Bon Appetit, Bookworms!
The fact that I basically want to eat everything I read about is well documented, but it’s rare that I decide to read a book based solely on its delicious-sounding title. I had a case of the mid-afternoon snack attack when I was browsing NetGalley one day when I ran across The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E Reichert. The title reminded me of this really tasty dessert my MIL made a couple of months ago, so it seemed like a solid decision. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review consideration. This in no way affects the opinions expressed in this blog. If they’d actually sent me coconut cake, though, this disclaimer might read differently. Seriously, publishers. I can be bribed with baked goods.*
If You’ve Got Mail (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan rom-com- you know you saw it) and Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (review) had a baby and moved to Wisconsin to raise it, the result would be The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. This utterly sweet confection of a novel is set in downtown Milwuakee, where a plucky young chef named Lou runs a little French restaurant. Things seem to be going fairly well, if a bit chaotic, when she walks in on her douchebag of a fiance in a compromising position with an intern. Al is Milwaukee’s newest and most cantankerous food critic. He’s British and takes the whole Simon Cowell thing to a new level in his reviews. OF COURSE he lands at Lou’s restaurant on the day her life falls apart and completely eviscerates her in the newspaper.
I think you can guess what happens next. A series of nearly impossible events lead Al and Lou to strike up a friendship without realizing with whom they are fraternizing. As their relationship blossoms over Milwaukee’s charm and delicacies, reality threatens to burst their cheese laden bubble.
Awww, you guys. This book is stinking adorable. Foodies will rejoice. It’s a sweet little rom-com wrapped in a love letter to Milwaukee. Actually, it made me want to visit Milwaukee. I only live a few hours from Milwaukee… Now I’m questioning the life choices that put me anywhere but in Milwaukee and eating fried cheese curds. Books set in the Midwest thrill me in the nerdiest way. You have no idea how many times I shouted “Hey! I’ve been there!” while reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman (review). Amy E Reichert included the recipe for Lou’s famous coconut cake and I really want to taste it. Of course, I’m far too lazy to make it (the fact that I suck at cooking doesn’t help either.) If you need some light, sweet foodie fun, you cannot go wrong with The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. And if you want to bake Lou’s cake for me, I will gladly eat the whole ding dang thing.
Alright Bookworms, time to sound off. I feel like coconut is a very polarizing flavor, you either love it or hate it. Which camp are you in? Pro-Conut or Heck-No-Conut?
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