Her life's a mess. And so is her kitchen.
Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn't even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong? She dives into the culinary basics. Then she launches a blog to vent her misery about life, love and her goal of an unburnt casserole. To her amazement, the blog's a hit. She becomes a minor celebrity. Next, a sexy Spaniard enters her life. Will her soufflés stop falling? Will she finally forget about the husband she still loves? And how can she explain to her readers that she still hasn't learned how to cook up a happy life from scratch?
©2010 Melissa Ford (P)2016 Bell Bridge Books
The premise and storyline seemed promising, but it started slowly and took a long time to warm up.
Early on, I found the narrator's mis-pronunciations of Zumba (as "zumm-ba") and ramen noodles (as "ray-men", used multiple times) as well as several other words to be a distraction.
Lisa Scott also has a narration style similar to that of Amy Rubinate, using a "hyped" voice as though she is doing a news radio show, rather than the conversational style of the book material, and ending sentences heavily on the last letter of the last word -- particularly if the word ended with an "s", a "sh" or a soft g as at the end of "cabbage". Again, this served as a distraction throughout the book as the narration called attention to itself rather than being useful in bringing the written material to life.
Additionally, the narrator frequently repeated lines, either that were read in the wrong voice or with an inflection she didn't like and wanted to do over, but the outtakes were never edited away. This continued throughout the entire book.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a poorly-used credit on my audible account.
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