Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Finds -- 8/13

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

My Friday Find this week is a book that I am in the middle of and can't seem to put down. It's the lovely Starting From Stratch by Susan Gilbert-Collins. Here is the Barnes and Noble description:

In this heartwarming debut novel with recipes, a grief-stricken daughter cooks herself and her family back to life.

Okay, if that was not enough information for you then here is what I found at the publisher's website:

Why is someone who just defended her doctoral dissertation still wasting her time at her childhood home, two months after her mother's funeral, making coq au vin and osso buco? Olivia Tschetter, the youngest of four high-achieving South Dakotan siblings, is not returning to "normal"—or to graduate school— quickly enough to suit her family. She wants only to bury herself in her mother's kitchen, finding solace in their shared passion for cooking. Threatened with grief counseling, Olivia accepts a temporary position at the local Meals on Wheels, where she stumbles upon some unfinished business from her mother's past—and a dark family secret. Startling announcements from two siblings also challenge the family's status quo. The last thing she needs is a deepening romantic interest in a close but platonic (she thought) friend. But while Olivia's mother is gone, her memory and spirit continue to engage Olivia, who finds herself daring to speak when she would never have spoken before. Told with humor and compassion, Starting from Scratch explores the shifting of family dynamics in the wake of shattering loss and the healing power of cooking.

Food is a constant in the book, so I am always hungry while reading it and I am seriously considering buying a cast iron skillet just so I can try the chocolate cake recipe. Seriously.

What did you find this week?


gautami tripathy said...

It does sound like a good find!

Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs or finding great books!

Here is my /Book blogger hop/Follow me/Friday Find post!

Alyce said...

Thanks for the recommendation! This one is completely new to me.