Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)
Full disclosure, I love the state of Wisconsin. In my nonfiction creative writing class at Iowa, I wrote an essay on my love of all things Wisconsin. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert is like the essay I wrote, a love letter to all things Wisconsin, specifically in Milwaukee. Everything is there, cheese curds and frozen custard, brewery tours and the Milwaukee Brewers, Summerfest and State Fair.
The basic premise of the book is similar to the movie You’ve Got Mail. Lou, a Wisconsin native, owns a small French restaurant in Milwaukee. Al, a British transplant, is the local food critic, just staying in Milwaukee until something bigger and better comes around. When they meet, they decide to forgo any talk of work and Lou shows Al all the sights, sounds, and tastes that Milwaukee offers. In the beginning, unbeknownst to both of them, Al is responsible for the horrible review that partially ruins Lou’s restaurant.
While the drama unfolds around Lou and Al, the star of the novel is clearly Milwaukee and the wonderful, delicious food. But be warned, you might not want to read this book on an empty stomach!
Located in Adult Fiction (FIC REICHERT)