On 3:34 PM by Nikki @ NikSnacks 9 comments
Summer isn't over yet.
I don't care that the kids are back in school, that the leaves are starting to change (just a littlelittle bit) that Halloween candy has taken over the Back-to-School shelves.
The summer got away from me and I didn't do anything summery. Really. I did not go to the beach, have a honest-to-goodness romantic fling, go swimming or even do much day drinking on the front porch. The only summer-like thing I've done, of which I am proud, is read. I managed to go to the public library and pick up a few bestsellers and read to my heart's content.
Back in the Spring, local author and my foodie friend, Jo Maeder gifted me a copy of her latest book, Opposites Attack. I kicked off my summer reading with this!
It's a romantic comedic novel about a nearly 30-something human girl person, Alyce, who travels to the South of France to put her love life on hold, immerse herself in a new culture, a new language and unbeknownst to her, to find herself. Along the way, she is embraced by an unexpected cast of characters and finds refinement and finesse through cooking. Alyce is forced to choose between what she thought she wanted and something totally different.
The novel is a great read that had me lol'ing for real and gasping aloud at the many unexpected plot twists and turns. Not wanting the story to end, it didn't have to with the handful of authentic recipes printed in the back of the book, inspired by provencial France.
For my local friends and readers: Jo Maeder will be at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday, October 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for book signings and general literary frivolity.
Buy this book
If you purchase a copy of the book, you can receive an Amazon Kindle edition for only 99¢!
- Nikki @ NikSnacks
- I'm an award-winning private chef who writes and talks about my life as a food writer, culinarian, podcast host, and food tour guide, I'm a classical French trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami. I've worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger, catering chef, pastry chef, butcher, baker, and a biscuit-maker.