Review: When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

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when in doubt, add butterTitle: When In Doubt, Add Butter
Beth Harbison
Date(s) read:
May 2 – 6, 2013
Adult Contemporary
Library (Hardcover)


As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and—oh yes—butter.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s books about food. So naturally, when I kept seeing this book at my library, I was intrigued. I mean, look at those cupcakes! Don’t they make you drool just a little? (Okay, maybe it’s just me.)

Anyway, I had never read anything by Beth Harbison before, but I’m so glad I did. Her books are definitely fun! I loved Gemma’s character — even if I loved her job more than the character herself. How cushy is that job, getting to cook dinner for people? Though, it was great that it wasn’t all just the love of cooking — some of her clients were very strange!

I did love how all of the characters were part of her journey and some of them really weren’t how they seemed at first glance. It may have been a bit predictable, but it was still a fun read. I do have to admit that certain parts of the book just didn’t ring true for me (I don’t want to mention what it was since I would ruin the story!). But even with all that, it was a fun book. I guess with the chick-lit, contemporary romance genres, it’s hard to NOT be predictable, but it’s okay if the story is still great.

I’m really happy to have tried some Beth Harbison. I can definitely see myself reading more of her books in the future!


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10 thoughts on “Review: When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

  1. I hate reading books with food on the cover because then whenever I see it I crave that food…. And I never actually seem to have that food in my house so it just depresses me! LOL. I love the title of this book and it sounds pretty fun! Great review!

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