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The Promise Kitchen: A Novel Paperback – September 27, 2016
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Praise for Peggy Lampman’s previously published edition, titled Simmer and Smoke:
“A poor country girl and a fashionable city woman learn about life in a tasty novel that blends romance and recipes...A sweetly told saga, bubbling with appealing characters and food-related talk.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Peggy Lampman] knows the exact ingredients needed to create an appealing story...An eye-opening and thought provoking must read.” —San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars
“A story full of the evocative, powerful influence of food, cooking, love, friendship, and family on the human heart...A book full of flavor and substance worth savoring.” —Indie Reader
“Peggy Lampman is an engaging writer, capturing the heart of Southern living with wit, charm, and vivid detail as she alternates chapters between Shelby, Mallory, and Miss Ann...For readers who enjoy a Southern flavor to their stories, spending time in the company of these fine folks will go down as easily as a slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day.” —BlueInk Review
National Indie Excellence Award Winner for Best New Fiction Bill Fisher Award Silver Medalist for Best Book Royal Dragonfly Award Winner for Fiction
About the Author
Peggy Lampman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for a public relations firm. After moving back to Ann Arbor, her college town, she opened a specialty foods store, the Back Alley Gourmet. Years later, Peggy sold the store and started writing a weekly food column for the Ann Arbor News and MLive. She is married, has two children, and divides her time between Alabama and Michigan. Lampman writes the popular blog www.dinnerfeed.com; The Promise Kitchen is her first novel. Peggy will donate 10 percent of her net profits from the sale of this book to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Her characterization of hip, food-blogging, love-sick Mallory was super entertaining, and Mallory’s struggles with bad things happening (NOT a spoiler), and alcohol/prescription drug addiction complemented the entertainment with a bit of heart-wrenching I look for. But it was Shelby I most loved; a young woman from a low-life town who moves to Atlanta with aspirations of becoming a chef. In fact, I’m pretty sure I met them both on my last trip down south to stay with a close childhood friend...
The story is told alternating between the voices of these woman; women so dissimilar in background yet so close in spirit. A hiccup in my read: is education in small towns such as Coryville so ill-funded that kids have to bring in their own toilet paper because of lack of funding? Really? Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but an effective one.
I think Simmer and Smoke is a perfect read for book clubs - it's a story about the strong bonds of motherhood, friendship and the complications of romance. The cookbook correlating with Mallory’s food blogging that follows the book’s conclusion is a bonus, and should make book clubs even more entertaining and delicious.
So she ventures into the big city, leaving her daughter behind, to follow her dreams, get a job, and move her family to be with her. Shelby's struggle was incredibly real. I could feel the frustration as every time she got a couple steps ahead, something would go wrong and she'd end up almost back at the beginning. When her daughter gets sick, she thinks it's all over for good. But she has found a guardian angel she didn't know about.
Mallory is on the opposite end of the spectrum. She has a good job that she says she loves. To all appearances she has everything on track and going the right direction, but it's all a lie. Her life begins to spiral out of control and her friends aren't who she thought they were. As she fights to find her new way, her path corsses with Shelby and our stories collide in quite an interesting fashion.
I loved this book - but at times Mallory's story was a little too depressing. I know depression is real and very difficult to pull out of, but this drop into depression seemed a little more like wallowing in self-pity than an actual downward spiral. But don't let this little comment scare you away. I think the writing and storyline of The Promise Kitchen was amazing.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
As a single parent I appreciated the various perspectives of being a working mother. Looking forward to Peggy's next book!