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Delectable treat for your reading pleasure
on February 4, 2014
Bread and Butter is sheer delight to read from beginning to end. It makes you forget about the 12 inches of snow outside, as you follow a truly delightful cast of characters as they navigate the ins and outs of the restaurant business, family dynamics and love.
Leo and his brother Britt have worked together for years and their restaurant Winesap located approximately 1 ½ hours out of Philadelphia is running smoothly. Stoic Leo runs the back and Britt, with his flawless eye for detail and swagger, the front of the restaurant. When their younger brother Harry moves back home and decides to open his own restaurant, a few blocks away in the seedier part of town, he looks to his older brothers for help and guidance. Harry's restaurant will come to mean different things to the three brothers. For Harry, the culmination of years of starts and stops in many other endeavors. For Leo, an eye-opener to the fact that maybe he has become complacent and needs to jump start both Winesap's menu and his own life. For Britt, a chance to prove he is not "just the face of the restaurant" but can also be the brains. Family being family, it does not take long for cracks in their relationships to emerge and what moves the story engagingly along is the why and how they crumble. The author is able to bring the sibling rivalry, jealousy, and resentments that turn little molehills into giant mountains to life. That being said, these character do grow and change.
Bread and Butter perfectly captures the atmosphere and minutiae of restaurant life. The reader is also privy to scrumptious insider details of what really goes on in your favorite restaurant. While you need not be a connoisseur, the food descriptions were mouth watering.
The author certainly has a way with her male characters and each is very appealing in their own way. Leo is divorced and married to the job, while good looking Britt dates frequently with little enjoyment. When Leo comes to realize that his Executive chef is a lot more than just efficient and Britt falls hard for a sophisticated customer, the two couples combination of romantic chemistry is pitch perfect.
Bread and Butter is a page turner brimming with warmth and humor. It is highly recommended for anyone.