When in Doubt, Add Butter
From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.
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-sev
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
For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes ...more
Its about Gemma, who's in her late 30s, having no life of her own, works as a personal chef for five different clients. She enjoys catering for parties in the weekends at a country club. One day she gets fired by one of her clients, as a result getting a rar ...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
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
(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
I need Ms. Harbison to write more books and faster. Also I need the publisher to hop to it as far as getting audiobooks produced. These books always seem to have the perfect narrator to bring these stories to life. And once you get hooked you’re in for the long haul. I’ve never been so happy to not be able to read a physical or eBook. This story took me through a very long wait at the hospital and I was quite sad when it ...more
- I enjoyed reading abo ...more
When in Doubt, Add Butter follows the life of Gemma, a personal chef, for a few months. Having tried other careers, Gemma has found happiness in her passion for cooking and running her own business. Unfortunately, many of the people ...more
When I finally began to realize that it was not quite that, I continued reading (often skimming, especially toward the end) because I was having fun finding the book's flaws and sort of "playing editor."
** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD**
1. First of all, am I the only person who r ...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
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 started out as a great book. I liked the main character/narrator, Gemma, and thought her job as a personal chef was cool and different. There are a million books out there about cops, PIs and CEOs but I've never read one about a personal chef before. The pace was good ...more
This past weekend, surveying the overflowing shelves in our new DC rowhouse, I de ...more
I was NOT disappointed! LOVED the story. LOVED the relationship between Gemma and her customers, especially her relationship with her overweight and cynical client. The descriptions of how a person becomes overweight, the assumptions people make about those individuals, and the fear of failure is so completely on point!
Besides the honest emotional scenes this is a light, en ...more
That said, this book was a step above the past few in terms of writing, a consistent storyline and narrator, and a heroine that wasn’t forced.
While it was nothing earth shattering, I really did enjoy the overall plot and recommend it if you’re looking for a sweet escape.
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