Alana Ostermann is the assistant to the dashing and incredibly successful chef and food channel star, Patrick Conlon. Working behind the scenes, she does everything from developing the recipes Patrick uses to picking out birthday presents for his ex-MIL, to even dealing with the fallout from his so-called relationships. Personal life? Alana has no clue what that is! Then Alana meets southerner RJ online. For the first time, Patrick gets shifted to the backburner and even - gasp - ignored for a few minutes while she's on the phone with RJ. Now Alana must make decisions about her future -both professionally and personally - and find the perfect balance between work and play.
I had a feeling of familiarity while I was reading this book. At first I thought it was because it had a little bit of the same storyline in the beginning of another book I read recently, but then I realized it was because Alana reminded me of a friend back home who is a foodie freak, and Alana's ringer, down to the whole online chatting/dating thing.
I enjoyed this book and found it a good way to waste some time away in the evenings. It was kind of funny to be reading emails, etc just like I would if it was happening to my friend above, lol. At moments, it's almost like you're there, and of course, if you're a foodie, you'll probably enjoy some of the content anyways. A bonus? This book has yummy recipes at the end that you'll recognize from being mentioned in the story. (not just one or two, there's quite a few!) It also features a sneak peek at the author's next book, Good Enough To Eat.
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Off The Menu: A Novel by Stacey Ballis is a paperback fiction book published by Penguin that will be available on July 3rd, 2012. It is 401 pages long. The suggested cover price is $, but Amazon has it available for $10.20 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.