Carrie Morris, from Booka in Oswestry, said: "It's Norah ephron's dry, deadpan humour that makes it tragic but also bearable. And she does this amazing thing of interspersing a selection of comforting recipes that helps give the protagonist and also the reader some reprieve from the awful situation that's unravelling... It's a book that should be read and reread while sampling all of the recipes. It's a complete emotional roller coaster but it brings comfort and hope out of an awful situation."
...about two-thirds of the way through ''Heartburn,'' the gags and apothegms begin to pall. The comedy routines begin to seem less sprightly. And the plotting begins to seem far-fetched. I think the reason for this is that we really want Rachel to arrive somewhere beyond merely getting mad at her husband for mistreating her. We really want her to achieve a glimmer of self-understanding.