Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance.
Add a generous dollop of humour and a touch of intrigue.
Serve to those in need of light refreshment.
Zoe Harper is thrilled to have won a place in a televised cookery competition and a chance to win the money she needs to set up a little delicatessen.
Arriving early at the venue,Somerby House, she takes a walk during which she helps a motorist who has landed his car in the ditch. A very sexy motorist and despite his brusque and arrogant manner Zoe feels the attraction - she also recognises him as one of the judges, Gideon Irving!
Then she meets her roommate, Cher, a glamorous blonde with an eye on television fame and a most unpleasant young woman prepared to do anything to sabotage Zoe's chances.
Much to my husband's disgust I love cooking programmes like Great British Bake-off and the Australian Masterchef so I expected to enjoy a story focused around such a competition. Getting to know the different contestants ,seeing them compete each task and relishing the food descriptions was very entertaining but it was the behind-the-scenes action that I found the most captivating.
Somerby House is owned by a young couple, Rupert and his wife Fenella who is soon to give birth to their first child. Zoe quickly becomes good friends with them both and being the very nice girl she is, is only too willing to lend a helping hand. Too much so at times as it gets in the way of what she needs to do to prepare for the next stage of the competition. When Fenella is whisked away to the hospital it is Zoe and Gideon who are left to cope with the onslaught of the in-laws from hell. Rupert's parents are truly dreadful but totally hilarious and their presence was the highlight of the story for me.
Recipe for Love was the ideal choice to begin this year's reading. Light and entertaining and with never a dull moment - perfect!
What's In A Name Challenge 6 (In the kitchen)