Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cookbooks, love and money

I have had The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman on my to-read list for a while now, and it was finally time. Her writing style is up my alley  - lots of flawed characters, nice interconnections between people (without making it too contrived), and the story is spread out over just a few years instead of a sprawling saga.  By adding antique cookbooks to the mix, she had me hooked by the title - although the cookbooks don't show up for a while in the story.

Emily and Jessamine are two sisters that love each other, yet are completely different people who probably wouldn't be friends if they weren't related. Emily runs a tremendously successful Internet start-up company. I found it somewhat difficult to read about people involved in the technology bubble in the early 2000's and I wanted to yell out watch what you're doing, don't squander that money, it's all going to go away.  But they had to learn for themselves what will happen.  It was easy to get caught up in the giddiness of it all, new ideas and oodles of money to be had for the asking. Jessamine is a graduate philosophy student of sorts, involved with saving trees and various other causes including working at an antiquarian bookstore. Their relationships with each other, their father and their loves make this a compelling read. And there is the mystery and romance of the antique cookbooks to boot.  A lovely way to while away a few hours.
~More Books

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