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The Dish by Stella Newman is the new novel from the much-loved author of Pear Shaped and Leftovers. This is a warm, passionate novel that will delight fans of Jill Mansell and Mhairi McFarlane and leave you happy and hungry in equal measure.Love is on the menu. With a side order of lies.When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she's only after one thing: hThe Dish by Stella Newman is the new novel from the much-loved author of Pear Shaped and Leftovers. This is a warm, passionate novel that will delight fans of Jill Mansell and Mhairi McFarlane and leave you happy and hungry in equal measure.Love is on the menu. With a side order of lies.When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she's only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she's been dating.There's just one problem. Adam's job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.Can the truth be put on ice long enough for love to flourish?And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you're not quite telling the truth yourself?Stella Newman. Fiction has never tasted so good....

Title : The Dish
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ISBN : 9781472220073
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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The Dish Reviews

  • Elaine
    2019-04-18 05:48

    This is a really nice romantic read, telling the story of food critic Laura and chef Adam. When they meet, they hit it off straightaway and things are looking rosy, despite Adam’s insane working hours. The only problem is, Laura hasn’t told him that she is a food critic.The story is quite slow in the build up and there were times when I was getting a little impatient waiting for the story to move on. You know from fairly early on that things are not going to go smoothly for the two of them, and you know exactly why and are just waiting for the explosion that is bound to happen. Once it did, then the story really picked up momentum and I thoroughly enjoyed the second half of the book. Parts of the story are told in a series of emails between Laura and various friends, family and colleagues, and I really enjoyed the ever changing subject lines. Although it does stick to the expected formula in this type of read, it really is not as predictable as you might think especially with the side story involving Roger, Laura’s boss. I really liked Laura and Adam and was rooting for them all the way through as I read the book which fortunately was on the Kindle because all the talk about food just had me snacking constantly – no crumbs between the pages for me!If you want a nice, easy to read romance filled with (mostly) likeable characters who behave and talk in a believable way, then this book is perfect. Thanks to the publishers for the review copy.

  • Kim
    2019-03-22 03:24

    I am so happy that I found The Dish just before heading off on my Christmas vacation. I really enjoyed reading Laura's story and her path to finding what she wanted and needed. That she finds the delectable Adam along the way is a great bonus. I loved her relationships with her friends and colleagues--especially enjoyed the funny emails zinging back and forth throughout her workday. A wonderful story about love, food critics, hot chefs and finding oneself.

  • Joanne D'Arcy
    2019-04-14 04:26

    Laura is in London, trying to find her feet following her divorce and not very successfully dating anyone with a future.After another disastrous date she bumps into Adam, in fact she bargains with him in relation to a bacon sandwich and a doughnut (my kind of girl!). In fact Adam is quite a dish in his own right.With a spark of attraction, friendship grows to something else and Laura finds quite a lot out about Adam - in fact he is a Head Chef.The Head Chef of the restaurant that she has just visited. Because that is Laura's role a restaurant critic for a magazine known as The Dish.Surely she does not need to tell Adam? But perhaps she does if he sees her review? But it seems that Adam has some secrets of his own to hide?This is a romantic read with girl and boy meet, fall out and get back together again. However, Stella Newman weaves this tale over more pages than I would have perhaps expected for a romantic read. It has some great interactions with her colleagues and family through emails which are there for you to read and you get a real sense of how Laura, is struggling with this dishy dilemma. She is a rounded character who you see interacting with her family and also her work colleagues, you really get a sense of the woman she is trying to be and get the life (and love) she wants. I was not sure what Adam's secret was going to be and I admit to being slightly disappointed. However, that did not take away from the overall story. There is plenty about food in the book and that adds to its depth and helps out when for me the story did slow down. Perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be but a good read from an unknown author to me.

