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The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Paperback – July 21, 2015
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"Deliciously entertaining! Amy E. Reichert's voice is warm and funny in this delightful ode to second chances and the healing power of a meal cooked with love." (Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of DOG CRAZY and ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS)
"Amy E. Reichert writes like your best friend and reading her words is like having that friend whisper them into your ear. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a delicious story of food, love, and a wink at what people will do to have their cake and eat it, too." (Ann Garvin, author of THE DOG YEAR and MAGGIE'S WATCH)
"Amy E. Reichert whips up the perfect recipe for a deliciously fun read. Combine humor and romance with a dash of drama, then let it simmer. The sprinkle of Wisconsin pride is icing on an already irresistable cake. Warning: do not read this book hungry!" (Elizabeth Eulberg, author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB and BETTER OFF FRIENDS)
“What a wonderful treat! Delicious descriptions of food and love and Milwaukee (I know! Who knew?). A sweet, endearing read.” (Megan Mulry, USA Today Bestselling Author of A ROYAL PAIN)
"The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a smart and delicious debut—a read as satisfying as the last bite of dessert after a lovingly-prepared meal. The novel is as much a celebration of the midwest and regional food as it is a love story between chef Lou and food critic Al. I adored Lou and her quirky makeshift family of restaurant customers and co-workers. Their missteps and milestones kept me racing through the chapters, craving another course." (Susan Gloss, author of the novel VINTAGE)
"Amy Reichert brings sweetness and substance to her delicious debut. Sign me up for second helpings!" (Lisa Patton, bestselling author of WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER)
“Amy E. Reichert takes the cake with this charming tale of food, friendship, and fate.” (Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME)
“…Reichert's quirky and endearing debut skillfully and slyly examines identity and community while its characters find love in surprising places. Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"A delectable novel." (Bookreporter)
“Highly recommended that you eat before reading this book…a light, fun read that feels a bit like eating dessert for dinner.” (RT Book Reviews)
About the Author
Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, The Simplicity of Cider, and The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her local library’s board of directors.
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The book begins with the dismissive man and a woman in ridiculous heels that are causing her all the familiar pain. It's a symbol of a life that she's taught to desire, but doesn't fit her, doesn't suit her style, and actually causes her pain, but hey - pretty shoes! He is the sort of man who walks a few paces ahead of her and makes her rush along in those impossible shoes to keep up. So naturally I hated him from the first page. As she struggles to keep up with his self absorbed indifference, she's comparing the way she feels in her sleek black dress to her favorite protein in sausage casing. (That's how you know someone is *really* a Foodie, lol!) Finally their mismatched relationship ends on page 25, and not a moment too soon. (Sadly, the coconut cake ends there also.) Though for the sake of the story, Mr. Sublime Arrogance is still a presence until the end, because there are a few very specific details that need to be neatly tied up.
The real story here is a cake that is baked with love by a woman who loves food so much that she will explore the restaurants of a city on her one day off, and will create lavish feasts at home after the long grueling hours of restaurant ownership. This sort of passion and boundless energy may tend toward magical realism, but it's OK to suspend disbelief where coconut cake is concerned. It's that cake... or rather, the fragrance, the coconut and vanilla, along with a hint of bacon, that attract the attention of another foodie. He's immediately smitten and in his mind she becomes "Miss Coconut Cake" which would have been a great title for the book. A tentative and awkward (but delicious) romance is born.
The story is suitably complex. Lou (Miss Coconut Cake) and Al meet at a news stand. He writes as a food critic under the name A. W. Wodyski. He's a real Mr. Grumpy Pants about his temporary new home in Milwaukee. He sees the city as nothing more than a spring board to a job in a larger market. However, her love of food, and of Milwaukee food in particular draws him in and she takes him on a tour of the culinary highlights of their fair city on a succession of Mondays, her one day off. Their connection to each other and Milwaukee strengthens as they share the bliss of beautiful food. However, his misery increases as he realizes he really cares about her. Something he wrote about her restaurant has come back to haunt them both and the story grows ever more complex. The author builds the story as a chef builds the flavors in a dish, skillfully bringing each note together at just the right moment. It's sweet and spicy, soft and crunchy, smart and sensuous, and the bliss and bale of the story kept me in it's grip to the very last page.
