Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Review: The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

Sisters, Antique Books, Dot.Com Companies, Spirituality, Activism, Love

These are just some of the themes in this book that has a little bit of everything. In the center are the alternating lives of two sisters who are as opposite as can be. There is Emily who is the CEO of a company that is about to go public and she will be the successful businesswoman that she has strived to become. Her sister, Jessamine, is a long time graduate student of philosophy who spend her time donating to causes as an activist, and has little concern for money.

They are only two of the multitude of characters that show up in this book but are the central figures with many other individuals circling in their orbits. This makes for a rich book that covers so many themes that it was often hard to keep track. If there are any I could pick out as primary the story provides a great backdrop of the industry and how start ups quickly rose to meteoric proportions but eventually busted. We also get to see what love looks like in a business world with shared ideals and pursuits and how it really may not be that much different from what happens when a philosophy student / activist tries to maintain a relationship.

There is so much in this book it is hard to describe all that is going on in this book but I can say it's a wonderful journey. Did I mention the Jewish mysticism too? Because, yes that is in here as well.  9/11 also comes into play, and yes, a cookbook collection.

I don't want to give anything away. I just think it's worth the read to find out for yourself.

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