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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846056527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846056529
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,473 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at Book - Love - Bug on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 5 Mar. 2012
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 Mr. R. J. Waring on 6 April 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The up to date idea of setting the story around a cooking competition was fun. But the story Recipe for Love didn't go anywhere. Zoe, a very helpful girl (and goody two-shoes) falls for one of the judges of a cookery competition, in which she is a competitor, and then indulges in some hanky-panky with said judge Gideon Irving(Shortly after this the half-ton of towelling and the Cath Kitson pyjamas were on floor....).
Zoe is so helpful that she manages to juggle the demands of a cookery competition with making a wedding cake from scratch, supporting a heavily pregnant friend and doing a fab croquembouche. However, helpful Zoe also helps herself to the attractive Gideon, thus leaving them open to blackmail. Judges and competitors shouldn't be canoodling. "It doesn't get better than this," as Masterchef's John Torrode would say, has new connotations and new lows in this book.. And it doesn't get any better! Recipe for Love goes nowhere! The characters are awful, with no depth at all. Katie Fforde tries to make them more charismatic by throwing every formula at them. Eg Gideon wants to 'educate' people about eating (like Jamie Oliver). The character of Zoe is flimsy and implausible. She is a graduate, yet doesn't seem to have an interest beyond cooking and deli establishing. She seduces Gideon because 'she wants him' and then she throws the competition by adding extra salt to her 'wonderful' dishes rather than coming clean and telling the programme producers what she and the delectable Gideon have been up to. When you create such one-dimensional characters, it is difficult to find the necessary padding to make them creditable or appealing. And this is the overall problem with this book. I simply didn't care what happened to the characters. A disappointing read from an author that I usually enjoy.
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