Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews is my favorite kind of chick lit. You take a spunky woman who's life has taken a turn for the worse and pair her with an impossibly charming and handsome guy, add witty dialogue and watch the sparks fly.
It doesn't hurt that this particular novel is about food and even features a very cute puppy. And if that isn't enough, there is the ex who is still hanging around and the Mom who can't quit calling.
There is absolutely no good reason to read a book like this except for pure escape and enjoyment. It doesn't tax your brain or require any work to follow the plot. And yet, the dialog and the juxtaposition of people and situations will make you laugh.
For some reason I am a sucker for Southern authors -- Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank or Rebecca Wells. I am not from the South and if fact have only visited there a couple of times. I am a Westerner and it would be very hard to have a more different life experience. And yet I always love these authors.
Perhaps the secret is in the sheer humanity of heroine. We all have bad hair days, pesky relatives, annoying co-workers and major set back and there is something cathartic in seeing them conquered with guts, humor and absurdity.
You can always count on Mary Kay Andrews to write an enjoyable novel. She has a great ear for dialog, a wonderful sense of the absurd and a keen understanding of her audience.
This is a feel good novel, this is a lot of fun. The publisher synopsis pretty much tells the story:
Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn't expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, the former runner-up Miss Teen Vidalia Onion is now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she's dating the show's producer.
But when her show gets canceled—and she catches her boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the boss's wife—Gina realizes that she's meant for bigger and better things. Namely, a gig on national television.
The Cooking Channel is looking for its next big star, and Gina is certain that she fits the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eyes on Mr. "Kill It and Grill It" Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show named Vittles. Tate is the ultimate man's man, with a dog named Moonpie and a penchant for flannel shirts. He's also a tasty side of beef with a swooning female fan base. All Gina has on her side are a free-spirited, college-dropout sister and a mother who calls every single day.
Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives, spiced up by a little ingredient called love.