The Recipe Box

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Mar 2018

Member Reviews

A really nice story about love, family bond, traditions and strong women. And the book contains some delicious recipes!
Was this review helpful?
This was a sweet read, but just an okay book for me.  Sam returns to the orchard where she grew up to try and heal from disappointment.  I am always a sucker for books that involve multiple generations and cooking/baking.  This book had all those things, but it fell flat for me.  I just didn't seem to connect with the characters, they lacked depth.  It was an easy, quick read and I loved the background of an orchard in Michigan.  I was so hoping this book would help me capture some nostalgia, but it just didn't quite hit the mark.  
    
          * I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review *
Was this review helpful?
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of The Recipe Box. Viola Shipman is one of my favorite authors. She has written another winner!!
Was this review helpful?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to read & review The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman. The honest truth is I had a difficult time connecting with this story. I tried to pick it up on two occasions, but unfortunately, the story did not hold my interest either time. This is a DNF for me. Thank you again for the chance to read this title.
Was this review helpful?
2.5 stars.  Unfortunately, I wanted more out of this book.  I did like the adjoining recipes (I'm a food blogger) and the stories behind them, but it was all very surface level.  I really wanted the love story to develop more between Sam and Angelo.  I also would have loved the story to move along a bit quicker - maybe seeing Sam jump into the family business before the last page of the book?  A great concept for a nice read - just wasn't enough for me.
Was this review helpful?
The Mullins family own a farm in Michigan. The recipe box is full of family history, traditions and recipes. It has been passed down through the women of the family for years. The family has been kept alive along with the history through this precious family heirloom! 
I highly recommend this book to all those that enjoy a story about close family connections!
Was this review helpful?
This story is a happy one of a family that runs an orchard. The granddaughter cannot decide who or what she wants to be. There are recipes scattered throughout the story. The orchard ties the whole family together. This was a fun read that made me want to take a trip to Michigan and eat lots of desserts.
Was this review helpful?
3.5 stars. I've been meaning to read Shipman for years, but have never seemed to have gotten to. This tells a story of a multi-generation family living in Michigan and the granddaughter Sam, who is fighting to decide if she wants more than tradition or if tradition, home, is what she's been seeking all along. I felt the characters in this story, particularly Sam, were very relatable. As a Michigander myself, I've fought the same fight that Sam has. Do you stay home, where family and love keep you safe? Or do you charter the unknown and see where it leads you? I loved the recipes included in this. I'm going to have make everyone one at some point. The only real gripe I had, it at times, I felt like I was reading a tourist's guide for Michigan. There was evident knowledge of the area, which is preferred, but at times, I feel like the landscape didn't need a name. Tell us what Sam or Willo sees. Don't say, "Oh and it was this grove', etc. It worked every once and while, but after a bit, I felt like I was being force fed a travel guide. I love Michigan, it's home, but for someone who isn't from home, the names could bog the narrative flow. With that, I will have to go back and see if I can find more of her works.
Was this review helpful?
Great recipes, not over the top with romance but deeply filled with rich family history of the apple farm and how the family made it what it is along with a deep history of recipes to correspond. Loved the midwestern touch and I saved the city this mostly took place in on my Google Maps app to venture there some day.
Was this review helpful?
Samantha always wanted a little bit more for herself than the family orchard that she grew up on. In The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman, Sam leaves her idyllic northern Michigan town to find her dream, but she may have been right where she needed to be all along.

When Sam heads to New York to start a new life, she finds a job as a pastry chef which she loves, but the chef she works for leaves something to be desired. She comes to the conclusion that she can no longer deal with the job and leaves, headed back to Michigan to figure out what she's going to do now. 

The family in Michigan helps Sam see what she's truly missing, connection, love and support from those who care about her the most. Eventually, Sam comes across an old recipe box that has been passed down for generations, and opening it helps her connect to her roots, which may help her find herself again.

