Cookbook Collector

By Allegra Goodman
(Atlantic, Hardcover, 9781848875388)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List
“This novel seeped into me slowly, but ultimately I was as utterly absorbed in it as it was in me. Goodman skillfully mingles high-tech IPOs, motherless daughters, tree-sitting environmentalists, mystical Judaism, foodie sensuousness, and three distinct love stories - and all with none of the usual head-spinning associated with that list. I was rapt, and truly delighted.”
-- Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2010 Indie Next List

Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collectingin a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment. Bi-coastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, "The Cookbook Collector" is a novelabout getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can'tfind what we're looking for.

Monday, Aug 16, 2010

Book reviews can be pretty liberal about comparing authors to Jane Austen, but here's a writer who actually lives up to that association. Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector stars two sisters struggling to decide between wealth and virtue in dot-com-era California. More at

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Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010

Contemporary authors have a habit of lazily shoplifting plots and characters from 19th-century fiction -- especially the works of Jane Austen. But even though Allegra Goodman's latest novel, The Cookbook Collector, is a modern riff on Sense and Sensibility, her homage quickly comes to have a glorious life of its own. More at

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