Dutch Chocolate Madness
Cooking: With Chocolate
Chef Gina’s Love, Adventure, and Recipe Series is a food lit series – focusing on recipes as part of the fictional journey of the story.
Chef Gina’s adventures were launched in Book 1: Tennessee Whisky Cure, having been accused of plagiarizing recipes, Chef Gina lost her television food show hosting contract. As a result, she began traveling the United States in a motor home developing a food blog, cookbook, and e-store. The regional recipes and flavors of each location she stops at becomes the highlight of each novella.
In Book 2: Amish Homecoming Feast, she returns to her home state of Indiana and faces her past, rekindling a relationship with an old boyfriend. There, she embraces many of the Amish foods and flavors of her childhood.
In Book 3: Mackinaw Cherry Redemption, she journeys to Michigan’s Mackinac Island to help a friend in need. Cherries are featured in decadent recipes. While on Mackinaw, Chef Gina learns that despite so many elements working against her (including a snowstorm), her own pride might be her ultimate undoing.
In Book 4: Apple Moonlight Christmas, Chef Gina’s travels take her to Ohio where she finds Christmas magic in the joy of cooking with apples. There, she enters a cooking contest, but the possibility of losing the contest threatens her new and fragile path as a food blogger.
Now, in Book 5: Dutch Chocolate Madness, Chef Gina finds herself in Hershey, Pennsylvania where chocolate becomes the featured ingredient of the recipes she explores.
Hershey holds the potential to put her food blog on the “map” when her handsome manager lands her an interview with a famous chef – the chef being known for expertly combining meats and chocolate.
Yet, when her plagiarism charge becomes known to the chef — her interview is threatened to be canceled. Desperate for the blog sponsors that the interview would bring, Chef Gina has to dig deep to hold her career together. Professional disaster coupled with the emotional confusion erupting from the absence of her boyfriend and the proximity of her “lady’s man” manager sets the tempo for this edition of the Chef Gina series.