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I truly enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down as I wanted to find out what happened to the main character s grandmother s romance and the secret behind her arranged marriage.Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine s cook book and diaries In her grandmother s diaries and cook I truly enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down as I wanted to find out what happened to the main character s grandmother s romance and the secret behind her arranged marriage.Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine s cook book and diaries In her grandmother s diaries and cook book, Tressa finds not only her grandmother s recipes but advice on marriage and a secret that her grandmother has been carrying around for years Tressa has always idolized her grandmother s cooking and marriage to her grandfather but Tressa soon discovers that her grandmother wasn t at all happy in her marriage as she led on until she discovered the truth about why James the man that she had everyone believe was the ONE she loved except herself, truly married her The story traverses from 2004 in Manhattan to 1932 in Ireland where young Bernadine first met the man she really loved.I truly enjoyed this book I first read it when I first got married and was delighted by this unique and well written book Throughout the book there are recipes you can make from Irish Stew to Bernadine s honey cake In the end there s space to write your own recipes I read this not long after getting married, and I totally related to the main character Many have written that she is a bratty wife who doesn t appreciate anything I found her to be very realistic and not unlike many urban women her age She doesn t want to have mean thoughts, she just does Their relationship is sweet but needs to grow, that is why she seems shallow Love grows and changes over time and I think that is reflected well in this story Readers commented that she has a good man I read this not long after getting married, and I totally related to the main character Many have written that she is a bratty wife who doesn t appreciate anything I found her to be very realistic and not unlike many urban women her age She doesn t want to have mean thoughts, she just does Their relationship is sweet but needs to grow, that is why she seems shallow Love grows and changes over time and I think that is reflected well in this story Readers commented that she has a good man and should stop complaining It s not that simple, not at all I find that differences in families and in laws are the biggest issues in my friends marriages You can love your husband because he is a good man, but your day to day life can be difficult if you are very different culturally or your families expect different things These problems are written in a relatable and realistic way Thank god I love my husbands family I also thought the recipes were adorable I d like to try making some of them When I started to read it I wasn t sure I could relate with the main character It is about a single New York food critic who has a cute guy fall in love with her and she marries him After the hoopla of the wedding, she realizes that she really doesn t love him and decides that in 6 months or so she will back out and say she gave it a good try Meanwhile, she takes her Irish Grandmothers old recipes and starts to compile a cookbook to publish She finds that her Grandmother has included her mem When I started to read it I wasn t sure I could relate with the main character It is about a single New York food critic who has a cute guy fall in love with her and she marries him After the hoopla of the wedding, she realizes that she really doesn t love him and decides that in 6 months or so she will back out and say she gave it a good try Meanwhile, she takes her Irish Grandmothers old recipes and starts to compile a cookbook to publish She finds that her Grandmother has included her memoirs with her recipes too, and her story of their 50 year marriage is enthralling The book ends up going back and forth between the G ma and the current gal This books gives voice to that inner dialog that most women have that shapes our excuses, abuses, and sanity It is honest, humorous, and I cried in 3 places I really ended up loving the wisdom in this novel, and I can look past the dozen swearwords I m not so pretentious as to be totally averse to chick lit, I ve read a couple and at times even enjoyed their trashiness However, I really disliked this book and actually found it offensive.Aside from it being the most predictable thing I ve read, I take umbridge with a how seriously it takes itself b how weak and ridiculous the females in it are c Its supposed moral.Normally, I wouldn t write a review of trite crap like this as it doesn t deserve the time of day, however, the fact it see I m not so pretentious as to be totally averse to chick lit, I ve read a couple and at times even enjoyed their trashiness However, I really disliked this book and actually found it offensive.Aside from it being the most predictable thing I ve read, I take umbridge with a how seriously it takes itself b how weak and ridiculous the females in it are c Its supposed moral.Normally, I wouldn t write a review of trite crap like this as it doesn t deserve the time of day, however, the fact it seems to believe it has depth pisses me off The recipes that are supposed to be cleverly symbolic are desperate and cringe As is the tag line written with so much heart its beat is palpable on every page Ha laughable when you read lines like I did a clean up on myself, not a full leg shave But a bit of tooth and hair brushing Banal, insipid and shallow If you re going to write crap, sweet valley twins for bored housewives then at least know that s what you re doing, don t pretend to be profound.Secondly, the females are weak, arrogant and annoying and despite cheating on her husband twice the narrator only comes to realise her love when she thinks he s dead Nice.Lastly, the moral of this story seems to be settle for a boring guy because eventually you might love him Because blokes deserve women who don t really love them And because settling for someone you re not totally in love with is a good idea Bah It s bullshit and is going on the firewood pile immediately I can t wait for our next house fire in the garden that is not our actual house I refuse to take it to the charity shop and inflict it on somebody else The idea isn t new, but it was written well However I find the recipes too bland for my taste and the female protagonists quite annoying for complaining too much at first Sometimes I feel like, you fool, you should be grateful He he but perhaps it s just me So it s 3.5. After I read this book I couldn t help but think that EVERY PERSON WHO EVER WANTED TO BE IN LOVE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK so everyone on the planet It s a wonderful duel timeline