The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

The Recipe Box

Bestselling, beloved author of The Charm Bracelet spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.When the chef embarrasses Sa...

Details The Recipe Box

TitleThe Recipe Box
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction

Reviews The Recipe Box

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to The Recipe Box, a tale of love for family and the food that connects it! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Confession: I’ve bought all of Viola Shipman’s books because I cannot resist the covers! I was thrilled to read an early copy of the author’s latest book. Viola Shipman is actually a pen name for a male author who chose to write under his beloved grandmother’s name as a tribute to her. You can feel the author’s devotion to his grandmother...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    A recipe box for her thirteenth birthday? Is that what Sam really wanted?Probably not, but it made her mother and grandmother happy so Sam accepted it and made her first pie.THE RECIPE BOX was a gift no thirteen-year-old wanted, but it was a gift that kept on giving throughout Sam's life.We follow Sam as she leaves her loving Michigan home and goes to New York to attend culinary school. She was a hit in New York, but her boss was a fake. To her f...
  • Judy
    Sweet as pie! This is my first book by Viola Shipman and I enjoyed her writing style and her story of love and family and tradition. Reading this brought back so many memories growing up with Mom baking and cooking and friends and family coming over to enjoy it. She still cooks on Sundays for family and almost always has a wonderful homemade cake or pie.This is the story of Sam Mullins who is at a crossroads in life where she needs to make a choi...
  • Sue
    I enjoyed Viola Shipman's first two books and knew that I was in for a treat when I won a copy of The Recipe Box at goodreads. I wasn't disappointed - this was a wonderful book about family and love and relationships between mothers and daughters.Sam Mullins felt like there was too much to explore in the world and didn't want to stay at her family's orchard and pie shop in Michigan. She went to NY, to go to culinary school and got a job at a famo...
  • Sherri Thacker
    What’s better than a great book about secret family recipes, love, family traditions ... a book with all that AND RECIPES . And these recipes look really, really great that I’ve decided to copy each one and hopefully try them out. I really enjoyed this book - the love this family has for each other is wonderful!!! I loved this book from the very first page to the last. This is my 3rd book by Viola Shipman and I love this one as much as the ot...
  • Patty
    the recipe boxbyviola shipmanWhat it's all about...One thing I know for certain...after reading this book the reader will either crave everything sweet or swear off of sugary treats forever! This book contains just about everything sweet and good that a book should have. It has a family...a Michigan family of bakers who own an apple orchard. The book shares stories from all of this family’s generations of bakers but focuses on Sam...she is the ...
  • Linda Zagon
    MY REVIEW OF “THE RECIPE BOX” BY VIOLA SHIPMANViola Shipman, Author of “The Recipe Box” has written a delightful, charming and heartwarming story of family, love, tradition and change. The Genres of this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Northern Michigan and New York.The author describes her characters as likable, resourceful, hardworking, and enterprising. Sam Mullins comes back to the family orchard and ...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Thanks to Goodreads for this lovely book.A homecoming love family the bonus of delicious recipes that you will want to try.Would make a lovely holiday gift.
  • Piepie
    Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc.I really liked this story, and I think it would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. I love how the story painted itself into living and breathing characters right in my mind - the scenes of NYC and Michigan were both breathtaking and unforgettable. I would love to go to the pie pantry, pick apples, eat apples, and chat and have fun with family and friends. Willo was probably my favorite character, and I also loved ...
  • Donna Hines
    Make the days count and honor every day you have.Life is short my friends and Viola (pen name) Wade Rouse; reminds us that in this newest work The Recipe Box.A fab read daring to leave the past behind while confronting the obstacles like fear that prevent us from welcoming change, opportunity, growth, and leaving a lasting legacy.So often we get caught up in making a life we forget to live the live we have. Being present and enjoying the view to ...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Full review on The Candid CoverIf you are a fan of heart-felt stories that will whisk you away on a virtual mini-vacation, The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is one to read. This book is a beautifully written story that will have you longing for a trip to Michigan. It also explores the theme of self-discovery through the use of recipes and a multi-generational cast of characters.
  • Diane Perry
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is so heart warming. Sam is a pastry chef in search for her place in the world. She comes from a family in Michigan and she is determined that she wants bigger and better. Yet, she finds her heart right back on the orchard she was running from. I fell in love with this entire family. Highly recommend this book!
  • Patricia
