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Recipe for Love [Hardcover]

Katie Fforde
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1 Mar 2012

Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance...

When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she's thrilled. It's a chance to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen she's set her heart on.

The first task has hardly begun when she finds herself with rather too much on her plate. Not only has she got to contend with the fiercely competitive and downright devious Cher, but she's fast developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges - the truly delicious Gideon Irving.

All too soon there's more than canapés, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake. Will Zoe win the competition or is Gideon one temptation too far? And is Zoe really prepared to risk it all for love?

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846056527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846056529
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. Her website address is

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"Deliciously enjoyable romp!" (Woman & Home)

"Charming, fun and undeniably romantic, this is perfect reading for a lazy spring afternoon." (4 stars, Closer)

"A treat! " (Star magazine)

"Katie Fforde fans will love her latest novel Recipe for Love." (Yours)

"This fun and witty novel combines mouth watering recipes, a beautiful location and an intriguing love story and is an absolute must read for all Fforde fans." (No.1 magazine)

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Can love be the sweetest thing? The fabulous new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summer of Love.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a delicious book! 27 Feb 2012
Katie Fforde has distinctively simple, yet beautiful, book covers and Recipe for Love is no exception.

I truly loved the characters in this book, except Cher (I wanted to pull her hair and push her face first into the mud) and Rupert's parents are hilariously awful! I also loved the concept of this - it was like a cross between Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off. If you hate cooking, don't let this put you off - the book doesn't require you to be a cooking-lover. There are certainly some descriptions that will make anybody's stomach rumble!

The story is wonderfully paced and easily devoured. Katie Fforde has created a warm and wonderful book that will keep you turning the pages until suddenly you find yourself at the end with a smile on your face and wanting more. This book is delicious chick lit at its best.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Katie Fforde strikes again! 6 Mar 2012
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have recently finished Summer of Love by Katie Fforde which I loved and so when I got the chance to read her latest book Recipe for Love I jumped at the chance. Katie is back again with her beautiful cosy writing style which instantly draws you into the story. I am sure most of you are familiar with Katie Fforde's work but for any of you who have yet to read one of her books let me explain that Katie's writing style is like a massage in writing form!

What I found different with this book compared to her previous books is that it had more of a modern feel to it and with this it brought different characters. For the first time in Katie's books there was a character I did not like from the word go and that was Cher. This wasn't a problem as her character is not meant to be liked after the situations she put Zoe in but she really did grate on me and I just wanted to shake Zoe and get her to stand up for herself more as I am sure most people would in her situation.

Zoe was a very warm and caring character and would do anything to help other people even if it meant putting herself in risky situations. I also loved the character of Gideon the judge although I did find him very similar to some of Katie Fforde's previous male characters but it's that age old saying if it's not broke don't fix it!

The storyline was something completely different to the authors previous books with the whole cooking competition which is what gives it a more modern feel but not to worry if any of you are like me and love the cosy country setting that Katie usually creates as there is still a good helping of this throughout the book.

So yet again our Queen of cosy chick-lit provides us with another must read. Thank you Katie Fforde let's hope it's not too long for the next book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet again... 5 Mar 2012
By Jane
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Katie Fforde never disappoints. I've read all of her books and have never been sorry to read one of them. This one, as with all of them, creates entirely possible characters and situations and I devoured it in a day. I find the weaving of people from earlier books into new ones a charming device and as Katie does this, it gives an air of 'cosiness' and familiarity that makes the reader feel at home, instantly. Katie has the gift of making all her people absolutely believable. All are people one could know or have met and again, this adds enormously to the charm of the books, while it adds, also, to the humour and at times, exasperation that they create in the reader while never lessening the affection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Katie Fforde clearly enjoys life and has a good time with her story telling; happiness in everyday pleasures glows warmly through her tale.

It's flippantly easy to compare `Recipe for Love' to a Mills and Boon with food or a Jilly Cooper romp through the countryside, all the same, like them, it really is great fun and a merry few hours of relaxing escapism.

Research has been done; I can almost see the author hovering interestedly behind the scenes of `The Great British Bakeoff' (Anna Fortune, her fictional judge really could be Mary Berry).

We are taken straight to the pressured venue of a tv cookery competition. Centring on `Somerby', which is a fabulous old country house, presently being refurbished by its charming owners Rupert and Fenella, who are imminently expectant parents to boot.

Zoe Harper is the contestant we are rooting for, the favourite to follow. The kind of girl who just can't help herself being helpful, a sweet sort who is perhaps just too good for her own good. Resourceful, down to earth and modest, the best kind of friend, as is immediately recognised by the frazzled couple.

Chavvy cheerless Cher, a determined fellow contestant brings a dangerous flash of nastiness to the mix. A pantomime enemy, saboteur extraordinaire, she means to win by fair means or foul. Her wise cracks are sharper than a chef's knife. A variety of other hopefuls make up the group that must of course be reduced one by one.

Farce like misunderstandings ensue as Zoe gets more deeply involved with helping Rupert and Fenella.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book
Published 14 days ago by maryd
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story from the very talented Katie Fforde.
This has got to be one of the BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ!! Seriously, the storyline was great and the characters are charming. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Peachmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. R. M. Veitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book very much. Have enjoyed previous books by the same author
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M A C Wight
4.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on
Published 1 month ago by gwilmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read
I’m ashamed to say this is the first book by Katie Fforde which I have read, cannot believe I missed out for so long. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Clouds among the Stars
Her books are lovely stories, full of little stories within the main one and they give me 3 days of captivating reading. I do hope I haven't read them all.
Published 2 months ago by Lesley Ayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe for Love
Absolutely enjoyed this book, so much so i read it in 4 days, well worth the read, delivery was within the specified time
Published 3 months ago by Bern
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading - very enjoyable
This was easy going holiday reading. Have read a lot of Katie Fforde's book previously and this didn't disappoint. Can recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars could only get to page 156
sorry! Have recently found Katie Fforde and so far this is number four and its the first one that I couldnt honestly get into. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Smith
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