cover image Fool's Gold Cookbook: A Love Story Told Through 150 Recipes

Fool's Gold Cookbook: A Love Story Told Through 150 Recipes

Susan Mallery. Harlequin, $21.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-373-89281-5

Bestselling author Mallery's debut cookbook is a work of happenstance and culinary delight, a love story woven into a collection of delectable seasonal recipes. The beloved Sierra Nevada town, Fold's Gold, is brought back to life when Ana Raquel Hopkins returns to her hometown and quickly becomes a celebrated street food truck owner. Her short-lived fame is blunted when she encounters Greg Clary, her childhood nemesis, or, quite possibly, the one who got away. Tension stirs in the kitchen as Ana Raquel tries to make sense of her emotions. The more time she spends with him, the more she has "the growing sense that Greg is not who she remembered at all." To make matters even more tense, the rival chefs, with a complicated past, are forced to collaborate on a cookbook project that will encapsulate local flavors. Recipes for "Lattice-top Peach Pie," "Spinach and Gruyere Strata," and "Seared Pecan Salmon with Warm Lentils" promise to be both maker-friendly and satisfying. Each recipe moves Ana Raquel and Greg closer and closer together, freeing them of their past and offering them an opportunity to rediscover one another. Mallery invites readers to try out mouthwatering creations as their serendipitous love story unfolds. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Sept.)