  • Agi
    2019-04-20 02:35

    I've read Stella Newman's "Leftovers" before and I liked this book very much, but "The Dish" is an absolute cracker! I loved it from start to finish and I wasn't able to voluntarily put it down! The author created a world that I so wanted to be a part myself, characters that I adored, and brilliant, refreshing plot, with just the right amount of humour, drama and romance. Laura is living in London, where she moved after she and her husband divorced. She's trying with the dating, really she's trying, but unfortunately, unsuccessfully... This is, until one day she meets this guy who's just ordered the last bacon sandwich that Laura was thinking about since yesterday. Moreover, he also gets her doughnut! Yes, they are both into good food and their friendship seems to grow into something... more? That is, until Laura finds out that Adam is a Head Chef in a restaurant that she has recently visited and wrote a very poor review - because this is what Laura does: she's writing restaurant reviews for her column "The Dish". Actually, she is a secretary to the magazine's editor but he can see her potential and this is how Laura got into writing.So what now? To tell or not to tell? Laura is not so very much into secrets after her family kept her mum's illness private to them only, she needs honesty in her life, but well... Is telling Adam the truth going to end this super - promising relationship?This book took the descriptions of food to another level. I've read many books centred around cuisine and eating and they were great, but to say that portrayal of food in "The Dish" was delicious would be an understatement. It was over - delicious. It was incredibly tasty and incredibly vivid, and there was such LOVE to food in this story that I've never seen before in chick - lit.I would go so far and compare (even though I'm not so much into comparisons!) the writing style to this of Lucy Robinson, and those of you who know me, know that I am a massive fan of Lucy. MASSIVE. Writing in "The Dish" has so much reminded me of Lucy's writing, which is incredibly eloquent, intelligent and witty, and Stella Newman writes exactly the same. She has this talent to write about things that we take for granted in a way that makes us see those things in different light, afresh, and to describe things, flavours and aromas that we really don't know they exist. It's the same with the dialogues, that are witty, smart and sharp and feel like real banter between real people, not dialogues written on a paper.And please, don't let me start gushing about the characters! They were unbelievably realistic and brilliantly fantastic! I have no idea how often I caught myself nodding my head and yelling, you go, Laura, I'd do or say the same as you, girl! They all made so many mistakes and this made them so, so perfect in my eyes, because only those that make mistakes are real people, right? I so freakingly adored the awkward first conversations between Laura and Adam, they were so sweet as a couple, and those sparkles between them, this sizzling chemistry couldn't be better described! The feelings were palpable through the pages, and everything between them just felt so honest, so genuine, nothing was too forced or too pushy, it just flew, either smoothly or not, but flew! This romance was brilliant, as it was not only bed of roses and bubbles, oh no, there were so many obstacles for our love birds, and sometimes I so wanted to bang their heads together, because I've seen, and everybody else has seen this, only those two haven't seen this: that they are meant to be together! Yet, till the last moment we aren't sure how it is going to end. There were so many complications and problems that I could only shake my head with disbelief and seeing how they themselves were complicating their lives made ME desperate. Of course the problems were programmed: Laura is a food reviewer and Adam is the chef, so sooner or later she was going to come across him in her job - and the big question was: to tell him or not to tell him? I really loved that this relationship was not so easy, what with all the secrets and mystery there, first with Laura's job (well, she wrote this brilliant review, the best in her life in fact, about eating in his restaurant and hating it - there is only this small fact of uncertainty if it was really Adam cooking then), and with Adam being so secretive, answering his mobile during the dates, heck, even disappearing during the dates!The many different sub - plots that Stella so skilfully intertwines in her story are a great joy and a breath of fresh air, and all of them add so much to the whole book! Let it be Roger, Laura's boss, Sandra, Laura's (un)beloved work colleague, Laura's sister and father to name only a few, all of them are spot on and I loved to follow all of them. The interaction between all the characters are hilarious and so genuine.Laura was totally likeable character, and I found myself rooting for her from the beginning to the end. I loved her attitude, her sense of humour and the way she coped with Sandra at work and with her failure in love. I actually think I fell in love with Laura after she has parted with her potential boyfriend after he lied to her - way to go, Laura, I was feeling like cheering up on her. She was so very down - to - earth and feels just so true - also her cravings for bacon sandwiches or custard doughnuts, we could shake hands on this. She was so easy to relate to, so normal, going on with her life just like we do. And she was funny, oh my, how funny she was, and she always tried to make the best of a bad situation.Laura had the best job in the world, I think, and I don't mean the secretary part, but her being a food critic. Yes, I do realise it isn't always as exciting as it sounds, and we witnessed her spending hours waiting in the queue just to wine and dine at the very posh restaurant, but nevertheless, I still do find it a really interesting aspect to the book - I think I've never come across a food reviewer in the book before, although I may be wrong. And Laura is brilliant at her job, she's reviewing the food and the restaurants non - judgmentally, totally fair, seeing things that other don't pay attention too, and I would trust her judging totally. Also, the idea of Second Helpings was brilliant - why focus only on new or posh bars?But you know, as much as I loved Laura, there was a brilliant cast of characters in this book that just MAKE the story, and I really don't know with whom I should start. Her family, her sister, father and two nieces were all incredibly funny, quirky and different to each other, especially Laura's sister, Jess. This one knew what she wanted from life, oh yes, she did! Laura's chef, larger - than - life Roger was the best chef you could have imagine, while his second - in - command, Sandra, couldn't be the worse work - colleague, and oh so often I really admired Laura that she was able to hold her tongue. And Adam, oh my gosh, we can't forget Adam and let's stop for a second to swoon about him and to sigh for a moment. Yes, there were moments that the things he said were a little too harsh for my liking, and if I were Laura I'd just turn around and go and let him talk like this to someone else, but other than that he was... perfect, I think, yes, perfect is the word! Handsome, with dry humour, great relationship with his mother, he actually listened what was said to him, and a chef, I mean, really...!All the characters have their own personalities and feel like real people, they just jump out of the pages, and you can't stop but you root for them and you feel involved, and you so want to know what's going to happen with all of them. You just care for them and want that everything went well for them.Laura has also brilliantly captured the soul and essence of the restaurants that she was writing about, especially the one Adam was working in. Oh gosh, it sounded so pretentious that I was asking myself, why bother and open such a place at all, and why bother then and go to such a place, if you're not a snob? Laura and Roger visiting this place, and then Laura with her friends, was absolutely delightful experience and the observations were priceless.One of the greatest part of the book was the email interactions between the characters, and no matter who wrote to whom, they were hilarious! And the ever - changing subjects of the emails were absolutely brilliant. They also allowed us to establish very quickly what's going on in the characters' minds.I know many reviewers wrote that the book has made them hungry. Well, it didn't make me hungry, but I just wanted to see and try all the dishes that Stella was writing about in such a delicious, vivid way, and no matter if she wrote about cakes, desserts or fish and chips. It was a truly awesome book and the time flowed so quickly when I was reading it! It has a great bunch of characters, brilliant and engaging plot, some really good food, it's written in a very entertaining way but also with some tender, touching moments. It was fast - paced and all the time there was something happening, either at work or in Laura's or other characters' private lives. Stella Newman has incredible ways with words, she writes in a way that you can feel all that's happening - there were emotions, anticipation, vibrations, confusion, and they are all so wonderfully defined and emphasized, I really haven't read such skilfully written book in a long time. Yes, this book has it all: vibrant characters, engaging plot and wonderful writing style. I have enjoyed it immensely, Stella has incredible talent to draw the reader right into the heart of the story. I can't praise this book enough, please just go and read it - it's great!Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.

