Overall I didn't really enjoy this book. There were times when I really wanted to know what would happen next but most of the time I was bored. The book tells the story of two lonely people - Victoria whose husband has just passed away and Lorca, a young teenager who self mutilates, in my mind justifiably given how cruel and uncaring her mother is.
Lorca, always trying without success to please her mother, seeks out Victoria as the chef at restaurant where her mother claims to have had her favourite meal ever. Victoria offers cooking classes at the behest of her odd neighbour (though aptly named) Dotty. Lorca is the only one to show up. And the two women bond - briefly believing their connection is even greater. At the end they are there for each other - but first there are some twists and turns.
The book also revolves around recipes and food - all of Lorca's metaphors are food related. At first I thought it was interesting - then it seemed too forced.
In all I don't really recommend this book unless you are very interested in Iraqi recipes or lonely people.