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Louisa Edwards
"My favorite thing about romance is that it's like real life - but the way you wish life could be." - Louisa EdwardsLouisa Edwards grew up in Virginia, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. By age 11, she was sneaking Harlequins out of her visiting grandmother's suitcase, making... show more

"My favorite thing about romance is that it's like real life - but the way you wish life could be." - Louisa EdwardsLouisa Edwards grew up in Virginia, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. By age 11, she was sneaking Harlequins out of her visiting grandmother's suitcase, making her parents nervous about what, precisely, their little girl was learning from those books. Naturally, they were relieved when Louisa decided to attend Bryn Mawr College, hoping the Seven Sisters vibe might instill the intellectual rigor she thus far seemed to lack. To their dismay, however, even the ivy-covered halls of Bryn Mawr couldn't distract Louisa from her addiction to romances. Instead, she traded in her Harlequins for longer, juicier single titles, reading everything from Laura Kinsale to Jennifer Cruisie. She also managed to graduate cum laude with a degree in Romance Languages (which is not as sexy as it sounds - mostly she studied Spanish, French, and Italian literature, although some of that French stuff did get fairly racy.) After graduation, Louisa moved to Manhattan, landing a job as an editorial assistant at Penguin Group (USA), where she worked directly for the smart, savvy president of Mass Market Paperbacks, Leslie Gelbman, who guided Louisa as she built her own list.Vindication! It was possible to make a living from reading romance novels. Louisa's parents were equal parts surprised and thrilled. While at Berkley, Louisa was lucky enough to work with some great authors, assistant editing Leslie's heavy hitters, Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz. Louisa's own list included, among others, Lucy Monroe, Jennifer St. Giles, and Shelley Bradley. All of which led to Louisa being promoted to assistant editor. Then real life romance ensued: Louisa married a journalist and was promptly exiled to Ohio so her husband could work for his family's newspaper. There Louisa started reviewing romances for FreshFiction.com and took a part-time job at the Culinary Vegetable Institute. Personal interaction with chefs, plus the limited repertoire of local restaurants stoked Louisa's interest in food. She began critiquing restaurants for the local newspaper, got sucked into Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, trailed a chef friend at his restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, started cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and decided to bring it all together by writing CAN'T STAND THE HEAT. Now she awaits the response of the masses to her foodie-inspired romance. Meanwhile, Louisa will continue to eat in as many wonderful restaurants as possible - purely for research, of course.
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Cat's Books: Romance
Cat's Books: Romance rated it 3 years ago
When Colby St. James dresses like a man to prove she can succeed in the male-dominated world of professional cooking, she never expects to fall for the handsome chef who will decide her fate. They agree that nothing that happens after hours will affect Colby's chances in the competition and begin a ...
Rose Lerner
Rose Lerner rated it 4 years ago
OMG YES. I finished this book with a huge grin on my face. I just love the way Louisa Edwards writes food, and working with food. And Rosemary was a huge geek, which is always cute, and the romance was so, so satisfying, but my favorite thing, my very favorite thing, is that this book has one of my ...
Rose Lerner
Rose Lerner rated it 4 years ago
OMG this book was note perfect. It's actually kind of rare that I read a book where I feel completely, 100% satisfied when I close it, and I was lucky enough to read TWO last week, one of which was this (the other was Jeannie Lin's The Jade Temptress). Devon was an asshole in JUST the right way, I w...
Cat's Books: Romance
Cat's Books: Romance rated it 4 years ago
Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy is dreading his final-semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on adv...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it 5 years ago
24/09 - I love cooking and I love cooking shows, both American and British, but mostly British. The cooking competition seems to be Top Chef under another name with familiar sounding teams, challenges, running around a supermarket and lots of idiotic backstabbing and clique-forming.The early scenes...
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