Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Young & Hungry Edition

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I thought I was over laugh-track sitcoms with predictable storylines and a will-they/won’t-they romance that lasts for season after season. But then I watched FreeForm’s Young & Hungry, the most adorable sitcom ever, and I instantly fell in love. It’s predictable, sure, and the laugh-track plays over almost every scene. But it’s also a fun and bubbly romance about a young chef named Gabi who goes to work in the private home of tech-genius, Josh. The two are attracted to each other right away, which goes south when they sleep together the first day. The two decide to keep working together, and form a solid friendship along with a hilarious cast of sidekicks and friends. It doesn’t take long for the couple to eventually lock lips again and admit their feelings. Oh, and their chemistry is off the charts:

Of course things are never simple in TV land, and Josh and Gabi have gone back and forth (and back again) on actually getting together. The season 3 finale aired on Wednesday, April 6, but -– SPOILER ALERT! -– Josh and Gabi are still at odds by the end of the episode. I have no idea when they’ll finally get it together, but I can’t stop hoping that these two cupcakes will make it work eventually. In the meantime, here are three books to tide me (and you!) over until this cute romance finally comes back on the air June 1:

sea-salt-sweet-heather-bairdSea Salt Sweet by Heather Baird (Running Press, 2015)

I love Heather’s blog, Sprinkle Bakes, where she showcases the most adorable desserts ever. She seems to have an unending well of creativity, making crazy-pretty treats like candy terrariums and pink champagne cakes decorated with gold leaf. In her latest cookbook, Baird tackles salty-sweet combinations, coming up with desserts that are guaranteed to satisfy all your cravings. I can definitely see Gabi baking something as decadent as Double Frosted Salted Caramel Mocha Cake – just one of the many recipes in Baird’s book. Also, YUM.




can't-stand-the-heat-louisa-edwardsCan’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards (St. Martin’s Paperback, 2009)

The only thing better than a good book is one that’s also about food. Such is the case with Can’t Stand the Heat, which tells the story of food critic Miranda Wake and super-hot chef Adam Temple. Miranda holds Adam’s career in her hands, until he uncovers the embarrassing secret that she never learned how to cook. He decides to teach her, which leads to lots of hot kitchen makeouts. This is a love/hate relationship that will burn up the pages of your book (just hopefully not your kitchen as well). Gabi and Josh would definitely approve of these steamy cooking scenes.




I-had-a-nice-time-and-other-lies-betchesI Had a Nice Time and Other Lies…: How to Find Love & Sh*t Like That by The Betches (Gallery Books, April 2016)

Sometimes you just need a little tough love. Enter: The Betches, the best-selling authors of Nice is Just a Place in France and creators of the popular website In this latest book, out April 19, they offer some much-needed dating advice for those single people who find themselves lost in the modern world of Tinder, OKCupid, Hinge, etc. This is not your mother’s self-help book with positive affirmations and subtle advice. No, this guide is for the young, hip and snarky, and it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to navigating the dating scene. Gabi could use this to deal with Josh’s head-games -– and he could probably use a copy as well.


Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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