The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, The Cookbook Collector is the story of the Bach /DASHWOOD sisters, who work and reside in pre 9/11 Silicon Valley.
Emily/ELINORE is the CEO of a tech company and her younger sister, Jessamine/MARIANNE, is a graduate student. Emily dates Jonathan/EDWARD, while Jessamine has two admirers, tree- hugger Leon/MR. WILLOUGHBY and George/COL BRANDON, a wealthy bookstore owner.
If you know the plot of SS, I don’t need to tell you more, but The Cookbook Collector holds its own against its classic predecessor. In addition to social norms, Goodman explores a wide range of subjects, Judaism, environmentalism, bibliophilia, philosophy, and IPO’s, but it all comes together beautifully. A charming love (life) story.