Lexi: Our guest today brings a very sexy combo; a mouth watering hero and exquisite cuisine. Interested aren’t you. Then help me welcome Rachel Goodman!
Rachel: Thank you so much for having me on Reading Between the Wines Book Club. I’m an avid reader and lover of wine myself (my second book SOUR GRAPES is all about romance and wine), so your blog is like heaven to me ☺
Lexi: After reading the blurb for INTERCEPTING THE CHEF I squealed out loud. I love romance in the kitchen. Food can change your mood and put that power with physical chemistry…yes! So tell us, did you do any recipe testing for research or to put you in the mood to write Logan and Gwen’s story?
Rachel: I tested the PBJ recipe that Gwen cooks near the end of the book for almost a month, and now it has become my go-to sandwich of choice. The twist in the recipe is that the nut butter is made with a mix of roasted cashews and peanuts. I also swapped out the typical jelly/jam for a pear and apple chutney and added maple-glazed bacon. Then I toasted the whole thing in a buttered skillet. So good.
Lexi: What is Logan’s favorite dish?
Rachel: Apart from a grilled cheese made on Wonder Bread? I’m kidding. Logan loves stick-to-your ribs comfort food, so anything from pot roast to fried chicken to apple pie. But his favorite has to be his mother’s lasagna—she’d make it for him before every big game.
Lexi: I can't stop imagining how awesome it would be to have a significant other who is a professional chef and enjoyed cooking or trying out new things at home. Do you think Gwen will ever get tired of cooking for Logan?
Rachel: Gwen lives and breathes being a chef, so I don’t ever think she’ll get tired of cooking for anyone, let alone Logan. Though after long shifts and preparing complicated dishes at the restaurant, she probably prefers to keep things on the easy/simple side during the week. But on the weekends, all bets are off and breakfast in bed is on the menu.
Lexi: These two characters sound like so much fun. But I also hear that Gwen’s friend, Missy, is an awesome sidekick! With INTERCEPTING THE CHEF being book one in How to Score, will we get Missy’s story in book two?
Rachel: Isn’t Missy a hoot? I just adore her sass. She might be getting her own book later in the series. I'm currently drafting book 2 in the How to Score series, titled Rescuing the Receiver, which focuses on Gwen's twin brother and Blizzards wide receiver Chris Lalonde and a sweet-natured, loyal dog shelter owner named Hazel Grant.
Lexi: We are so excited for INTERCEPTING THE CHEF! Congratulations on the release and we will be looking for the next one!
Rachel: Thanks again for having me. Perhaps next time we can do this interview in person over a glass of wine ☺