Ep #214


This week host Melinda continues our Food in Romance theme with guest host Geri and special guest author and #RomanceClass creator Mina V. Esguerra


> MELINDA UTENDORF (she/her) was that child reading Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books with a flashlight until 2 a.m. and checking out stacks of books from the library every week. After getting sick of ‘important’ books in her English degree classes, she turned to romance and HEAs and hasn’t looked back since. Melinda spends her time doing puzzles, listening to podcasts, and helping as admin for @RomanceSparksJoy. When she’s not busy with all of that, she’s a freelance editor or talking about books as @MelindaEdits


> GERI (she/her) Geri started reading romance at 12 years old when she found a trove of Harlequin Presents under her aunt’s bed and hasn’t looked back since! She loves her books sweet and sexy with a little bit of angst thrown in. Read Geri’s blog at www.gerireads.com, or you can follow Geri on Twitter @GeriReads and on Instagram @geri_reads


MINA V. ESGUERRA (she/her) Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance novels. Visit minavesguerra.com to learn more about her writing, publishing experiments, events, and advocacies. When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, publisher, and publishing mentor. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers. You can follow Mina on Twitter and Instagram @MinaVEsguerra. You can also learn more about #RomanceClass at romanceclassbooks.com, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @romanceclassbks



NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com to support the RBP transcript project

NOTE: This episode was recorded in mid-November during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020

> Meka was not able to join us this month, but she sends her love! Love you, Meka!

> Visit the #romanceclass website

Link: romanceclassbooks.com

> You can find the entire Hello, Ever After series on YouTube

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_Xrbqj-PNRLkjd0f37hdTuUqCT_t64gX

> Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles

Author: Chrissie Peria 

Relation to theme: Chef MC, learning to cook

Representation: Filipina author, Filipino MCs

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/37tMKOg

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22847230-the-kitchen-when-it-sizzles

> Title: Mango Summer

Author: Agay Llanera

Relation to theme: Female farmer MC

Representation: Filipina author, Filipino MCs

Content Warnings: broken engagement

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2WsqfD4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42335492-mango-summer

> Mango Summer is being adapted for the screen!

Link: https://www.romanceclassbooks.com/news/whats-next-mango-summer-series/

> Title: Sweet on You

Author: Carla de Guzman

Relation to theme: Cafe owner MC, Baker MC

Representation: Filipina author, Filipino MCs

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/37vOCWO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54224801-sweet-on-you

> The smelly fish dish Mina mentions is Tuyo and here’s a cute video about eating it for breakfast. Do you have a food or drink that you tested/would test your partner with?

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ-JbMVLrzI

> Title: Kiss & Cry (Six 32 Central #2)

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Relation to theme: Comfort food

Representation: Filipina author, Filipina MC, Filipino-American MC

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mtC5r3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43839355-kiss-and-cry

> Title: What Kind of Day (Six 32 Central #1)

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Relation to theme: Food as courtship/seduction

Representation: Filipina author, Filipina MCs

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3muEQbA

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40058181-what-kind-of-day

> Geri, Mina, & Melinda all recommend Jackie Lau’s Baldwin Village series

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/250946-baldwin-village

NOTE: Ana spoke about Food in Romance with Jackie Lau in RBP #213

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-213/

> Title: A Taste of Heaven

Author: Penny Watson

Relation to theme: Reality cooking competition, comfort food

Representation: White cis het author, white cis het MCs, over 40 MCs

Content Warnings: grief (recent death of a partner), creepy co-contestant

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/38bmWWk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26247682-a-taste-of-heaven

> Do you have recs for Geri? Which of your favorite romance authors write seasoned (over 40) characters?

> Title: Afternoon Delight

Author: Anne Calhoun

Relation to theme: Food truck owner, food as seduction

Representation: White cis het author, white cis het MCs

Content Warnings: grief (recent death of family member)

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2LDqd90

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23207386-afternoon-delight

> Title: Check, Please! (Book #1 & Book #2)

Author: Ngozi Ukazu

Relation to theme: Baker MC

Representation: Black author, white, queer MCs

Content Warnings: hazing, alcohol use, injuries from playing hockey, coming out

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mxLSfA (Book 1)

Kindle: https://amzn.to/34nDHfK (Book 2)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/223727-check-please

NOTE: You need to read both books to get the HEA

NOTE: Check, Please! Was previously recommended on RBP #104

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-104/

>> Title: Cream of the Crop

Author: Alice Clayton

Relation to theme: Farmer MC, food marketing

Representation: White author, white cis het MC, Latinx cis het MC, fat rep 

Content Warnings: discussion of fatphobia

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3p2KBip

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25560437-cream-of-the-crop

>> Title: As Good As the First Time (Sugar Lake #1)

Author: K.M. Jackson

Relation to theme: Family bakery

Representation: Black author, Black MCs 

Content Warnings: career stress, sick family member, single parent

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3ap8KLU

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38363598-as-good-as-the-first-time

>> Melinda recommends With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo which is YA with romantic elements

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42357635-with-the-fire-on-high

>> Melinda shares with Mina that Iris After the Incident is her favorite book (no food theme)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31353634-iris-after-the-incident

>> Yes, more #RomanceClass on audio, please!

>> Checkout Mina on Scribd

Link: https://www.scribd.com/ga/38qf0k

> What are your Food in Romance #InclusiveRomance favorites? Tag us @RomBkPod or share with us in the comments

Happy Reading!


Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

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