From famed food personality, writer, and “semi-homemade chef” Sandra Lee comes a story that only a woman with a trademark understanding of what real women want—and dream—could write.
THE RECIPE BOX is the story of Grace D’Angelo, a woman at her wit’s end trying to create a life from broken pieces. She’s just divorced her high school sweetheart, Brian, and is trying to make a new life for herself as a single working mom in LA. Her 14-year old daughter, Emma, is resentful about being uprooted from Chicago to LA and reeling from the divorce. She’s skipping school, hanging with the wrong crowd, and all in all giving Grace a very hard time. On top of all that, Grace’s best friend Leeza is at the heartbreaking end stages of breast cancer back in their hometown of New London, Wisconsin. Grace is barely holding it together, but when Leeza dies it is a bittersweet wake-up call that you don’t get a second chance at life. Grace is determined to get her life back on track and help Emma do so as well. Grace and Emma return to New London, along with Grace’s sassy sidekick Ken, for the summer to regroup. There, Grace works on reconciling with her own mother, Lorraine with whom she’s been estranged over a secret that has haunted Grace her whole life. And when someone from Grace’s past shows up at Leeza’s funeral, Grace must confront a secret of her own. Over the summer, Grace re-discovers the healing power of cooking, comes to terms with her past, and connects with friends old and new, proving that you can go home again and sometimes that’s exactly where you belong.
Accessible, wholly entertaining, and featuring unforgettable characters, THE RECIPE BOX is a novel that celebrates mothers, daughters, and friendships and features Sandra Lee’s deliciously original recipes—a book that will nourish readers’ appetites on many levels.
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