  • Leah
    2019-04-01 04:49

    It doesn’t matter how many times I say it: Me and Chick Lit do not have as tight a bond as we used to. I never thought I would overdose on the genre, but it appears I have, and I am now a lot more selective about what Chick Lit books I do read. The Dish was one of the lucky ones that made the cut, and I’m so glad it did, because it was such a good book!First off: I must mention the atrocious formatting on my copy. I know, I know, you can’t really complain when it’s an eARC, but by God, I never knew where one chapter started and another one ended, which is really, really awkward when you’re not devouring a book in a sitting. It was just an annoyance, especially since I was convinced the book didn’t actually have chapters (it does, I’m pleased to report).The Dish was such a good read, although it made me REALLY hungry. Obviously, because it’s called The Dish, and it’s about Laura, who is a food critic, there is a lot of food talk. AND Her best friend makes desserts and cakes and other yummy goodies like that. I was in a constant state of hunger while reading this book, not helped at all by the fact that I’m currently on a diet (thank you, Stella, so kind of you to write about food…)I actually loved the whole food critic thing. It was such an interesting aspect to the novel, and not something I’ve ever actually read about before. Usually food critics are harsh, and only interested in scoring cheap points with the restaurants, but Laura really seemed to “get” the whole food critic thing, and how to do it properly. She wasn’t in the least bit pretentious and I liked that the reviews weren’t about her, but about the food. That scored massive like points.I was super chuffed that Laura meets Adam so early in the book – and all because of a custard donut. The heart sings! However, what it should have prepared me for was a whole host of annoying complications that had me shaking my head in disbelief. At first, it seemed perfect. They like each other, and what else is there to romance but liking each other? But then things got in the way. Laura’s job and the very small fact she’d actually eaten at Adam’s restaurant and hated it (and wrote a damning, hilarious review), the fact Adam kept having to disappear randomly, even during dates, which sort of gets you wondering what was really going on (especially for poor Laura who already had to deal with a philandering ex and best friend – with friends like that, eh?). It all added up to the inevitable breaking point, and while it was so frustrating to read, it didn’t make me want to bash my head in with my Kindle, because I was hopeful whatever Laura and Adam had together, could be saved. (Honestly though? Some of Adam’s words were just the teensiest bit harsh).What actually surprised me most about The Dish was the fact Laura’s so against keeping secrets. Considering what happened with her dad, sister and mum and her husband and best friend, Laura should have been all about the honesty so it was somewhat ironic that she was keeping secrets. I wasn’t cool with that. I loved everything else about Laura, but that one hypocrisy.The Dish was just a really awesome read, all things considered. It flowed nicely and it didn’t feel like a long read at all, despite the fact it says it’s 400 pages on GoodReads. It certainly didn’t feel like that. Yes, I had an issue or two; but overall this was a delightful story, perfect for any foodie lover. There were a great cast of characters, some pretty awesome sounding desserts and I learned more about coffee than I ever thought possible (who knew it was so intense???). This was such a good read, and I can’t wait to read more from Stella Newman, she really knows her food.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-04-06 06:38

    I wanted to start this review with a food-related pun but I just can't. The one on my proof copy is brilliant though: Fiction has never tasted so good. A brilliant line, and so very true. The Dish was a delightful read, and if I'm honest I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. This was my first read from Stella Newman, but I've wanted to check out her work ever since hosting her on my blog just before Christmas with this brilliant guest post.The idea behind The Dish isn't terribly unique, having its basis in all those stories that have came before. Woman meets man, obstacles are placed in way, will they get together..? You know how it goes, but there was just something about The Dish that was really refreshing. A mixture I think of Stella's wonderful writing and characterisation, the use of emails throughout the book and Stella's ability to really draw the reader in, and make them care for her characters and what happens to them. Laura inadvertently meets Adam when he is served the final cream doughnut in a cafe, the doughnut she wanted. An attraction is formed and a friendship develops between the pair. Both have secrets that they don't yet want to share. Laura's is that she is a restaurant critic, with a bad review about Adam's restaurant ready to be printed...Laura was just fantastic and I loved her from very early on. She's definitely a character I feel women will really be able to relate to, seeing bits of themselves in her and they will definitely be able to root for her as the story progresses. I think Laura is a much easier character for women to relate to than some that I've read about. She's a realistic character, an everyday kind of woman and this is a very believable story. She isn't that woman living what for the average person is an unobtainable life. That's not to say it isn't without comedy, we are served that by the plateful and the book is very funny in places.At close to 500 pages it isn't a short read, and despite me reading this in just a couple of days, I did find it a little slow at times. If I was to liken it to food it'd be like waiting for a meal when you are really hungry. I was hungry for this story to pick up, and to feel some excitement or tension. Everything just moved at a nice pace in the beginning, but a little slow also. Writing about about food equals instant win for me, and reading the book (and my guest post) it became clear Stella has a real passion and knowledge for what she is writing about. My thoughts were proven when I Googled her to find out more. I will almost certainly be reading more from Stella in the future and have no trouble whatsoever in recommending this book. Stock up on plenty of cakes, pick up this book and enjoy. You won't regret it (the book that is, can't say the same for the cakes...)

  • Samantha Kilford
    2019-04-07 02:32

    If you've followed my blog for awhile you have may have noticed that I took part in a blog tour for Stella Newman's novel The Dish where Stella 'dished' on some of the disastrous dates she's had. I enjoyed being a part of the blog tour that when I saw Headline had ARCs for the book on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. So, thank you to lovely Frances Gough at Headline for letting me be a part of the blog tour and thank you to all the people for Headline at NetGalley for granting me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.And let me be honest, The Dish didn't disappoint.I want to start by saying that I enjoyed The Dish more than I initially thought I would. It was a delightful read that was, if you'll forgive the pun, full of flavour.I found myself really relating with Laura. Her humour, her way of thinking and I felt like I was living my old childhood dreams of working at a magazine vicariously through her. As a lifelong member of the Lonely Hearts Club, I could sympathise with how utterly unlucky Laura has been in the romance department. Honestly, when she wasn't resonating with personality traits I have, she reminded me a lot of one of my favourite fictional ladies Bridget Jones. I guess this means that Adam's Mark Darcy?Laura's down-to-earth character and her life add to how real the story of the book feels. From the tragedies that Laura has encountered to her day-to-day working life, The Dish felt wholly believable as if someone out there could be living Laura's life sans Adam and custard doughnut, bacon sandwich debacle. Or maybe there are people out there who are just that lucky in love?The Dish has a brilliant array of characters ranging from Laura's lovely family to her cool work colleagues who provide entertaining e-mail exchanges gossiping about pretty much everything. Each character is distinctive and entirely likable (except for you Sandra!) While we're on the topic of the rather sulky Sandra, I want to commend Laura for biting her tongue around that god-awful woman for as long as she did. Not even I could control my anger and dislike towards this thankfully fictional woman.Cleverly written from start to finish, I had no problems losing myself in The Dish. While the story could sometimes be predictable on a few occasions, that didn't spoil my enjoyment or make me want to give up because Stella's writing pulls you in. You become so involved with these characters that you simply must know what happens to them.I urge everyone to pre-order this today because you really won't regret.Packed full of fun, flavour and fantastic life advice. I'm giving Stella Newman's The Dish, four stars!

