Recipe Box : A Novel With Recipes
by Shipman, Viola

When her efforts to pursue a professional culinary life away from her family's northern Michigan orchard end in disappointment, Sam spends a summer working for the family pie shop and begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history and her passion for food as she prepares beloved ancestral recipes. By the best-selling author of The Charm Bracelet.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a penname for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest.

Shipman (The Hope Chest, 2017) returns to her tried-and-true formula for her latest, which centers on Sam Nelson, a young pastry chef who left her small-town home to pursue her dreams in New York City. While she has great friends and a casual flirtation with the produce-delivery man, her celebrity-chef boss is a nightmare. When he insults the family recipe-slab pie-that she bakes for a morning-talk-show appearance, it's the last straw. Sam heads home to her family's northern-Michigan orchard, where plans are afoot for both her grandmother's seventy-fifth birthday and the orchard's centennial. With the support of her grandmother, Willo, and her mother, Deana, who share their stories, recipes, and unconditional love, Sam starts to figure out where her life is headed. Each section of the book focuses on a baked treat, which appears as both a plot point and a recipe, and stories from earlier generations of the Mullins Family Orchard women are interspersed throughout, adding different perspectives to the narrative. This heartwarming story of family and food will appeal to fans of gentle, intergenerational women's fiction. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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