Recipe For Love – Book Review


Way back in February I posted my ultimate “recipe for love” as a tie in to author Katie Fforde’s new novel, ‘Recipe for Love’. Before I even received the book I made  Mimosa Truffles as my interpretation of the ultimate recipe for love! I mean, what’s more romantic than chocolate and cake?

“When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she’s thrilled. It’s a chance to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen she’s set her heart on.

The first task has hardly begun when she finds herself with rather too much on her plate. Not only has she got to contend with the fiercely competitive and downright devious Cher, but she’s fast developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges – the truly delicious Gideon Irving.

All too soon there’s more than canapés, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake. Will Zoe win the competition or is Gideon one temptation too far? And is Zoe really prepared to risk it all for love?”

Mimosa Truffles

It only took me  two afternoons to finish the book. I thought the setting of a TV cookery competition was cute and clever. The show seemed to be a mash up of Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off. I found the two main characters, Zoe and Gideon, to be likeable but thought the “villain” of the story, Cher, was a little one dimensional. She seemed to be every stereotype we assign to rich thin blondes. Some of the situations were a little far fetched but it definitely made me wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of these reality shows!

For you cupcake lovers out there the book features some emergency cupcake baking! The book also made me ridiculously hungry. The book is filled with references of cake, pork and fresh cream. My favorite dish Zoe made up during the course of the television show was beef three ways. The name of the cookery show is never mentioned in the book though. I did find myself wondering what it was.

Every romance novel has at least one corny love line or statement. In my opinion they’re the best part of the book. The gem in this book was “…would Zoe become another notch in his chopping board?”. Instant classic.

Recipe for Love is a fun way to pass the time for a rainy afternoon and I enjoyed reading it. Katie is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has also written 19 other books. I am interested in getting my hands on a few of her other novels. As much as I enjoyed this book I’m not sure I would pay £10 for the hardcover edition. I would wait for the paperback edition or buy the Kindle version for £7 instead.

Watch out on Monday where I’ll have an announcement (hint it’s about books!).

*I received this book from the competition sponsors

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  1. I will HAVE to get this book and check it out. Have you ever read “Aphrodite: A Memoir for the Senses” If NOT, I highly recommend you check it out, esp the dessert section. It’s an erotic cook book for lovers that include tid-bits from the author’s life, travels and food-explorations. Very good read!

  2. My book shipped today! Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Jane Townson

    I’ve read all Katie Fforde’s books and I think this is her best so far, I couldn’t put it down.