Barbara O'Neal fell in love with food and restaurants at the age of fifteen, when she landed a job in a Greek cafe and served baklava for the first time. She sold her first novel in her twenties, and has also published under the names Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind. Since then she has won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and six prestigious RITAs, including one for The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her novels have been widely published in Europe and Australia, and she travels all over the world, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and, of course, eating. She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs.
O'Neal's debut, with its cast of intriguing characters and touch of magical realism, is a cut above the typical "foodie novel." Gifted chef Elena Alvarez must contend with the ghosts of her tragic past in order to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime: building a world-class restaurant from the ground up in beautiful Aspen, CO. O'Neal, herself a food services veteran, surrounds Elena with a colorful group of characters, whom Audie Award nominee Bernadette Dunne (The House on Beartown Road) effortlessly brings to life. For fans of popular fiction (libraries may also want to purchase the Bantam paperback for a hard copy of the recipes). [Embeddable audio clip available through library.booksontape.com.-Ed.]-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Garrettsville, OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"As dark and deep and sweet as chocolate...I wanted to live in this book." --Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author
"A delectable banquet for the reader, celebrating the things that matter most-family, friendship, food, and the healing power of love." --Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author