FICTION

Too Many Cooks

Kensington. Nov. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781617732621. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617732638. F
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Kelly Madigan is a cookbook ghostwriter who has just been offered a dream job: writing the cookbook of American movie star Natasha Spencer. The only catch? She'll have to move from Michigan to London, which means leaving behind her bland boyfriend, her best friend, and her widower father. Newly single, Kelly sets out to be impressed by superdiva Natasha, only to be blown away by her dishy husband, Hugh, a high-powered member of the British government. Life as a transplant in London proves to be almost as difficult as working for a demanding and fickle celebrity. As Kelly creates and re-creates recipes in mouthwatering detail, it gets pretty hot in the kitchen, especially when Hugh reveals that his marriage is a sham. Choices have consequences. And Kelly upends both her love life and her professional life.
VERDICT Bate's third food-centric novel (after A Second Bite at the Apple and The Girls' Guide To Love and Supper Clubs) comes complete with a collection of coordinating recipes. With a resolution that is satisfying but not quite happy ever after, the novel is a perfect choice for foodie fans of women's fiction.

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