Book Review: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

About the Book:

Book: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

Author: Bethany Turner

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanagh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley.

As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.

Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.

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My Thoughts:

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is an enemy to lover’s romance, full of witty banter and passionate kisses.

It starts out funny but gets serious as it goes along. This book deals with the difficult topic of alcoholism and the damaging effects it has on life.

As a fan of Food Network, I enjoyed the cooking show backdrop to the story. I liked seeing the “behind the scenes” type scenes.

The character of Max is not a Christian, and so, his lifestyle and sometimes his language reflects that. I was disappointed that the book didn’t end with a redemption scene for Max. I enjoyed how he changed over the story, but I felt it fell one step short when he didn’t have a conversion. I would have loved to see him come to Christ, not just turn over a new leaf. Hadley’s faith, too, played such a small part in the story. Maybe the whole thing just needed to be longer.

There’s lots of arguing, and sometimes the characters are downright mean to each other. The romance between Hadley and Max moved quickly and it was kind of weird how they would go from screaming at each other to kissing.

I was saddened by the amount of euphemisms used throughout the book. Words like gosh, golly, dang, darn, sucks, and screwed. I’m also not a fan of the word, sexy, which was also used on more than one occasion.

I think some of the humor is lost on me because I’m not familiar with most pop culture, but if you like that stuff, this is so your book!

I wouldn’t recommend this book for conservative Christians, and I don’t think that’s her intended audience anyway. I do recommend this book for anyone who’s looking for a comedic romance, with a light faith-based message, and is not bothered by anything negative that I mentioned above.

Bethany Turner is an amazing storyteller. Her books, I believe, are a great outreach to the modern Christian, sharing the love of Christ in a way to which they can connect.

About the Author:

Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which was a finalist for The Christy Award. When she’s not writing (and even when she is), she serves as the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. For more, visit

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A positive review was not required.

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