    I received an advanced reader's copy of THE RECIPE BOX for an honest review. Although this is not my usual genre, I quite enjoyed this feel-good read. The book begins with a young woman named Sam, a pastry chef, quitting her job in NYC. Sam returns to her family's orchard and restaurant in Michigan to decide who and what she wants to be. There are beautiful descriptions of Michigan and recipe boxes with delicious recipes which have been handed do...
  • BJ
    I won this Advance Reader Copy through Goodreads. This is my second book by this author, having recently read The Charm Bracelet. I really enjoyed the Recipe Box. It is about 2 of my favorite subjects, family and food. I was totally engrossed in the story. Enjoyed the characters, the setting and the story. Also, the recipes included in the book sounded really luscious, made me want to make some pies, tarts or apple crisps. Will definitely read mo...
  • Melissa
    2018-01-13 included!
  • Heather Mulvihill
    We meet Alice, who’s in the midst of getting all the ingredients for an apple pie together as her husband, Leo, and their dog, Mac pick apples. Alice makes apple crisp pie for her husband. She also makes her own whipped cream. The following day, she worked in the orchard. She writes out the secret family apple crisp recipe on note cards she received from the church. Leo surprises her with a hand carved recipe box for all her recipes. Alice is c...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I received a free copy of this book from StMartins Press #author for an honest review. This is a beautiful and charming book. It tells the story of Sam, a twenty something pastry chef, and her search to find what she truly wants in life. Sam grew up in Michigan on her family's orchard which is also the family business. Not sure if she wants to follow other generations in her family and stay and work at the orchard and bakery she heads to NYC to g...
  • Debbie
    This was the third book that I have read that was written by Viola Shipman. I first found this author while reading "The Charm Bracelet" which I loved and then "The Hope Chest" which I loved. I was very excited that there was another book on offer and did not waste any time requesting it.I love how in all of Shipman's books, he takes, for instance, in "The Charm Bracelet". Every charm on the bracelet has a story and a meaning for the mother of th...
  • Maddie
    A charming story filled with recipes and stories of a family bound through time, love and food. Everything tied up neat as a pin (so not super realistic), but it would make a wonderful movie, and was an overall feel-good tale. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes too!
  • Sarah
    Sam gets fired from her prestigious-on-paper pastry chef job in New York City and returns home to northern Michigan with her tail between her legs. She is struggling with striking the balance between what she thinks she should be doing and what actually makes her happy. Not unlike many self discovery novels, Sam is her own worst enemy when it comes to both romantic relationships and her career. Sam needs to look no further for answers than her ow...
  • Phyllis Krall
    Sam’s family owns an orchard and pie shop in Michigan which has been successful for one hundred years. She wants to spread her wings and make her mark elsewhere. After an unsuccessful job in New York, she quits and returns home to work in the pie shop. With a key around her neck which opens her family recipe box, Sam learns the true meaning of family and how memories are recreated in each pie that she bakes. Her grandmother Wilo, is her inspira...
  • Laurie
    "The only constant in life is change."An Exquisitely written novel full of love is once more written by Viola Shipman.Willo, as the elder now in her family is turning 75. Her beautiful farm in gorgeous Michigan is celebrating 100 years of life.Willo has one wish for her upcoming birthday. It is for her adoring granddaughter Sam to find joy, love and contentment in her heart. Will Sam realize where she belongs and listen to the messages her family...
  • Susan
    The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman mainly reminds me of the special relationship that can exist between a Grandmother and her Granddaughter. This book will be popular among the bakers out there.  Many will be baking these scrumptious sounding desserts. I would love to try a Ice Cream Sandwich with Maple Spice Chocolate Chip Cherry Chunk Cookies. This was an enjoyable read even if I did get frustrated with Sam and that was because I felt she lacked ...
  • Jill
    I received this book as part of a Goodread's giveaway, thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads for the opportunity. This was a great story about finding your life's passion in doing your career on your own terms and finding the love of your life in the process. It was the perfect holiday read and it showed you can really go home again. The recipes at the end of each section were a bonus and though I am not a baker, the story plus their simplic...
  • Dottie Legatos
    The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is a beautiful multi-generational family story. The Mullins family own a farm in Northern Michigan. The recipe box and its contents have been handed down through the years. Not only filled with wonderfully delicious dessert recipes made from their harvests, this box also contains the history and the traditions of this family. Told from the points of view of the women of the family, we learn of the hardships, determ...
  • Michelle Cable
    Loved this book. The story line and characters are great. This reminded me of some of the reasons I bake and the history of where family recipes come from is a key part of loving to bake. The recipes included also look amazing!
  • Denise
    I absolutely loved this book! It is a captivating story! It is also filled with many wonderful words of wisdom. Not to mention the recipes that are included at the end of each chapter. I can't wait to read more books by this author!