cover image The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap

Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kincaid. Kensington, $15 trade paper (

Kincaid (Outside the Lines) shares a Christmas-themed preview of the setting for her new series, a snowy Blue Ridge town called Pine Mountain, with Kauffman and Angell in a triad of loosely linked foodie novellas. Kaufman’s goofy but adorable “Where There’s Smoke” pairs sweet, klutzy Clara Parker, who nearly burns down her house trying to bake, with her old best friend, fireman Will Mason. In Angell’s “The Gingerbread Man,” a witty frame story is out of sync with the core tale of lonely snowbound people creating a semblance of familial holiday comfort. Kincaid’s “Sugar and Spice” sweetly and competently executes a classic cooking romance story of two chefs striking sparks as they go head to head in a big competition, and the bakery that Pete Mancuso and Lily Callahan set up together with the prize money is sure to be a meeting place for new couples as the series launches. (Oct.)