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 career—punctuated by a steady stream of parties and restaurant openings that must not be missed—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 and a new executive 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 flambé 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 Bite is an irresistible culinary caper, with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities.
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—Barbara Samuel, author of The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue and Lady Luck's Map of Vegas
Meet the Author
NANCY VERDE BARR was an executive chef to Julia Child from 1980 to 1998 and the culinary producer for PBS’s Baking with Julia and ABC’s Good Morning America. She’s written for Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Parade, Cook’s Magazine, and Fine Cooking. The author of three award-winning cookbooks, she lives in Massachusetts.
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Imagine Julia Child standing by helping you put together the perfect lobster bisque. Rich, creamy, perfectly textured. Then imagine someone like Carl Hiaasen coming around and deciding to help with the cooking, adding ground beef and chile powder to your soup. This is the image that I got when I read this book. When Ms. Barr writes about food and romance, you cannot help but smile with the same satisfaction you get from the first sip of a perfectly chilled Riesling. But this smile disappears quickly as the book takes you on a ride through a number of convoluted sub-plots involving the celebrity chef, the mysterious new agent, nuclear scientists, blackmail, the Russian maffia, and CIA agents that talk without discretion as if they're underneath the dryers at Betty's salon. I'd like to suggest Julia Glass' 'The Whole World Over' as an alternative read.
This book was so sweet and I absolutely loved it! Casey and Danny have such a sweet relationship. I loved Danny's character, he is the best.
I just entirely loved this book. Wonderfully descriptive characters enlighten a very enjoyable story. I hope the author continues to write additional future books. This would make a terrific movie.