What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

June 28, 2011
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What if your father was the slightly kinder, gentler, and less profane version of Gordon Ramsey? What if your mom left an unhappy marriage and became the pampered wife of a Big-10 basketball coach? What if you’d moved nearly half a dozen times in the past two years and created a new identity for yourself, […]

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Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

May 7, 2009
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I’ve mentioned my little love affair with Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries in the past. In fact, a post of a recipe from one of her extremely enjoyable novels even won 2nd place in an online competition at The Kitchn so she and I (or at least her books and I) are very old friends. […]

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The School of Essential Ingredients

February 8, 2009
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Once a month an eclectic group of strangers meet in the kitchen of Lillian’s restaurant to participate in The School of Essential Ingredients. Shy and cautious at first they soon build a supportive rapport with one another, and under Lillian’s intuitive culinary tutelage blossom and grow in ways they never imagined possible. Each chapter reveals […]

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Dear Julia

September 29, 2008

Elaine Hamilton is a wallflower. She’s shy, awkward, and desperately doesn’t want to go to her mother’s alma matar Dartmouth. What she does want is to quietly perfect every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, attend Smith College, and eventually study at the Cordon Bleu in Paris — just like her hero Julia […]

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