Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



A tender, funny, heartfelt novel about an uncertain bride and the Irish grandmother who teaches her the unexpected ingredients of marital happiness

Tressa is sure of almost everything--her career as a successful food writer, her great friends, and her sophisticated New York lifestyle. She has never been so sure of men, however, and as she hits her late thirties, the prospect of never marrying looms large. When Dan shows up on her doorstep, she hopes that he's "the one," and soon they are married. There's just one problem: With all the excitement of finding him, and then the wedding, Tressa is struck with an awful idea--maybe he's not the one after all. Into this mess of uncertainty comes an unexpected life preserver--the journals and recipes of her grandmother Bernadine. Bernadine and her husband, James, had the kind of marriage that Tressa always believed she should have--the perfect marriage. Or so Tressa thought.

In Recipes for a Perfect Marriage the unexpected secret to marital bliss unfolds through the voices and recipes of Tressa and Bernadine. They are generations and oceans apart, yet in this charming, beautifully imagined novel, they learn that marriage, like brown bread, is both sturdy and fragile, and never to be taken for granted.

About Morag Prunty

See more books from this Author
Morag Prunty was editor of Irish Tatler before becoming a full-time writer. She has written three novels, Dancing with Mules, Disco Daddy and Poison Arrows. She lives in Dublin and County Mayo with her husband and young son.
Published November 1, 2015 by Head of Zeus. 262 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

But Bernadine’s memoirs—which Tressa will not read until after her first anniversary—reveal that Bernadine married her gentle husband James without loving him and spent most of her marriage assuming her heart belonged to the American with whom she’d had a passionate adolescent romance that ended ...

| Read Full Review of Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The two stories run parallel, each woman learning that as food too hurriedly made is inferior to its long-cooking counterpart, so the passionate love that immediately strikes the heart may be pale in comparison to the slow-growing, long-lasting love of marriage.

| Read Full Review of Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

RT Book Reviews

Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e.

| Read Full Review of Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Large Print Reviews

Neither of the women have marriages where they were madly in love with their partners but both become dedicated to their marriages and to their lives together.

Oct 05 2006 | Read Full Review of Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Reader Rating for Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

An aggregated and normalized score based on 66 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review