The Larkin Community Cookbook is a compilation of more than forty recipes mentioned or prepared by characters in the "Collective Obsessions Saga" by Deidre Dalton. The eight-part series of fiction novels chronicles the extraordinary loves and intricate obsessions between two families sweeping a span of more than one hundred years, all set against the backdrop of a Gothic seaside mansion in Maine.
A number of characters found in the "Collective Obsessions Saga" are exceptional cooks. It begins with the first family chef Claude Mondoux, and carries on with the ill-fated Nicholas Bertrand, the much-beloved Mae Jensen and the drunken Cora Ann Hogan.
The diabolical Amber Whale executive chef Jack Sansovino is also a dab hand in the kitchen, where he brews more than just seafood specialties.
Various members of the Larkin family have culinary talent as well, including Shannon, Derek and Dana, who prepare mouth-watering dishes for family and friends. Derek also becomes a professional chef and opens his own elegant restaurant in Larkin City, known as The Silver Tassel.
Before her self-inflicted demise, Carly O'Reilly whips up delectable dishes for her highly successful Harbor View Catering Company, where she also sells homemade foodstuffs.
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