The Recipe Box

The Recipe Box

A Novel With Recipes

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." --Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"An easy, delightful novel" -Good Housekeeping

In The Recipe Box , bestselling beloved author Viola Shipman spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life--including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250146779
Branch Call Number: FIC SHI
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 25 cm


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ArapahoeMarcia Feb 05, 2020

One of my favorite authors. I love the way the story is woven around a multi-generational family of women living and working in a Michigan orchard. A very pleasant read.

Jul 11, 2019

This book touched my heart with its northern lower Michigan setting and main character, Samantha, who is beginning to realize the connections she has to the land, the orchard, and the generations of family through the recipes in their family recipe boxes.

Oct 29, 2018

I read a few chapters and never picked it up again. Did not feel any attachment to the characters, and thought the families obsession with apples and recipes with apples kind of weird.

Oct 11, 2018

I had high hopes for this book because I love foodie fiction. As I got into the story, however, I began to notice large amounts of repetition of words such as "history" and "family"; also, every character was telling the reader the lessons rather than letting the reader enjoy the ride and figure out some of the subtext on his/her own. The overall tone of the prose was also a bit too saccharine for my taste, but I would still have given it three stars for a clean book with fantastic-sounding recipes; however, I didn't read the author blurb until the very end and found out that it was a man writing under a woman's name. Perhaps he thought that women might not read "chick lit" written by a man, and in my case he probably would have been correct, and perhaps that's how he thought women really think and act, but to me it explained why the main female characters felt a bit off. I realize that, in the past, women authors sometimes needed to use a male pseudonym to be published, so historically there is nothing wrong about using a cross-gender pseudonym, but for me, this book didn't work, and I realize that's just my own personal preference.

Sep 10, 2018

This book made me want to find and write down favorite family recipes for future generations.

Apr 06, 2018

This book is the equivalent of a Hallmark plot and script. If you love those, this book is for you.

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