Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr
A Novel of Culinary Romance

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After ending a bad relationship, Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men. Who has the time anyway? She's busy overseeing a rambunctious food-prep crew in a kitchen the size of a closet; trying to please high-maintenance celebrity guest chefs; and dealing with her large extended Italian American family, who believe that the solutions to life's problems involve food. And in the midst of her high-energy, stress-inducing career—punctuated by a steady stream of parties and restaurant openings that must not be missed—she's trying to uncover why Sally Woods, a grand old dame of the culinary world and regular on the television show, is suddenly ready to jump ship and find a new station and a new executive chef.

When Danny O'Shea, a handsome chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show, Casey smells trouble. But feelings ignite faster than a flambé dessert, especially when Danny whips up a few surprises during a television shoot in Italy.

Narrated in Casey's smart and refreshingly disarming voice, Last Bite is an irresistible culinary caper, with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities.

About Nancy Verde Barr

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Nancy Verde Barr worked with Julia Child for eighteen years, serving as executive chef for Julia's live demonstrations, TV shows, and Parade magazine features and helping Julia write two of her cookbooks. Barr herself is the author of one novel and two cookbooks--Make It Italian, a James Beard Award finalist, and We Called It Macaroni, a finalist for both the IACP and James Beard Awards.
Published July 31, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Romance, Cooking, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Executive chef Casey Costello handles all the cooking segments for popular daily TV show Morning in America.

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Barr, a former culinary TV producer for Good Morning America , a cookbook author (Make It Italian ) and a former executive chef to Julia Child, novelizes her background and expertise.

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