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SOMEONE'S COOKING IN THE KITCHEN...DESIRE IS SMOKING ON THE STOVE.
1. ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS:
Shelby Preston-a young, single mother trapped in a hardscrabble life in rural Georgia-escapes her reality as she fantasizes herself a respected chef in a kitchen of gleaming stainless steel and pans shimmering with heat. Mallory Lakes-an Atlanta newspaper food writer-may lose her job, and searches for her muse in a shot glass of illusion.
Mallory secures her job by crafting a zealous doppelgänger to satisfy the expectations of an illusive cyber audience. This also mollifies the memories of her lover who recently bolted; no warning. Shelby persuades her mother to take care of her daughter so she can pursue her dream of going to chef school in Atlanta. She cooks them a special dinner said to bring good luck; Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good.
Chasing desires and ambitions, the women's lives unravel down a path beyond the kitchen, then weave together in an unsettling culinary landscape of organic farms and shadowy borders-some borders not meant to be crossed. As Mallory combats her demons with booze and pills, and Shelby battles the odds stacked against her for becoming a chef, the women discover what's really worth fighting for.
10% of net proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Simmer and Smoke is such a fun read. It has been a long time since I read a book and truly enjoyed it. Usually I complain about the author’s lack of knowledge of the subject matter, grammar, pacing, and unlikable characters, at least to myself. Ms. Lampman creates a likable underdog in Shelby who can cook, but comes from a poor background. In Mallory, she creates a driven woman who leaves her daughter with her mother to enter the culinary world. A great balance of internal and external conflict as the characters work their way through myriad challenges and temptations in the food industry. The struggles of the two women is reminiscent of The Valley of the Dolls if it happened south of the Mason-Dixon Line and food was involved. The author must be a wonderful Southern cook by her loving description of food. If she isn’t, then she’s one of the best researchers in town. Simmer and Smoke made me hungry just reading it. Ms. Lampman uses words, dreams, and raw emotions to cook up an amazing tale. Simmer and Smoke is a wonderful gift for your imagination. It allows you in a matter of hours to live out a dream. It also satisfies an internal yearning for the characters to realize what's important in life. The reader may have an epiphany in the course of the book too. Author Lampman had me at bacon. This book was given to me for a free and honest review.