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The Recipe Box

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Bestselling, beloved author of The Charm Bracelet spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books
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The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is a 2018 Thomas Dunne Books publication.

Sweet, tender and heartwarming-

This book just has that summertime feel to it. Sam Mullins always had an urge to break free from her family’s traditions. She wanted to fly far away from Michigan and the orchard and pie shop her parents and grandparents owned and operate. She finally escapes to New York, determined to be a premier baking chef. But, just as she lands a premium job opportunity, she quits and heads home to regr
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Delicious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was such a charming read... filled with love, family, and food... each chapter starts off with a recipe... a recipe that sounds absolutely delicious... that is why my mom is getting a copy of this book for Mother’s Day, she needs to try out these recipes... she is a stellar Baker (just in case she’s reading this I want to butter her up)

Sam grew up in northern Michigan on her family‘s orchard, always longing for the big city.... there are so many books with this the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 stars to The Recipe Box, a tale of love for family and the food that connects it! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Confession: I’ve bought all of Viola Shipman’s books because I cannot resist the covers! I was thrilled to read an early copy of the author’s latest book. Viola Shipman is actually a pen name for a male author who chose to write under his beloved grandmother’s name as a tribute to her. You can feel the author’s devotion to his grandmother, and his entire family, in these words, even though this is fic
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A recipe box for her thirteenth birthday? Is that what Sam really wanted?

Probably not, but it made her mother and grandmother happy so Sam accepted it and made her first pie.

THE RECIPE BOX was a gift no thirteen-year-old wanted, but it was a gift that kept on giving throughout Sam's life.

We follow Sam as she leaves her loving Michigan home and goes to New York to attend culinary school. She was a hit in New York, but her boss was a fake. To her family’s delight Sam decided to come back home.

Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really nice story about love, family bond, traditions and strong women. And the book contains some delicious recipes!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I’ve read by Viola Shipman and so far, this is definitely my favorite out of the two. Last year, I had the opportunity to read this author’s second novel The Hope Chest and while it was an enjoyable read for me, it didn’t capture my heart like this third book The Recipe Box did. At the heart of this book was a wonderful story about family, love, relationships, identity, and one of my favorite topics : FOOD -- not just any food though – pies, cakes, tarts, cookies, ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet as pie! This is my first book by Viola Shipman and I enjoyed her writing style and her story of love and family and tradition. Reading this brought back so many memories growing up with Mom baking and cooking and friends and family coming over to enjoy it. She still cooks on Sundays for family and almost always has a wonderful homemade cake or pie.

This is the story of Sam Mullins who is at a crossroads in life where she needs to make a choice - stay in New York as a pastry chef or go home
Excellent narration
Recipes excellent
Sweet, heartwarming this book brought back so many fond memories of my youth in upper Michigan. This is a book with strong family ties, great relationships, honesty and courage, not game playing. I felt good, peaceful and happy while reading it. A fabulous summer feel good read.
I loved this tale of upper an Upper Michigan woman/pastry chef and the orchard her family owns. She was raised on her family's orchard, a multi generation owned business. She w
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Viola Shipman's first two books and knew that I was in for a treat when I won a copy of The Recipe Box at goodreads. I wasn't disappointed - this was a wonderful book about family and love and relationships between mothers and daughters.

Sam Mullins felt like there was too much to explore in the world and didn't want to stay at her family's orchard and pie shop in Michigan. She went to NY, to go to culinary school and got a job at a famous bakery that was often filmed for Good Morning A
Sherri Thacker
What’s better than a great book about secret family recipes, love, family traditions ... a book with all that AND RECIPES . And these recipes look really, really great that I’ve decided to copy each one and hopefully try them out. I really enjoyed this book - the love this family has for each other is wonderful!!! I loved this book from the very first page to the last. This is my 3rd book by Viola Shipman and I love this one as much as the other 2. I’ve read - The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Che ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It would be nearly impossible for me to dislike this book.
Apple orchard? Check.
Old family recipes? Check.
Devoted, wise grandma? Check
Scrumptious, warm bubbling pies & pastry? Check

Pretty much a slam dunk. I did find the language repetitive and the main character cluelessly unappreciative, but it still worked...because, did I mention the pastries?! I could smell them from the pages.
Lisa Leone-campbell
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Recipe Box is the tale of the Mullin's family women who prove that hard work, perseverance, luck, and love of family and baking can conquer any hardship and bring great joy.

The Mullin's family have owned an apple orchard in Michigan for 100 years. The Mullin's women have been creating recipes and baking for the same amount of time, with each generation adding to the substantial recipe collection. On a daughter's 13th birthday, she is given a key and a recipe box filled with all the collected
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sam left her family’s orchard to set off on her own path. She moved to New York to become a pastry chef, working at one of the most famous bakeries in NY. It’s not what she envisioned so when the Chef takes things too far, she quits her job and walks out. She returns to the orchard to be with family and lick her wounds. Here she will reacquaint with the history of her family, learn about what’s really important in life, and heal her recipe at a time.⁣

The Recipe Box is a feel good, c
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, food, michigan
Sam gets fired from her prestigious-on-paper pastry chef job in New York City and returns home to northern Michigan with her tail between her legs. She is struggling with striking the balance between what she thinks she should be doing and what actually makes her happy. Not unlike many self discovery novels, Sam is her own worst enemy when it comes to both romantic relationships and her career.
Sam needs to look no further for answers than her own family. Which is where this all goes wrong for m
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

the recipe box
viola shipman

What it's all about...

