Best Served Hot

Berkley. Feb. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593335734. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Julie Zimmerman posts her takes on New York’s tastiest foods on social media. She has a decent following, but she craves the legitimacy—and budget—of a trusted restaurant review legacy. That’s why she applied to the New York Scroll. Unfortunately, the Scroll chose Bennett Richard Macalester Wright as their reviewer, and Julie just knows he’s going to continue highlighting the places she, and her followers, can’t afford. When she meets Bennett at a local food festival, their loud and opinionated argument about print vs. social media is filmed and goes viral, boosting follower counts for both. This online buzz leads to a tentative partnership for the unlikely duo. The more time they spend together, the more Julie enjoys Bennett’s company and his views on food. Maybe he’s not the uptight, highbrow, entitled man she assumed he was.
VERDICT This romantic comedy from Elliot (Sadie on a Plate) is a sexy slow burn with sizzling chemistry between the well-developed protagonists. Julie and Bennett fall in love over countless meals, and the descriptions of the foods they consume are incredibly described and guaranteed to make readers salivate. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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