As I promised, in an effort to be less of a bitchy cow, I thought I’d bring up one of my favourite themes in m/m romance, the romance that involves food in some way. This can be restaurant owners, chefs or even just couples who include food as a large part of the story. Even if the cover is atrocious, the author completely unknown and the plot ridiculous, if it involves food in some way I’ll pause and give it a good think before moving on.
I will share with you some of my favourite food related stories from my “library” and hope that you will share with me some of yours so that I can broaden my horizons when it comes to food and romance.
So, in no particular order, some of my recommended foodie reads are:
Food and Books by Drew Zachary – a chef and a cop meet in a bookstore in Saskatoon, Canada. (OMG! Books AND food, I’m in heaven.) Torquere no longer carries this but you can get it at allromanceebooks.
Shape of a Heart by Kimberly Gardner – a book store owner whose partner died and the younger man who he hires to run the coffee bar in the book store. (Double squee, more food and books.)
Cooking with Ergot by Luisa Prieto – a TV chef who’s a witch, his familiar who’s a stuffed tiger and an author who may or may not be trying to murder the chef. Hilariously funny at times.
Love’s Evolution by Ally Blue – a chef and a tattoo artist and their relationship over a long period of time. There was also a free Christmas short that involved chocolate and a paintbrush which was very enticing.
Dark Chocolate by Rhianne Aile and Madeline Urban – a restaurant owner and a famous actor and an interesting dessert after hours at the restaurant. A sweet story. Get it? Sweet? Dessert? Sigh.
To the Highest Bidder by Kate Steels – a book store owner and …. no, not a chef but a famous TV actor. While food isn’t the main career of either character they meet over a meal, the actor cooks for the book store owner and there is the use of sesame oil for nefarious purposes.
Hot Weather by Matthew Haldeman-Time – a college student working in a diner for the summer and a recent grad in the corporate world spend a week getting to know each other over lunch. Again food is not the main focus (but he does eat everyday) and I just like this story a lot so I included it.
The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeline Urban – a food critic and a newspaper reporter who are best friend become more. Again, food not the main focus although there is a fair bit of cooking and going to restaurants and since one character loves cheesecake as much as I do, it was a sure thing for my list.
So there are some of my recommendations if you’d like to explore some good reads with a food theme, because really, don’t all of us dream of waking up to that sweetie at the top making us pancakes? 🙂
Next time I’ll tell you what one of my other favourite themes is, but for now I’ll keep that a secret.