter  Sandwiches from Whole Food
 Aug. 2005 Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale  Josina Makau  Chinese and Indonesian
 Sept. 2005 Alexander McCall-Smith, Kalahari Typing School for Men  Arlene Krebs  African Peanut Stew
 Oct. 2005 Jumpha Lahiri, Namesake  Marsha Moroh  Indian from Clay Oven
 Nov. 2005 Jeffrey Eugeniides, Middlesex  Eleanor Funk  Greek
 Dec. 2005 Jean Hegland, Into the Forest  Christie Sleeter  Salad with nuts and berries, chicken
 Feb. 2006 Valerie Martin, Property  Karen Schmidt  Gil's Enchiladas 
 April 2006 Penelope Lively, The Photograph  Brenda Shinault  Baked chicken and tossed salad from the Wild Plum
 May, 2006 Gail Tsukiyama, Samurai's Garden  Chris Pearson Casanave  Sushi, Miso soup, fruit
 Aug. 2006 Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  Susie Berteaux  Nothing brown or yellow: Ravioli, bread, salad 
 Sept. 2006 Alexander McCall-Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life  Christie Sleeter  Pumpkin Soup
 Oct. 2006 Anzia Yezierska, The Bread Givers  Rina Benmayor  Jewish food, Homemade Kugel
 Nov. 2006  Ian McEwan, Atonement  Josina Makau  Indian Cuisine
 Dec. 2006 Julie Powell, The Julie/Julia Project  Amalia Mesa-Bains French dinner, gracias a Richard, Bobbi Long, and Amalia
 Jan. 2007 Nicole Krauss, The History of Love   Marsha Moroh  Bobbi made soup, Sonya made cake
 April 2007 Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning   Christie Sleeter  Chinese take-out
June 2007 Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector   Bobbi Long  Pad Thai
 Nov. 2007 Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love  Arlene Krebs  Middle-Eastern Cuisine
 Jan. 2008 Sarah Gruen, Water for Elephants  Susie Berteaux Pork tenderloin, Chicken, Roast vegetables, Salad, Cheese-Spinach strata, animal crackers 
 Feb. 2008 Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate/Como Aqua para Chocolate   Amalia Mesa-Bains Potluck Mexican from book's recipes, Mexican hot chocolate
 April 2008 Kim Edwards, Memory Keeper's Daughter  Josina Makau Cuisine by Carole: soup, fish, beef/fennel salad, asparagus, rice/beans; and birthday cake from Rina
 June 2008 Jim Fergus, 1000 White Women  Christie Sleeter  Whole Food take-out
 Sept. 2008 Alexander McCall-Smith, The Miracle at Speedy Motors   Arlene Krebs Peanut stew, salad, Sweet Elena's cake
 Nov. 2008 Jane Hamilton, The Book of ruth  Brenda Shinault May's dinner: Roast chicken, potatoes, veggies, salad, cake
 Dec. 2008 Susan Trott, The Holy Man  Maria Valladares Tortilla española, salad, enchiladas, cake
 Mar, 2009 Alexander McCall-Smith, Portuguese Irregular Verbs  Marsha Moroh  
 Mar, 2009 Alexander McCall-Smith, Number One Ladies' Detective Agency on HBO  Rina Benmayor  Pumpkin stew, salad, banana cake
 April, 2009 Jamaica Kinkaid, A Small Place  Susie Berteaux Gumbo, cornbread, salad, Trader Joe's chocolate
June, 2009 Junot Diaz, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao  Chris Pearson Casanave Chicken, beans, salad, green beans, avocado, birthday cake
 Aug. 2009 Barack Obama, Dreams of my Father  Rina Benmayor Curried chicken, rice, cucumber salad, dessert a la Rina
 Oct. 2009 Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitredge  Christie Sleeter Maple chicken, potatoes, salad, blueberry pie, crabcakes
 Nov. 2009 Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan  Arlene Krebs Egg rolls, vegetable chow mein, Ma poo tofu, green beans, chicken & veg., chocolate cake, fortune cookies
 Jan. 2010 Muriel Barbury, The Elegance of the Hedgehog  Bobbi Long Onion soup, Quiche, salad, chocolate dessert to die for!!
