Sunday, January 23, 2011

"The Cookbook Collector"

We interrupt this film festival for a quick book review.  The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman, is charming, but flawed.  It explores the relationship between Jess, a book loving environmental activist, and her sister Emily, the CEO of a startup tech company.  Each of these characters has romantic problems and each of them is exploring the issue of what is truly valuable in life.  Although the book is very enjoyable, there are several highly unlikely coincidences that get in the way of the reader accepting the book's action.

My rating:  **** (out of 5 - actually 3 1/2, but I don't know how to make half an asterisk)

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