Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blood, Bones, & Butter and Kill Me If You Can

My friend, Deirdre, gave me the book Maine as a retirement gift a couple weeks ago.  I love it!  But I haven't finished it yet.  Why?  Because it's a real book and too big to take on the motorcycle with me.  Instead I had my iPhone with the Kindle app on it when the bike broke down on the side of the road.   While my husband was fixing it, I started reading Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.  It was a quick read so I finished it before going back to Maine.

Gabrielle Hamilton grew up with a French mother who made exotic dishes that Gabrielle loved.  She never forgot them.  But, it took her many years and many mishaps to actually do something productive with her love of good food.  She is now the owner of Prune, a restaurant in NYCity. 

She's also a great writer!  Each page is filled with delicious food and metaphors.  Yum!

Then I returned to Maine. 

But, it happened again!  This time we were at the bait shop and I was waiting.  So, I found a shady spot to sit outside and started another book on my iPhone. 

I knew I'd zip right through this James Patterson novel.  And I did.

Matthew Bannon is an art student.  One day he finds a bag full of diamonds and decides to keep it.  But some really bad people want those diamonds back and will stop at nothing to get them. 

This is a typical Patterson thriller complete with surprise plot twists and a satisfying but intriguing ending. 

Now, I'm going back to Maine.  That's the beauty of it; it's the type of book I can leave for a few days but, when I return, it's like greeting old friends again.


Jonathan said...

My mother has been trying to talk me into James Patterson for some time and I've resisted. I'm a bit of a fiction snob, preferring non-fiction and being kinda selective about what fiction I pick up.

Real books also are a challenge here. Bought one three weeks ago and have not cracked the cover yet as I've gotten addicted to library books on my kobo

The Lacquered Lady said...

I was going to pick this up for a read - it would be my first Patterson novel. But the TV commercial was so incredibly cheesy.