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 🙂