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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Harbison Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781427221704
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me, When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • Narrator Orlagh Cassidy brightly inhabits the character of 37-year-old Gemma Craig, a funny, overthinking, unattached private chef. Cassidy brings out Gemma's calm, contemplative moments with smooth sensuality that also makes for mouth-watering descriptions of food…Cassidy's dynamic reading engages the listener and effectively reflects the tone of this chick-lit. AudioFile Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carel | 2/12/2014

    " Still listening. Makes me want to be a chief. Funny "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Tomasic | 2/9/2014

    " I was excited about this new read by Harbison and wasn't disappointed. Gemma Craig is a 30 something personal chef who could write a tell-all book about her clients. I found the beginning of the story was a bit slow, but I enjoyed learning why Gemma's character had chosen the career path she had and how she got to this point in her life. I really began to enjoy "Mr. Tuesday's" storyline and until I was at the point where they meet one antoher, can honestly say I didn't see that coming. I liked the book very much and would recommend it, but I will say the ending felt a little too wrapped up for me. I was glad she found her happy ending and didn't have to put with with the Angela's of this world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Chalifoux | 1/25/2014

    " sounds like a great book and my husband is a cook! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 January | 1/25/2014

    " This is the classic fluff chick lit, but it happened to be just what I needed right now! And sometimes these books can be just too predictable and pointless - this is was the right amount of cute, maybe because of all the food references?! ps: Have I really not read a new book in a month?!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/22/2014

    " It was very predictable. After the first couple of chapters, I already predicted the end to a certain extent. But still entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/9/2014

    " This was a light and fast read. Cute story, but nothing deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 1/8/2014

    " I was really into the story, & then it just felt like it was building up only to end suddenly & quickly. Still, it was cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/6/2014

    " I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up, but I know it was cute and quick, and that was good enough for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Grant | 1/3/2014

    " I really liked this one until the ending which seemed really cheesy and rushed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/27/2013

    " A bit rambling and formulaic . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/23/2013

    " Really enjoyed this light and fun story. Will look for another book by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melani | 12/6/2013

    " A cute book, made me smile. Either I am a genius or it was very, very predictable. Still, it was easy reading and I was sorry it was over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/3/2013

    " Light fluffy read. A bit far-fetched and everything ties up too perfectly in the end. The romantic twist is way too obvious. Other than that, author has great sense of humor and keeps you wanting to turn the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 11/21/2013

    " This book was ok, not terrific, but enjoyable. Good for a quick, light read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 11/21/2013

    " Not good and I really wanted it to be. 50 pages in I decided that no matter how much I tried I couldn't convince myself it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivi | 10/24/2013

    " I liked the story but I felt that the ending was rushed. She could've spent a couple of chapters to elaborate the ending instead of rushing it. But it was a nice story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 9/7/2013

    " This was a fun, quick read. I liked the main character and it had a happy ending. Sometimes that's all I need from a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 6/17/2013

    " Really enjoyed the book. Gemma Craig is an interesting and relatable character - loved the way it all turned out for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/16/2013

    " As predictable as this book could be, it was awesome. This book had me catching myself smiling and laughing out loud. This is well worth the read. And to imagine I chose it because of the title alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 11/30/2012

    " I thought overall this book was entertaining but thought the story could have been longer. It felt like it just all of the sudden it ended. I thought she was a witty writer and it was pretty funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Hensley | 11/16/2012

    " Loved it. Was fun and easy to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 8/13/2012

    " Very easy read with fun characters, but there is just not a lot of substance and it was too farfetched, even for me. "

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About the Author

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of When in Doubt, Add Butter; Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict; and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City, and a quiet home on the eastern shore.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.