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King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker
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JB Janice Birnie
About the Author
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.
November 06, 2015
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.
King of the Kitchen reviewed by Janice Birnie
King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker is the kind of book you can't put down but never want to end. The story of Beck and Duncan, chefs and heirs apparent to two feuding restaurant dynasties, makes for fascinating reading. Two very hot men, fascinating recipes and preparation styles, a televised cooking show and bad blood between one's demanding uncle, Christian and the other's bigoted controlling father, Vincent, make for a compelling and highly entertaining story.
Beck is a charming rising star in the culinary world. He works in his celebrity chef uncle's restaurants and co hosts his popular cooking show. Beck loves cooking traditional food with flair but has almost no autonomy in the restaurants, and certainly not on his uncles cooking program. Beck's life is highly organised and predictable. He knows what he wants in life but has little hope of forming the sort of lasting relationship he craves, particularly working impossibly long hours to achieve his dreams. He has shut off any any thought of a HEA when Duncan, the son of Christian's nemesis, Vincent, breezes into his life, all cocky charm and bad boy reputation.
Duncan is the avant-garde bad boy of the culinary world. He flits from one restaurant to the other, refusing to settle down anywhere, particularly not in one of his fathers restaurants. He wants to do things his own way and stay as far from his homophobic, religious right father as possible. Duncan uses humour and wit to mask his fathers legacy of hate which has made him unable to form meaningful relationships beyond plutonic friendships.
When Beck and Duncan meet sparks fly, and it seems that opposites do attract, despite the legacy of hate from their feuding relatives. Thrown together on the cooking show in order to reverse the negative publicity from their first public, outwardly aggressive meeting, Duncan and Beck begin to realise they have much more in common than their love of food and cooking.
King of the Kitchen is a funny, clever, heartwarming and at times sizzling hot story of two men finding each other and in the process learning to break free from the past. It is my first Bru Baker read and I'm thrilled to have found such a wonderful 'new to me' author. There were no false notes and I found it a fabulous 5 star read.
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