Off the Menu

Off the Menu

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As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes--and that's just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick's cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling. Then a fluke online connection brings her RJ, a transplant from Tennessee, who adds some Southern spice to her life. Suddenly Alana's priorities shift, and Patrick--and Dumpling--find themselves facing a rival for her time and affection. With RJ in the mix, and some serious decisions to make about her personal and professional future, Alana must discover the perfect balance of work and play, money and meaning, to bring it all to the table--one delicious dish at a time...

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Product details

  • Paperback | 401 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 25mm | 295g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 042524766X
  • 9780425247662
  • 699,327

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"Stacey Ballis dishes up another fabulous and soul-satisfying meal in her newest novel. With the perfect blend of humor and heart, Ballis' writing is powerfully honest and genuinely hilarious, and embodies everything I love about contemporary women's fiction. Off the Menu is an irresistibly delicious five-course read!"--Jen Lancaster, New York Times Bestselling Author "Alana Ostermann has a great job working as an executive culinary assistant to Patrick Conlon (one of Chicago's top chefs), great friends (including one with whom she has been trading some "special" benefits), a great family and an adorable dog -- all of whom love her dearly. So what if she still hasn't met her Mr. Right? But when an online dating service accidentally matches her up with a sweet, sexy transplanted Tennessean named RJ, Alana begins to think she may have found the missing ingredient in the recipe for a perfect life. Readers hungry for cleverly written contemporary romances will definitely want to order Off the Menu."--Chicago Tribune "Witty and tender, brash and seriously clever, Stacey Ballis' characters are our friends, our neighbors or, in some cases, that sardonic colleague the next cubicle over...Her storytelling will have you alternately turning pages and calling your friends urging them to come along for the ride. And in Stacey Ballis' talented hands, oh what a wonderful ride it is."--Elizabeth Flock, New York Times Bestselling Author

"ENTICING. Ballis writes a bit like Emily Giffin and Isabel Wolff, and the recipes will please gal foodies as well."--Booklist "A wonderfully joyful ode to good food, best friends, tough choices and great love. Off the Menu = one delicious read...that comes complete with recipes! So much fun."--Alison Pace, author of You Tell Your Dog First "Stacey Ballis knows her readers like books smart and funny--and she always delivers."--Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Author of Brand X: The Boyfriend Account
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About Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis is the author of ten foodie novels: Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room for Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, Off the Menu, Out to Lunch, Recipe for Disaster, Wedding Girl, and How to Change a Life. She is a contributing author to three nonfiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly.
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2,012 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 21% (427)
4 34% (688)
3 30% (598)
2 11% (223)
1 4% (76)
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