Readers’ Corner June 2024, Food for Thought

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~

A disputed menu item sets the stage for an explosive situation in Family Reservations, a new novel by Liza Palmer. Culinary icon and control freak Maren Winter is a successful restauranteur who has built an empire, partially due to the efforts of her three daughters, all of whom work for her corporation. When Maren humiliates her youngest, talented chef Athena, in front of an audience of VIPs, the family splinters. Will they resolve long-held grudges and work together again, or will they each take charge of their individual destinies? Readers who enjoy cooking and over-the-top drama will devour this story.

Kitchen Confidential (Anthony Bourdain), The world lost an original when chef, author, and television personality Bourdain passed away in 2018 after more than a quarter-century love affair with food and cooking. Fortunately, he left behind a body of work, including this mega bestseller that spares no details about the restaurant industry’s sordid underbelly. Bourdain is a superb storyteller with a witty, unrestrained style as sharp as his kitchen knife. Almost 20 years after it was first published, Bourdain’s memoir remains a relevant literary feast.

 Colorado’s own Barbara O’Neal, a prolific writer of women’s fiction, scores with How to Bake a Perfect Life. One of her talents is to take ordinary people in regular life and spotlight their challenges, triumphs, and relationships to show readers how each one’s existence is unique and wonderful. The 40-something owner of a bakery, whose daughter’s husband is severely injured in war, re-meets a male friend she’d originally connected with as a pregnant teen. Her life becomes even more complicated when the bakery building, a historical Victorian, threatens to fall victim to the forces of age.


Authors Kathleen Duhamel,, and Bonnie McCune,, write women’s fiction.

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