When in Doubt, Add Butter

Beth Harbison

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

 

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.

 

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WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER (Chapter 1)

When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: “Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you’ll end up cooking for a man who’d rather eat at McDonald’s; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can’t hit a hole the size of a watermelon—”

This man sounded disgusting.

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WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER by Beth Harbison | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER . Carried by an appealing narrator, this latest from the bestselling author of <em>Shoe Addicts Anonymous<em> (2007, etc.) features the exploits of a personal chef and her collection of oddball clients.
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Beth Harbison

BETH HARBISON is The New York Times bestselling author of Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City and a quiet home on the eastern shore.

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When in Doubt, Add Butter
Beth Harbison

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312599096
ISBN10: 0312599099
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$25.99

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Macmillan Audio
July 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427221698
ISBN10: 1427221693
Audio Run Time: 8:00
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Macmillan Audio
July 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427221704
ISBN10: 1427221707
Audio Run Time: 9:00
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312599089
ISBN10: 0312599080
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250015020
ISBN10: 1250015022
384 pages
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