The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Amy E. Reichert
Gallery Books, 2015
Oh hey you guys. Sorry I disappeared for most of this year so far. Please allow me to introduce you to a book (and recipe) that I sometimes wish there were more like: a pseudo-realistic contemporary romance novel about food with plausible things happening to plausible people and just enough shenanigans to remain in the trope. Did you get that? A sort of realistic romance novel...about FOOD. Not to be trite, but the publisher had me at hello. It was no coincidence that this part time lover of smutty books and full time lover of food was going to make a love match with this hot ticket, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake.
Here is my rough summary:
On the day she catches her cheating boyfriend at it, a down on her luck Milwaukee chef gets a bad review by a snarky Brit food critic (ten points to Gryffindor already), who then falls for her after a chance encounter over beers at a bar leads to Lou giving Al a tour of the city's best eateries and breweries. Al pieces together who Lou is, but Lou has no idea that Al is the critic who single handedly caused her restaurant to fold, which gets increasingly more complicated when feelings start to develop...but what could go wrong in the land of milk, honey, beer, and cheese?
Here is the publisher’s way better jacket flap: