I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Recipe Box: A Novel by Viola Shipman
Published by Thomas Dunne Books ISBN: 1250146771
on March 20th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Bestselling, beloved author of The Charm Bracelet spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life--including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.
As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.
I always find myself drawn to books about life, love and food. This story goes back in time to when the apple orchard first started. The descriptions of the apples and the recipes baked with the apples had me craving apple pie and all things apples! Sam left the apple orchard with big city dreams and culinary school in her sights. After culinary school Sam works for the most arrogant Chef Dimples- love that name! When Sam gets fired/quits after a very public and hilarious confrontation with Chef Dimples, she returns home to the apple orchard in Michigan. Sam leaves behind Angelo (who is in love with her) the fruit deliveryman from NYC and it is clear that Sam misses him but cannot admit this to herself. This was a story of family bonds and duty that are important in life. Sam is so torn about her family duty and what she think she wants. Angelo is perfect for Sam, actually Angelo is the perfect male it would seem. Was Angelo realistic? No but to me that isn’t always what I look for in a romantic book character.
I enjoyed this book and all of the recipes included.