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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
Love and Recipes by Bethany Lopez is a book that adopts an interesting way of presenting recipes. It covers a range of American foods while citing the context in which the food was referred to in romance author Bethany Lopez's novels. In doing so, the overall effect is one where food is shown as a universal factor which everyone appreciates throughout the ups and downs of life.
The book presents clear recipes and photographs which show the process of making the dishes. The novel context appears before the recipe. I was pleased that love doesn't refer only to romantic love since many characters referred to are preparing food with family, individually, or with friends. I thought it also useful to have preparation and cooking times stated for each recipe, as well as suggested variations.
People interested in losing weight should be warned that the book isn't intended to cater for diets. However, people can try to make lower calorie versions of these recipes by adjusting them if needed. I loved the short intro to the book where Bethany talks on her career as a chef in the Air Force and also that she loves to cook for people. It's always nice to read a book written by a person who likes to cook for others, and enjoys the process of cooking, since it encourages people to be generous with cooking and think of it as fun. It's a unique book for a well established romance novel writer, and one I recommend for those interested in classic food favourites.