The Lost Recipe for Happiness: A Novel by Barbara O'Neal

The Lost Recipe for Happiness: A Novel

byBarbara O'Neal

Kobo ebook | December 30, 2008

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In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find….

It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is–and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own. Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He’s come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don’t die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk.

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Title:The Lost Recipe for Happiness: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 30, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553906151

ISBN - 13:9780553906158

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tasty Elena has always lived on the move, feeling inbetween two worlds her enitre life. When an opportunity to work as head Chef at a new restaurant drops in her lap, she eagerly takes it hoping to finally find a home. With that home, she also to finally make peace with her past. The restaurant not only gives her stability, but also a new family, if she wants them or not: most notibly Julian the owner who brings up a passion in her she thought she had lost, and Ivan the dark, mysterious sous chef who may or may not be on Elena's side. I liked this story; how it flowed, the characters, and the details fo the restaurant industry. In between chapters there are recipes, a few of which I can't wait to cook myself (Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Pomegranate Baklava anyone?). It was much deeper than I origianlly thought it was going to be, more german chocolate cake, than Duncan Hines. Definately a tasty read.
Date published: 2009-05-18