When in Doubt, Add Butter
As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over.In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her.At thirty-seven, she has her own...more
When In Doubt, Add Butter is such a book, and it managed this feat admirably from the very first sentence of the very first page. “When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert H...more
If I could, I'd give this book 2.5 stars. It was OK, not terrible, but not great either. Gemma is a 37 year old private chef in DC and the book covers her relationships with her clients (one for every night of the week) as well as her relationships outside of work (her cousin Penny, friend Lynn, and her dating interests.)
This is obviously chick-lit, so I tend to have lower expectations for these kinds of books - nothing heavy, just light and engaging. I did zip r...more
The book focuses on Gemma Craig, personal chef, with all her personal foibles. She is a somewhat stereotypical late 30s single woman, bemoaning her lack of rel...more
I read chick lit only occasionally, but I do enjoy it for quick reads on trips or in hotel rooms.
I wanted to really like this book because of the potential food descriptions and recipes. Alas, there was only miniscule description of food and zero recipes. How can a character boast that she makes the best meatloaf and then not provide a recipe?
The main character Gemma Craig starts off very likable and has an engaging way of describing her clients and t...more
(note: contains mild spoilers)
America, land of many appetites: Americans do love their food, and when they’re not eating, they love looking at cooking shows or reading about food. I am no exception, and as a chronic dieter, seek vicarious living through scrumptious food writing, so I considered myself fortunate to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Harbison’s book. (After all, who with a pulse doesn’t love butter?) I was anticipating something along the lines of Choc...more
Gemma is a personal chef for five different ho...more
I am going to try a few of the kitchen tips: pineapple +...more
Gemma Craig (no relation to Jenny Craig) is a personal chef who works for an array of families in the DC area. One is a cast member of a reality show (similar to the RHO franchise), another has some of t...more
Private Chef Gemma Craig has given up on dating. Instead, she focuses on her steady catering clients: The Russian family, the high-maintenance society wife, the food-allergy obsessed housewife, "Mr. Tuesday" and the asexual businessman. Each client has their own quirks, but each brings Gemma some degree of satisfaction. When that begins to fall apart, Gemma goes out with her friend and ends up with a one-night stand that will change her life.
The characters are engaging and well developed and th...more
Contrary to most of the reviews that I read about this book, I liked it. I didn’t love it or think it was a super fantastic novel, but for a light read it was perfect! It was carefree and sweet and exactly what I needed for today, because I was avoiding studying and classes were cancelled due to icy roads.
I absolutely loved this line: “There you are, all ready to pass Go and collect two hundred dollars, and suddenly Colonel Mustard is trapp...more
When In Doubt, Add Butter is the story about a personal chef, Gemma Craig (not to be confused with Jenny Craig!) and the quirky people who she cooks for. When Gemma was 12 years old, she was told by a fortune teller to never marry because she would be miserable for the rest of her life. The fortune teller ended up being a disgruntled teacher dressed up, but when the story opens, Gemma is 37 years old and has never been married. She works for...more
I won this on Goodreads and I’ll admit the cover is what made me check it out (well played, art department) and when I looked at a couple of reviews, I thought that it would be a mostly light chick-lit type book about a personal chef and her clients. For...more
The story follows Gemma, a private chef who cooks for a different client every day. Gemma is single and 37, thus she is what Jane Austen would call a spinster without much hope. She doesn't see herself as anything special.
Gemma's clients run the gamut from Snooty McSnootertons to Mr. Tuesday Night (whom she's never met in person) to possible members of the Russian Mafia. When she l...more
- I enjoyed reading abo...more
It's so refreshing to read a book written by someone who honest to god knows how to write and tell a good story. If you're looking for a read that you can trust to have a happy ending and will fulfill all your expectations, this is the book for yo...more
When in Doubt, Add Butter falls into the chick lit genre. I really enjoyed the book despite my initial book cover judgement (The cupcakes looked good, but I thought the novel itself would be boring. I thought it would be one of those typical "this is my recipe" at the beginning of every chapter let me relate it to my life kind of books -- it's not.). The various characters Gemma cooks for are interesting, and I love t...more
I was excited to jump into the world of baking and love. Turns out, main character Gemma Craig is not a baker of cupcakes, but rather a personal chef. I enjoyed meeting all of the crazy families and personalities that she cooks for each week. Many of them seemed so real and interesting. Gemma was a relatable protagonist but at times she could be whiney and come off a little immature. (A 37 year old woman needs to think about savings!) I loved the...more
Given my interest in food memoirs, and just about any book that has something, even tangentially, to do with food, I was quite excited when I was notified that I won the book. This being the main reason I entered the giveaway to begin with. My excitement for the book ended once I started reading it.
I read it on an flight between the east and west coast, and honestly, that is the only reason I finished it.
The author's writing style i...more
Maybe it was because the plot was kind of transparent--I figured out the twist, or whatever you want to call it, pretty early on. After that, it just wasn't that exciting. I did like her friendships with Penny, Willa, and Lex.
I will say that I wasn't a huge fan of the title. Yes, she uses the phrase...more
I love this hilarious, heartfelt book so much that I devoured it in less than a day!
Beth Harbison has created a wonderful main character, Gemma Craig… not to be confused with Jenny Craig, a private chef who, due to events from her past, lives to take care of others. The variety of characters she cooks for and helps, in turn help her discover, not only herself, but true love as well.
While I knew who “Mr. Tuesday” was an...more
Quick and easy read, mildly entertaining. I don't regret having read it, but I won't be looking for othe...more
I tend to forget very quickly.
Okay let me think.
It was an enjoyable read. not as good as Shoe Addict. I only read the first book, but it was definitely not bad.
Okay, I did not laugh out loud (If an author manages to make me do that, they will always end up getting a good review ;) )
What I liked is the narrator's job. That was fun. Too bad it ws obvious to me who was her one night crush.
I give it 3.5 stars...more
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