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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews

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Summary: A Southern chef gives up on love to focus on her career but finds love with her rival.


French Silk Pie tastes like “Deep Dish” reads - Sweet, delicious and best in small servings.

Adrift local celebrity chef Gina Foxton seizes an opportunity to leave her cheating manager/boyfriend and claustrophobic life behind her when the Cooking Channel invites her to compete for their newest show. Her competition is uber-manly, and gorgeous, Tate Moody, your basic backyard grilling guy, complete with hound dog named Moonpie.

The Cooking Channel contrives typical reality show challenges, but the real challenge for Gina is figuring out what she wants, what she needs, and how to get it. Toss in some homespun Southern sayings, a recipe I can’t wait to try, and writing with depth and heart and you have “Deep Dish.” This book offers no surprises, but serves up exactly what you are looking for – a light, fun romance.

Now the comparisons: The sexual tension between Gina and Tate is delightful whipped cream, even if some of the characters seem too clich├ęd or fluffy to be real. While we do root for Gina, we can’t help but wince at her crustiness, even as we understand it. Tate reveals himself to be a savvy, nuanced man, like espresso powder added to chocolate filling. Gina’s sister Lisa and Tate’s assistant Val are the chocolate curls, adding drama and appeal.

Enjoy “Deep Dish.” 

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