WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER by Beth Harbison

WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER

KIRKUS REVIEW

Carried by an appealing narrator, this latest from the bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous (2007, etc.) features the exploits of a personal chef and her collection of oddball clients.

Gemma Craig is 38 and single. And that’s okay. She’s not sure she has what it takes for a long-term relationship (she averages two months), and anyway, she is satisfied with her life: friends, family and a career she enjoys. As a personal chef in D.C., she has a string of clients that both amuse her and keep her solvent. Mondays are the Van Houghtens—restricted diet, no flavor, neurotic wife. Tuesday is “Mr. Tuesday,” a client she has only met through addictively cheeky notes. Then there’s Lex, a gallant older bachelor who owns a department store. Thursdays are the Olekseis, a large Russian family that may have ties to the Russian Mafia; for all Gemma knows, they could head the Russian Mafia. Fridays are filled by Lex’s overweight niece Willa, a shut-in who has made a fortune from online poker. This no-strings-attached nurturing suits Gemma, until she meets Mack. The two have a memorable night, but they part without the essentials—names and numbers—which seemed a little pointless in the midst of all that passion. A watery mistake blurs Mack’s goodbye note and number, and that’s that. Gemma can’t help but revisit that night in her fantasies, even though she has more urgent concerns: she’s losing her weekend catering jobs and thinks Mrs. Van Houghten is sabotaging her business. And she’s also found out...well, let's just say things get complicated. 

A lovable heroine and an engaging cast of eccentrics makes for a cheerful summer read.

Pub Date: July 17th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-59909-6
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2012




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