A review by rachaelarsenault
Chef's Kiss, by TJ Alexander

challenging funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


So. Friggin'. CUTE!

Simone was clueless in the most relatable of ways, and I also appreciated how her perfectionism and anxiety were handled. It felt like a very real and honest portrayal. I also like that her being selective about who she came out to wasn't something she was criticized or shamed for.

Ray was a delight, and I loved how much complexity and nuance was given to their story - coming out, misgendering, gritting your teeth and toughing through it because you often don't have the luxury to just quit and find something better. It was an infuriating but also deeply understandable situation to watch them navigate.

And, of course, all of the descriptions of food and cooking had me drooling. Definitely the kind of book you might want to have snacks on hand for.