Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate

Hello All,

Gallery Books graciously sent me an advance reading copy of The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate for review. I enjoyed it, and if I didn't need my sunshine & warmth so much, Maine might be on the list of places to move to.

Holly Maguire spent her summers with her Italian grandmother, Camilla Constantina, who owned Camilla's Cucinottta, and told fortunes to locals and tourist alike. Camilla also taught cooking classes. After one more terrible break-up, Holly moves to her grandmother's, just prior to Camilla's death.

Holly tries to pick up the pieces of her life with Camilla's recipes and cooking school, even though Holly does not quite have the natural knack of cooking that Camilla had. Holly puts a lot of focus and energy into learning the recipes and begins to teach the classes, learning from her students as they learn from her. She also has the opportunity to cater, and while this situation presents its own challenges, Holly is able to add this to her new life.

The Love Goddess' Cooking School is a lovely story, with tributes to the past, to Maine and to learning from others as one gets to know oneself. Recommended.

Happy Reading!