A Cookbook Conspiracy

A Cookbook Conspiracy

A Bibliophile Mystery

eBook - 2013
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It's a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook . Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah's ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant's gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook--an old gift from Baxter--as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter. Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn't kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Penguin,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101591253
1101591250
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)
Summary: It's a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook . Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah's ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant's gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook--an old gift from Baxter--as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter. Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn't kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.

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LauraSteinert
Sep 11, 2015

I don't like romance novels--especially ones in which the supposedly adult narrator acts like a hormone raging teen. Having said that, let me also say that these books continue to amaze me with their great bad-guy chase, kooky characters, impossibly handsome men, and strange but exciting discoveries of odd old books.

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Shelley51
Jun 24, 2014

Another great addition to the series.

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sophia08
Sep 04, 2013

A mix of mystery and romance novel. A good book to read in bed just before dropping off to sleep.

LaughingOne Jul 16, 2013

I like this series. I love books so a protagonist who restores old books appeals to me. When you add in the quirky people in her life -- a James-Bond-like boyfriend, a sister who is a Cordon Bleu chef, a mother who practices Wicca (and other spiritual things) -- and the list goes on, the story never gets boring. I knew pretty early on who the main villain was, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the read.

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