The Happiness Recipe

By Stella Newman

Previously published as Leftovers

A wonderfully uplifting novel about friendship, hope and the power of pasta.

According to a magazine, Susie is a ‘Leftover’ – a post-Bridget Jones 30 something who has neither her dream man, job, nor home. She doesn’t even own six matching dinner plates.

According to her friend Rebecca, Susie needs to get over her ex, Jake, start online dating – or at least stop being so rude to every guy who tries to chat her up.

But Susie’s got a plan. If she can just make it the 307 days till her promotion and bonus, she can finally quit and pursue her dream career in food, then surely everything else will fall into place. If only her love life wasn’t so complicated…

A sharp, witty and refreshing novel about love, friendship and enjoying what’s left on the table.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 23 Aug 2018
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-0-00-831785-0
Stella Newman is the author of Pear Shaped. She lives in London and is a freelance copywriter and keen amateur cook. She is currently writing her third novel. She blogs about restaurants, food and writing at and

”'A brutally honest tale of life and love (or the lack of it) and an exploration of the heroine’s tremendous affection for food … Sharp and funny it’s a celebration of why life is more than just falling in love” - (WOMAN magazine)

”'A perfect slice of feel-good chick lit … mouthwatering fun you’ll want to devour immediately” - (FABULOUS magazine)

”'I felt like Susie could be one of my friends and I was rooting for her to get the life she wanted. Like pasta, LEFTOVERS is a true comfort. A delicious read to enjoy with a glass of wine” - (

”'Witty and engaging. Susie is a great contemporary heroine … A funny and honest story” - (

”'You should read this novel … I’m already waiting for Newman’s next!” - (

”'Funny, feisty and fresh. Susie is the type you want as a friend - especially when you know what culinary delights she can whip up … an enjoyable, light read.” - (Manchester Evening News)

Praise for Pearshaped: -

”'What a fantastic book. Really quite brilliant…so well written, fresh, insightful, funny…honest and very contemporary. There's so much that's fresh and fun, including the food world which I loved.” - (Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express)

'If you are a girl with a passion for food, this modern city heartbreak is the book for you.' (Heat) -

”'Her writing is witty and snappy and she is hilarious… I also found her fascinating on the methodology of contemporary dating.” - Wendy Holden.

'Fall in love with Stella Newman's quick wit and her clever portrayal of that delicate balance between food, love and insanity.' (Kathleen Baird-Murray) -

'It reminded me of a lemon meringue pie: sharp and sweet and satisfying all at once. It's funny, sad and uplifting… It's a belter.' (Kate Long, bestselling author of The Bad Mother's Handbook) -

'Achingly funny, searingly honest, Pear Shaped is quite simply the freshest thing I've ever read. Take note of the name Stella Newman.' (Claudia Carroll) -