Since I'm from Michigan, I really fell in love with the atmosphere of this book. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit, but I also felt like I wasn't fully pulled in by the story. It's been done over and over again, and it left me wanting more. I loved watching Sam grow and learn about what's truly important, but I was left seeking out more than what the story offered.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, it was just run of the mill chick-lit type of fiction for me. Something light and airy to read. This is the second book by this author that I read, and both books were just okay to me. I don't think I'll be picking up her work in the future unless something really catches my eye.
Was this review helpful?
I received an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley. This book had me from the very beginning. I love that it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would highly recommend this book to my fellow readers. Thank you for the chance to review this book!!!!
Was this review helpful?
Sometimes, I just need a feel good book that reminds me of the priorities in life and the bonds of family. The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is one of those books. Since I love to cook, an added bonus is the fact that it is also a foodie book centered around a recipe box passed down from generation to generation. There are hints of seriousness, but the heart of the book is a feel good story perfect for a summer beach read. 

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/08/the-recipe-box.html 

Reviewed for NetGalley.
Was this review helpful?
A beautiful story for foodies, romance lovers, and just those who need to reconnect with a book about family... these are the books I long for when I need something that has more substance and more story. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, the story revolving around food and the differences between small town and larger city life. Such a stunning book!!
Was this review helpful?
I very much enjoyed reading "The Recipe Box," Thanks, Netgalley!
This was my first book by viola Shipman, but I don't think it will be my last!
Was this review helpful?
This was another sweet read by Shipman. I love the idea of connecting to the old recipes found in the old recipe box. Sam's growth is evident throughout.
Was this review helpful?
This is one of my favorite authors and they have yet to let me down. I like that recipes are included in the book and they seem to be approachable for someone of my cooking skill. The writing is well done and while the plot can seem a bit cliche it doesn't come off as such. A really enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to the next one eagerly.
Was this review helpful?
Back in March of 2016, I read and reviewed a great book called The Charm Bracelet by an author named Viola Shipman.  I had never heard of Viola Shipman before seeing The Charm Bracelet, but I was later surprised to learn that Viola Shipman was a pen name for Wade Rouse, who is a popular, award-winning memoirist.   Mr. Rouse uses his grandmother's name as a tribute to her.

Next, in July of 2017, I had the opportunity to read and review another great Viola Shipman book, The Hope Chest, and it was another fantastic read!  Then there's today's book, The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman.  The book was available through my association with NetGalley, so I couldn't pass it up!

We follow Samantha ("Sam") Mullins as she leaves her loving Michigan home and goes to New York to attend culinary school. Sam always wanted to be a premier banking chef in New York City. She lands a premium job opportunity, but after an unsettling episode at work, Sam suddenly quits the job and heads for home.  Her family doesn't understand why she has returned, but they are thrilled she is home.  

A unique thing about The Recipe Box is that each chapter is based on a recipe and it contains the directions for how to make the actual recipe. The well-loved recipes are created by Sam throughout the novel and the history of her family helps her to decide her future path. I really felt that this was an interesting concept for the novel.

After all the disappointment and struggles life has been throwing at her, Sam soon realizes how important the women in her family are, and how recipes and their love of food bonds them all.

The characters are great, the story is sweet, and it's a very warm, down to earth story from the heart. This book has all the great elements we desire in a good women's fiction book. It's a quick read, satisfying and wholesome reading. Topics such as family relationships and a woman finding herself are always great reads but add lots of food and you've hit a home run!

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for my review.  I would like to thank St Martin's Press for allowing me the opportunity to participate, read and review this book. My views are my own and are in no way influenced by anyone else!
Was this review helpful?
This a heartfelt, sweet story about family and the ties that bind us, featuring recipes that sound scrumptious.  The storyline was a bit too predictable for me, and the way the story is told with jumps back and forth in time made it somewhat difficult to get into, but it was a charming story overall.  Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy.  This is my honest opinion.
Was this review helpful?
Sam fled her small town to live and thrive in the big city of New York.  But she isn't exactly thriving.  She's working for a jerk, but he's a jerk who has the power to fire her, and he does.

Sam slinks home with her tail between her legs to celebrate the family orchard's anniversary.  As she begins working and baking with her mother and grandmother, she finds her spirits lifting.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around why Sam would have ever felt the need to flee this perfect family in this perfect town. The best part of the book was the recipes - I want to try them all!

Current Goodreads Rating 3.9
Was this review helpful?
Book of full of charm that drives home the point that family and professional ambition don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Was this review helpful?