Bunting, dogs and cakes on the cover, Chrissie Manby has a lot to live up to here. No need to worry she has cooked up a fine tale.
We join the story just as forty-something Liz is left by her husband for Brittney, the twenty-something clean eating blogger. Not only is her rival half her age, she also cooks. Liz has never done anything more adventurous than put a ready meal in the microwave. She gets no sympathy from her 15 year old daughter Saskia, who thinks that Liz has let herself go. At least she can rely on her dog Ted for solace.
Liz comfort eats and so does Ted, that leads to him being taken to the vet and being sent to Doggy Boot Camp for obese dogs. Every dog owner seems to mirror the problems of their pets, you know what they say about dogs looking their owners. The realisation that Ted’s weight problem might be down to her prompts Liz to enrol in a cookery class and now the fun can begin.
Alex has set up the cookery class in the hope of making a new beginning but only three people enrol. Seventy something widower John, young lawyer Bella and Liz. As the book unfolds we get to know these four pretty well. Their pasts are revealed drip by drip. We learn that you do not need to salt an aubergine, there are no sour juices to be got rid off, cooking aubergines is simple.
Love simmers away on the back burner. Will Liz find romance? Will her errant husband repent of his ways and leave Brittney the Blogger? Will Ted graduate from Doggy Boot Camp with honours? No recipes are forthcoming in THE WORST CASE SCENARIO COOKERY CLUB,
but the food is so lovingly described that I felt that I could cook the dishes mentioned.
Chrissie Manby has written more than twenty novels and THE WORST CASE SCENARIO COOKERY CLUB shows that she is still as fresh as ever and able to cook up a good story.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a review copy by Hodder via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO COOKERY CLUB by Chrissie Manby
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
Paperback £7.99, Kindle 99p
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