How any serious foodie can remove his shirt to reveal sculpted abs is beyond me, those two things don't usually occur in the same person. And why Lou has scars from kitchen accidents all along her arms is intriguing. I don't have any such scars, and I've never noticed kitchen scars on my colleagues, but after thinking about it, I understand it more as a device to show the contrasts between men. One would seek to cover those scars with long gloves, the other would kiss those scars and get back to work making more ganache. lol!
There is a misused German phrase, but perhaps it's on purpose since it's spoken by Lou rather than the native German speakers.
There is a recipe for "Grandma Luella's Coconut Cake" included at the end of the book and I may create a Paleo version of the recipe because seriously... this book has made me so hungry for coconut cake. Speaking of hunger, in my opinion this book has one of the most pleasing and humorous sex scenes I've ever read! Speaking of Grandma Luella, I had a Mennonite Aunt whose name was Luella. Did I really just mention my Mennonite Aunt and an excellent sex scene in the same paragraph? Yes, yes I did.
Finally, I'm going to leave you with my very favorite morsel of this book. It's a conversation between an elderly pair of foodies who bring depth and richness to the story, and one of several spots where I started leaking profusely from the eyes as if I were a bad radiator.
"Yes, Fred and Ginger. Otto and I are like Fred and Ginger. Alone, we were good. But together -- perfection." This is precisely how I feel about my Austrian, and about second chances in general. Sometimes we need to spend a little time with Mr. Wrong so we really know it when Mr. Right comes along.
Thank you Amy E. Reichert. I look forward to reading more of your delicious work! Next on my list is Luck, Love, & Lemon Pie, and in May we will also finally be able to get our hands on The Simplicity of Cider. Here is a great blurb about this one: "THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER is the perfect blend of sweet, smart and immensely satisfying. If foodie fiction is a thing, Amy Reichert is the grand master." — Colleen Oakley, author of BEFORE I GO and CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH.
I'm so pleased to come across this blurb because it reminds me of a point I had forgotten to make. For a number of months I've been exploring the use of food in fiction. I've read a whole stack of books with food on their covers and in their pages. I have seen everything from magical realism to mystery to memoir... all with food as a central part of the story. And I agree completely with Colleen Oakley - Amy E. Reichert is the best of all of them. Count me as a fan of "Foodie Fiction" in general, and Amy E. Reichert in particular. Keep on cooking up great books, Ms Reichert. Keep on keeping on.
A.W. is really Al Waters, and the story of how Al and Lou come to fall in love is based on a series of misunderstandings that are believable enough.
I’ve been to Milwaukee several times, but this book does a great job of describing the city in a full way, like a travel guide to a city you’d actually want to visit (although I can assure you, no amount of cheese curds in the world are worth contending with the weather for any length of time).
It begins with Lou discovering that her fiancé is having an affair. However, it’s clear that she should have never been with Devlin in the first place, so the discovery, rather than heartbreaking, is clearly for the best.
If you like sweet romances filled with luscious details about recipes, cooking, and food, you will enjoy The Coincidence of the Coconut Cake.
What a delightful story! I loved it. The characters were wonderful. I fell in love with them especially Otto and Gertrude. Lou meets Al at the bar. Both decide they do not want to talk about work when together. For Lou she just wants to get away from the downward spiral of her life. For Al he figures he won't be in town long so why spoil their time together. Lou's co-workers and friends, Sue and Harley, are interesting and a little light diversion along the way. Al's co-worker John becomes his friend and confidant as he learns his role in Lou's loss. There is even a hiss-worthy villain in Devlin and not just because he seemingly cheated on Lou.
I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting it was so good. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. This is a keeper.