Simmer and Smoke

Simmer and Smoke : A Southern Tale of Grit and Spice

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Kirkus Reviews on this deliciously rendered novel that illuminates the power of mother-daughter relationships, forgiveness and hope: "A sweetly told saga, bubbling with appealing characters and food-related talk...A poor country girl and a fashionable city woman learn about life in a tasty novel that blends romance and recipes." SOMEONE'S COOKING IN THE KITCHEN...DESIRE IS SMOKING ON THE STOVE. 1. ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS: Shelby Preston-a young, single mother trapped in a hardscrabble life in rural Georgia-escapes her reality as she fantasizes herself a respected chef in a kitchen of gleaming stainless steel and pans shimmering with heat. Mallory Lakes-an Atlanta newspaper food writer-may lose her job, and searches for her muse in a shot glass of illusion. 2. SIMMER: Mallory secures her job by crafting a zealous doppelganger to satisfy the expectations of an illusive cyber audience. This also mollifies the memories of her lover who recently bolted; no warning. Shelby persuades her mother to take care of her daughter so she can pursue her dream of going to chef school in Atlanta. She cooks them a special dinner said to bring good luck; Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good. 3. SMOKE: Chasing desires and ambitions, the women's lives unravel down a path beyond the kitchen, then weave together in an unsettling culinary landscape of organic farms and shadowy borders-some borders not meant to be crossed. As Mallory combats her demons with booze and pills, and Shelby battles the odds stacked against her for becoming a chef, the women discover what's really worth fighting for. 10% of net proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 508g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508498849
  • 9781508498841

About Peggy Lampman

Peggy Lampman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in communications, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the business, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive. This is her first more

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400 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 24% (98)
4 30% (122)
3 32% (128)
2 9% (35)
1 4% (17)
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