Amelia Karinsky, 30, is a late bloomer who has never had a boyfriend. She works for an eccentric life coach, Dr. Wellburn, who has a doctorate in Scandinavian Literature, but prefers that you call him ‘Doctor’ as if he were a psychiatrist. Dr. Wellburn doesn’t respect boundaries and neither do her parents, who want to control all aspects of her life. Amelia is eager to break free of their overbearing influences and to relax amidst all the chaos that surrounds her.
One day Amelia buys a book at a used bookstore that has pencil scribblings throughout the margins of its pages. She becomes so entranced with whomever annotated the book that she tracks him down. Before she even meets Leonard Marsh, the annotator, Amelia is admittedly in love with him. However, as we get to know him, we learn that what Leonard is actually going through is something very un-magical: clinical depression.
Concurrently, a client of her boss’, Daniel Lodgen, starts to court Amelia. Daniel has the best of intentions, but, because of him, Amelia learns that the concept of a genuine romantic relationship is more frightening than she had imagined. This newfound interest in her, from Daniel and Leonard, forces Amelia to open herself up to the option of being in a relationship and contributes to a growing anxiety regarding ‘The Choice’ of which man to be with.
Bread and Butter is an anti-romantic comedy. It is the story of a lonely person who finally makes a decision to strike out on her own after learning that romance isn’t the only way to fulfill her desires.