 Mar. 2010 Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist  Maria Valladares Pakistani take-out (from Khyber Pass in Santa Cruz)
 May 2010 Ann Tyler, The Accidental Tourist  Masha Moroh Crab cakes, salad, deviled eggs, apple pie
 June 2010 Kathryn Sockett, The Help  Rina Benmayor Fifties food: Crunchy chicken, jello mold, chocolate creme pie

 Sept, 2010 Abraham Vergese, Cutting for Stone  Christie Sleeter Ethiopian vegetable stew, Indian Chicken & spinach, naan, salads
 Nov. 2010 Richard Russo, The Straight Man  Susie Berteaux Chicken with orange sauce, cornbread dressing, butternut squash, green beans, olalaberry pie with ice cream
 Jan. 2011 Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book  Arlene Krebs Cauliflower-cheese kugel, salad, mimosas, sephardic eggs, macaroons, gelato
 Mar. 2011 Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  Josina Makau Sashimi, assorted veggie roles, other Japanese take-out items, sake, green tea, assorted Japanese sweets
 May 2011 Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna  Amalia Mesa-Bains Jicama salad, arroz blano con plantanos, enchiladas, sangría punch, pan dulce, hot chocolate
 July 2011 Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer  Rina Benmayor Goat cheese, dolmas, Iman bayildi, turkey meatballs, arugula salad, corn, cherry crisp, grilled peaches
 Sept. 2011 Alexander McCall Smith, Double Comfort Safari ClubSaturday Big Tent Wedding Party  Christie Sleeter Botswana chicken, Potjie, rice, salad, South African pudding
 Nov. 2011 Lisa See, Dreams of Joy Marsha Moroh, Ken Wanderman Chinese food from China garden, focused especially on noodle and chicken dishes
 Jan. 2012 Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North Maria Valladares & Juan Gutierrez Tostadas, crab paella, crab salad, shrimp tacos, quesa, mangos, pineapple, pan dulce
 Mar. 2012 Donna Leon, Death at La Fenice  Chris Pearson Casanave  Bruschetta, shrimp pasta with mushrooms, sauteed greens, calamari salad, canaloni with coffee
 May 2012 Donna Leon, Doctored Evidence  Rina Benmayor Make-your-own pizza, antipasto, arugula salad, lemon sorbet with fig sauce, vanilla ice cream with peaches

 July 2012 Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country  Arlene Krebs South African Vegetarian, e.g., yellow rice, lentils, red beet salad, raita, tofu, spinach & peanuts, banana cake, etc.
 Sept 2012 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger Amalia Mesa-Bains & Richard Bains Bainga in Pakoras, Samosas, Husaini Kabob, Murg Kari, Cauliflower Potatoes with garlic chutney, fried zucchini, lemon rice, cucumber raita
 Oct. 2012 Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife Marsha Moroh, Ken Wanderman Ajvar (Yugoslav pepper-eggplant salad), Pasuli (Serbian bean soup), Balkan bean salad with artichokes & feta, Muckalica (Serbian national dish with pork and peppers), Balkan semolina halva
 Dec. 2012 Christopher Moore, Sacre Bleu!  Christie Sleeter Chicken Marabella, vegetarian cassoulet, French spring soup, rice, Jacksonville Inn salad, apple tart, Hanukkah cookies
 Feb. 2013 Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows my Name (The Book of Negroes, in Canada)  Josina Makau Chicken and vegetarian peanut stew, rice, cornbread, cucumber salad, fruit, key lime pie, tiramisu in chocolate cups
March, 2013 Penelope Lively, How it All Began  Chris Pearson Casanave English picnic (build sandwiches with smoked salmon, cheese, condiments), strawberries, vegetable, yummy Trifle
May, 2013 Anne Tyler, The Beginner's Goodbye Brenda Shinault Casseroles neighbors might have brought, like chicken curry salad & broccoli salad; ruben sandwiches, Triscuit nibbles, key lime pie, and Peggy's cookies
July 2013 Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

Susie Berteaux Picnic food: salad, mac & Cheese, deviled eggs, quiche, make your own sandwiches, butterfly cookies, birthday cake for Amalia
Aug, 2013 Simon Mawer, The Glass Room Rina Benmayor Gourmet sandwich bar (paté, pastrami, shrimp, crab, etc.), beet salad, cabbage salad, Kugel, Sachertortl
Oct, 2013  Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Secret Daughter Marsha Moroh & Ken Wanderman Stewed chicken curry with pomegranates, jeweled rice, aromatic vegetables, yogurt sauce, carrot birthday cake for Rina with ice cream

Dec., 2013 Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes  Arlene Krebs French cheeses and crackers, Kale salad, Cauliflower cheese pie in potato kugel crust, veggie tempura, Brochelli, Galette, French vanilla ice cream
Jan., 2014 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun Maria Valladares & Juan Gutierrez Biafran stew, couscous, Yam porridge with spinach, fruit, fried plátano macho
Mar, 2014 Alice McDermott, Someone Chris Pearson Casanave Veggies, Irish rainbow fruit platter, beef stew, kale-infused mashed potatoes, cabbage & carrots, Shamrock shortbread cookies
April, 2014 Doris Lessing, The Grandmothers Christie Sleeter Cioppino, arugula salad, bruchetta, birthday cake, chocolate ice cream
June, 2014 Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch Amalia Mesa-Bains Pomme frites, Baked eggs with leek & spinach, Endive & avocado salad, Asapargus hollandaise, Boerenkool met Rookworst, assorted cookies
July, 2014 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americacanah Rina Behmayor Chicken and joloff rice, fried plantains, salad, chocolate dessert
Sept, 2014 Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings Susie Berteaux Gumbo, cornbread, quinoa and carrot salad, green salad, lemon cake
Oct. 2014 Eduardo Sacheri, The Secret in their Eyes  Josina Makau New York steaks with Chimichurri, beet salad, cole slaw, heirloom tomatos, macaroni salad, two birthday cakes!!
