Cover of Love & Saffron

Note from Grace: “Due to sudden illness, I need to postpone the book club for LOVE & SAFFRON. Working on a new date with the author. Please sign up for the newsletter or follow me on Instagram for updates. Thanks!”

Hello, booklovers! I hope you’ve been having a lovely Fall – a season that epitomizes warmth, coziness, and community. The perfect time to take a trip to the Pacific Northwest in America with a book that celebrates food. letter-writing, and friendship!

I hope you’ll join me, over the next two months, in reading (and, I know, enjoying) the novel Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, And Love by Kim Fay.

Kim will be joining us for the last half hour of the book club to answer questions and share her own insights and stories about the book. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter – to the side of this post (or at the bottom if you’re reading this on mobile) – to stay updated about all things book club and receive reading resources and reminders.

I hope you will be able to read along with us this month and make it to the book club – registration details are below. I’m looking forward to sharing Love & Saffron with you.

Happy Reading!
❤ , Grace

Author : Kim Fay
Book: Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, And Love

Even if you have attended a previous Boarding Pass Book Club, this is a new Zoom meeting, specific for the upcoming book club, so you will need to register again.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Copies of Love & Saffron, with bookplates signed just for us by author Kim Fay, are available by special arrangement through Beach Books in Seaside, Oregon. They are generously offering a 15% discount on this book for members of the book club, so please sign up to our newsletter (see quick signup in the right margin or at the bottom of this page) if you already haven’t and I’ll be sending that code to you in your book club prep emails. Beach Books is such a wonderful indie bookstore with the best staff, so do check them out for this, and your other book needs!

CLICK HERE to view / purchase Love & Saffron


The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.

When twenty-seven-year-old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan letter–as well as a gift of saffron–to fifty-nine-year-old Imogen Fortier, a life-changing friendship begins. Joan lives in Los Angeles and is just starting out as a writer for the newspaper food pages. Imogen lives on Camano Island outside Seattle, writing a monthly column for a Pacific Northwest magazine, and while she can hunt elk and dig for clams, she’s never tasted fresh garlic–exotic fare in the Northwest of the sixties. As the two women commune through their letters, they build a closeness that sustains them through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the unexpected in their own lives.
Food and a good life—they can’t be separated. It is a discovery the women share, not only with each other, but with the men in their lives. Because of her correspondence with Joan, Imogen’s decades-long marriage blossoms into something new and exciting, and in turn, Joan learns that true love does not always come in the form we expect it to. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of Joan and Imogen’s friendship—a test that summons their unconditional trust in each other.
A brief respite from our chaotic world, Love & Saffron is a gem of a novel, a reminder that food and friendship are the antidote to most any heartache, and that human connection will always be worth creating.


Photo of Kim Fay from Penguin Random House’s website

Learn more about Kim on her website:

Born and raised in Washington State, Kim Fay is a former bookseller and the author of Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, a Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner, and The Map of Lost Memories, an Edgar Award finalist for Best First Novel. Fay lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jim, and their dog, Mabel. Love & Saffron is her second novel.