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|Title: Hadley Beckett's Next Dish|
By: Bethany Turner
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW735233
When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he's sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public's good graces is to work alongside Hadley.
As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.
Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.
In 2017, you wrote your debut novel, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which was followed by
your second book, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, in 2019. Can you provide readers with a brief
description of your newest tale, Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish?
Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish explores the world of culinary entertainment. These characters are not just
chefs—they’re celebrity chefs. Hadley and Max are both brilliant, innovative, and successful—but on a
personal level, they could not be more different. While Hadley and Max are together on-screen for the
first time, filming a cooking competition, Max reaches his breaking point and has a very public meltdown.
When Hadley next sees him, months later, he seems to be a kinder, gentler Max Cavanagh. The question
is, has he really changed? Or is he just trying to get in her good graces because he needs her help to revive
Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish focuses on the lives of two celebrity chefs. How did you come up with
this fun plot?
I loved the idea of combining food and romance, but my absolute favorite stories to write tend to have an
overlap into the entertainment world—Sarah Hollenbeck was a bestselling author, Cadie McCaffrey
worked at a sports television network. So, I really started getting excited about this story when I decided
to put Hadley Beckett on TV. There is something we uniquely love about celebrity chefs, I think. They
aren’t actors, per se, so we’re pretty likely to believe that who they are on TV is who they really are in
life. We feel like we know them—and I think all of us who love cooking shows have our favorite chefs.
And we just love watching them cook! I think food entertainment is a fascinating world to explore.
Did it require special research to write about the culinary world?
Oh my goodness, yes. I’d already watched a lot of cooking shows throughout my life, so I already knew a
lot there. I zeroed in on a few shows that became the strongest inspiration for my fictional chefs. But
honestly, most of the research was necessary because I don’t cook! Not much anyway, and definitely not
well! The idea was so fun at first, because I was really only thinking about writing about the chefs as
people and as celebrities. Pretty quickly it dawned on me that at some point, these chefs were going to
have to cook. And I couldn’t write about them cooking unless I did a lot of research and studied a lot of
recipes. So, I did my best. I’m just so grateful for amazing editors who made comments like, “Why is he
preheating the oven to cook a risotto?”
The main characters, Maxwell Cavanaugh and Hadley Beckett, are polar opposites. Did you find it
difficult to create a world where these two could actually get along and in the end thrive in both
their professional and personal lives?
It was difficult, yes. I knew that there was room for both of them at the top of the food entertainment
ranks even though they are such opposites—just think of Gordon Ramsay and Pioneer Woman as an
example of how possible that is—but how was I ever going to bring them together? In the end, I knew it
all had to be about clearing away the layers of persona and reputation—good and bad—and shaking it all
out until all that remained were two people united in their love of cooking. And not just as a skill and a
career, but as a sanctuary that has saved them both countless times throughout their lives. Once the public
personas cleared away, I knew Max and Hadley would be able to connect over mutual brokenness and a
In addition to romance and humor, you also sprinkle your novels with plenty of pop culture
references. How did you become so enamored with pop culture?
I grew up in a family that watched television and movies together, listened to every type of music, and on
one specific occasion, performed the entire Original Broadway Cast album of Camelot using my stuffed
animals. For us, pop culture was something that brought us together. Sadly, I don’t think that tends to be
the case as often in families today—probably because every member of the family can watch whatever
they want on their own device, with their headphones on. But growing up with a family that huddled
around the TV together definitely left its mark on me.
You are not afraid to tackle some sensitive topics in your writing. How have humor and empathy
helped you connect with your readers?
The thing is, life is funny. Sometimes it’s ironic funny, sometimes it’s ha-ha funny, sometimes it’s just
plain weird funny. But it’s never boring. And more often than not, the real, very serious issues we deal
with throughout our lives aren’t happening in a very melodramatic way with perfectly shed tears and
neatly tied bows to wrap it all up at the end. We ugly-cry. We lash out when we shouldn’t. We laugh in
the saddest of moments, because the laughter is our best defense—and often therapeutic, to boot! By
dealing with some very real, very sensitive topics while keeping all of that in mind, I think my readers and
I have been able to break through some defenses and barriers together. And, just like laughing with a
friend in the saddest, sometimes most seemingly inappropriate moments, it has seemed to create some
connection that I treasure.
What are you working on next?
I don’t officially know what’s next just yet, but I’m currently enjoying revisiting some old fictional
friends of mine. I have a couple manuscripts from years ago that haven’t yet seen the light of day yet—
and maybe they never will!—and I’ve really been enjoying pulling them out and seeing how I can make
How can readers connect with you?
My absolute favorite connection point is within my reader group on Facebook. It’s called “The Book Club
Closest to My House” (named in honor of Sarah’s book club in The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck) and
it is for anyone who has read and connected with at least one of my stories. (It’s not a spoiler-free
environment—so we talk about everything!) I can also be found on Facebook and Instagram as
@seebethanywrite. And, of course, I hope everyone will stop by my website at seebethanywrite.com.
There you can learn a little bit more about me and sign up for my newsletter—among other things! I also
love connecting with readers through email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.