Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dining With Joy Book Review and Giveaway!!!

Dining with Joy
Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck is a story about Joy Ballard who is the host and star of a cooking show she inherited from her father.  Dining With Joy has all the elements of an entertaining cooking show except that Joy has a huge secret: she can't cook!  Luke Redmond appears and sweeps Joy off her feet, not only with his ability to cook, but also with his kisses.  Joy's producer hires Luke as her co-host and Joy uses him to cover up her secret.  Joy wrestles with telling the truth, but is unprepared when a disaster happens and she's exposed.  Will Joy be able to recover and have a career and will Joy and Luke have a chance to develop their blossoming relationship?

Dining With Joy captivated me because I love cooking.  I found it ironic that the main character could not cook, but I thought it was a great theme for this story.  I really like how Joy realized that what she inherited from her father was not just a cooking show, but the love he had for the people he cooked for.  I did like the chemistry between Luke and Joy but I was confused as to why they did so much kissing but chose to call each other just friends.  Well, what's a novel about cooking that doesn't include recipes?  I made the famous banana bread mentioned throughout the story and you will just have to read the book to get the recipe, but it was good!

Charles Ballard Banana Bread
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