Publication Date: March 3rd 2016
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Purchase: Amazon UK
Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .
But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?
Plumberry School of Comfort Food is basically about Verity Bloom who found herself losing her job and her boyfriend in one fell swoop. When she was asked to come and stay with her bestfriend’s mother to help with her new cookery school in Plumberry, she thought it would be a good idea to get away from her life for a while.
I have two problems with this book. One, it’s too short. Since it’s going to be published in a four-part serial, the page count is only about 100 pages and that is not nearly enough for me. I need more! Second, those glorious mention of food. I hate that when I read books with foods being mentioned and my mouth immediately waters. I even want Verity’s fish fingers sandwich and I’m not even a huge fan of fish fingers. So consider yourselves warned, don’t read this book on empty stomach. Or at least make sure that you have something to munch on because the temptation is real.
I thought this is a good start to the series. We were introduced to Verity, whom I love right from the start because she is as real as she can be, with a huge grief to get over but by the end of part one, you can clearly see how she’s working through it, so I’m definitely looking forward to read the next part to see how she fares. Other than Verity, there is also a myriad of other characters to love such as Gloria, the owner of the cookery school (Verity’s bestfriend’s mom), Mags the front house manager, Tom the chef and Pixie the part-time worker. I am most interested in Tom of all the characters because in this part of the book, he came across as someone uptight and very cheffy, citing pan-fried scallops with a lime foam and minted pea purèe as his signature dish and wanting to teach only hardcore cooking classes as opposed to simple, beginner level ones.
Cathy Bramley has always had brilliant writing and storytelling skills and it is clearly evident in this book. It was an easy read and got me hooked right from the start and the smatterings of foods being mentioned is just like icing on the cake. I’m definitely looking forward to read the next parts of the story to know how the events of the story would unfold.
My rating: 1/2
Disclaimer: I received the ARC from publisher via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.