Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

Large Print - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
It's been two months since her mother died unexpectedly, and Olivia, a usually independent woman who has just defended her doctoral dissertation, is still at her childhood home. Why can't she return to her life? Olivia wants only to bury herself in her mother's kitchen, finding solace in the passion they shared for cooking. When her siblings become concerned and threaten grief counseling, Olivia takes a temporary position at the local Meals on Wheels to placate them. There she stumbles on some unfinishedbusiness from her mother's past, as well as a dark family secret. Adding to the confusion of these discoveries is one sibling's surprise pregnancy and another's sudden marriage, making Olivia's difficulty in navigating all these changes even more challenging.--From book jacket.

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Withdrawing from graduate school after the death of her mother, Olivia avoids dealing with her grief by immersing herself in cooking and working for Meals on Wheels, where she stumbles upon a dark family secret.
Withdrawing from graduate school after the death of her mother, Olivia immerses herself in cooking to work through her grief and reluctantly starts working for Meals on Wheels, where she stumbles on a dark family secret before unexpected changes compel her to speak out. (general fiction).

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9781602859180
1602859183
Branch Call Number: LP FIC GIL
Characteristics: 479 p. ;,23 cm.

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Mar 04, 2013

I loved this book! Sibling rivalry never dies, parents do and it takes time to sort your mind out while grieving. The cooking theme and newsletter gave the action a big base of heart and soul.

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70greengirl
Sep 04, 2012

It was a story that involved a lot of cooking by the main character. I enjoy cooking so I appreciate novel characters who also like cooking but reading this book often made me hungry. Olivia is morning the loss of her mother who dies in an accident. Her mother is the only one who knows that she defended her doctoral thesis early but never learns the outcome. Olivia is finding it tough to get on with her life. One of her coping strategies is to spend time cooking her mother's recipes and relax into the act of cooking. She meets an old friend of her mother's who helps to answer some family secrets and Olivia is able to help her mother's friend with some family issues as well. Meeting and helping her mother's friend allows Olivia to begin moving forward in her life.

The family dynamics are very interesting. I am also one of 4 siblings. It is so very hard to leave our childish insecurities behind when we are with our siblings. The interactions were very authentic.

The recipes included in the novel look very tasty - especially Chocolate Puddle - will make this for sure!

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