- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (June 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565124952
- ISBN-13: 978-1565124950
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,177,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Bite: A Novel of Culinary Romance Hardcover – June 9, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
Barr, a former culinary TV producer for Good Morning America, a cookbook author (Make It Italian) and a former executive chef to Julia Child, novelizes her background and expertise. Casey Costello is an executive chef at TV newsmagazine Morning in America in New York. After her relationship with a dentist goes awry, Casey moves in with her food-loving Italian family. Despite eating well, Casey's cynical attitude toward men remains, even when Danny O'Shea, a chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show—and makes it clear he's interested in her. All the "will-she-succumb?" that follows isn't enough to sustain the book, but Barr weaves in a subplot revolving around the morning show's fearless and lovable host, Sally Woods, who finds herself enveloped in her deceased husband's unseemly business. That allows Barr to take Casey to Italy, where she is successful in peppering the plot with authentic culinary snapshots. There's not much here, but it's well composed. (June)
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Casey Costello, chef for a network morning news show, dumps her two-timing dentist lover and immediately swears off further amatory involvements. Resisting her father's advice to "fall madly in love," Casey doesn't immediately respond to overtures from Danny, the sexy Irish chef who shows up to make a guest appearance on her television show. Casey submerges her feelings in hard work and career advancement, but then the persistent Danny takes her completely by surprise while she's in Italy taping some special segments for her show. As the romance between these two chefs slowly unfolds, readers learn the ins and outs of food styling for television and the problems of preparing dinner when every person has specific food demands and taboos. Barr draws on her years of experience writing cookbooks and working on television shows with Julia Child, fictionalizing all this into background for a tale of sweet love and fine dining. Mark Knoblauch
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There was too much narrative and not enough interaction for me to give more than 3 stars.