  • Janine
    2019-04-12 06:27

    There are 3 things in life that I love...writing, food and a dollop of romance. This book has all three so it was a no brainer that I would devour this book in one sitting. Laura has just recently moved back to London following a divorce from her cheating husband. Still grieving the death of her mother she sets about starting to make a new life for herself and when her mum’s old boss offers her a job she lands on her feet and quickly becomes the writer of The Dish. A food critic column in the magazine The Voice.She loves her job as a food critic and reviewing the latest celeb crazed restaurant in town she brutally writes about how terrible it is only for fate to intervene and bring her to meet the head chef of the particular place that she may just be about to destroy. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.Adam is perfect, he’s funny, loyal, and successful and a genuinely lovely guy and him and Laura automatically hit it off. Should she follow her gut and tell him about the review or follow her heart as they begin to fall for each other.I could not put this book down. I loved everything about it. From the front cover to how it flows effortlessly. It’s well written with a down to earth nature and has some all familiar characters that we come into contact with everyday. It’s also quite emotional when reading about Laura and her mum, the book takes you through the regrets and heartbreak that Laura and her family have after losing the one person in the world that you feel you can’t live without. There are secrets and truths, a few surprises and I loved the French and Italian parts. The descriptions are perfect and make me want to pack my bags and eat my body weight in food at the same time. This is a brilliant book with next to no flaws as far as I’m concerned. A ideal beach read this summer.Thank you very much to Headline and Netgalley for my Advanced Reading Copy of this book.

  • Paula Sealey
    2019-03-25 03:44

    Having just dated and been dumped by another 'loser', restaurant critic Laura seeks solace in a badly needed bacon sandwich at a cafe. But the last one has just been sold to the customer seated behind her. Laura instead orders one of their renowned custard doughnuts, only to find again that Adam, the customer sitting behind her, has been served the last one.As Laura attempts to bargain with Adam for the doughnut, they find themselves attracted to each other and end up spending the morning together. A friendship forms, but Adam has a secret that he doesn't yet want to share with Laura, and Laura feels she can't tell Adam what she does for a living. Can a relationship survive their secrets?I loved this book! Stella Newman has created interesting, likeable characters who you really care about and crave a happy ending for. The story has just the right amount of warmth and humour to go along with the romance. The email interactions between characters were an especially fun read, and who couldn't love Laura's likeable boss Roger! Don't miss this one, it's a heartwarmer.*Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy through NetGalley.

  • Rachel Burton
    2019-03-22 01:20

    I'm on a new year mission to clear up my kindle. I can't even remember buying this one but I did enjoy the last two Stella Newman books.This one isn't as good as the others. The characters aren't as likeable and you can see the plot twists a mile off. An there's this argument between the two protagonists in the middle that I personally would never have come back from.Maybe it's just third novel syndrome. Or maybe I've changed.

  • Teresa Thomas
    2019-04-13 00:46

    Having just finished the book today, I have mixed feelings about it. Although lots of food was described in great detail, the premise of the story was very slow. My main complaint was the many emails from the main character to her family and workmates which didn't really add to the story.I didn't feel that the book was going anywhere till I was halfway through.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-22 07:25

    I didn't find this to be as romantic as other books in this genre. I feel it was more about Laura finding herself and doing the right thing.With the romance there was, I loved it. And the elements of them both being foodies made it all the better (and me hungry).I felt there was a lot that wasn't needed but it is an enjoyable read. My only problem is I hoped for more.

  • CarolynStorer
    2019-04-22 04:33

    3.5 Stars

  • Clo
    2019-04-14 07:29

    Why did the book end at 95%, gutted!Some of the good lingo was completely wasted on me but wow. I just kept reading because I was so desperate to find out what would happen with Laura and adam, though, can we have a sequel where they get married please? Feel like the ending was somewhat rushed but a great book nevertheless. Now to suffer with finished book hangover.

  • Rachel Livingston
    2019-04-16 04:30

    A very enjoyable book, especially if you're looking for a fun, light, romance. Definitely enjoyed, would recommend!!!

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-01 02:30

    Originally published at: is another ARC that had been on my book shelf for far too long and I'm really glad I finally got round to picking it up.  It's very rare that I choose a women's fiction, specifically a chick-lit novel, but I've got to say I really enjoyed this and would love it to have had a sequel.From the outset I enjoyed the humour of main character Laura and her witty restaurant reviews.  The one in contention for the most part of the book was hilarious.  I also liked that it wasn't overly schmoozy and lovey-dovey, it was pitched just right for me.  In fact my own teeny-weeny issue with the book is that a lot of the conversation takes place in email, there's so many I find it slightly grating having to check and double check who the conversation is between but I can understand the need for it.I also really enjoyed all the food and baking references so if you're a foody looking for a delightful rom-drama this could really tickle your fancy so to speak ;)

