Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews

If anyone is looking for a foodie/southern lit. sort of book, then look no further!

Synopsis: Regina Foxton has just lost her cooking show, thanks to her lousy boyfriend's antics. Not only must she pick up the pieces left behind by her boyfriend/producer, but she must also now try to convince executives to pick up her cooking show. Enter Tate Moody, handsome southern guy who likes to fish, hunt, cook, and hang out with his dog. Women who wouldn't normally watch anything on the hunting & fishing channel flock to watch Tate fry up fish, thanks to his all-round good looks and charm. Both TV chefs are fighting for their careers, and a spot on a national program for their cooking shows. In order to "win" this spot, executives come up with a reality-sort-or spin to force the two into a cook-off. The basic premise here--who will win, and can they be "friends" although they are competing for a highly sought after position?

Review: I actually listened to this book on CD as I drove to and from work. However, once I reached the last three disks, I wanted to know what was going to happen, and brought them indoors to finish up! As with Andrews' other novels, Savannah Blues and Blue Christmas: Now with More Holiday Cheer (New Recipes Too!), she injects her novel with plenty of southern charm and culture to round out her characters. Although I felt that the story took awhile to develop, and I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Tate and Gina to warrant the sparks she was going for, I did think it was a charming novel. I love the south, I love cooking, and I love a little romance, so this "dished" up all that I expected. Andrews is not gratuitous in any way, and her romantic scenes are brief. All in all, this is a fun, light read that will drop you into the characters' lives for a little while.

For more information, go to: Deep Dish: A Novel.


  1. I enjoyed Savannah Blues several years ago - a fun, summer read!

  2. I love books that have that southern charm. Thanks for the review!

  3. I read this book and loved it. I bet it would be great to listen to. I'll have to see if the library has it on CD. Glad you liked it.

  4. Thanks guys! Dar, the lady who reads the voices is really good. It's kind of a funny one to listen to!