How awesome is that for a title of a book? AND, how great is this cover:
This is the book Brittney, Alysha, and I read for our book club, which we are meeting to discuss tomorrow. I’ve had multiple people tell me the cover alone made them want to read this book, and in this case, it’s perfect fine to judge a book by it’s cover! Without further ado…
When in Doubt, Add Butter
Here is the description from goodreads.com:
“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.”
As you can tell from the description, this would be considered chick lit. I typically don’t go for chick lit, but I loved this book! I thought the main character was interesting and I liked her, so it was easy to root for her. I also loved that the book was about cooking and wasn’t always about her love life — her work life crept in quite a bit, too.
This book was incredibly easy to read, which actually made me sad because I flew through it. This is one of those books where you just really like the characters and want to hang out with them, not fly through the book and be done with them. It was also so nice to not really think during this book! I’m all for deep and meaningful books, but I’m all for fun and lighthearted, which this definitely was.
My only two problems were that it was a bit predictable (I saw the big reveal from miles away, but I wanted it to happen, so I was not at all upset) and that there wasn’t quite enough about her cooking and her clients. She had some super weird and crazy clients, and I would have liked to see more interaction with them, along with more info about what she cooked for them, especially for the people with ridiculous food requirements.
But overall, I loved this book. It was fun to read, definitely kept my attention, and I feel like the book is just like the cover — colorful, fun, and draws you in. I definitely recommend this for a summer read!