Published by Delacorte Press on April 5, 2022
This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern--and her main competition for the fall job.
Reese's plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet's newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown--while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch.
Reese can't deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner...
Love from Scratch is a contemporary romance by author Kaitlyn Hill. This book was super cute and was the foodie fix I was looking for. I have really been into influencer, and tv and social media references in my book so a book about a cooking food show with some rival to lovers romance with food references, puns and banter galore was just what I was looking for.
In Love From Scratch we meet Reese, who has just landed her dream internship at a food cooking channel in Seattle. She is so excited and ready to turn her internship into a more permanent position, so she goes in a little hard when she senses some competition in another intern- Benny. With their banter and their shared passion for food and cooking, it was easy to imagine them as rivals. When they are partnered on a video assignment that ends up going viral, they get stuck spending more and more time together.
I loved Reese and Benny as a pairing. I will admit that I took an almost immediate liking to Benny and it took me a little while longer to warm up to Reese. Don’t get me wrong- there are so many things about Reese’s personality that I admire and love, but something about her kept rubbing me the wrong way. But maybe it was simply the fact that she was a rival of the adorable Benny. I just loved him and his sense of humor.
If you are a fan of rival to lovers romances, and you love a good cooking show/video, then you need to check out Love from Scratch. It is a winning recipe of a story!
Kaitlyn Hill is a writer, reader, and sweet tea enthusiast who believes that all the world is not, in fact, a stage, but a romance novel waiting to happen. Her debut novel Love from Scratch comes out 4/5/22 from Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House.
Kaitlyn has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and German Studies, which means that she can tell you way too much about the Communist Manifesto in Karl Marx’s mother tongue. Before landing on writing, she worked in roles from city government intern in a small German town to Haunted Mansion Maid at Walt Disney World, and most recently, at her hometown public library.
Aside from books, Kaitlyn’s favorite things are giraffes, ABBA, and excessively long naps. She lives with her real life romance hero in Lexington, Kentucky.