story that follows a woman in modern day through her first year of marriage and her grandmother through her entire arranged marriage as both figures out what real love means So you should check it out and read it just make sure you have a ton of patience and empathy for the characters because they are ridiculously re After I read this book I couldn t help but think that EVERY PERSON WHO EVER WANTED TO BE IN LOVE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK so everyone on the planet It s a wonderful duel timeline story that follows a woman in modern day through her first year of marriage and her grandmother through her entire arranged marriage as both figures out what real love means So you should check it out and read it just make sure you have a ton of patience and empathy for the characters because they are ridiculously realistic and flawed and that s what makes their stories so wonderful Recipes for a Perfect Marriage is a very warm, comforting, and easy read, with little gems of wisdom peppered throughout, and might I say surprisingly thought provoking and honest Like the author describes in the Q A section of the book, this story demonstrates the generational differences of opinion towards marriage, which I realized I had never given much significant thought Full disclosure, I am getting married next summer after being with the my boyfriend for the last 7 years, and so I w Recipes for a Perfect Marriage is a very warm, comforting, and easy read, with little gems of wisdom peppered throughout, and might I say surprisingly thought provoking and honest Like the author describes in the QA section of the book, this story demonstrates the generational differences of opinion towards marriage, which I realized I had never given much significant thought Full disclosure, I am getting married next summer after being with the my boyfriend for the last 7 years, and so I was intrigued to hear somebody s opinions on a perfect marriage The author interestingly notes that society s opinions towards the purpose of marriage between our grandparents generation and the current generation have changed drastically.The presentation of the differences in this book made me realize that our current attitudes towards marriage are congruous with the attitudes that Millenials have towards most things we are optimistic to a fault, and if we don t get exactly what we want right out the gate, whether it s a job or an apartment or a relationship, we think it s a waste of time and move on to the next thing, that we know will be bigger and better than the last I am very much guilty of this mentality Our grandmothers and grandfathers were from a completely different world in many aspects, marriage included Material items and jobs were not things that could be thrown away as easily, and it seems that marriage was approached this way as well I am not arguing that this is necessarily good or better women and men should not be expected to slog out a relationship that is not working any, or worse, stay in relationships that are dysfunctional or even emotionally, mentally, or physically abusive This book is NOT about toxic relationships, but rather about what is the secret to a good and decent, if not perfect, relationship What s the difference between an ok marriage and a perfect marriage If you enter a marriage already with the mentality that if it s nothing short of perfect then it s not worth your time, is that realistic or sustainable Is a Millenial s relentless optimism sometimes setting themselves up to fail One reader may say that Tressa is weak and a pushover for staying in a marriage that she feels lukewarm towards from the get go, while others may argue that she s found a good man who is reliable and trustworthy, so quit whining already The two sides of this argument remind me of Elizabeth Bennet arguing with Charlotte Lucas when Charlotte agrees to marry Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth is waiting for love, which is fine, and Charlotte opts for security which is also fine Recipes for a Perfect Marriage touches on both sides of this argument, and additionally Tressa asks the question of whether it is better to be alone rather than to stay in a loveless marriage This question eventually transforms in to what we define to be a loveless marriage is it a lack of passion Lack of spark Can you be happily married without being madly in love This book argues that yes, yes you can, despite popular opinion that a relationship short of Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadam s The Notebook is unworthy of one s time The book argues that there is a duality to love there is romantic love, and then there is the familial love of marriage There is sex, and attraction, and then there is love unconditional, gracious, and grateful love, that is neither overstated nor underrated, but exists on a plane of consistency and reliability Tressa s grandmother finds the first type of love, romantic love, in one man, and the other type in another, which is who she spends her life with If you are lucky, then you will find this in one and the same person, but the author s argument is it doesn t necessarily need to happen that way for someone to still lead a happy life When Generation Y hears the words consistency and reliability , we think of our Iphones lasting until the next model comes out 2 to 3 years, give or take I mean, imagine a 20 something including myself buying a phone with the intention that it would be their phone for the next 50 years This ephemeral approach to the assets in our lives is perhaps why marriage can be anxiety inducing.What it really comes down to is choices, and how critical we can be of others choices I mean, my god, there was an entire New Yorker article about Charlotte Lucas decision , and how the divisiveness of her decision comes down to options, and what options are available to you It seems that much like walking down an American cereal aisle at the grocery store, the paradox of choice may not only be an issue for consumers, but in millenials life choices We have so many options that we re always afraid we made the wrong one We aren t expected to commit to one job, we aren t expected to live in one town, so when we are expected to spend our lives with one person, we re not even sure how to go about that decision making process Everyone has their opinions on what choices others should make, and women unintentionally pressure one another into what they insist is right like Tressa s friend Doreen even at the cost of alienating their female peers Really we should all go by Amy Poehler s advice when it comes to these divisive subjects and just say, Good for you, not for me This book may present a side of marriage that speaks to some readers, and is good for them, but may not be good for everyone And that s ok &Download Kindle ☔ Recipes for a Perfect Marriage ☊ A tender, funny, heartfelt novel about an uncertain bride and the Irish grandmother who teaches her