One of the first "romantic cookbooks" I ever read, and probably the first one most people have read, was "Like Water For Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel. At the time the recipes didn't seem very important – I wanted to get to the story, the passion, the magic. Now, looking back, the recipes were brilliant and reading it again as an adult made me re-appreciate how they were woven into the novel. (And my husband appreciates how delicious they are!)
The romantic cookbook genre is currently taking off, with several well-known authors adding their creative touch to the cooking world. One such author is new on the scene, but reading her work you would think she was an old pro. Noelle Love, the newest addition to the Little Pearl team, was born in Paris but currently lives in London where she just finished a double major in literature and creative writing. Her first book, Three French Hens, Two Macarons, And Lovers In A Bakery, is a fun, sexy read whose characters are just as delicious as the French recipes included in the book.
The story revolves around three women who work in a bakery at the base of the Eiffel Tower called The Two Macarons. Starting with a nasty break-up the women's lives seem to take a turn for the worse, along with the well-being of the bakery, until a charming and magical man enters their lives one fateful night.
Magical and fun with a touch of naughty, Three French Hens is the guilty read we've all been waiting for. And the story isn't the only thing tempting; the recipes are just as indulgent, ranging from classical French pastries (think eclairs, macarons, cream puffs, napoleons) to new favorites including a raspberry charlotte, an upside down apple tart, and an impressive croquembouche.