Title: The Promise Kitchen
Author: Peggy Lampman
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 380
How I Got It: From author
Food, friendship, family, and a fresh start. Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a professional chef. Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good. In Atlanta, Mallory Lakes is reeling from a bad breakup. The newspaper food columnist is also bracing for major changes at work that could put her job at risk. Determined to find the perfect recipe for how to reinvent herself, she gets involved in the growing farm-to-table movement. But an emotional setback threatens to derail everything she’s worked for. Shelby and Mallory couldn’t be more different. But through their shared passion for food, they form an unlikely friendship—a bond that just might be their salvation. This heartwarming and lyrical tale reminds us that family isn’t necessarily whom you’re related to—it’s whom you invite to your table.
I'm always excited to read books set in Atlanta or Georgia but sometimes the cliches can get in the way of a good story. Not so with The Promise Kitchen. Author, Peggy Lampman, juxtaposes single-mother Shelby with career woman Mallory, and rural Georgia life with Atlanta city life very vividly. The dual narrative at the beginning gives readers great background on the two women and as the story progresses she weaves the women's stories together in a delicious way. Like any good foodie fiction story, I was wanted to eat each dish the women made. I also loved all the details behind the dishes and descriptions of the various places in the story, such as Shelby's hometown and the "fancy" Atlanta grocery store. There's great determination in both women that really made me want to cheer them both on. This book made me very happy (and hungry) while I was reading it. The Promise Kitchen was purchased in a two-book deal by Lake Union Publishing and I'm interested to see what's next for Lampman...
***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***