Title: A Second Bite at the Aple
Author: Dana Bate
336 pages, published November 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction
Sydney Strauss is
obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but
with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure
fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs
are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of
TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a
local farmers' market.
Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast
Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is
writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain
attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her
love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney
gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation...
The cover is the first thing that made me love this book, and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! Any novel that ties in a cooking and food component is usually a winner with me and this one was no exception. I loved Sydney as a character--I admired her courage to rebuild her life and achieve her goals even if it meant starting from the bottom, and the courage she had to change her goals as they didn't match with what she felt in her heart was right.
I desperately wanted to visit the Farmer's Market. I LOVE farmer's markets and all the yummy foods at the ones where Sydney worked sounded wonderful! This aspect made the book so much more than a "chick lit" romance novel--it gave it some depth.
The book is well written, keeps you guessing, and very entertaining. You won't regret reading it!
Overall rating for "A Second Bite at the Apple": A