the unexpected ingredients of marital happiness Tressa is sure of almost everything her career as a successful food writer, her great friends, and her sophisticated New York lifestyle She has never been so sure of men, however, and as she hits her late thirties, the prospect of never marrying looms large When Dan shows up on her doorstep, she hopes that he s the one, and soon they are married There s just one problem With all the excitement of finding him, and then the wedding, Tressa is struck with an awful idea maybe he s not the one after all Into this mess of uncertainty comes an unexpected life preserver the journals and recipes of her grandmother Bernadine Bernadine and her husband, James, had the kind of marriage that Tressa always believed she should have the perfect marriage Or so Tressa thought In Recipes for a Perfect Marriage the unexpected secret to 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her professional life is flourishing, her personal life is lacking Tressa wants a husband and a family but still hasn t met the right man And considering her flings with arrogant chefs in the industry are leading nowhere fast, she doesn t have much hope of meeting anyone anytime soon Until she does Dan, the super at her building, is hot And he s into her REALLY into her And when just a few months after beginning their relationship he proposes, Tressa feels she has to say yes But by the time they return from their honeymoon she realizes she s made a huge mistake Tressa doesn t love Dan Tressa s ideal marriage is based on the one her grandparents had One of such passion that they lasted for fifty years But Tressa doesn t know the whole story about her grandparents relationship She doesn t know, for example, that her grandmother wasn t in love when she got married eitherI m going to go ahead and admit that I kind of really didn t like Tressa when Recipes began All of her time and energy focused on how much she hated Dan was mean I sympathized with her I definitely sympathized with her I m sure everyone can relate to realizing a relationship is wrong And I m sure plenty of people based on the statistics out there have come to that conclusion after getting married.But Dan s a nice guy A really nice guy who s trying in spite of the fact that Tressa is making it so hard on him Part of me wonders if he would have seriously considered her having some sort of mood disorder based on the abuse he takes from her And Tressa s grandmother, Bernadine, isn t much better with her husband James At least there she s still harboring hurt over losing the man she really was in love with But James, too, tries And puts up with a lot.I should point out that I don t need to fall in love with a character in order to enjoy their story This is one perfect example why the characters evolution is the story.While Tressa is trying to decide what to do about her marriage, how soon is appropriate to begin talks of divorce, she s decided to write a cookbook using her grandmother s old recipes Each section of the book begins with one of those classic recipes, addingto the theme of Recipes for a Perfect Marriage It s right there in the beginning of the book with the first lines The heart of a recipe, what makes it work, is a mystery Taste is such a personal thing and yet the right recipe can open a person s mind to a food they thought they didn t like Then again, you can put all the right ingredients together, follow the instructions exactly, and still have a disaster on your hands.And it s there in the recipe for Tressa s grandmother s rhubarb tart with the comment that the rhubarb alone is too bitter to be palatable Tressa and her grandmother both are like that rhubarb bitter For Tressa, it s of her own making For her grandmother it s because of an unfortunate series of circumstances But their husbands, to my mind, are the sugar even for the reader, considering they re bothlikable in the beginning than their wives are How or whether their relationships come together in harmony or become the disasters Tressa notes in the lines above is for you to find out I can promise you that even if you don t like rhubarb, though, you ll love following both Tressa and Bernadine s stories This book is like a gorgeous piece of hot chocolate fudge cake without the calories This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway and had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary given on the giveaway Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she ha This book is like a gorgeous piece of hot chocolate fudge cake without the calories This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway and had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary given on the giveaway Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she has written This is such a powerful and wise book It hits the nail right on the head about relationships and marriage and the doubts that can prevail in a new marriage This author can say so much in so few pages The book switches between the present with Tressa and Dan and the past with Tressa s grandparents On Tressa s wedding day she is given her grandmother s diaries and recipes Each part of the book begins with one of these recipes and each one symbolises a certain factor which contributes to a successful or unsuccessful marriage, for example the first part is concerned with chemistry and the recipe is for jam which seems to suggest things not quite jelling with Tressa and Dan s marriage The book continues in this way and, for me, this unifies the whole book Sheila O Flanagan uses this sort of technique of having a theme running throughout the book This works so well, Tressa also has a career in food writing Tv etc This book is quite therapeutic if you have been through relationship doubts breakups, it helps you to understand thingsclearly and makes you feel that you re not alone The book is very well presented, like a home recipe book I would have liked to have seen the recipes in a handwriting font though, that would have had just that bit extra realism and feel for the action The book continues alternating between past and present, often with parallels between the two eras The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful I didn t want it to end and had to keep reading to see what happens next and the book didn t lag or go off at all, it continued superbly right to the end and concluded in a satisfactory fashion It has been an absolute treat to read It has parts that really get at your emotions, suspense, comedy page 88 sister in law s outfit love it It s a scrummy, sumptuous book, I can t give it enough superlatives Just one tiny thing I thought the cover a little old fashioned I feel it could put potential readers off because the writing is both modern and in the past So, what a feast of a book, I have enjoyed it so much It brought a tear to my eye at the end Life lessons which seem obvious with hindsight but this is not a predictable book at all Wonderful