The Recipe Maker

Fiction - Fantasy - General
177 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2021
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Author Biography

My name is Danny Hamel. I'm 29 years old and I currently work in special education. This is my first book and it took me 3 years to complete. It began as a writing exercise, asking myself to create the perfect place to live. Once I created this place however, I couldn't stop. While this book began as an escape, the more it unfolded the more I began to feel there was something beyond me writing it. My father, who died about 10 years ago, is the main character. He was an amazing outside-the-box thinker, and his presence made writing this book an emotional journey for myself as well. I did my best to include the little things I learned from him before he died, and the things I continue to learn on my own about what it really means to be happy and how to balance out the darkness that we create inside ourselves.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

The town, Cook, serves as the receptacle of knowledge for the fantastic world of Rem. Here, recipes collected through quests and carefully stored at the Recipe House provide answers to all conceivable questions. Norm, a famous recipe-maker, detects an ever-expanding dark shadow hovering over the neighboring town of Frolic. To solve the mystery of the shadow, he embarks upon an unforgettable adventure full of perilous journeys and encounters with magical creatures. When his discoveries shatter his previous notions about Cook’s repository of knowledge and make him question his life’s work, how can he recover from the all-encompassing depression? Read about Norm’s brave and mind-numbing quest in The Recipe Maker by Danny Hamel.

Danny Hamel’s world-building capability is commendable. The book introduces a colorful and vibrant realm complete with stunning fantastical beings and characters with peculiar personalities. Exquisite descriptions using similes make for a glorious reading experience. Although described as an epic fantasy, The Recipe Maker comprises profound life lessons. Little nuggets of wisdom, sprinkled among its pages like valuable jewels, have lingering effects on the reader's mind. The history of Cook reminds us how obsessively pursuing a predetermined goal can make us overlook the subtleties of life. The story teaches us to relax a little, to broaden our minds and be a little more accepting, and finally, to share our treasured gifts with others. I would recommend this book to everyone regardless of their age. While younger readers will consider this an engaging fantasy tale, mature readers will be able to unveil a whole other level of hidden messages.

From Charyn on Amazon

Uplifting & Entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. It was fun, uplifting and entertaining. It takes you into a unique world with lots of twists and turns . The relationship Norm had with the bear Nova was very special too.

From Amazon

Soulful & Magical !
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
This is more then a fiction. This is Soulful and magical. What a beautiful way to bring together so many feelings and thoughts about being more aware of your inner self being. It also helps us be more in tuned to our family, friends, neighbors and the world. Beautiful and and adventurous all at the same time! I absolutely love this book! Excellent adventure!

From Tatum on Amazon

Absolutely Amazing!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
Every page of this book is filled with colorful words that truly allow you to see the story as you’re reading it. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. This book is full of great character building and has so many important mottos to live by. I truly hope this is taught in schools one day. It was extremely eye opening and comforting.

From Harmony5 on Amazon

Great book with a wonderful story line!
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
I enjoyed reading this book! Lots of inspiring characters that come to life on an amazing journey! This is a story about each and every one of us, as we search to find our truth and what's truly important. Well written!

From Sarah on Amazon

Loved it
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
Great fantasy novel. colorful story full of great characters! Loved it

From AmongTheWildFlowers on Amazon

Fun and colorful read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
Fun and feel good read. Love all the creative and descriptive living things (characters, animals, plants) and how it all comes together. Definitely a book for the soul, as there are many little life lessons hidden within it.