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What if your grandmother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook contained mysterious messages that would shockingly change your life? For Kate Miller all is perfect. She is falling in love with the ideal man while advancing in her professional career. Then her neat and ordered life crashes. She receives a strange email from her deceased grandmother. Coupled with this, her apartment What if your grandmother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook contained mysterious messages that would shockingly change your life? For Kate Miller all is perfect. She is falling in love with the ideal man while advancing in her professional career. Then her neat and ordered life crashes. She receives a strange email from her deceased grandmother. Coupled with this, her apartment is burgled and her cookbooks are stolen, the ones she was instructed to preciously guard. After hiring a quirky private detective she goes on a quest that leads to an impossible truth. This exciting action thriller is interlaced with memories of tastes, smells and laughter in the kitchen, and how a grandmother lovingly prepared a young girl to face enormous challenges. Not only did Kate learn the craft of cooking, but also values from old-world traditions. These savoury breaks in the story provide unusual twists not typically found in bestseller action-thriller novels. Those lessons passed from one generation to the next give Kate the strength to face powerful forces. While solving mysteries she is led on a journey of self-discovery, having to ask hard questions. What is this disconcerting game that her grandmother is playing and for what purpose? Is her past just an illusion? And, why are these malevolent people intent on extracting some unknown truth from her? There are unique and unexpected rewards with this book. Recipes for dishes in the novel are found on the author’s website, thereby prolonging the pleasant memories of the story. Kate is a gourmet cook and you can recreate her delectable delights, whether for a special candlelight dinner for two or for an entire family. ‘The Cookbook’ carries themes of romance and love, and of faith and hope as it explores the limits of how much trust one can give to others. When everyone is against you, how can you stand up with toughness and tenacity against the world? One reviewer wrote, “This book is like a superb meal. It’s a wonderful mix of the pleasures of cooking and the enjoyment of an action read. One can only say, ‘Bon Appetit!’” If you love an adrenaline driven escape found in a fun action story, this is it.


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What if your grandmother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook contained mysterious messages that would shockingly change your life? For Kate Miller all is perfect. She is falling in love with the ideal man while advancing in her professional career. Then her neat and ordered life crashes. She receives a strange email from her deceased grandmother. Coupled with this, her apartment What if your grandmother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook contained mysterious messages that would shockingly change your life? For Kate Miller all is perfect. She is falling in love with the ideal man while advancing in her professional career. Then her neat and ordered life crashes. She receives a strange email from her deceased grandmother. Coupled with this, her apartment is burgled and her cookbooks are stolen, the ones she was instructed to preciously guard. After hiring a quirky private detective she goes on a quest that leads to an impossible truth. This exciting action thriller is interlaced with memories of tastes, smells and laughter in the kitchen, and how a grandmother lovingly prepared a young girl to face enormous challenges. Not only did Kate learn the craft of cooking, but also values from old-world traditions. These savoury breaks in the story provide unusual twists not typically found in bestseller action-thriller novels. Those lessons passed from one generation to the next give Kate the strength to face powerful forces. While solving mysteries she is led on a journey of self-discovery, having to ask hard questions. What is this disconcerting game that her grandmother is playing and for what purpose? Is her past just an illusion? And, why are these malevolent people intent on extracting some unknown truth from her? There are unique and unexpected rewards with this book. Recipes for dishes in the novel are found on the author’s website, thereby prolonging the pleasant memories of the story. Kate is a gourmet cook and you can recreate her delectable delights, whether for a special candlelight dinner for two or for an entire family. ‘The Cookbook’ carries themes of romance and love, and of faith and hope as it explores the limits of how much trust one can give to others. When everyone is against you, how can you stand up with toughness and tenacity against the world? One reviewer wrote, “This book is like a superb meal. It’s a wonderful mix of the pleasures of cooking and the enjoyment of an action read. One can only say, ‘Bon Appetit!’” If you love an adrenaline driven escape found in a fun action story, this is it.

30 review for The Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brook

    I picked this book because the cover reminded me of my mom's Betty Crocker cook book. It turns out that was indeed the inspiration for this book. I expected fluff but got a story I thoroughly enjoyed. I often read several books at a time but I put all of them on hold to read this delicious dish. Like Kate the Betty Crocker cook book is a family heirloom for my family. My mother has cooked from her mom's Betty Crocker cook book that is so often used that the cover is now gone. I picked this book because the cover reminded me of my mom's Betty Crocker cook book. It turns out that was indeed the inspiration for this book. I expected fluff but got a story I thoroughly enjoyed. I often read several books at a time but I put all of them on hold to read this delicious dish. Like Kate the Betty Crocker cook book is a family heirloom for my family. My mother has cooked from her mom's Betty Crocker cook book that is so often used that the cover is now gone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindis

