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This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern--and her main competition for the fall job. Ree This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern--and her main competition for the fall job. Reese's plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet's newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown--while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch. Reese can't deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner...


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This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern--and her main competition for the fall job. Ree This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern--and her main competition for the fall job. Reese's plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet's newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown--while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch. Reese can't deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner...

30 review for Love from Scratch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Sweet- partly enemies mostly rivals to lovers troupe with great criticism of cyber bullying, self awareness is such a great combination when it executed with so much lovable main characters like Reese and Benny! The interns who take each other’s place at Friends’ Flavor but eventually liking each other way too much and things go viral! Feminism vibes blended with misogyny, inequality, double standard at workspace perfectly. This book was not only sweet, easy to read journey with not only its ca Sweet- partly enemies mostly rivals to lovers troupe with great criticism of cyber bullying, self awareness is such a great combination when it executed with so much lovable main characters like Reese and Benny! The interns who take each other’s place at Friends’ Flavor but eventually liking each other way too much and things go viral! Feminism vibes blended with misogyny, inequality, double standard at workspace perfectly. This book was not only sweet, easy to read journey with not only its caring, relatable characters and thought provoking plot line, it also presents us such lovely supporting characters. When you have friends like Nat, Clara who are so supportive, smart, you wouldn’t care your self doubts, you just get encouraged and easily find your place in the earth. Overall: this is not only light, entertaining, sweet YA fiction, it also questions many important issues and discusses them boldly, representing provocative issues which inspired you with more girl power! I absolutely loved it! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s Delacorte Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)

    Buckle up and hold on for a word burst! This cute, hilarious, and sometimes even cheesy enemies to lovers young adult about feminism was just what I needed! Pitched as a young adult but more a crossover between young adult and new adult (without steamy scenes), and sometimes feeling like an adult rom-com, Love from Scratch is an adorable story. Reese from Kentucky and Benny from San Francisco are both interns at a cooking channel and meet when they have to improvise for a cooking video. When the Buckle up and hold on for a word burst! This cute, hilarious, and sometimes even cheesy enemies to lovers young adult about feminism was just what I needed! Pitched as a young adult but more a crossover between young adult and new adult (without steamy scenes), and sometimes feeling like an adult rom-com, Love from Scratch is an adorable story. Reese from Kentucky and Benny from San Francisco are both interns at a cooking channel and meet when they have to improvise for a cooking video. When the video becomes a huge hit, people start shipping them both until Reese realizes she and Benny are competing for the same fall internship. I loved Benny with all his nicknames for Reese and his food puns. He was such a cute bean, a cinnamon roll, definitely the cherry on the cake. I had to warm up a little to Reese, though. Somehow, she felt too ambitious, too driven, too perfectionist. But when I got to know her better, I started to like her more. She had to deal with a lot of misogyny, a boss who looked at her legs and only talked to Benny, people back home who called her a skank, and people online who left ugly comments. How do you deal with those things as an eighteen-year-old? Love from Scratch is a quick and easy read that will probably captivate many teens. I round my 3.5 stars rating up to four because a low angsty romance like this was, like I said before, just what I needed. I received an ARC from Random House Children’s, Delacorte Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Cooking shows and romance will never get old LOL

