Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Cookbook Collector


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating

The Cookbook Collector; Allegra Goodman
                                       (release date - yesterday - Dial Press)

(amazon) - Heralded as “a modern day Jane Austen” by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment.

Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much—as her employer George points out in what he hopes is a completely disinterested way.

Bicoastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

( and the cover art -- irresistable!!!!!)

29 comments:

  1. I've heard about this book. Gorgeous cover. I'll watch for it!

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  2. Oh, that cover is fabulous! And it sounds like a story I'd enjoy...

    (Hope our comments work today!)

    Here's mine:

    http://chezraine.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/waiting-on-wednesday-17/

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  3. This book sounds very interesting! I'm glad I saw your post today because I hadn't heard of this one before.

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  4. Diane, I have heard a lot of good comments about this book. It's different than what I expected. I hope you like it.

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  5. This sounds like such a good read and the cover is fabulous! Have a wonderful week, Diane!

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  6. I really like the premise you described, and I agree - love the cover art!

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  7. The cover - the title - the subject matter - this book is high on my list for all these reasons!

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  8. Me too!!! I can't WAIT to get my hands on this one!!

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  9. Great pick! I first noticed this book because of its gorgeous cover!

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  10. Oh yous, this does sound like it would strike my fancy, and it has a beautiful cover as well!

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  11. A total disaster in the kitchen, I'll give this one a miss. Mind you if the cover is anything to go by, it will be full of wonderful pictures.

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  12. I agree, this is a fabulous pick! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  13. great WoW. i've never heard of this book but it's got a very lovely cover.

    Here's mine: http://booksandmakeup.blogspot.com/2010/07/book-i-covet-nevermore-by-kelly-creagh.html

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  14. Sounds sweet! :-) thanks for telling us about this one!

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  15. Since this book is set in Silicon Valley and I live in Silicon Valley, I might have to check this one out!

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  16. This sounds really good - I'm going to have to add it to my list.

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  17. I saw this listed somewhere as one of the most anticipated books to come out this summer and thought it sounded good, too. I hope it is.
    -Isaac
    towerofstories.blogspot.com

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  18. This book sounds very much like me and I love the cover.

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  19. And thank you so much for blogging about this book. I first heard about it today on another website. I want to read it and add that to my voluminous list!

    Love your blog,
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

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  20. Oh yeah, this sounds right up my alley!

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  21. What a magnificent cover. I'd buy that book based on the cover alone (rare for me). I'm not fond of cooking so I probably wouldn't enjoy reading about food but I'd display that book proudly. I look forward to your thoughts on it. Good choice.

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  22. I haven't heard of this book before, but the cover is beautiful!

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  23. It certainly sounds interesting - I'm a sucker for Austen books and anything Austen-like - so I'll look out for it.

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  24. This one is on my list too!!!

    -Amy
    life by candlelight

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  25. This looks wonderful, and I agree the cover is perfect. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  26. Got this at the library today. Can't decide if I want to read it or frame it.

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  27. I want to read this one. I loved her first book to pieces so this one appeals to me!

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  28. My heart did a little flip when I pulled this book off the new release cart to shelve the other day at work. I hope it lives up to it's gorgeous cover!

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