As a lover of food media such as the Great British Baking Show, as well as a lover of romances, I am definitely the target audience for romance novels that include a strong food-based storyline. If you are too, or want to see what that means, check out one of these recent romantic comedy novels featuring cooking competitions:
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
Reena has fiercely maintained her independence from her caring, meddling family, pursuing a career outside the family business and firmly rejecting her parent’s efforts at matchmaking. Recently laid off, her friends convince her to pursue a reality TV cooking competition for amateurs. The catch? Contestants must enter as part of a couple. Enter Reena’s hunky new neighbor, Nadim. New to town but already a fan of Reena’s cooking, Nadim agrees to pose as her fiancé for the show. As quick banter turns to real attraction, buried secrets from Reena and Nadim’s Toronto Indian diasporic community loom.
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall
A passionate baker, Rosaline Palmer jumps at the chance to compete on the reality TV baking competition Bake Expectations, hoping to realize her dreams and also attain a more secure future for herself and her 8-year-old daughter. In addition to the regular pressures of the baking tent, Rosaline finds herself attracted to two very different fellow contestants: charming architect Alain, and gentle electrician Harry.
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
In Maui’s competitive food truck scene, Nikki and her mom hold a coveted beachside spot, where they park their truck serving modern versions of classic Filipino dishes. Arriving one morning to find the Hungry Chaps food truck and its hunky owner, Callum, already in their spot, a rivalry – and attraction – are sparked. Nikki and Callum strike a deal: whoever scores highest at the upcoming Maui Food Festival gets to keep the spot. But as their connection and chemistry grow, will Nikki call a truce?
~ posted by Andrea G.