As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.
There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.
For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and - oh yes - butter.
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By Erin Styfco on 31-08-2012
Predictable but Very Enjoyable
If you could sum up When in Doubt, Add Butter in three words, what would they be?
May induce appetite.
What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I love the personality Orlagh brings to the characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, just some laughs and smiles with a few heart warming moments thrown in.
Any additional comments?
Great choice when you need a break between heavier books.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By E. Didi on 23-06-2014
Predictable Fun - Audio Book Comfort Food
Would you listen to When in Doubt, Add Butter again? Why?
Maybe, if I wanted something mindless to zone out to again. It's not the kind of book that really merits more than one listen otherwise.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I was rather fond of the crazy Russians, and wish there had been more of them. I would love to read a book just about Vlad's crazy psychic adventures and clients.
Which scene was your favorite?
Not any one scene in particular, but the mini-scenes of cooking in general were great. Harbison has a gift for describing delicious meals, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't inspire me to do a little extra baking of my own.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
You pretty much know exactly what's going to happen next, so it's not one where you're glued to the story. It's funny and nice enough though that I was happy to listen to it fairly quickly, as just a thing to have on in the background.
Any additional comments?
Cassidy has a nice narration overall, but she had a bad habit of giving certain characters extremely nasal voices. This can be pretty grating at times.
As a side note, the audiobook only has a little explicit sex (chapter 4, I think?), but has enough adult language and situations I wouldn't listen to it on speaker around teens or conservative older people. It was still a lot of fun though, that's just an FYI for anyone trying to figure out what they can safely play around grandma (or not).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful