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Fiction for Foodies

I’m thankful for a million people, places, and things, but when it comes to the holidays food is always my main squeeze. Feel awkward? Family overload? No football game? There’s always a comforting smorgasbord of delicious savory and sweet baked goods waiting on stand-by (I love you olives, rolls, and pumpkin pie!).

What butter….er…better booklist could I share than one in which food plays an integral role in the story? If you have some tasty reading recommendations, please share them in the comment section below 🙂

 

Perfect Pairing

Perfect Pairing (Bywater Books, 2016) by Rachel Spangler
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Big business & food truck dynamo clash over delivery, but find themselves sandwiched together.

 

a little bit of spice starting from scratch

Starting from Scratch (Brisk Press, 2010) by Georgia Beers
An oven full of cookies leads a graphic designer where she least expects.

A Little Bit of Spice (Brisk Press, 2015) by Georgia Beers
Sales manager for a family brewery tries for a supermarket sweep of a regional chain.
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Chef Cute Girl give me some sugar

Chef Cutegirl (2016) by Nicolette Dane
The competition heats up between two reality cooking show contestants in “Chef Cutegirl”

Give Me Some Sugar (2017) by Nicolette Dane
Struggling bakery owner & business consultant try to salvage the crumbs in “Give Me Some Sugar”.
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confucius jane katie lynch cover

Confucius Jane (Forge Books, 2016) by Katie Lynch
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Romance blooms over noodles and fortune cookies in New York City’s Chinatown.

 

the roundabout gerri hill

The Roundabout (Bella Books, 2016) by Gerri Hill
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Parking spaces and lovelorn denizens of a queer community conspire for some faux-mance between a new business owner and popular restaurateur.

 

all you can eat order up

All You Can Eat (2014) & Order Up (2016) from Ylva Publishing
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Collections of salty, sweet stories for insatiable readers.

 

side order of love

Side Order of Love (Bella Books, 2009) by Tracey Richardson
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Cooking superstar caters a golf tournament. Can love compete with a missed vacation?

 

Half Baked by Edie Bryant

Half Baked (2017) by Edie Bryant
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Could this be an Imagine Me & You situation, but with cake? 

 

chef special

Chef’s Special (Brisk Press, 2016) by Susan X. Meagher
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Can dreams withstand the heat of a professional grade kitchen?

 

Taste

Taste (Bold Strokes Books, 2016) by Kris Bryant
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Can a romance between a culinary instructor and student last longer than forty-five minutes, 375 degrees? Will their shared ingredients bind them or separate as the course cooks?

 

sugar

Sugar (Bella Books, 2004) by Karin Kallmaker
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Will the bake-off pay off, for both heart and wallet?

 

first course ja armstrong

First Course (2017) by J.A. Armstrong
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Business and pleasure go on a date at this fledgling restaurant.

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Perfect Pairing review

Perfect Pairing is a book you should read with plenty of great food at hand. No matter what time of day I return to this story or even if I just ate, I always find myself super hungry (even if the sandwich being made is not my jam). At least it’s delicious torture. Can I avoid the temptation of employing a good many food puns in this review? Probably not and I probably won’t try to hard to avoid serving them up, either. There is plenty of head butting, humor, and romance as Quinn Banning, an investment banker with strong local ties and an even stronger drive, tries to get successful food truck chef Hal Orion on board with starting a restaurant (complete with all expenses paid and creative control). Neither woman wants to give up what matters most to them. They both love their hometown of Buffalo, New York, and want to keep its special flavors intact, but come at it from seemingly different angles. Quinn’s college-age brother, Ian and his adorkably endearing qualities help humanize her “Never gets no for an answer” business persona, but that only goes so far. Sully, Hal’s friend-food truck partner-roommate, adds playful winks and nods and say no mores to post-Quinn encounters and exploring the reasons for Hal’s refusal to accept the banker’s proposition. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is…right?

What I love and what is immediately apparent from the first page is the genuine dialogue, character chemistry, and strong (though wordless presence) of the story’s other main character, Food. One of my favorite quandaries is having a pocketful of cash and tons of food options pumping their amazing aromas in my face. I’m also the kind of person who would starve to death because making a choice on what I’ll eat is really hard when I’m torn in a million different directions. Yet, Hal makes a food lover’s choice easy. At her food truck, Cheesy Does It, you can stuff your face with any number of savory sandwiches. From “Heard of Buffalo!” to “Sloppy Firsts” to “Hippy Dippy” and more, everyone from investment bankers to Instagrammers to blue collar workers can find something to enjoy. Hal is more concerned with making sure no one leaves her truck hungry than with her bottom line.

As Hal and Quinn spend more time together (for better or worse), boundaries between business and personal blur. Can they create a recipe for success or will it all fall apart? 

***Awesome bonus: If you want to learn how to make some of the sandwiches in Perfect Pairing, author Rachel Spangler shows you how in a series of videos on her website.***

Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
Published by Bywater Books
Available from Bywater Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

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