The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
On the day Chef Lou Johnson catches her fiancâe in a compromising position with an intern, British food critic Al pays a visit to her Milwaukee restaurant and writes a scathing review, which runs on the day the two meet at a local pub.

Simon and Schuster
You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

And don’t forget to check out Amy E. Reichert’s fun new novel The Simplicity of Cider, available now!

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501100710
Branch Call Number: Fiction Reichert
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 21 cm


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PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

This book might be touted as a love story between a chef and a food critic, but what it really is is a love letter to Milwaukee, seen through the eyes of an outsider who hadn't really found his footing and a native with a knack for finding all the great stuff. It's a story about real people with ... Read More »

Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, debut author Amy Reichert provides the perfect recipe for a deliciously entertaining novel!
Ingredients: Memorable characters, terrific storyline, lots of humor, all things culinary, and of course “vanilla”.
Love the amazing book cover! Warning: You will definitely ... Read More »

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Mar 16, 2017

Very enjoyable story. It would be devastating to have one food critic review close a restaurant. One that you put your heart and soul into. I liked the relationship between Lou and Al. She and Devlin not so much. I didn't even understand why she and Devlin were even together. This is a great chick lit story that is coming out in July. Make sure to pick a copy up.

ontherideau Feb 23, 2017

Predictable, silly and slightly addictive. In a time when people push shopping carts through Costco while eating hot dogs, the descriptions of delightful sensory eating are of value. Food is more than fuel.

Nov 10, 2016

Lighthearted fast read-good for a plane ride!

jabberbooky Sep 23, 2016

Simply a fun read. Not deep at all but if you just want to enjoy the way a story unfolds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (of all places) with entertaining characters that you will root for. This is it!

Jun 22, 2016

Entertaining. Clever plot. Good summer read.

PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

This book might be touted as a love story between a chef and a food critic, but what it really is is a love letter to Milwaukee, seen through the eyes of an outsider who hadn't really found his footing and a native with a knack for finding all the great stuff. It's a story about real people with real screwups--though some of the resolutions were a little too easy, which is what made this not-quite-the-perfect-story.

Also, I really want some deep fried cheese curds right now.

Jan 04, 2016

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a love story and nothing more.

I had thought it would be more focused on Lou working hard for her restaurant, but it wasn't.

I also thought the whole love at first sight, "she's the most beautiful creature in the whole universe and absolutely leaves me breathless" thing going on from Al's point of view was very....cliche, dull, unrealistic, etc.

I usually read more sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian kind of thing, novels with more action and intensity, so when I look at this book from that point of view it was rather boring. But when I judge it for what it is (a chick lit love story) it was pretty good. It had romantic moments, although the novel did call to mind the manic pixie dream girl trope. It also had good characters and character development. They were understandable and relatable and made me care. There was also a very jaw-dropping reveal toward the end which I really loved, because it spiced things up. For all of these reasons I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting. It's definitely lacking the action aspect that I need in a book, did what it did well. It was a cute love story, so I would recommend it to those who like that kind of thing. I don't particularly, but I still enjoyed the novel!

Dec 21, 2015

Typical, typical, stereotypical storyline (girl meets guy but it's all wrong and muddled and they have to figure it out, the way to a man's heart is through good baking, etc. etc. etc.), but fun to read anyway. I forgot to copy the recipe for Coconut cake at the end! A girly story to lose a few sweet hours in.

Nov 17, 2015

This book gave me a sugar headache. The story line was too predictable for my taste.
The parts I liked most were learning about food in Milwaukee.

Oct 03, 2015

This book was like "reading" one of the better Hallmark movies. I typically don't care for romance novels; however, even though I knew where the story was heading, it was worthwhile reading how it go to that point.

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