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Last Bite: A Novel of Culinary Romanceby Nancy Verde Barr
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After ending a bad relationship, Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men. Who has the time anyway? She's busy overseeing a rambunctious food-prep crew in a kitchen the size of a closet; trying to please high-maintenance celebrity guest chefs; and dealing with her large extended Italian American family, who believe that the solutions to life's problems involve food. And in the midst of her high-energy, stress-inducing careerand#8212;punctuated by a steady stream of parties and restaurant openings that must not be missedand#8212;she's trying to uncover why Sally Woods, a grand old dame of the culinary world and regular on the television show, is suddenly ready to jump ship and find a new station anda new exectuvie chef.
When Danny O'Shea, a handsome chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show, Casey smells trouble. But feelings ignite faster than a flambandeacute; dessert, especially when Danny whips up a few surprises during a television shoot in Italy.
Narrated in Casey's smart and refreshingly disarming voice, Last Biteis an irresistible culinary caper, with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities.
"Barr, a former culinary TV producer for Good Morning America, a cookbook author (Make It Italian) and a former executive chef to Julia Child, novelizes her background and expertise. Casey Costello is an executive chef at TV newsmagazine Morning in America in New York. After her relationship with a dentist goes awry, Casey moves in with her food-loving Italian family. Despite eating well, Casey's cynical attitude toward men remains, even when Danny O'Shea, a chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show — and makes it clear he's interested in her. All the 'will-she-succumb?' that follows isn't enough to sustain the book, but Barr weaves in a subplot revolving around the morning show's fearless and lovable host, Sally Woods, who finds herself enveloped in her deceased husband's unseemly business. That allows Barr to take Casey to Italy, where she is successful in peppering the plot with authentic culinary snapshots. There's not much here, but it's well composed. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A delicious and dishy romp through the food world by a former executive chef to Julia Child.
After ending a bad relationship, twenty-nine-year-old Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men. Who has the time? Sheand#8217;s busy overseeing a rambunctious food-prep crew in a kitchen the size of a closet; trying to please high-maintenance celebrity guest chefs; dealing with her mother, who believes that the solution to all of lifeand#8217;s problems involves food; and trying to figure out why Sally Woods, a grand old dame of the culinary world and a regular on the show, has been acting so strangely ever since her new agent entered the picture.
When Danny Oand#8217;Shea, a hot new chef from Ireland, makes a guest appearance, Casey wants nothing to do with him. But feelings ignite faster than a flambandeacute; dessert when Danny whips up a few surprises during the showand#8217;s shoot in Italy.
After ending a bad relationship, 29-year-old Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men.Who has the time? When Danny O'Shea, a hot new chef from Ireland, makes a guest appearance, Casey wants nothing to do with him until Danny whips up a few surprises during the show's shoot in Italy.
About the Author
NANCY VERDE BARR was an executive chef to Julia Child from 1980 to 1998 and the culinary producer for PBSand#8217;s Baking with Julia and ABCand#8217;s Good Morning America. Sheand#8217;s written for Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Parade, Cookand#8217;s Magazine, and Fine Cooking. The author of three award-winning cookbooks, she livesin Massachusetts.
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