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Bread and Butter Discussion Guide

Bread and Butter Discussion Guide

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Published by Doubleday
“Bread and Butter is a beautifully composed novel, brimming with intelligence and tenderness and charm. Michelle Wildgen writes about food with such authority that I felt I was in the hands of the rarest of master chefs, one who can cook up an astonishing meal and craft searing sentences at the same time.”
—Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia
“Bread and Butter is a beautifully composed novel, brimming with intelligence and tenderness and charm. Michelle Wildgen writes about food with such authority that I felt I was in the hands of the rarest of master chefs, one who can cook up an astonishing meal and craft searing sentences at the same time.”
—Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia

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Published by: Doubleday on Feb 06, 2014
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Bread
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 Butter
1. How are Harry, Leo, and Britt different? How are they alike?2. What is Harry trying to prove by opening up a restaurant in the same town where his brothers have their restaurant? Is his experience a useful background for a restaurateur, or do you think Leo and Britt followed a more helpful path toward owning a restaurant?3. How does the relationship between the brothers evolve over the course of the novel?4. How would you define the roles the brothers occupy in their family? How do those roles shift over the course of the book?5. What do you think about the names of the restaurants?  What do they reflect about each one?6. How has the novel changed the way you think about restaurants and the people who work in them?7. Do Leo and Britt own their restaurant or does it own them?  What about Harry?8. What are the implications (moral and practical) of Leo dating Thea? Is he wrong to do so?9. How does Camille change Britt? What about Thea and Leo?10. What was your favorite main course described in the novel? Favorite dessert?11. How would you describe your attitude toward food? Passionate? Perfunctory? Adventurous? Would you order the lamb’s neck?
A novel by Michelle Wildgen
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
 
For the ambitious, a few pairings for dishes from the novel:
Duck confit with roasted fig and butternut squash chips
Oregon Pinot Noir (or Burgundy if you’re in the mood to splurge)
Duck breast with thyme and Dijon mustard
Sancerre or Pouilly-Fuissé 
Pork buns
Belgian Tripel or just about any sparkling wine
Tonkotsu ramen with pork belly
Belgian Dubbel or Porter 
Roast chicken with saffron rice
Provencal rosé 
Cauliflower with cured lemon, Moroccan olive, and parsley
California or French (not New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc or Greek Assyrtiko
Braised lamb’s neck with gremolata and cavatelli
Dolcetto or Nebbiolo
Poached pear with dulce de leche and salted almond
Fino sherry
Goat’s milk cheesecake with stone fruit compote
Moscato, possibly rosé moscato
Corn ice cream with roasted plums
Rosé moscato
To make your discussion of
Bread and Butter 
 even more enjoyable, the author has put together a few food and drink pairings. (What this actually means is that the author wisely sought the advice of her more knowledgeable colleagues.)

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