I read this novel recently and enjoyed both the story and the recipes included in the book. It's the story of a young chef sorting her life out on all fronts: romantically, professionally, and her place within her family. The town Stephanie moved to reminds me a bit of Eureka Springs, AR so the book felt cozy and homey and like getting to know people I would like.
I'd definitely recommend the read and the recipes. Gene and I both enjoyed the Fish Balls (although I flattened mine out slightly and added my mom's homemade tartar sauce) for dinner last night and the Gingerbread Trifle is next on my list to make. I'll be storing the book with my cookbooks for sure.