What Readers Are Saying On Amazon.com

We like Island Apart and so do the critics.   But don’t take our word for it.   Here’s what readers have to say about Island Apart on Amazon.com:

*****  Couldn’t help myself: Finished it in one day    M. Maltbie

This was a great feel-good story. I sat myself in a rocking chair on the front veranda and snuggled into the story.  …  In several hours I was done.  … I had tears in my eyes, but … I was smiling too!    I loved the characters. I appreciated the little bits of humor tucked here and there. …   Please, sir, write another one quick!

***** An entertaining summer read    An Educated Consumer (Floral Park, NY)

This book was what great summer novels are made of: family, friendship, illness, love story, lots of incredible food, mystery, and an interesting setting on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. …  I’m glad to see that Steven Raichlen is venturing into novels along with his wonderful cookbooks.  I hope this is only the first of many more to come.

***** Great Summer Read….love, redemption, and great food!   BBQ U Spouse


I read it from cover-to-cover in less than 24 hours—just couldn’t put it down.   The characters are real, perfectly flawed and engaging.   Highly recommended!

***** Love And Loss On An Island!    Patty Magyar (Kennett Square, PA)

Oh my…I laughed…I cried…but I ultimately loved this novel!  I truly think you will, too!

***** Wonderful Book…for foodies or not!   Caffeinebrain

All you foodies out there will really enjoy reading this love story between two unlikely cooking fiends who find each other.   …   We have the intricate combination of wounded souls, Chappaquiddick, secrets, and ultimately life, love, family and friendship, tragedy and healing.   A well-written book that just captures you immediately.

*****  A romanticized look at Chappaquiddick Island    Neal Reynolds

I’m a fan of Raichlen’s cookbooks, but I wasn’t sure how he’d be as a novel writer. …   I am glad I took the chance … I was hooked from the first chapter.



  • Faye Stamper

    I am impressed with your sense of adventure. You
    decided to write a Fiction Novel.

    You made a decision to switch gears, awesome!

    I like the fact you used a backdrop of the actual location
    of the Novel. I feel that adds more authencity.

    Keep up your great work!

    I love your cookbooks.

    Faye Stamper

    November 1, 2012
    • Hi, Fay,

      Thanks for taking the time to write. I’m glad you liked the book.

      Steven Raichlen

      November 2, 2012
  • Judith Chapman

    Dear Steven,
    I first saw you cooking program on Create TV, which I am very sad to say our Comcast Network, here on the CT shoreline, has dropped. I called them several times to ask why and could never get a clear answer. They always drop the best channels. I very much enjoyed your Create show. I was browsing in our library and picked up your book. I love books about the sea and lighthouses and cooking. So here I am post blizzard engrossed in your book and thoroughly enjoying it. I love how you have imagined the story and used all your food knowledge and knowledge of Chapppaquiddick to build a delighful book. I am not a gourmet cook but I love cooking and we spend part of our year in a small cabin in Vermont on land which we and others have owned for over 40 years, It is near the Canadian border where people live a more simple life and our friends grow organic produce and we log with horses. I love to cook there on my tiny gas stove .I enjoyed the video tour of your area too. I have never been there and I am sure it is very beautiful. We have for the past two summers stayed in a simple old cabin in Wellfleet for a vacation week, where my husband used to go as a kid. These cabins are basically the same as they were in the 40′s and 50′s. I guess many of us wish for more simple times and the unspoiled places where we can enjoy the beauty of nature. All the best to you. I look forward to your next book. Keep going! Judy – painter and food lover P.S. Have you read, The Light Between Oceans?

    February 10, 2013
    • Hi, Judith,
      Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Sounds like you’ve found some of the calm and tranquility of the Hermit in your cabins in Vermont and Cape Cod. Keep bugging your public TV station–Primal Grill usually returns to Create in the summertime. And spread the word about Island Apart. Warmly, Steven Raichlen

      May 7, 2013
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  • A good cookbook is always a welcomed gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s day. My aunt did not cook but bought them just to look at the pictures.

    May 10, 2013
  • John O'Callaghan

    I didn’t want this book to end. I highly enjoyed your style of writing and can’t wait for your next book.

    June 19, 2013
    • Thanks! I didn’t want it to end either!

      July 6, 2013
    • Thanks!

      August 4, 2013
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