“The Dutch House”: Book Club Lunch

book club ideas for "The Dutch House"Back in mid-February before Shelter-in-Place and Social Distancing were our daily way of life, another gal hosted our Book Club for lunch and a discussion of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

My fellow reader was the perfect one to host for this book club lunch.

The Dutch House is a mansion located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.  It was built in 1922 by the VanHoebeek family who orginally came from the Netherlands.

Our hostess had traveled to the Netherlands.  From her travels there, she has a collection of Delft Blue Houses reminiscent of the book we were discussing.

 In addition, she always sets a beautiful table, and has a love of Blue & White like myself.

 A couple of her Deflt Blue Houses

book club ideas for The Dutch House

Notice the mini bicycle on the table – a common mode of transportation in the Netherlands

book club ideas for The Dutch House


Other book titles displayed on her table that reminded us of The Dutch House.

book club ideas for The Dutch House


book club ideas for The Dutch House



Our hostess chose to serve us a lunch that possibly could been served in an elite Pennsylvania home during the 1950 or 1960s.

Beef tips in gravy

Amish noodles

Green beans in ham drippings

Cole slaw on the side

And An apple blossom served with vanilla ice cream


Another idea to serve for a Book Club The Dutch House Lunch would be Eggs and Toast – the meal most often mentioned throughout the book.


Our group did have a good discussion from The Dutch House.

Review:  Our Book Club has read two other books written by Ann Patchett previously.  However, to put it simply, none of us were fans of this latest novel of hers.

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