It’s time for another popular subgenre: lesbian foodie romances!
Foodie romance novels—sometimes also called culinary romances—are romance novels in which food and the preparation of food are an integral part of the plot. Usually, at least one of the main characters works in the food business as a chef, a chocolatier, a pastry chef, a bakery owner, a food critic, a restaurant manager, or a caterer. These delicious reads are sure to leave you hungry for more!
You don’t need to limit yourself to food-themed books. Think about beverages too! I would count books with characters who work as vintners, brewery owners, baristas, bartenders, or sommeliers as foodie romances too.
15 GREAT LESBIAN FOODIE ROMANCES
I’ve put together a list of 15 lesbian foodie romances I hope you’ll enjoy.
First Course by J.A. Armstrong (First Course series, book 1)
When charming chef Devon and quirky businesswoman Carrie meet, they immediately feel a strange connection. As their friendship progresses, they discover that they have a few quirky things in common—a love of Star Wars, a love of women, and best friends who constantly need them to come to the rescue.
Starting from Scratch by Georgia Beers
What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients.
Sometimes what you need is right in front of you, all you have to do is open your eyes… Mel Thomas doesn’t realize just how unhappy she is in her marriage until she meets Izzy Calabrese. Will she have the courage to overcome her insecurities and follow her heart?
How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden
Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner she wasn’t prepared for.
Taste by Kris Bryant
Accomplished chef Taryn has walked away from her career in the city’s top restaurant to devote her life to her five-year-old daughter and is content until Ki Blake comes along. Ki and Taryn try their best to resist the undeniable chemistry between them. And when at last they begin a passionate affair that must be kept a secret, they are each convinced it’s only a short fling. Have they found something genuine, or is the taste of romance they’ve had truly enough?
Veritas by MJ Duncan
To accomplished sous chef Lauren Murphy, working as a chef aboard a private yacht is a dream come true. Enter Grey Wells, the owner and captain of the Veritas and the most complicated person Lauren has ever met. Even though Grey is cold and distant one minute and then cautiously friendly the next, Lauren is compelled to get to know her better. What happens when she does, however, is enough to change both of their lives forever.
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton
Maya Vaughn, the hottest young pastry chef to emerge from the reality television machine, takes a turn as a judge on the very show that launched her career, expecting to find a nice change of scenery and a little diversion. Shannon Hayes, a late bloomer at forty-two years old, is finally on the precipice of achieving her dreams. She has one shot to prove she can compete with chefs half her age and with much more experience.
Add Spice to Taste by R.G. Emanuelle
Jo Rossini teaches cooking classes at The New York Culinary Institute, but is struggling to make ends meet. Her heart was shattered with the end of her long-term relationship, but during a Moroccan cooking class, she finds herself attracted to Julianna, one of her students, and must deal with her own weaknesses and past mistakes. Can Jo find the courage to allow Julianna past her self-imposed boundaries and allow herself to love again? This novella contains original recipe and photos of dishes from Jo’s Moroccan cooking class.
All You Can Eat by RG Emanuelle & Andi Marquette
Chef R.G. Emanuelle and sous chef Andi Marquette locked themselves in the kitchen to create a menu that would explore the sensuous qualities of food and illustrate how the act of preparing and eating it can engage many more senses than simply taste and smell. They gathered a great group of cooks who put together an array of dishes that we hope will whet your appetite and send you back for seconds.
Chef’s Special by Susan X. Meagher
Emily Desjardins is finally poised at her goal—cooking at the kind of restaurant she’d love to one day own. Blake Chadwick, her new boss, is classically trained, and has stunningly high standards. She’s also demanding, inflexible, ridiculously confident and so hot it’s almost silly.
Emily’s challenge will be to keep her mind on the job as Blake pervades her thoughts, her dreams, and eventually, her body.
Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
What happens when a woman who never settles for “no” collides with a woman who never settles down? Chef Hal Orion loves life, her food truck, and the city of Buffalo. Investment banker, Quinn Banning has a plan to help make Buffalo great again. Can these two women learn that sometimes the most distinctive ingredients make for the perfect pairing?
Month of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace
Love doesn’t always happen overnight. Sometimes it takes a month of Sundays. If conservative accountant Rachel Bauer accepts celebrity chef Griffin Sutton’s culinary-themed proposition, will she find more than a good meal?
Ferrelli’s Restaurant (Forever Woman series, book 5) by BL Wilson
Restaurant owner Maria Ferrelli meets bitter English Lit professor Leah Williams when she sends every course of a 7-course Italian dinner back to the kitchen with very loud, public complaints against the master chef. Eventually, Maria kicks out the professor and bans her from returning to the restaurant. They meet again when Maria returns the wallet and briefcase the professor accidentally leaves behind.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to devour for the foodie romance square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another lesbian foodie romance novel.
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In addition to winning books by completing a line on the bingo card, there’ll also be a giveaway for each post. This time, you can win an ebook copy of:
• Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
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• How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden
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