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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacey Ballis Narrator: Arielle DeLisle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes—and that’s just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick’s cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling.

Then a fluke online connection brings her RJ, a transplant from Tennessee, who adds some Southern spice to her life. Suddenly Alana’s priorities shift, and Patrick—and Dumpling—find themselves facing a rival for her time and affection. With RJ in the mix, and some serious decisions to make about her personal and professional future, Alana must discover the perfect balance of work and play, money and meaning, to bring it all to the table—one delicious dish at a time.

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  • “Stacey Ballis dishes up another fabulous and soul-satisfying meal in her newest novel. With the perfect blend of humor and heart, Ballis’ writing is powerfully honest and genuinely hilarious, and embodies everything I love about contemporary women’s fiction. Off the Menu is an irresistibly delicious five-course read!”

    Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Witty and tender, brash and seriously clever, Stacey Ballis’ characters are our friends, our neighbors or, in some cases, that sardonic colleague the next cubicle over…Her storytelling will have you alternately turning pages and calling your friends urging them to come along for the ride. And in Stacey Ballis’ talented hands, oh what a wonderful ride it is.”

    Elizabeth Flock, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Readers hungry for cleverly written contemporary romances will definitely want to order Off the Menu.

    Chicago Tribune

  • “ENTICING. Ballis writes a bit like Emily Giffin and Isabel Wolff, and the recipes will please gal foodies as well.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/27/2014

    " This is a delicious and yummy read, in more ways than one! Looking forward to reading more of Stacey's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 1/26/2014

    " This book should be called cooking fiction. I love that there are recipes at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Preeta | 1/5/2014

    " Soooo much better than its predecessor 'Good enough to eat' - love how the two plots intertwine! I absolutely adore the characters in this book - every single one of them. From health nut to nutty and adorable, I flew through this book and cannot wait for the next! Recipes are great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lianna | 1/4/2014

    " I've read most of Stacey Ballis' books and I have to say, I think Off the Menu may be my favorite. The story of Alana, an executive culinary assistant, who finds her life changed within a matter of months after stumbling upon an unexpected relationship (founded on the internet of all places) and a meaningful career opportunity was witty, fun and appropriately paced. I never felt like the story was contrived or that any of the plot points were mainly for filler and while the whole idea of life just magically falling into place may be hard to stomach, sometimes it's exactly what you need. A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read for anyone looking for just that. "

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About the Author

Stacy Ballis is the author of six foodie novels: Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room For Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, and Off the Menu. She is a contributing author to three non-fiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. She was an educator for over fifteen years in Chicago, which included teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools and serving as director of education and community programs for Goodman Theatre for seven seasons before pursuing a full-time career in writing and consulting.