  • Claire Hill
    2019-04-17 23:46

    This story fills you with wonderful food ideas to cook but leaves you wanting more of this delightful story dish…In this book we meet Laura Parker who comes with a bag full of trust issues, leaving her home in Manchester after finding out her husband was cheating on her with her best friend!!!!! She moved to London as far as possible from them and started a new life. Once in London she finds somewhere to stay and is leaving of her savings but needs to get work soon and contacts one of her mother dear work friend Roger at The Voice magazine who she admired for most of her life and gave her connection to her mother. Roger has no writing jobs to give her but he has position has his sectary which Laura snaps up also a position of food critic the “Dish” on the side. Part of the side job was to cover openings of new restaurant’s and this night she takes Roger along for company, tonight opening was for the next best thing to come to London, but landed being the worst she had the miss fortune to visit which turned in food poising for her and Roger. Laura life is stable she even stayed to date someone till on fateful morning on her date when she finds out that her man is a cereal dater and was coming straight to her from his date the night before so he was off her Christmas card list !!!! So as she walking away from the date from hell, Laura now thinking can she make it to her favourite café for a beacon roll she might just make it as she goes to order she finds that the last one has to been sold to the man sitting behind her so she goes and orders the next best thing a custard doughnut another speciality of the café the order is placed and coffee she takes a seat. Laura is running over the disaster of her date when her food arrives takes one bite and release that’s is jam that’s the icing on the cafe she heads over to the young boy who took the order and he explains that the man who had the beacon roll also order the custard doughnut and the orders went in but only one doughnut was left , Laura was at boiling point and she approaches the man explaining that he took the last beacon roll so she should have the last custard doughnut he would not move on this so she offers Adam five pounds for half the doughnut and as they sit and eats they half’s the sparks begin to fly. They land up spending the afternoon chatting, Laura surprise that she already likes spending time with Adam this banker guy totally opposite to her chef of an ex-husband and after they time together they did not exchange numbers she thought that she would never see her again???? She was wrong Adam arrange a breakfast date!!!On their second date Laura finds they have more in common that she thinks and also puts together that Adam is the chef from her worse nightmare review, they spend more time together and Laura is really started to like this guy but she is finding really hard to tell him that’s she is the writer for the Dish and hope and pray that Adam was not working that night she even arranges to go back for a second review and the food is amazing , but the wrong review get published and Adam doesn’t take the news well. Laura finally found the one that she could open up her heart and soul too but is it too late for them to find true love, That’s where you have to buy the book and find out for yourself I promise you won’t be disappointed and will leave you wanting more .

  • Book Gannet
    2019-04-16 23:32

    4.5 stars. My thoughts as I was reading this book: Tell him. Go on, tell him. Oh, just tell him already. Teeeeeeeeeeeell him. Please, tell him. Oh, for goodness sake, just tell him! Argh, Laura! If you don’t tell him I’m going to stop reading right now, which would be a shame because… hang on, let me read a few more pages, but you better tell him soon or else…Yes, this book is a minor exercise in frustration, because despite being a woman who hates secrets and lies, Laura is surprisingly eager to keep her own under wraps. And yet, at the same time, I really loved this book. Laura has good reasons for disliking secrets and lies, thanks to her cheating ex-husband and the for-the-best attempts of her family. In fact the fallout from both left her adrift for years, which led her into her current PA job for the editor of a current affairs magazine, which also led to her taking on the anonymous role of their food critic. She’s qualified to do bigger and better things – mostly with coffee – but she likes her job and has no plans on changing.Then comes the awful night at LuxEris, shortly followed up by her desperate donut meeting with Adam, and everything just sort of spirals from there. Not that this is a quick read. Instead it’s a little slow on pace as we follow Laura through her daily life, often speckled with fun emails from friends and family, and frequently luxuriating in food and drink and luscious descriptions. Don’t read this book if you are hungry, because it’ll make it all worse.I didn’t mind the pace, though. In fact I loved the steady build throughout the book, peppered as it is with warmth and humour and hints of romance, not to mention family tensions and the mystery of strange behaviour and paranoid thinking. Laura is a great lead character – she’s funny and smart, but a little suspicious of everything and still carrying the damage from the fallout of her marriage. It’s clear that things with Adam are far from ideal, but as much as I was willing Laura to tell him, I was likewise wanting to grab Adam and find out what was going on.But while I was waiting for that, I got to enjoy wonderful friendships, a pitiful dog, a torturous exercise class, food, food and more food, an education in coffee, some slap-dash dates, office politics and a glorious weekend away with a landscape description that was just beautiful. There are also moments of tough emotion and even though I could see one part of the plot coming from a mile off, didn’t mean if didn’t still hit hard.Steady of pace and with moments of frustration (tell him, tell him now!), this is nevertheless funny and warm and emotional and enjoyable. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, you won’t find it here. However, if you want something to make you laugh (and maybe even cry a little), which you can savour over several nights, then this is definitely worth a shot. If you happen to like food as well, then enjoy! I certainly did.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Celeste Ní raois
    2019-03-25 04:20

    Thanks to Frances Gough and Headline Books I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review......Love is on the menu. With a side order of lies.Meet Laura Parker, a restaurant critic for The Dish is finding her feet again after getting divorced and is finding the dating scene not very successful and after been dumped yet again by another looser, Laura decides to seek comfort in a bacon sandwich in a local cafe but when the last sandwich has been sold to another customer sat behind her, Laura instead orders one of their renowned custard doughnuts, only to find again that Adam, the customer sitting behind her, has been served the last one. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she's been dating.A friendship forms, but Adam has a secret that he doesn't yet want to share with Laura, and Laura feels she can't tell Adam what she does for a living. Can a relationship survive their secrets? Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty. And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you're not quite telling the truth yourself?To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I neither loved it nor hated it, it was good and all the talk/descriptions of all the yummy dishes and of course the mention of doughnuts which made me crave them, I actually thought that I'd have to go to the shop to get a bag of doughnuts but I abstained from that idea. It took a while for me to get into this book and from one page to the next I was never sure if I was going to keep turning pages or put it down but I continued. It was very easy to put down and go do something else for a while, that's why it took me so long to finish this, unfortunately that's not what I'm looking for in a book. I want a story I can't bear to put down, I want to lose track of time while in the story and have it finished in a few hours, I didn't get that with this one. It's a nice story but easily forgettable.Alot of the chapters made up of emails between Laura, her family members, work colleagues but I skimmed through most of these as they were one of the things that put me off, I felt they were too frequent and sometimes made up majority of a chapter. I do like a bit of humour in my Chick lit stories (who doesn't?) but in most parts it just felt forced in parts in this one. It's a good story in there, it's just not what I hoped for.This is Stella Newman's third book, having written Pear Shaped and Left Overs which I've never read but will definitely read them at some stage but I'm looking forward to see what Stella Newman will serve up next.The Dish is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores.

