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Good Recipes and Bad Women [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Ashworth
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Book Description

GOOD RECIPES AND BAD WOMEN is a delicious, feel-good romantic comedy, set in north London in 1967. When 15 year old Jo Good decides to collect her mother Dorrie’s recipes, she sets a chain of events in action that threaten to blow apart her family. Unknown to her, Dorrie is harbouring a secret intimately connected with food. And Jo’s grandmother Miriam – who’s a dreadful cook - has it in for all of them and will stop at nothing to get what – or who – she wants.
GOOD RECIPES AND BAD WOMEN celebrates the summer of love, the Jewish community of South Tottenham and chicken soup made by your own mother. It’s funny, it’s nostalgic and a real page-turner.

Sherry Ashworth has written many novels both for adults and teenagers, winning several awards. Her first novel, the comic A MATTER OF FAT, struck a chord with many women and was an instant best-seller. GOOD RECIPES AND BAD WOMEN is sort of a prequel – what turns a nice girl into a serial dieter? Get out the chocolates, turn up the Sixties’ soundtrack and download the book ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007POC9EY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sherry Ashworth lives in Manchester and has won a number of awards for her young adult novels. She writes both teenage fiction and comic novels for women. Read more about her on

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 5 stars 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really loved this book! At first I was drawn to it for the front cover- I love the bright colour and the font! After reading it from beginning to end (in almost 3 days) It did not disappoint at all.

I felt like I really learnt a lot while reading this book- about the history of the Jewish community in London. Although, after thinking about it, it really was more about families and women in minority communities so I think it would appeal to a lot of people. I recognised a lot of characters within my own family. There is Dorrie who is the amazing cook and mother and then there is Miriam- definitely the most intriguing character! I would hate to ruin the book for anyone, but she makes the book in my opinion! Also, any teenage girl would recognise Fat David and Spotty Finkel!

The book was a delight to read, so well written and incredibly amusing. It's refreshing to read something set in this time period which focuses on the female voices. It's a book that I can see women of any age enjoying as it shows the perspectives of 3 generations of women- Jo, the youngest and then Dorrie and Miriam.

I really hope people will buy this book as I think it's brilliant and it deserves any recognition it receives!

Definitely, one hundred per cent a 5 star book - one of the best I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read 9 April 2012
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Having recently read "Mr Rosenblum's List" by Natasha Solomons I fancied a book along the same lines but different, if that makes sense. "Good Recipes and Bad Women", even though slightly different in tone, more than delivered.

The narrative follows three generations of Jewish women living in London during the 1960s. The wonderful description of food is mouth-watering and I found myself craving chicken soup and latkes. Ashworth uses the food as an extension of character, which works really well. The characters are vivid and leap off the page. The story follows the women's journeys and depicts their moral dilemmas beautifully and is always underpinned with humour.

If you're on a diet, don't read this book. Everyone else should download it now.

An absolute delight to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, thought provoking too! 30 April 2012
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Set in the 1960s, this novel deals with the lives of three generations of Jewish women in one family - and living in one house. These are Jo, a teenager, her mother Dorrie, and Dorrie's mother-in-law, Miriam. The creation of a book of Dorrie's recipes triggers a series of events that profoundly change the lives of all.
This book, which explores the relationships of the three women and the men around them will strike a chord with women of all ages. Whilst dealing with some serious issues, there is much to laugh about, and you will not want to put it down until the last page. A great read, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming and very funny! 6 May 2012
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This is a real page turner. You really get a sense of the time and place it was set in and what it must have been like to be part of a traditional jewish family unit in 1960's London. Whilst the young are experiencing a much freer world than ever before, the book brings to light the restrictions on the older generations and the knock on effect. Ashworth however balances this insight with plenty of humour which makes for a fantastic read. I laughed and I cried- well worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 8 May 2012
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This was such an enjoyable read. It really opened a window into the world of the 1960s and the troubles of teenage romance, and the ethnic slant gives the book something unique. But it isn't just about these things, it is also about family relationships and how the roles people take up early in life are so hard to change when you've outgrown them. And I loved the ending - but won't reveal it here!
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