Sunday, April 13, 2014
Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen
I was really excited to pick up this new foodie novel from the library. I enjoy reading fiction and watching movies set in restaurants, and with Michelle Wildgen's background in food writing, I thought it would be a great book. Instead, I found myself skimming chapters and skipping ahead. On the positive side, the food writing is pretty great. Her descriptions of dishes are mouthwateringly delicious and I could picture the inside of the restaurants from her visual descriptions. But the plot is luke warm. Two brothers who are restaurant partners are challenged when the third brother decides to open a new restaurant across town. There is an undercurrent of sibling rivalry, a few forbidden romance scenes, and day-to-day patter of restaurant business stress. I kept waiting for something big to happen, and it did not. I would say Bread and Butter is an appropriate title. It was certainly no Lamb's neck with Jerulasem artichokes, broccoli rate and gremolata, even if that is the new restaurant's signature dish.