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    So for all of my smut fans out there, be aware that this book has no steamy scenes at all. But it gives you a baking show and a romance so cute and sweet you´ll likely get diabetes from it, so what could go wrong. This is definitely a feminist read, topics like womens dress code, sexual harassment and how women are perceived at work are discussed in the book. The book was really sweet and I liked the romance between Reese and Benny, really liked how the book portrayed womens issues and standards s So for all of my smut fans out there, be aware that this book has no steamy scenes at all. But it gives you a baking show and a romance so cute and sweet you´ll likely get diabetes from it, so what could go wrong. This is definitely a feminist read, topics like womens dress code, sexual harassment and how women are perceived at work are discussed in the book. The book was really sweet and I liked the romance between Reese and Benny, really liked how the book portrayed womens issues and standards society sets for them. Both of the MCs are 18, so this is definitely YA. Benny makes it pretty clear from the start that he likes Reese, calling her Reese´s pieces and Reese´s Cup because he thinks they are the best candy ever. Was this really Rivals to lovers? No. Was this slow burn or angsty? No. But it was a sweet, fun read that was comforting and nice; so this book gets 3 stars from me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a fun new adult romance with depth. Set in Seattle as two newly graduated teens are interning at a Food Network type tv studio. Reese is working as the marketing/media intern while Benny is working more hands on with the talent. When the network is looking for new ways to create content, Benny and Reese get thrown together in an amateur cooking show. Initially Reese tries to keep her distance knowing that her and Benny are both competing for the single paying job at the end of the summe This was a fun new adult romance with depth. Set in Seattle as two newly graduated teens are interning at a Food Network type tv studio. Reese is working as the marketing/media intern while Benny is working more hands on with the talent. When the network is looking for new ways to create content, Benny and Reese get thrown together in an amateur cooking show. Initially Reese tries to keep her distance knowing that her and Benny are both competing for the single paying job at the end of the summer. However, try as she might she can't resist Benny's charms and good looks. I loved how sweet Benny was and how supportive and great a listener he was for Reese. Reese has her own emotional scars from an early high school relationship and is very leery about social media criticisms as she and Benny turn into a viral presence. The author did a great job digging into the double standards and sexism that is rampant in workplaces everywhere and how damaging social media comments can be. Great on audio narrated by Bailey Carr, this book is perfect for fans of A taste for love by Jennifer Yen or Where there's a whisk by Sarah J. Schmitt - two other YA books with cooking competition plots.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Hill

    5 stars. I can’t wait til ABBA writes a movie-musical version

  7. 5 out of 5

    Auriane Desombre

    A feminist rom com set in a bon appetit-style video series kitchen? What more could I possibly ask for??? I had the distinct pleasure of reading an early copy of this book, and I love Benny and Reese an aggressive amount. Reese's voice is so funny and her ambition is incredible (and her rants about sweet tea are very correct). Benny is the absolute sweetest boy the world has ever seen. I want him to make me macarons. A feminist rom com set in a bon appetit-style video series kitchen? What more could I possibly ask for??? I had the distinct pleasure of reading an early copy of this book, and I love Benny and Reese an aggressive amount. Reese's voice is so funny and her ambition is incredible (and her rants about sweet tea are very correct). Benny is the absolute sweetest boy the world has ever seen. I want him to make me macarons.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Prerana

    Reese had a lot of room to grow. And that's fine, considering we all have room to grow and improve, and she's just eighteen, fresh out of high school. However, since Benny was basically the perfect human, also at the age of eighteen, fresh out of high school, it made Reese seem all the worse. The premise of the show was adorable. But the overarching theme of feminism felt like a little on the nose. Everyone is a misogynist asshole?? Except for her boyfriend and the women?? That's a bit too much. Reese had a lot of room to grow. And that's fine, considering we all have room to grow and improve, and she's just eighteen, fresh out of high school. However, since Benny was basically the perfect human, also at the age of eighteen, fresh out of high school, it made Reese seem all the worse. The premise of the show was adorable. But the overarching theme of feminism felt like a little on the nose. Everyone is a misogynist asshole?? Except for her boyfriend and the women?? That's a bit too much. How was there not a single other redeeming man? How was her boyfriend literally perfect when she had so, so, so many flaws? I am all about feminism. I am a woman. I am very outspoken about the patriarchy and misogyny. However, be knowledgeable about what you're talking about please. Not Reese saying out of pocket things like, I didn't want to hear Benny mansplaining about the difference between sugar and flour. (Idk, I'm making up an example.) It's not mansplaining if he actually knows more about it than you do and is explaining it to you in the correct context. This would be the correct context, since YOU ARE BOTH ON A COOKING SHOW. AND HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT IT THAN YOU DO. Reese annoyed the shit out of me. I wanted Benny to validate my feelings. Girl, all he's done is validate your feelings. He's in love with you for some reason when you have not shown him anything useful. He's literally so kind, so emotionally intelligent, so sweet, so communicative, so healthy? And she's not any of those things? I get the sentiment about her growing. We are all growing. We all have flaws. I can name so many of mine. It's just that the two characters side by side were very stark in contrast. It made me not at all like Reese. I did like the little part at the end where Reese got a little "here's how the world works" talk. Because I think that was important. However, it was also not very helpful. I don't know, I just wasn't a very big fan of the feminist angle. Ultimately, I was so excited about this book when we met Benny, but Reese completely ruined it for me. And I'm out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    mia ❀

