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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 marital bliss unfolds through the voices and recipes of Tressa and Bernadine. They are generations and oceans apart, yet in this charming, beautifully imagined novel, they learn that marriage, like brown bread, is both sturdy and fragile, and never to be taken for granted.
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