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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447213122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447213123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

London-reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. Her books have been widely acclaimed - Recipes for a Perfect Marriage was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award and Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read. She is now a full-time writer and lives in County Mayo with her husband and sons. www.katekerrigan.ie http://katekerriganauthor.blogspot.com/

More About the Author

Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year in 2008 and been translated into 20 languages, (it is published under the name Morag prunty in the U.S) The Miracle of Grace, which has been adapted as a film script with funding from the Irish Film Board and Ellis Island, the first of a trilogy which was selected as a TV Book Club Summer Read in Britain and launched in the U.S. with Harper Collins in July 2011. Its sequel City of Hope and the final part Land of Dreams are all published in the U.K. with Land of Dreams due for release in the U.S. in October 2014.
Her latest novel, The Lost Garden will be published in the U.K. in May 2014.

Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain's most successful young women's magazines under her birth name Morag Prunty before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990's. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo - and contributes regularly to the RTE radio program Sunday Miscellany.

www.katekerrigan.ie

Kate Kerrigan: what her peers say.

This story is written with so much heart you can hear its beat and feel its pulse in every word on every page.
Cecelia Ahern

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage is that most prized of things, a unique treatment of an old subject. Not only an extremely entertaining read, this wonderful novel is also chock fill of wisdom about all aspects of love and marriage
Cassandra King

This is a wonderfully written and instantly engaging novel. But what's most impressive here is the wisdom about relationships. Recipes for a Perfect marriage should be required reading not only for those who are married or contemplating tying the knot, but for any person who longs to make any relationship work better.
Elizabeth Berg

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The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful.
Julie Haigh
I bought this for my wife (honestly!!), but picked it up one day myself and found it thoroughly engaging.
Paul A. Kirwan
It's an easy read and will put a smile on your face - at the end.
AOLK

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Friedman on August 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on a trip to Dublin and was surprised at how good it was. It is similar to "Like Water for Chocolate" in that there is a recipe that introduces each chapter. The recipes reflect the relationships in the book. Somewhere in the chapter either the flavor, the difficulty of preparation, or something in the recipe will be important in the progression of the story line. This beautifully written story tells how on her wedding day, a young bride receives her grandmother's recipes and diaries. The bride, who thinks she has made a mistake in her choice of a husband, had always thought that her grandparents had a perfect marriage. Through reading her grandmother's diaries she discovers what a "perfect marriage" really is and how different it is from what we think we are looking for in a mate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In "Recipes for a Perfect Marriage" Kate Kerrigan transcends the genre of women's fiction, and has produced a novel for everyone - man or woman - who has ever loved only to hesitate on the brink of commitment, or to doubt a commitment already made.

In a tale spanning three generations, Kerrigan illuminates the differences and similarities in the roles of women and men in marriage, and in the way we view marriage itself, today and in our grandparents' generation. Along the way - in a captivating tale that is also a genuine page-turner - Kerrigan displays a unique insight into the highs and lows of romantic love, and the deeper and more complex rewards of committing oneself to another.

Read it, and ask your partner to read it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
An ode to marriage the "old-fashioned way", where loyalty and commitment and `realistic' love are so much more important than romance, passion, or being swept off one's feet.

Sweet and heartwarming and though very much about `the right thing to do' it just manages to escape becoming `preachy'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Haigh on October 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients. I had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary. Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she has written. This is such a powerful and wise book. It hits the nail right on the head about relationships and marriage and the doubts that can prevail in a new marriage. This author can say so much in so few pages. The book switches between the present with Tressa and Dan and the past with Tressa's grandparents. On Tressa's wedding day she is given her grandmother's diaries and recipes. Each part of the book begins with one of these recipes and each one symbolises a certain factor which contributes to a successful or unsuccessful marriage, for example the first part is concerned with 'chemistry' and the recipe is for jam which seems to suggest things not quite jelling with Tressa and Dan's marriage. The book continues in this way and, for me, this unifies the whole book. Sheila O'Flanagan uses this sort of technique of having a theme running throughout the book. This works so well, Tressa also has a career in food writing/Tv etc. This book is quite therapeutic if you have been through relationship doubts/breakups, it helps you to understand things more clearly and makes you feel that you're not alone. The book is very well presented, like a home recipe book. I would have liked to have seen the recipes in a 'handwriting' font though, that would have had just that bit extra realism and feel for the action. The book continues alternating between past and present, often with parallels between the two eras. The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By myrtille on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
i am saying this because i bought this book when i was engaged and read it again when i was married. it helped me a great deal. there are two parallel stories, one in the past and one in the present. they both contain some really valuable and true advice.
such as, not letting the little things that annoy you get in the way of your relationship. trust is the most important thing in a marriage. the comittment to love is stronger than feelings, and lasts a lifetime. these are just a few of the priceless bits of wisdom this book has to offer.
it really helped me in the beginning of my marriage. i think it would be helpful no matter what stage of your life you are in.
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