The Louth Coven Book Club has been meeting for over twelve years now. We are a group of friends who get together every 4-6 weeks to share a glass of wine and when we get around to it…talk about a book! We have also introduced chocolate into our evenings and are tasting our way through some fabulous bean-to-bar chocolate which are carefully matched to the themes, settings, characters, or author of the book. We don’t claim to be professional critics or chocolate connoisseurs but we all enjoy a good read and we are learning a great deal about good chocolate and just enjoy sharing our thoughts about both.
Currently the book reviews are written by Lara and the chocolate reviews by Kathryn but they reflect the thoughts and opinions of the group as a whole.
Choosing a book
Over the years we have perfected the art of choosing our book. We wait until just before we are about to go home, realise we haven’t got a book for next month, wait for one of us to remember someone saying ‘you should read ‘X’, it’s one of the best books ever’, do a quick google to check it isn’t something too depressing, too long or indecent, write it down and then spend the next couple of week texting each other to check what it was we chose and if anyone knows who the author is. We have had our fair share of mistakes, Kathryn once had to admit to reading ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ rather than ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ and Vicky surprised us all when she said she had tried to buy ‘H is for Whore’ rather than ‘H is for Hawk’. We would welcome any recommendations to help us.
Choosing the chocolate has been a little more straightforward. We initially let the team at Cocoa Runners do the hard work for us and used their monthly collections but we were struggling to remember what we had tasted and so we now select our chocolate to match the book. That way we get to explore our own themes and they have become much more memorable. We still use the Cocoa Runners library to help us but also source some UK bars direct from the makers.
We know we are not tasting the chocolate under ideal tasting conditions, but we really do enjoy it and love sharing our thoughts on flavours, tasting journeys and what we like and don’t like. We think chocolate, just like wine, is better shared.