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DINNER WITH EDWARD BY ISABEL VINCENT

PUBLISHED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER
REVIEW BY CALLIE STEVENS

Warning! Do not read when hungry.

Edward cooks the most marvellous meals, which are described to the point where you can almost taste them. The reader is left wishing they could indeed have dinner with Edward.

Isabel and Edward find each other in a difficult time in their lives. Isabel is in denial about her spiralling marriage, and her new high stress job as a New York City reporter. Edward is bereft after losing his wife of 69 years, and doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. The friendship that blossoms between the two is beautiful to see and reminds you about the things that are really important in life.

Edward is a marvellous character; a member of the foodie movement before there was one. His recipes (sound like they) would give Nigella Lawson a run for her money. He even gives some great tips throughout the book, including how to cook the perfect fluffy scrambled eggs and a gorgeous sounding apricot soufflé.

This delightful memoir is filled with warm feelings, and focuses on the importance of relationships. The dinners are an antidote to Isabel’s fast paced life. She’s reminded of the importance friends and good food are in one’s world, and what they can do for the soul. As famed food critic M.F.K. Fisher wrote, good food and company sustains us “truly against the hungers of the world”. And this book is a lovely little piece of sustenance in itself.

Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.