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
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Food and Drink, Foodie

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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MARCH 20, 2018"THE RECIPE BOX is for anyone who loves to bake with family, who loves recipes, who loves family history, and who enjoys being in a beautiful setting.You most likely will shed a few tears not because of sadness, but because of the warmth and love that oozes from the characters and from things they say. THE RECIPE BOX is a book that is an uplifting, make-sure-you-make-the-right decisions in your life by followi...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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
    A sweet and heartwarming story with delicious sounding recipes!Review coming closer to publication time.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Kristina
    A lovely and charming novel. I like how it went full circle. Good characters, steady pace and good writing. It is a feel-good novel. I will share my complete review soon.
  • Sarah Bowe
    won from a giveaway on Goodreads. took a long time for me to get into. cute story with receipts included, but I thought it could have been better. although I love how they had to talk to Chef "dimples" in the beginning
  • Peggy Jaeger
    A lovely story of finding yourself through the history of your family.Samantha Mullins wants to be a world renown baker. When her dream job sizzles she goes back home to Michigan and her family, who have owned an operated an apple orchard for decades. There, she realizes the life the so desperately wanted to run away from when she was a child is the one, ultimately, that she craves.This book was a lovely tribute to family and the love that only t...
  • Alyssa
    Viola Shipman has a way of making me long for and treasure my families memories and heirlooms, and making me want to start wonderful traditions like this for my children.This book inspired me to get out my grandma's old recipe boxes and find new recipes to make for my family. I grew up baking with my other grandmother, just as Sam did, and I have always treasured those memories. This book spoke to my heart in such a glorious way.This book was so ...
  • Erin Haslett
    This book is all about family, tradition and cooking. So much of our childhood memories are wrapped up in the tradition of family recipes we had and this book reminds us about how important these legacies are. The story was good, I loved how the recipes were intertwined in throughout the book. I think at times the dialogue was a little cheesy and unrealistic of how people talk but it didn't deter too much from the story.