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Recipe For A Perfect Housewife by Karma Brown

Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-31-19
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

When Alice Hale leaves a career in publicity to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in the old home’s basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbook’s previous owner – 1950’s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbook’s pages, Nellie left clues about her life – including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother.

Soon, Alice learns that while baked Alaska and meatloaf five ways may seem harmless, Nellie’s secrets may have been anything but. When Alice uncovers a more sinister – even dangerous – side to Nellie’s marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.

WOW… but first let me say I LOVED this book!
I loved that it took place in the 1950’s and again in the 2000’s.
I loved that the two stories took place in the same house.
I loved that Nellie’s story influenced what happened in Alice’s story.
I loved all the 1950’s recipes.
I loved that the recipe book was Nellie’s mother, then Nellie’s, and then Alice’s.
I loved the ending!

This book was a bit scary/freaky, it was part love story & part out of love story, a few of the characters were manipulative, but they were all a great addition to the story. The pace was steady and it kept me interested. I didn’t want to stop listening so I could find out what was going to happen next.

I’ve read some reviews where people didn’t like one of the story lines, but I thought both were very good. The author did a great job of linking them together, and the narrators did a great job!

This was my first book by this author but I plan on reading more from her.

Some of the recipes in the book had “special” ingredients like rose petals etc., but I decided to make the  Tuna Casserole. My mom made this when I was growing up and I made it when my kids were growing up, but we used noodles too. We never used potato chips.

Chapter 24

July 30, 1956

Tuna Casserole
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
2- 7 oz. cans tuna, drained
3 hard cooked eggs, sliced
2 cups cooked peas
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup crushed potato chips

In a casserole dish blend mushroom soup and milk
Stir in tuna, sliced eggs, cooked peas, salt, & pepper
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
Top with potato chips and bake 5 minutes longer

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  24 Responses to “Recipe For A Perfect Housewife by Karma Brown
With A Recipe From The Book”

  1. This sounds like fun! I’m adding it to my list.

  2. Glad to hear this one worked well for you! I have it on my Kindle, but haven’t tried it yet. I laughed at the tuna casserole recipe – I remember that one with the potato chips. Don’t think we ate it much as I was growing up as my Dad didn’t like tuna. However, it made an appearance a few times. As did many recipes with ‘cream of mushroom’ as an ingredient. Ha!

  3. That’s really a retro recipe! I remember having noodles, not chips.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  4. Oh! I so remember this potato chip version of that casserole. I love the sound of this book.

  5. Vicki,
    This book sounds so terrific! I will keep it in mind, because I LOVED your enthusiastic review.

  6. I listened to another book by this author that I loved so I’ll have to look for this one.

  7. Sounds like a good one. Even the recipe sounds good.

  8. Yum – tuna casserole. This book is in my library pile. I read an earlier one of hers Come Away With Me – I found it over sentimental… but it could just have been my mood… Cheers

    • Yes, sometimes my mood causes my thoughts on a book to sway one way or the other. I’ve re-read books that I didn’t like only to love them the second time.

  9. This sounds like an interesting read! We didn’t have potato chips on our casserole either. We sometimes had slices of tomato with breadcrumbs.

  10. Looks vex the tuna casserole recipe and yes to peas in it!
    I hadn’t heard of this book, good review.

    • Thanks Tina! I love peas and always added them to tuna noodle casserole like my mom did. I know someone who’s son didn’t like chili unless she put peas in it. I’ve been meaning to try that but I haven’t yet.

  11. I’ve heard good things about this book, glad to hear you like it.

  12. I think this novel sounds fascinating.

  13. This looks fun. Adding it to my list!

  14. This is a Cook The Book Club selection for our next round. I’m hosting this book. I must have read the same reviews b/c i was a little hesitant to recommend it to the club. Thanks for your review.

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