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When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

When in Doubt, Add Butter (edition 2012)

by Beth Harbison

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Title:When in Doubt, Add Butter
Authors:Beth Harbison
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Hardcover, 352 pages
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I don't know who recommended " When in Doubt, Add Butter," but I sure am glad I picked it up. Chick Lit, Feel Good books are not usually my forte. I prefer, action, adventure, suspense, you get it. Gemma Craig, (Jenny Craig),the name becomes important with one of her clients as you read, is a personal chef. She goes into people's homes and cooks for them. Gemma on a different day cooks for the Russians, The Snobs, a man she has never met whom she refers to as Mr. Tuesday and so on. On weekends she caters at The Club. All this is wrapped around her life, involving her friends and family taking the reader into mystery, humor, plain meanness, and of course love.. I highly recommend this book for a fun and feel good read.
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
When in Doubt, Add Butter

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The Story:

I need Ms. Harbison to write more books and faster. Also I need the publisher to hop to it as far as getting audiobooks produced. These books always seem to have the perfect narrator to bring these stories to life. And once you get hooked you’re in for the long haul. I’ve never been so happy to not be able to read a physical or ebook. This story took me through a very long wait at the hospital and I was quite sad when it was over. I could have listened about Gemma’s life forever. Especially her life with Paul.

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4 Stars ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Oct 12, 2016 |
This was your typical chick lit. Gemma was a likable enough heroine. The plot was more predictable than I would like. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
I received this book free from goodreads. This is a well written story featuring Gemma Craig a personal chef who is looking for her true love. The story is easy to read and has some interesting character personalities. I enjoyed the story but it was not something that will stick with you for long. This book is due out in July. published by St. Martin's Press.
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  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
cute, predictable to a certain extent. would make a nice romantic comedy movie. I was drawn to the undertones of cooking/recipes/serving others and all the varied diets of her clients. there is a touch of adoption grief which added meaning and lots of fun, cutesy, falling-in-love feelings the second time around. ( )
  AAM_mommy | Jun 2, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312599099, Hardcover)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.


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 thirty-seven, 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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Dedicating herself to her culinary patrons, private chef Gemma Craig goes home every night to boxed cereals until an unexpected event compels a confrontation with the past and an unexpected romance.

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