Title: King of the Kitchen
Author Name & Publisher: Bru Baker (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 6, 2015 – 200 pgs
Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle’s popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father’s restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.
They’re also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they’re photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.
Beck chafes under his uncle’s micromanagement, and Duncan’s relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It’s hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck’s cooking show, but they won’t be able to take their relationship—or their careers—to the next level without breaking a few eggs.
So Duncan’s father is a famous chef who does not understand why Duncan will not work at one of his restaurants. Which after reading this book I could understand why he would not want to.
Beck is a chef who is on a cooking TV show plus works at restaurants his famous uncle owns. Well there is a rivalry between Duncan’s father and Becks uncle which has carried over to them but not as bad. You definitely get the sparks between these two from the start. This book was more of a slow burn to me which I did like but also not sure how I feel about the ending of this book… While I did like it, it was also a little to open for me. I was just hoping they would get a little more closer to each other then what they did. Otherwise I did really enjoy this book. It was fun to read the banter and back and forth between Duncan and Beck.
So with this book you get your angst and steam between these two MC’s.
All together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
This is my first book by this author and I loved it. I loved the Hatfield and McCoy type of romance. It was one not done that often so it was a great that this author took this and made a very interesting type of book. I also loved all the food puns. I love cooking shows so I was excited to read this book and Bru Baker made it worthwhile. Will definitely look for more books by this author.
I love this book. As a cook myself, and a person who watches cooking shows, I was excited to read this. The author did not disappoint with her knowledge of cooking techniques and insight into behind-the-scenes workings of making a cooking show.
I appreciate how the author prefaced this story by basically saying you don’t need to be a gourmet cook to be able to read and understand this book. That’s very encouraging.
The plot line appears basic: Boys have a crush on each other, meet and have a falling out, meet again, get to know each other then fall in love. The author, though, takes this and creates a sensational story. It’s like taking a carton of eggs and making either scrambled eggs or a souffle out of it. The author has done just that.
The chemistry between the chefs is so perfect and adding the dads in there is like adding Tabasco to scrambled eggs.
One of my favorite things I looked forward to reading was what kind of shirt that Duncan would wear. He wore t-shirts that had a real funny food inspired saying on it. Like one of them was “Bakers do it for the dough”.
Unfortunately, I have one issue with the book: the beginning handful of chapters were very wordy. Eventually the dialogue picked up and the book got a whole lot better. As I knew it would.
I highly recommend this book. All you cooks out there who love watching cooking shows will totally love this book. So grab yourself a copy.
The author provides a bonus at the end of this book. She has included some recipes that the chefs prepared in their cooking show. They look so good and delicious. I’m going to have to try some. Bon Appetit!
The food in this story is amazing. Bru Baker definitely knows her food and her wonderful descriptions made me very hungry. Her men are pretty special too. Warring chefs Beck and Duncan have great chemistry as they join forces on Beck’s father’s TV show.
The story is good fun. Crossed wires and complicated father-son relationships add gentle angst but this is a pretty simple, easy read. Possibly at the expense of any genuine relationship development, the focus stays on the chef’s food, their restaurants and their show.
At times Duncan and Beck both seem a little bit childish but as we learn more about their fathers, their prolonged adolescence starts to make sense. At times insecure and at times arrogant, both men are believable chefs.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable story.
Bru Baker got her first taste of life as a writer at the tender age of four when she started publishing a weekly newspaper for her family. What they called nosiness she called a nose for news, and no one was surprised when she ended up with degrees in journalism and political science and started a career in journalism.
Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now works in reference and readers’ advisory in a Midwestern library, though she still finds it hard to believe someone’s willing to pay her to talk about books all day. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.