Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them ! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.
This week I’m picking a book I read nine years ago and loved!
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-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.
There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.
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 an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and—oh yes—butter.
I really loved WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER by Beth Harbison. It was a quick read and very enjoyable. Gemma Craig hasn’t always had an easy life. She has quit her corporate job and is now doing what she loves most, cooking. She is 37 years old and a private chef in Washington DC. She cooks for different people most nights of the week. Not only the rich, but some quirky people as well. One of them is a single guy who she calls Mr. Tuesday. Even though they have never actually met, she has been cooking for him for awhile now and he is one of her easiest customers. One of her customers isn’t as nice. Angela thinks she is having an affair with her husband and she sets out to ruin Gemma. Gemma has no idea who is creating trouble for her. One by one she starts to lose her clients and is determined to get to the bottom of it. She can’t afford to lose too many more jobs or all of her hard work will be for nothing.
On one of her free Friday nights she goes to a bar with her friend and meets Mack. She is instantly drawn to him as he is to her. They leave the bar and spend the night together. After a couple of mishaps, she seems to think that she will never see him again. She really needs to talk to him. I can’t tell you why, but trust me, she needs to talk to him! She sees him once in a grocery store and he is on the phone. He tells her he really needs to talk to her and hands her what he thinks is his business card, but it isn’t his, it’s a woman’s. She is crushed with the prospect of never seeing him again.
WHEN IN DOUBT ADD BUTTER was very funny at times and had me laughing out loud and giggling as I turned the pages. The notes between Gemma and Mr. Tuesday were cute and hysterical at the same time. I thought the premise of the book was very original and it was a nice change from all the paranormal books that seem to be flooding the market nowadays. if you love women’s fiction as much I do then you will surely enjoy WHEN IN DOUBT ADD BUTTER.
How can you not love a book with brightly colored cupcakes on it? WHEN IN DOUBT ADD BUTTER was easy to read and I really liked the flow of the story.
Thank you for reading and have a great day!😊💖