Laurence's quiet life in Seattle is shaken and stirred when 70-year-old Eva sweeps him off his 76-year-old feet. He's a retired Boeing engineer who likes to read and cook. She's a powerhouse CEO who suggests shocking ideas about sex, love, and marriage. Romance is exciting at every age, but can this unlikely couple create a future together?
Drew's gallery is struggling through the Great Recession. He risks his finances and reputation to try to save it with a unique Basque art exhibit. When Eva sends a sophisticated Parisian and her son to help, Drew and his young assistant, Julia, are intrigued and wary. The mysterious Frenchwoman has business savoir-faire, but can they trust her?
Food, wine, art, and love make The Cooking Class in San Sebastián a modern story about never giving up on living a passionate life.
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- Gary Powell
Visit San Sebastián with out leaving Seattle
The story starts with Lawrence a fusty old engineer who likes his quiet after his wife has been gone from cancer five years. He is romanced by an Italian pastry magnate, a whirlwind in high heels, also widowed. He loves cooking. She loves him. But her family is volatile Italian, loud and argumentative. Will the alliance survive a Basque event at the art gallery where Lawrence works part-time, advising on the food and wine? What of the mysteries between his coworkers? Will Drew romance Bernadette, the France teacher who knows so much about art?
The narrator starts with a slow and inexpressive voice, boring. But as the pace of the story picks up so does he, doing a credible job carefully pronouncing the names of Basque dishes, ingredients and wines.
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- Logan cooks
Inspired by love at any age & Basque food
The Cooking School at San Sebastian, the second in Karen Tripson’s series, set in
Seattle, mingles stories of the men and women, of all ages, whose common bond is an interest
in food, wine, art and literature.
Weaving the stories of a gallery’s owners struggles in a poor economy, an older couples
falling in love (with the attendant problems of money, adult children), and a beautiful mysterious
French art connesuire, creates a suspenseful, humorous, well-paced novel of manners. Falling
in love is not easy at any age.
A cooking class at San Sebastian, Spain, taken by one of the minor characters, leads
to the art gallery creating a show of the art of the Basque of the American West (and some
recipes for their wonderful food served at the gallery opening).
Many of the characters were introduced in The Cooking School at Kuala Lumpur, but
it isn’t necessary to have read the first novel. The Cooking Class at San Sebastian hints at
new stories to come in what will be the third novel in this charming series.
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