One thing I know for certain...after reading this book the reader will either crave everything sweet or swear off of sugary treats forever! This book contains just about everything sweet and good that a book should have. It has a family...a Michigan family of bakers who own an apple orchard. The book shares stories from all of this family’s generations of bakers but focuses on Sam...she is the latest generation. She is a professionally trained c
Mar 08, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018
DNF at 27%

I wanted to love this. Books set in small towns always appeal to me. However, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into this. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters.

What Went Wrong:

1) The main character -

On the surface, there's nothing terrible about Sam. She's kind and sweet. She'd do anything for her family and friends, and she's experiencing a common problem: she doesn't know what to do next after her lifelong dream hasn't exactly gone as she had planned
I received an advanced reader's copy of THE RECIPE BOX for an honest review. Although this is not my usual genre, I quite enjoyed this feel-good read. The book begins with a young woman named Sam, a pastry chef, quitting her job in NYC. Sam returns to her family's orchard and restaurant in Michigan to decide who and what she wants to be. There are beautiful descriptions of Michigan and recipe boxes with delicious recipes which have been handed down over generations. With some light romance throw ...more
Linda Zagon
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

Viola Shipman, Author of “The Recipe Box” has written a delightful, charming and heartwarming story of family, love, tradition and change. The Genres of this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Northern Michigan and New York.

The author describes her characters as likable, resourceful, hardworking, and enterprising. Sam Mullins comes back to the family orchard and pie baking business and shoppes, after a major disappointmen
Deanne Patterson
Recipe lovers you're going to enjoy this one as each chapter starts off with a recipe and they sound absolutely delicious. Sam grew up in northern Michigan and her families orchard is all she knows. Looking to broaden her horizons while she adds a little excitement to her life she strikes out and lands a job as a chef in NYC. It's her dream job but when her boss turns out to not be who they portray themself as being she feels like a failure as she returns back home to the orchard. Surrounded by ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I bothered to keep reading this book. The theme is SO overdone and the plot is SO obvious, and slow and annoying. Also the characters talk like Hallmark cards. Sweet, syrupy aphorism. No one talks that way.
Sam grew up in an orchard in Michigan where her family runs a pie pantry. She learned to cook from her mom and grandma but wanted to become a real pastry chef, so she went to New York to go to school. Got a terrible job with a reality TV chef, quits and goes back to Michigan.
Jeanne Adamek
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very much recommended--and (I think) to be read at a time when "life" just isn't quite going the way one wants...
Donna Hines
Make the days count and honor every day you have.
Life is short my friends and Viola (pen name) Wade Rouse; reminds us that in this newest work The Recipe Box.
A fab read daring to leave the past behind while confronting the obstacles like fear that prevent us from welcoming change, opportunity, growth, and leaving a lasting legacy.
So often we get caught up in making a life we forget to live the live we have. Being present and enjoying the view to slow down enough in making memories to cherish is
Chris Conley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I definitely am going to make some of the recipes. I stopped short of five stars because I think Sam had the tools to see her future well before she did. I love the way the adults in this story told the story of the family.
Peggy Geiger
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, owned, favorites
I enjoyed reading this charming book, complete with family recipes and the instructions intermixed into the storyline. Set against the backdrop of Northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins grew up on the land of a family owned orchard. As with many young people, Sam cannot wait to get away from her rural country existence and see the world. After graduating from culinary school, Sam works in New York City as a pastry chef. After she abruptly quits her job, Sam goes back home, ostensibly for her ...more
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If you are a fan of heart-felt stories that will whisk you away on a virtual mini-vacation, The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is one to read. This book is a beautifully written story that will have you longing for a trip to Michigan. It also explores the theme of self-discovery through the use of recipes and a multi-generational cast of characters.
Rhonda Lomazow
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads for this lovely book.A homecoming love family the bonus of delicious recipes that you will want to try.Would make a lovely holiday gift.
Judy D Collins
Review to follow.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this one!
Five Stars: A delightful and delicious book that is all about love, family, roots and wings.

Sam trudges to work. It is early in the morning, but New York City is awake and buzzing. Why does she feel this knot of dread in her stomach every day when she arrives at what is supposedly her dream job? Today is different. The cute little bakery is dark and quiet. A note from the head pastry chef alerting their ridiculous boss that she is quitting is the way Sam starts her day. Thi
Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc.

I really liked this story, and I think it would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. I love how the story painted itself into living and breathing characters right in my mind - the scenes of NYC and Michigan were both breathtaking and unforgettable. I would love to go to the pie pantry, pick apples, eat apples, and chat and have fun with family and friends. Willo was probably my favorite character, and I also loved how the story flashed back to previous Mullins wom
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, a fun light read. Sure made me want to hit a bakery pronto. LOL
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