  • Laura
    2019-04-13 02:28

    Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....4.5/5The Dish is without a doubt Stella Newman's best novel to date. I think it has everything in it you could possibly want from a true-to-life novel and forgive the pun, but it was full of flavour.Laura Parker has had a mini setback in life, but she's doing ok working for magazine The Voice and writing anonymously as the critic for The Dish. After a disastrous fourth date, Laura heads off to get a bacon sandwich and a custard doughnut, only to discovered the last of both has been taken by Adam Bayley, a man currently sitting at the table behind her. Upon inspection she discovers he is handsome and smart and outdoes all the previous men she has dated. Although perfect, Laura has a problem, she must keep her job as restaurant critic a secret; tricky when Laura is an honest person. And how can she expect Adam to be honest when she isn't quite telling the truth herself?Apart from the fact that the main character has the same name as me, I could really relate with Laura. I could understand her way of thinking and her want of avoiding awkward and tricky situations. Laura is also really funny and always seems to try and make the best of a bad situation, or find another way around it. She also manages to hold her tongue around the god-awful Sandra who Laura works with, which I strongly disliked and would have liked to have said more than a few words to myself!The Dish has an absolutely fantastic array of characters. They are all so distinctive and very likable (expept Sandra). What I loved the most though was the email exchanges between them and Laura. I actually really enjoyed this aspect as they were quick fire, witty emails that make you laugh and also establish quickly what is going on with each of the characters.Stella writes in such a way that you very quickly and easily fall into and get lost in the story. Although I did kind of have an inkling about what was going to happen, this did not deter from my enjoyment and I can honestly say I have not read a story like it. You can really tell that Stella knows her food and I was constantly craving a custard doughnut or some sort of pastry whilst reading.There were also so many spot on little bits of life advice in The Dish as well. If you read it you will know what I mean. It was completely unexpected, but it made the story even more brilliant.As said at the beginning, The Dish is definitely Stella's best story! Could not get enough! A deliciously fun read!

  • Zarina
    2019-04-22 07:19 a delectable title and beautiful pastel cover to match you might expect this to be a scrumptious read filled with mouthwatering dishes – and you'd be right. However, Stella Newman's latest novel is far more than a mere foodie delight; the story within the beautiful design is a sweet surprise and one that upon turning the final page leaves you craving more.Laura Parker works as a PA for Roger Harris at The Voice magazine, which sounds like a job she is overqualified for, as her sister reminds her all too frequently, but she enjoys it immensely. Especially her super secret role as a food critic, which allows her to channel her true passion, writing, and eat out at some of the best places in the city to boot.Things get a bit sticky for Laura, however, when she bickers over a doughnut with a guy (as you do). She has not had the best of starts to her day, so when she goes to one of her favourite cafes to treat herself to a custard doughnut and a stranger by the name of Adam beats her to the final one of the day she is determined to get at least one bite of the heavenly delight.Her determination pays off not only for a slice of baked heaven, but also because she and Adam really hit it off. She finds herself in a bit in a pickle then when she realises that Adam works in the restaurant business and because of a certain slanderous review she has written for The Voice she would never be able to let him know about her foodie-critic alter-ego. The cookery odds may not be in her favour, but can Laura make the relationship work and continue her job at The Voice?As a blogger, sometimes more serious reviewer, and lover of good food I instantly connected with Laura and her passion for the craft - particularly the unique and honest way in which she described her restaurant encounters. And even if you're not quite as much into food (though if you're not, what is wrong with you?!) or writing reviews, the protagonist will be someone you can resonate with; she's a normal girl with guy problems, we can all relate. The fact that the guy in question, Adam, is a cutie-pie is a big bonus.The Dish is a delectable delight in more way than one. Just make sure you have an ample supply of sweet treats at hand before you dig in, because as soon as you open the novel the smell of the scrumptious food detailed within wafts off the pages and you will want to munch your way through a basket of freshly baked goods with Laura and Adam.

  • Whispering Stories
    2019-03-24 06:24

    Laura is an anonymous food critic for a popular magazine. Her identity must be kept a secret otherwise she wouldn’t be able to do her job.After a disastrous date, Laura opts for the one thing that will make her feel better – a bacon sandwich! Heading to her favourite cafe, she is informed that the last one has just been served. No problem, a custard doughnut will hit the right spot too. Unfortunately for her the last one of those has just been ordered, by the same man.Feeling pretty outdone, she confronts the man, Adam, in order to at least get one part of her order. After a lot of bargaining, Adam relents and offers to share his doughnut with her.The two find that through a mutual liking of doughnuts that they are attracted to each other. Is this the start of something serious for the two of them? And how will Adam cope if he finds out what Laura’s job really is, as Adam is the head chef at a swanky new restaurant, one which Laura is badly critiquing.‘The Dish’ is a fun, laugh out loud romantic book. It is full of engaging characters, including many secondary characters which shone in their own light.Laura is a lovely, heart-warming and caring character. I had real empathy for her the way she looked after her ageing boss, Roger and tried to take the strain off him.She puts her heart and soul in to her work and although she doesn’t have any proper qualifications, her love of food is what makes her damn good at it.Adam is the head chef at a restaurant he doesn’t really like. His big dream is opening his own restaurant. He was gorgeous, but a little moody and was very highly strung. His job had him on tenterhooks all the way through and was the cause of numerous cut-short dates with Laura.I actually found him a little stiff at the beginning and it took a while to get to like him, even if he was a mean cook!Adam is hit hard by the scathing review of his culinary skills and tries to discover who the mystery critic really is, much to Laura’s horror.The story, yes, is a little predictable at times, but that didn’t take away the enjoyment that I found within the pages. You can always tell a good book by how long you continuously read for. I lost track of time on more than one occasion as I was absorbed in Laura and Adams lives.A romantic, feel-good book that I think you will enjoy, just as much as I did.Reviewed by Stacey at

