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The Lost Recipe for Happiness (edition 2008)

by Barbara O'Neal (Author)

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Title:The Lost Recipe for Happiness
Authors:Barbara O'Neal (Author)
Info:Bantam Discovery (2008), 464 pages
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This book had lot going for it...great food with recipes, interesting characters and a compelling story. And a dog :-) However, it lost a star for the over-the-top use of the f-bomb and the graphic sex scenes. I'm no prude but this bordered on sleazy. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Good story, good read. ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
This is the 2nd book I've read by Barbara O'Neal, loved the first one, and was not happy with this one. It had all the right ingredients to make me want to read it: cooking, recipes, a dog, great settings and captivating dysfunctional characters. I basically grew up in restaurants; so a story about a broken woman, who is an talented chef and gets an opportunity to run her own restaurant in Aspen, Colorado was really intriguing. The food was spicy, but the sexual content had too much Chile pepper spice for me. Enough said. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Jan 21, 2014 |
This is an excellent contemporary romance with elements of magical realism. It's also unique and engaging and marvelously passionate.

Elena Alvarez is a remarkable heroine. She is an accomplished chef who is hoping to finally find a place and position she can settle down permanently in. She is also a severely damaged person, still physically suffering from a tragic accident from more than twenty years previously and still literally carrying around the ghosts of her past.

I loved a great many things about this book but I especially appreciated how incredibly natural and sincere the romance felt and how well-integrated the mystical aspects were. The book also has a great deal of recipes and food porn in it and if you're a fan of southwest cooking in particular, it may very well do you in. ( )
  f_ing_kangaroo | Sep 29, 2013 |
Delicious....made me hungry while reading. Anyone who loves Sarah Addison Allen's books will love this one. Will look out for more of her books. ( )
  nu-bibliophile | Sep 24, 2013 |
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For Christopher Robin (aka Neal Barlow), with love. You know why.
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Along Elena's smooth white back is an ancient scar that cuts downward in grotesque beauty like a long, graceful snake.
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In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find….

It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is–and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own. Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He’s come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don’t die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk.

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With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother's recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is--and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own. Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He's come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don't die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk.… (more)

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