Last Bite: A Novel of Culinary Romance

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Algonquin Books, Jul 31, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
After ending a bad relationship, Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men. Who has the time anyway? She's busy overseeing a rambunctious food-prep crew in a kitchen the size of a closet; trying to please high-maintenance celebrity guest chefs; and dealing with her large extended Italian American family, who believe that the solutions to life's problems involve food. And in the midst of her high-energy, stress-inducing career—punctuated by a steady stream of parties and restaurant openings that must not be missed—she's trying to uncover why Sally Woods, a grand old dame of the culinary world and regular on the television show, is suddenly ready to jump ship and find a new station and a new executive chef.

When Danny O'Shea, a handsome chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show, Casey smells trouble. But feelings ignite faster than a flambé dessert, especially when Danny whips up a few surprises during a television shoot in Italy.

Narrated in Casey's smart and refreshingly disarming voice, Last Bite is an irresistible culinary caper, with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities.

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Young New York chef finds romance and intrigue when she travels to Italy for her television job.Executive chef Casey Costello handles all the cooking segments for popular daily TV show Morning in ... Read full review

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So far it is a light, simple summer read :) It is makign me smile, and I love the Italian phrases scattered throughout! Read full review


Chapter 1 Ive always been crazy but its kept me from going insane
Chapter 2 My future aint what it used to be
Chapter 3 Some people walk in the rain others just get wet
Chapter 4 Cookin good
Chapter 5 God must have spent a little more time on you
Chapter 6 Famous last words of a fool
Chapter 7 Whose bed have your boots been under?
Chapter 8 Wavin my heart goodbye
Chapter 13 You cant make a heel toe the mark
Chapter 14 Whos foolin who?
Chapter 15 On the road again
Chapter 16 Postpone the pain
Chapter 17 Whats he doing in my world?
Chapter 19 I hope that I dont fall in love with you
Chapter 20 Didnt expect it to go down this way
Chapter 21 I stepped from eggshells to pins and needles from burning coals to shards of glass

Chapter 9 Down to my last teardrop
Chapter 10 Let the morning in but keep it under cover
Chapter 11 What am I gonna do about you?
Chapter 12 Hot mama
Chapter 22 Ready for the times to get better
Chapter 23 Please dont tell me how the story ends
Chapter 24 Maybe I didnt treat you quite as good as I should have

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NANCY VERDE BARR was an executive chef to Julia Child from 1980 to 1998 and the culinary producer for PBS’s Baking with Julia and ABC’s Good Morning America. She’s written for Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Parade, Cook’s Magazine, and Fine Cooking. The author of three award-winning cookbooks, she lives in Massachusetts.

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