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Barbara

Norwell, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Off the Menu

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacey Ballis
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (19)
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    (18)

    As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes - and that's just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick's cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling.

    Barbara says: "Light and charming story......"
    "Light and charming story......"
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    I really liked this book. Very light and easy going -- no major drama and no twisted plot or characters (thankfully delivered from the sickies in this book). A little predictable in places and definitely could have lived without the 120 reasons why her place was a better place to live, but good story overall. The dog was an excellent character and helped connect all the pieces of the story and people together. Interesting insight into the restaurant scene and made me wonder about the behind the scenes of all the coking shows. A great little read and well spent credit.
    Oh - AND the beginning of the book gives website information for recipes!.....it seems the book is sprinkled with recipes throughout.... I haven't checked it out yet, but some of the dishes referred to would be great recipes to have!

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