5 New Kitchen Romances

Updated: Aug 24

Call them Culinary Romances, Kitchen Romances, Foodie Romances, or anything else, these new romances heat up things between the sheets and in the kitchen 🥵. Has anyone else noticed the increase in kitchen-based romances? I'm not complaining, by any means, but it does seem to be the new hot setting for those spicy enemies-to-lovers trope stories. As a generation who has grown up with Top Chef, Master Chef, and more recently the Great British Baking Show (the pandemic comfort-watch we all love), I'm actually not that shocked to see this surge of foodie romances.


This is one of my favorite subgenres to read. Heck, Romance books are an entire option in my Blind Date with a Book program. As we enjoy summer and soak up some pool time, here are some great new kitchen romances I think you'll love!


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For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa

On Shelves July 16th

Chef Nina Lyon wants nothing more than to make a name for herself in the male-dominated culinary world. She finally has a shot at her dream when she lands a host spot for the competitive reality TV series, The Next Cooking Champ!, but unfortunately her co-host is a total jerk. Restauranteur Leo O’Donnell never means to get under Nina’s skin, but when he takes a joke too far she ends up quitting on live TV. The two are then caught in a compromising situation by the paparazzi and decide to fake a secret romance to appease the show’s fans and save both their careers. Will they be able to pull it off without killing each other or catching real feelings? If you're a fan of Top Chef, this is the story for you. I loved having a grumpy protagonist in Nina. She had a lot to be grumpy about! She was flawed and open in a good way but wasn't such a boring cliche of "I gave up love for my career", no way, she knows she's beautiful and talented too. On the flipside, Leo turned out to be quite a marshmallow boy, and the book does a great job of exploring anxiety and grief from both characters.


I also worked on a curated box focusing on FOR BUTTER OR WORSE! It was so much fun to work with the author and create a delicious kit! Grab your autographed copy of this romance debut from Erin La Rosa in this Read It & Eat box. This box also includes snacks and a delicious baking kit!


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Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

On Shelves June 21st


"A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It." - Bookshop.org


The author of the One-on-One series, Wesley's new book looks like a nuanced continuation of her love of romances with sports. Our hero owns a bakery called Sugar Blitz and is also a professional football player named Donovan Dell.


The reality show trope is more prevalent for our heroine, Jada Townsend-Matthews. Jada turns town an engagement proposal on live television and now everyone hates her! The two are mistaken as an item, so of course, there is a fake dating trope! Plus, they have to save their careers and the bakery.


I'm excited to see black love and also see a man in a bakery. Pastry traditionally has been a culinary career attributed to women in the kitchen. I'm excited to see that gender role flipped. I'm also excited to see another potential "Grumpy woman" protagonist. She must have had a reason to turn down a proposal on live TV, right?!


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Ramón and Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson

On Shelves February 01


A PopSugar and BookBub Most Anticipated Romance of 2022!


"When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them--perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin!" -