Nov. 2014 Richard C. Morais, The Hundred Foot Journey Marsha Moroh & Ken Wanderman Gourgerres,  Onion Soup, Moghalai Chicken with Spinach, Almonds & Raisins; Garlic Shrimp with Mango; Eggplant with Apples, Fennel, & Black Cumin; Nutty Rice with Cashews, Almonds, & Mint; Naan; St. Michel Cake
Jan, 2015 Dave Eggers, The Circle Arlene Krebs Bountiful sandwich and salad buffet -- all organic, potato and sweet potato fries, chocolate birthday cake and neopolitan brick ice cream
Mar, 2015Reyna Grande, Across a Hundred MountainsMaria Valladares, Juan GutierrezFruit, tacitos, eggs with ham, pan dulce, chilaquiles with red and green salsa
April, 2015Jumpha Lahiri, The LowlandsRina BenmayorSamosas, chicken curry, dal, rice, eggplant, naan, petite tarts, Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream
June, 2015Christine Sleeter, White Bread Bobbi LongGerman sausage, German potato salad, black beans, German green salad, white bread berry trifle
Sept, 2015Juan Ampuero, The Neruda CaseChristie SleeterEmpanadas de camarones, Pisco sour, Cazuela, Ensalada Chilena, Pan Amasado, Leche Asada
Oct, 2015Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee MembersChris Pearson CasanaveSplit pea soup, magnificent sandwich fixings, garbanzo bean salad, berries with cookies
Dec, 2015Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being Arlene KrebsEdename, miso soup, veggie tempura, yakisoba, blackberry ice cream, baclava, sake, Cuban rum 
Jan, 2016Louise Penny, The Brutal TellingAmalia Mesa-Bains, Richard Bains

Tarte a l'Oignon, Baked Cambembert, Croque Monsieur, Salade Nicoise, Pastries, Coffee

Feb, 2016Ahthony Doer, All the Light we Cannot SeeMarsha Moroh & Ken WandermanSoup pistou, mussels, bratwurst, road parsnip and hazelnut salad, apple strudel
April, 2016Louise Penny, The Beautiful MysteryMaria Valladares, Juan GutierrezBread and cheeses, leek-potato soup with veggies, chocolate-dipped blueberries
May, 2016Alice Hoffman, The Marriage of OppositesRina BenmayorMojitos, Sephardic & Indian appetizers, Antiguan Pepper Pot, Fungee, Hearts of Palm & avocado, Mango, Guava, Plantain with cream, Mango Sorbetto, Vanilla Gelato
July, 2016Isabel Allende, The Japanese LoverJosina MakauSushi, pickled Japanese veggies, Polish pierogi, picadillo, cucumber salad, champaign, birthday cake
Aug. 2016Maria Dueñas, The time in Between/ El Tiempo entre CosturasAmalia Mesa-Bains and Richard BainsCheese, serrano ham, bread, tortilla de patatas, boquestonesen, gazpacho, Paella, flan 
Oct., 2016Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie DobbsSusie BerteauxMimosas, tea (various kinds), Cheese & blueberry scones, Mini-mushroom turnovers, Sandwiches with salmon, capers, and other wonderful fillings, Berry tarts, lemon squares, cake bites
Nov. 2016Jacqueline Winspear, Birds of a FeatherChris Pearson CasanaveShepherd's pie, peas, barley soup, salad, whole wheat bread & cheddar cheese, ginger cream cookies, strawberries
Dec. 2016Camron Wright, The Rent CollectorMarsha Moroh & Ken WandermanFish steamed in banana leaf, zucchini with shrimp & pork, sauteed smokey eggplant, steamed rice, sauteed bananas with aromatics
Jan. 2017Jacqueline Winspear, Pardonable LiesArlene KrebsChampaign, quiche, avocado salad, roast potatoes, roast brussel sprouts, banana cake and ice cream
March 2017Louise Erdrich, LaRoseChristie SleeterThree sisters soup, wild rice & cranberry salad, fresh fruit, cherry pie, vanilla ice cream
