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The Cookbook Collector | by Allegra Goodman

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
(Dial Press, 2010, 394 pages)

As a lover of any and all books about food I was naturally drawn to this book because of it’s title.  But don’t let that fool you.  The Cookbook Collector looks at the lives of two sisters, Emily and Jess, over a span of three years.  The two couldn’t be any more different, Emily is a 28 year old CEO of an up-and-coming dot-com company and Jess is a 23 year old doctoral student of philosophy who works in a used/rare bookstore.  Emily is definitely the driven, type-A personality.  She’s devoted to her long-distance boyfriend who happens to be in the same profession and who can always be counted on to put work first.  Jess is the free-spirit, working to Save the Trees and struggling to figure out where her heart really lies.  There’s more to this book than first meets the eye – it revolves around love, family and staying true to yourself.

There are a few twists in this book that aren’t totally unexpected (take note of the time frame covered while you read) but I enjoyed The Cookbook Collector, especially Jess’s storyline which plays into the cookbooks referenced in the title.  It’s a lighter read that got me interested in checking out some of Goodman’s other titles.  Looks like there may be more Allegra Goodman posts to come 🙂

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