Dinner with Edward – by Isabel Vincent


Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Books (May 24, 2016)

ISBN-13: 9781616204228

Synopsis: When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter–who lives far away and asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York–Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.

As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be.

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This book is a uniquly written book that is great for anyone who loves food and a personal tale. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of “fancy” food (picky eater and all…) but what I really appreciated about this book was the relationship between Isabel Vincent (the author) and Edward; the elderly father of her friend, whom she befriends and keeps him company following the passing of his wife.

Over a series of dinners, the relationship between Isabel and Edward blossoms over fancy food and drinks. Both characters are at different points of their life (one an elderly man, who misses his late wife and wants to be with her again, and a woman decades younger who is recently single and feeling helpless about love). The contrast of these characters (well… real people) created a great dynamic to the story and create the “why care” factor of the book.
A unique thing about the book was that the beginning of every chapter starts with a menu for the evening dinner, making it perfect for any foodie that needs inspiration. As I am not a foodie, this was not something that stuck out to me or attracted me to this book at all. But, any fan of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie will love this book and the appreciate the characters relationship.
Rating: 7/10

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