april, 2017Alice Munro, The View from Castle RockAmalia Mesa-Bains and Richard BainsScottish brighties, smoked salmon, Waldorf salad, scones, shortbread, almond cakes, Dewars aged whiskey
June, 2017Lawrence Hill, The IllegalRina BenmayorGuacamole, bean chips, Jicama, chicken coconut milk curry, Jamaican rice & beans, mango & greens salad, fried plantains, madeleines, berries, ice cream
July, 2017Trevor Noah, Born a CrimeJosina MakauAkmak w/ havarti & ginger, chuney dip, mimosas, curried chicken, veggie bobotie, yellow rice, dried fruit chutney, kripuk, sticky toffee pudding, crepes w/ fruit
Aug., 2017Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue ThreadChristie SleeterSandwich fixings, such as prosciutto, smoked salmon, cheese; fruit salad, potato salad, green salad, Homemake strawberry shortcake
Oct. 2017Karin Tanabe, The Diplomat's DaughterSusie BerteauxWatercress salad with mandarin oranges, chashu bao, fried rice, teriyaki chicken wings, Spam musubi, dark chocolates, Frazier cake
Nov. 2017Amor Towles, A Gentleman in MoscowMaria Valladares, Juan GutierrezCaviar, vodka, Babushka eggs, Latvian stew, boiled potatoes, slaw, Sharlotka, ice cream
Jan. 2018Chris Cleave, Little BeeBobbi Long, Marsha Moroh, Ken WandermanVarious cheeses, north african stew, salad, various pasties, trifle, birthday cake
March, 2018Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie PrestoArlene KrebsOlive spread on bread, olives, tomato bisque, roast broccolini and garlic, salad, Spanish tortilla, Spanish red wine, vanilla ice-cream with Arlene's plum sauce, cookies
April, 2018Donia Bijan, The Last Days of Cafe LeilaAmalia Mesa-Bains and Richard BainsChicken in pomegranate sauce, cucumber & yogurt salad, piroshkis, garbanzo bean salad, dolmas, baklava, pistachio fingers, huge cream puffs
June, 10`8Rachel Kadish, The Weight of InkRina BenmayorVeg chopped liver, Gouda cheese & crackers, Borekitas, Chicken & mint-dill fava bean rice, Kiftikas de prasa, yogurt salad, chocolate birthday cade & ice cream
July, 2018Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken AngelsChristie SleeterEnchiladas, fish tacos, bean and corn salad, rice, chocolate cake with ice cream and fruit
Aug, 2018Ali Smith, Public LibraryChris Pearson CasanaveAssorted cheeses, salmon, finger potatoes, green beans, fresh berries over brownies
Oct, 2018Simone van der Vlugt, Midnight BlueJosina MakauHerring, aged Gouda, olliebollen, Dutch beer, roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut with carmelized onions, spinach a la Carole, farmers' bread, applesauce, Frasier cake
Dec, 2018Nicole Mones, The Last Chinese ChefArlene KrebsEgg rolls, hot and sour soup, stir fry vegetables, Szechuan tofu, chicken with orange sauce, brown rice, fried noodles, fresh fruit, cookies, ice cream 
Jan. 2019David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Oasge Murders and the Birth of the FBI  Rina BenmayorBaked Camembert with honey & walnuts, goat cheese and fruit nut crisps; Barbecue chicken, corn soufflé, spinach & feta frittata, Caprese salad; avocado, orange & mint salad, Franny's lemon ricotta & raspberry pie
April, 2019Christine Sleeter ,The InheritanceSusie BerteauxRoast chicken, roast veggies, wild rice with cranberries & mint, three sisters savory cobbler, corn bread, berry pie, ice cream 
May, 2019Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes TroubleMaria Valladares, Juan Gutierrez, Bobbi LongNew Jersey brunch: tomato soup, pork roll sandwich, sloppy Joe, Cole slaw, applejack, strawberries over waffle with whipped cream
August, 2019
Margaret Verbles, Cherokee America