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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250015020352 Pages
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.
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...
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Praise for When in Doubt, Add Butter
“Harbison dazzles in her latest, a perfect blend of chick lit and women's fiction...Absolutely first-rate.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A lovable heroine and an engaging cast of eccentrics makes for a cheerful summer read.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Harbison's airy prose, likable heroine, colorful characters, and engaging story are sure to appeal to fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Emily Giffin. Think of When in Doubt, Add Butter as a soufflé. It's a tasty dish of light, escapist reading.” —The Examiner.com
“Harbison's cast of characters is delightful.” —She Knows Book Lounge
“Delicious, just like dessert.” —People Magazine
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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. - Kirkus Reviews