Anthony Dante, a respected, self-taught chef, visits his dead wife's grave every week. Not believing he'll ever love again, Anthony puts his energy into running Dante's Ristorante, an Italian restaurant that was handed down to him and his brother by their parents.
Life is going as planned until Vivi Robitaille, a trained chef who's immigrated from France, decides to open a bistro across the street.
Both Anthony and Vivi are passionate, opinionated and confident and believe themselves to be the better cook. This leads to their trying to out-cook each other and to an ongoing competition between them.
In the process they fall in love. However, Anthony struggles with letting go of his dead wife and fears that if he loves Vivi, she will be taken from him too. For her part, Vivi has her own doubts regarding the romance, plus has her hands full trying to open her restaurant.
Just A Taste is an entertaining read from several prospectives. For anyone passionate about cooking, you'll enjoy the talk about food, cooking and the restaurant business. Also, Vivi, new to the US, continuously misuses American slang that is funny. As an added bonus, the story is rounded out by a cast of lovably, flawed characters whom make mistakes and give bad advice.
My only complaint is the story moved along slowly. It lacked the tension and suspense necessary for it to be a page-turner.
For delizioso pasta, go to Dante's. For a sumptuous Cordon Bleu, go to Vivi's.
To really heat things up, get them together.