Published by Berkley on March 15, 2022
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Sadie on a Plate
SADIE ON A PLATE is Amanda Elliot’s first adult romance. Sadie, an up-and-coming chef in Seattle loses her job and is trying to figure out what happens next when she’s accepted as a contestant on the cooking competition Chef Supreme.
During her flight to NYC, she feels insta-attraction with her seatmate Luke. Unfortunately, the NDA about the show means Sadie can’t explain why she won’t be able to contact him for 6 weeks. One delicious Korean meal and a smoldering kiss later, Sadie’s off to compete. Imagine her surprise when Luke turns out to be a judge for her season.
My thoughts about Sadie on a Plate
This is a sweet, contemporary, New Adult, close proximity romance – some heated kisses with lots of longing glances.
What I loved:
The representation of Jewish food – those descriptions of both traditional dishes and Sadie’s elevated takes had me salivating.
The voice of Sadie’s grandmother in her head – so funny!
Diverse cast – ethnically, sexuality, and gender and the cuisines they cooked
While Chef Supreme is fictional, it obviously owes a lot to Top Chef so I loved that women chefs from TC got shout outs
Sadie was so relatable in both her determination to meet her goals and her belief that things her manipulative jerk ex did were her fault.
Acknowledgment that professional cooking/restaurant industry is often sexist (See the real-life scandal following Top Chef season 18).
For fans of cooking competitions and sweet romances. Also for fans of the author’s YA books written as Amanda Panitch, and authors Rachel Lynn Solomon and Helen Hoang.
Thank you Berkley for the ARC.