Sexy & Snackable: Four Romance Reads & Eats Pairings

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Sexy & Snackable: Four Romance Reads & Eats Pairings


by Joanne Eglash

There's something sexy about delving into a new romance novel in the company of the perfect snack. Whether it's a drink (certain types of romances just seem to yearn to be accompanied by an elegant glass of wine) or a food (an infusion of chocolate is essential for romantic suspense novels), we've done the delicious debate work for you to match up these romance books with the ideal eats.


The Search by Nora Roberts: Cheese, Please

The Search by Nora Roberts ranks as one of our favorite books. Cocky, yet vulnerable heroine meets equally cocky, yet somewhat less vulnerable hero. Add in a dash of dogs, and a plot that pulses with suspense, and you've got a page-turner that demands to be fueled.

What to serve: Soothing cheese, such as Monterey Jack, and a side of crunchy crackers, such as Wheat Thins.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: Chocolate Bars, Of Course

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella weaves the gobble-it-up delights of Bridget Jones' Diary with the romantic appeal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. For that reason, the Shopaholic series simply demands to be accompanied with fabulous food.

What to serve: Your favorite chocolate, such as dark chocolate kisses, with a cup of hot cocoa if it's winter or chocolate milk if it's summer.

Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis: Fresh fruit and red wine

Jill Shalvis has done it again in Rescue My Heart:  she's warmed our soul with this charming tale of a stoic man and the woman who finds a way to give him a second chance at love. Add in animals, and you've got the perfect summer beach read or take-on-a-vacation romance.

What to serve: Seasonable fresh fruit, such as half a melon filled with strawberries, along with a glass of your favorite red wine (sangria, anyone?).

Thursdays at Eight: A Romance Novel by Debbie Macomber: Coffee and crumpets

If you're in a book group (and if you're not, we recommend you start one!), add Thursdays at Eight: A Romance Novel by Debbie Macomber to the list. This unconventional romance is all about friendship as shown through a group of four women who meet weekly for breakfast.

What to serve: Your favorite blend of coffee and buttered crumpets or scones.

About the Author


Joanne Eglash has been reading romance novels since she discovered her mother's stash of Harlequins (shhh!). Although her English literature professors at UCLA might raise their eyebrows, Joanne names Nora Roberts among her favorite authors.

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