    Sorry. I loved the cover beyond belief, but it doesn't fit the book. The book attempts to be a run-of-the-mill mystery/suspense thing, but the cozy part hinted at by the cover just isn't there. And whole paragraphs read like author's notes rather than writing. Better editing and I'm in. Sorry. I loved the cover beyond belief, but it doesn't fit the book. The book attempts to be a run-of-the-mill mystery/suspense thing, but the cozy part hinted at by the cover just isn't there. And whole paragraphs read like author's notes rather than writing. Better editing and I'm in.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I love the cover of this one. It leads you to believe there is a certain mood to the story, but it turns out, it's a little different. It was fast-paced, a lot of fun and made me feel like I was in a Magnum P.I. or Rockford Files episode. Definitely a good beach read. It could really use some tighter editing. So could my review. Ha! Also, I love that recipes and discussion questions are on his website. I love the cover of this one. It leads you to believe there is a certain mood to the story, but it turns out, it's a little different. It was fast-paced, a lot of fun and made me feel like I was in a Magnum P.I. or Rockford Files episode. Definitely a good beach read. It could really use some tighter editing. So could my review. Ha! Also, I love that recipes and discussion questions are on his website.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Fast Paced Mystery Fast paced mystery of a young woman trying to recover belongings stolen from her apartment including her grandmother's cookbook. Grandmother was definitely cooking up something and it wasn't fried chicken. Staying one step ahead of the Russian mob, Kate discovers answers to questions she hadn't even known to ask. Quick and enjoyable. Fast Paced Mystery Fast paced mystery of a young woman trying to recover belongings stolen from her apartment including her grandmother's cookbook. Grandmother was definitely cooking up something and it wasn't fried chicken. Staying one step ahead of the Russian mob, Kate discovers answers to questions she hadn't even known to ask. Quick and enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Poorly written and no evidence of editing! A shame, really. The story had promise.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frey-Thomas

    Ugh. Where to start? The bad editing? The awful portrayal of how police departments work? (Hint: the big city detective who shows up for your home burglary is not the same guy who runs an organized crime sting, or the same guy showing up with a SWAT force) The fact that you know her boyfriend is a bad guy, from the first time you hear of him? The sad idea that a homeschooled kid is naturally way ahead of students who attend conventional learning establishments? The BS about the PI understanding Ugh. Where to start? The bad editing? The awful portrayal of how police departments work? (Hint: the big city detective who shows up for your home burglary is not the same guy who runs an organized crime sting, or the same guy showing up with a SWAT force) The fact that you know her boyfriend is a bad guy, from the first time you hear of him? The sad idea that a homeschooled kid is naturally way ahead of students who attend conventional learning establishments? The BS about the PI understanding more about investments than her, even though she is a portfolio investment professional? (I thought she was a homeschooled wiz kid?) The latent misogyny of the detective continually thinking how much he wants to start up something, from the minute he sees her, and her falling for him within a day? The ridiculously cartoonish portrayal of the drug dealer? The silly cookbook "clues", that read like a Scooby Doo cartoon? The absolute garbage about her grandmother owning 20 or more original paintings by artists like Picasso and Matisse, and her art history minor having ass didn't realize they were originals? Her phenomenally bad fashion sense? The fact that she puts a list of the companies she owns, folded into a square, into her bra?! (again, isn't she supposed to be a financial professional!) Writing A decent novel is NOT this author's strong suit. This seemed like a vanity project, that someone should have had the guts to say no to. Or at least run it by a WAY better editor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Djordje Gikic

    Captivating and fun The Cookbook was a real surprise. Reading this book was fun and I truly enjoy the depth of the characters and the historical links that influenced many of the events as well as value systems. It creates an atmosphere where we are reminded of our own past and how many things evolved over the years to create today's world. I was thrown back many years back, in the sweet memories of my childhood which was unexpected and fun. Captivating and fun The Cookbook was a real surprise. Reading this book was fun and I truly enjoy the depth of the characters and the historical links that influenced many of the events as well as value systems. It creates an atmosphere where we are reminded of our own past and how many things evolved over the years to create today's world. I was thrown back many years back, in the sweet memories of my childhood which was unexpected and fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Reeve

    Enjoyable mystery Clever use of unexpected items to unfold the mystery. The relationships between the characters unfold in satisfying ways. Even if you guess the identity of the villain, you’ll enjoy spending time with the main characters. And the recipe for veal piccata is an unexpected bonus!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Shop

    Don t get to cozy I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the the chi s rafters and I love cookbooks. Just as you think your reading a cozy little romance mystery, it gets deep and dark on you and you know that nothing about the confrontation with the "bad guys" is cozy. Don t get to cozy I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the the chi s rafters and I love cookbooks. Just as you think your reading a cozy little romance mystery, it gets deep and dark on you and you know that nothing about the confrontation with the "bad guys" is cozy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Lafrance

    A cute idea I have a Betty Crocker cookbook that now is as old as the hills all smudged and tarnished. I found the story unique and compelling. It was a nifty idea to unravel a story. Thanks

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aleta Chossek

    All the elements of a TV script A quick easy read with cartoonish characters. Good guys are good and bad guys are bad. Intriguing back story flavored with nostalgia saves the predictable plot from boring. Mildly entertaining if you want to escape.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Gorr

    Great mystery and life lessons This quick read mystery has all the elements of intrigue , suspense, and drama wrapped up in nice package of love and family values.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frances Littell

    A fun, fast passed thriller. Enjoyable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I found this book an enjoyable reading experience. My first red and white checkerboard is where I keep mementos, and has my scribblings of tips to myself...nobody wants to lose that!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Asen

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    Arieswoman

  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Murn

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  24. 5 out of 5

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