Review of DEEP DISH by Mary Kay Andrews (see her blog)Harper, February 2008
When two southern cooks have to compete to snag a prime-time show on the Cooking Channel, it's a dog-eat-dog fight to the finish. Former beauty queen Gina Foxton has a local Atlanta show that features southern recipes updated with the freshest ingredients. Outdoorsman Tate Moody's show, Vittles, features lots of hunting, fishing and grilling--and his co-star is a dog named Moonpie. Their approaches to good food are at opposite ends of the spectrum ... or are they?
The Cooking Channel producer gets the brilliant idea to strand the two chefs and their production crews on a tiny island and film a reality show as they battle it out for a chance at national fame and fortune. The competition is fierce, complete with spying and cheating, unexpected allies and betrayals, and of course forbidden romance.
With this book, Andrews plants herself firmly in the romance novel camp. The book is more about the growing relationship between the two cooks than anything else. But it also is awash in Andrews' trademark southern details--southern cooking, to be exact. The descriptions are lush and mouth-watering and made me long for my grandma's kitchen. It's a great deal of fun if a tad predictable. (Don't miss the recipes printed at the end of the book!)
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