Crocus Hour or Ladies, A Plate?

Voting in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards is one of my favourite civic duties, but this year, my mouse is hovering between two boxes :

The Crocus Hour by Charlotte Randall
A treasure box of ex-pat angst, taut family relationships and a mystery.

Ladies A Plate:Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston

Any recipe book that has the recipes that I have failed to pry out of my Mother’s hands must be a potential award winner for me, and the rich historical detail makes this the Te Papa of cookbooks.

My vote is wavering between the domestic arts and the literary arts; my heart vs.  my stomach.

3 thoughts on “Crocus Hour or Ladies, A Plate?

  1. Donna 26 June 2009 / 2:10 pm

    So which way are you going to go? I’m afraid my stomach would win – as my portly frame would suggest … and what a pretty cover ‘Ladies a plate’has!

  2. Helen 26 June 2009 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve read neither book, but I’m guessing my stomach would win. It usually does.

  3. Lisa 29 June 2009 / 12:26 pm

    I’ve leaning towards The Crocus Hour as Charlotte Randall is so good, but is this like a court case? Should I disregard all past actions, put aside my prejudice and choose based on the merits of the books before me?

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