  • Li Or
    2019-04-11 02:28

    * What's it about?"The Dish" is a story about magazine food critic Laura Parker, and how she traverses the tricky landscape of her life which involves getting over her mum's death, dealing with her pushy sister, dating as a damaged divorcee who has trust issues after her ex cheated on her, living with an irritating housemate and managing to get through office dramas which often revolve around her colleague, Sandra, one of the world's most annoying women. To help her on her journey are her friends and a handsome stranger - a stranger who happens to be as interested in food as she is, who she comes across along the way...* My thoughts on this book:The Good:- Well written- Witty dialogue- Well-structured story- Satisfying endingThe room for improvement:- The "baddies" (eg her sister Jess & her colleague Sandra) were a little flat. It was as if the author thought "what would be the most annoying thing a character could say?" and had them say it. It would have been nice if their annoyingness would have been balanced out with other qualities to make them better rounded and more realistic characters.- Excessive detail in places where the detail did not add much to the story (eg describing what goes on in a magazine HQ's meeting room)- Excessive dwelling on negative things- Sometimes I felt like moments where the characters were having banter and being witty were almost "too clever" such that it felt a little unnatural and forced, and also on the odd occasion it was tricky to follow.Overall:I enjoyed the story on the whole, despite skipping over some of the officey bits and some of the sob-story bits that I felt was like filler material that was either too boring or too sad, and irrelevant to the main plot. That aside, one thing that does shine through though, is the author's general talent for writing, structuring a well put-together story, and I appreciated a few wise observations she had about human nature too. I found the way she described the main character was feeling at certain section of the book to be very realsitic and relatable. As it is, it's a decent read but I felt like it would have been even better had it undergone more forceful editing.- - -I was kindly provided with a copy of this book for honest reviewing purposes.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2019-03-23 07:48

    Wow, if people ever stop buying Stella Newman's books (which I hope never happens), Stella should be become a food writer, as I truly believe she would be as talented as food writer in her own name, as she was describing Laura, talking about food. I felt as though I could taste the pastries, and I loved all the food descriptions. They really were good enough to eat!The story is told in a mixture of narrative and also flurries of emails between Laura, and her friends, colleagues and even occasionally that sexy chef she has been dating. I loved the tone of the emails and they were used in a way that pushed the story on, as well as being enjoyable. During the story, we get glimpses of Laura's main review that was working on, and I must say it sounded like the sort of restaurant review I would have loved to read for myself. The restaurant in question, is the most ostentatious, overpriced, pretentious place, that realistically only people with more money than sense would ever go to, and thus the details of the visit to it, when Laura and Roger visit the place, are hilarious, and easily some of my favourite sections of the book. Adam is the head chef at the restaurant mentioned above, and when Laura meets him, she realises she has to keep the knowledge that she's a critic to herself. But can she live with the secret? The Dish is written with a lot of humour, and I found the book to be very entertaining, and I loved seeing how Laura was agonising over some of the decisions she had made. Laura clearly has integrity, and the series of "mishaps" that occur are enough to panic her into making decisions. I found The Dish to be a fast paced, very chatty sort of story. It felt to me as the whole of Laura's story was being told in cosy friendly way to a best friend. There isn't a moment of rest during this book, which zooms along, and really does take you for an enjoyable journey, through the world of restaurant reviews, keeping secrets, and dealing with difficult colleagues. Thank you to Headline and Netgalley for a copy of this book. This is my honest review.

  • Smelleykins
    2019-03-30 01:30

    The Dish, was a great read. I had a bit of a reading slump with it so it took me forever to finish, but not because its's a bad book, its bloody brilliant. I've never read anything by Stella Newman before and I seen this book everywhere whilst shopping, so one day took the plung and got it. I love the cover, its catchy.I did think the storyline was a little slow in places, but towards the end, it flew by. Laura is a secret reviewer of all food places, her artical, The Dish, gets rave reviews from everyone, so having the chance to eat at the fanciest new restaurant Laura writes her most honest review to date. It's not sugar coated. But through sheer coincidence once the review is written and submitted, she meets Adam, a chef. Laura must now keep her job a secret, especially having just reviewed the resturant Adam works at. It's a typical tale of girl and boy meet, fall in love and all the crazy stuff in between tests them. It's certainly different and you're constantly wanting Laura to be honest, to just tell Adam her job. Together they're a cute pair. Seriously, they just so sweet. But then as with everything, the reality must happen and the wrong review is published, and it all goes a little la la after that.I did feel sorry for Laura at times, I understood her need for being anominous and then again i also felt that Adam was to partly blame. If he had admitted his fault on that night, Laura wouldn't have had to go through half the stuff she did. Between them, they're as bad as each other.But it is a cute story. The ending is just fluff. It's adorable and I was routing for everything to go right. Laura's sister though is a pain. Oh my god, how on earth she puts up with her is beyond me. Laura's co-workers are a breath of fresh air, even Sandra. A wonderful book, by a great author! Can't wait to read more.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-22 23:19

