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The Cookbook Collector - Allegra Goodman
The Cookbook Collector
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Heralded as “a modern day Jane Austen” by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare... show more
Heralded as “a modern day Jane Austen” by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment.Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much—as her employer George points out in what he hopes is a completely disinterested way.Bicoastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385340854 (0385340850)
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages no: 394
Edition language: English
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ktrain
ktrain rated it
Jess Bach is the best Marianne Dashwood since the original....ever!!!! I will reread her part of the story again soon. The rest of the book....well!!!!
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
2.0 The Cookbook Collector
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman was our most recent book club selection that was discussed yesterday. We were all in agreement that it was just sort of "blah". This is the story of motherless sisters, the older Emily, driven and ambitious is the self-appointed nurturer to younger Jess, a...
aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
3.5 Cooking Without Jane
Allegra Goodman is a wonderful writer but I wish publishing marketeers would stop hailing her as a contemporary Jane Austen; it does them both a disservice. You could argue that marriage is at the center of The Cookbook Collector and that moral questions drive the plot, but it is a stretch to find m...
Nutti's muses
Nutti's muses rated it
4.0 The Cookbook Collector: A Novel
Not my typical book but I loved it. Not having had a sister it's hard for me to understand the bond between sisters. Nut I enjoyed Emily & Jess's stories.
carey
carey rated it
Oh please - both females beautiful, clever etc, main men flawed but handsome... cliché followed cliché. I gave up by page 40
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