    Warning, this book will make you hungry! If there’s one thing I like as much as books it’s food and there are some sumptuous descriptions in this foodie chick lit. Custard doughnuts and bacon sandwiches can lead anywhere. Laura spends plenty of time in cafes and restaurants and she’s not shy in telling us what delight she’s eating. I did feel it was a bit overdone in places, but overall it’s an easy and entertaining story, if a little predictable.The narrative is a mix of Laura’s first person and email conversations with her friends, family and colleagues. I like the fact that a few of the emails weren’t particularly relevant, it made them seem more natural.There’s a secondary theme running throughout regarding Laura’s missed chance to say goodbye to her mother. She holds a grudge against her family for hiding her mother’s illness and this taints many of her day-to-day relationships. She gets a chance to make amends even if she’d never get that chance again with her mother.The extravagance and ridiculousness of the LuxEris restaurant is somewhat exaggerated, but I’m sure there are plenty of restaurants that go for style over substance. I did feel her review was a bit out of character. I’m not convinced a magazine would run with it if they were used to such a down to earth critic. Perhaps her review also suffered from style over substance.Anyway, it was there for a purpose and it led to what I felt was a fairly realistic argument. So often an author will make them seem one sided rather than both sides coming across as a bit irrational and with some valid points at the same time. I’m not sure I liked the whole, “don’t tell your date too much” style of dating advice. If they can’t accept you for what you are, what’s the point in wasting time on dates only to call it off later?Review copy provided by publisher.

  • Michelle Ryles
    2019-03-31 02:38

    Laura is a food critic for a magazine, a job she acquired not due to her experience or qualifications but due to her love of food and her descriptive writing skills. Not to mention that the boss is also an old family friend, so Laura turned to Roger for a job after her divorce.After the abrupt end to a disastrous date, Laura goes to a cafe for a bacon sandwich only to find that the last one has been sold to another customer. She then plumps for a custard doughnut, but is served a jam doughnut instead. You've guessed it, the bacon sandwich guy has also now ordered the last custard doughnut! This prompts Laura to strike up a conversation with the guy, Adam, and barters with him for the doughnut that Adam agrees to share (ahhhh). Laura and Adam start dating, but Adam is a chef and his shifts are a nightmare so they find it difficult to meet up. On one of their dates, Laura finds out that Adam is a chef at a new restaurant in London, a restaurant she visited before she met Adam and about which she has written a scathing review that is soon to be published. Laura debates whether to tell Adam about the review but as time goes on, it gets harder to tell him. Then the review is published and all hell breaks loose.This was what I call a "no brainer" read - it all turns out as you expect in the end. The food descriptions were excellent and you could almost smell them at times but I didn't really warm to Laura or Adam. I also thought that the constant printing of Laura's email exchanges with various recipients was a little boring and pointless. This would be a good holiday read for chick-lit lovers.I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Angela Smith
    2019-04-08 04:45

    For some strange reason, books labelled as chick-lit for me tend to put me off of reading them. Silly, really as I have read several really good books that way once I have gotten over the label. The Dish is one such book. I read it in a couple of days because it was so readable and hard to put down. From page one I was drawn into the world of Laura, a divorcee trying to get her life back on track after a messy divorce from her cheating husband as well as coming to terms with guilt she felt over the loss of her mother. A coffee expert, she looks around for a new job and location to save her and takes the first thing that comes along, like a life saver. Working as a PA to a magazine owner it's a step down for her, but she ends up writing their food guide called "The Dish" (anonymously)Unfortunately or fortunately she has a chance meeting in one of her favourite eateries with the head chef of one of the most pretentious places she has eaten and written a scathing review of the experience. How to tell the man she is falling for fast that she is a food critic? But she is not the only one keeping secrets...The writing was witty, amusing and the food descriptions will leave you reaching for the biscuit tin, or perhaps something more sophisticated to try, like the mouthwatering pastries and dishes described in the book. Part of the story is told in emails between the characters as well, but not so much as to overwhelm the book and, after all, many of us do conduct relationships via email in this electronic age. As it says on the tin "Sharp Sweet and Satisfying."

  • Diana
    2019-03-22 07:23

    I have high expectation for this book. I love Stella Newman's previous books. It took me quite some time to get my hands to this book. BUT. IT. TURNED. OUT. TO. BE. A. DISAPPOINTMENT. *Sobs*.The story is about a food critic that fell in love with a chef of a restaurant, it's not an unfamiliar plot for me, I've read one other book that has the same plot (but the diff is the critic is a man and the chef is a woman, forget the title, though). The synopsis looks wonderful. The preview pages in Amazon enticed me so much.In reality, this book has good barebone, a.k.a the big plot line, but all the flesh and skin that goes with the book muddled it too much that sometimes I can't keep up. There's office politics, but then she talked abt at length a piece of news that suddenly comes out of nowhere and so long. There's friends and families background story but I think it's a bit necessary. And the back and forth e-mails, ugh, this is just me but I HATE novels that has back n forth e-mails/letters/something similar in them.So yeah, sometimes I just skipped to Laura's & Adam's part and even that, is disappointing too. Like how weird Adam was, suddenly ran away at times, and even when the reason behind it is unfolded, it's still weird. Then their huge dispute, then the resolution. Aargh, I'm just not satisfied.But I won't lose faith in you, Stella! I will look forward to your next novel!

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-19 06:35

    I love Stella Newman's other novels, Pear-Shaped and Leftovers. They're what is patronisingly referred to as "chick-lit" but they're so much better than that. Most of this genre concentrates on the complicated love lives of quirky heroines, with their jobs just a source of more wacky incidents, but Stella Newman recognises that careers are just as big a part of our lives as relationships and she plots her novels accordingly.I'm not going to go into the details of the plot, which centres on secretary and anonymous food critic Laura Parker, her new boyfriend chef Adam Bayley, and an assorted cast of family, friends and colleagues, including some minor characters from the first two books. Stella Newman writes really well about food and manages to create plots and characters which showcase her love of food without ever seeming unbelievable, and The Dish is just as good as the other two books. The themes are the same - woman working in a branch of the food industry, romance complications, career complications - but the characters and the plot are fresh, not stale, and it doesn't feel repetitive. The last third, in particular, was so engrossing that nothing else got done until I'd finished.If you liked Pear-Shaped and Leftovers, you'll like this. If you're tired of one-dimensional women's fiction heroines who only think about their love lives, and you're looking for more rounded, realistic characters who care about their jobs, this could be just your cup of tea.