    DNF @ CHAPTER 7, 27% I really tried my best to get into this book but I couldn't. The book was bland and the characters were uninteresting. Maybe I really can't get into YA other than a few exceptions. DNF @ CHAPTER 7, 27% I really tried my best to get into this book but I couldn't. The book was bland and the characters were uninteresting. Maybe I really can't get into YA other than a few exceptions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    flat 3 stars. meh 🫤. i could have picked a better beach read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elora Ditton

    I was super lucky to receive an early version of this book and let me tell you, folks, it is golden. Right out of the gates, you are welcomed to Reese and Benny’s world with a fireworks display level of fun food puns that deliver until the last page. Reese is relatable, thoughtful, and strong, and quite easy to cheer for as she navigates her internship, a new relationship, and of course, some stuff from her past. Reese and Benny are SO cute, Benny is a nugget, and OMG their kisses. Their super s I was super lucky to receive an early version of this book and let me tell you, folks, it is golden. Right out of the gates, you are welcomed to Reese and Benny’s world with a fireworks display level of fun food puns that deliver until the last page. Reese is relatable, thoughtful, and strong, and quite easy to cheer for as she navigates her internship, a new relationship, and of course, some stuff from her past. Reese and Benny are SO cute, Benny is a nugget, and OMG their kisses. Their super swoony, adorable kisses. *melts into a puddle, slips through the cracks in the floor* But I think what makes this book exceptional is the nuanced attention to gender discrimination/double standards/sexism, and the way many women (me! Definitely me!) can internalize some of the S$%$ society throws at us. Having struggled with self-worth and a history of blaming myself when things happen both in the workplace and socially/in relationships, this book was a breath of fresh air, and definitely something I wish I had around a few years back. In this sense, LFS is that badass friend cheering you on and letting you know someone else gets it. But not in a preachy bogged down way. Hill does a fantastic job incorporating tough discussions to an otherwise light book. make no mistake, this book is SO fun, has a killer happy ending, and did I mention the kisses?!?! Overall, LFS is charming, swoony, funny, and thoughtful and will definitely make for some happy tears.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloe F

    To start off, I want to say thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to receive an arc of this book! This book was so fun and I loved it so much. the characters were so cute and Reese’s accent was funny asf. The baking aspect was so interesting and overall this was just a feel good story. It was definitely a 5/5 and again thank you to Netgalley for letting me read a review copy of this novel! :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating: 3 Thank you so much @theexp for buddy reading this one with me! Thank ‘goodness’ you did because I probably wouldn’t have made it on my own. I had a blast discussing it with you! I want to start by saying I absolutely love the cover. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to read it. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis I was expecting a super cute and fun romcom. Sadly, this book wasn’t for me. The first few chapters were okay. I was enjoying the banter between the two main characte Rating: 3 Thank you so much @theexp for buddy reading this one with me! Thank ‘goodness’ you did because I probably wouldn’t have made it on my own. I had a blast discussing it with you! I want to start by saying I absolutely love the cover. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to read it. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis I was expecting a super cute and fun romcom. Sadly, this book wasn’t for me. The first few chapters were okay. I was enjoying the banter between the two main characters and certain jokes were making me smile. But then everything I was enjoying started to become so repetitive and overdone. I don’t need to hear the same joke or phrase every few paragraphs. The writing also wasn’t for me. It felt too basic, wordy, and gave way too much information when it wasn’t needed. I also had no idea before reading this that the main characters were so young, only 18. Since I’m a fan of YA this doesn’t typically bother me but when I was expecting an adult romance I was disappointed I didn’t get that. They should definitely change how they are marketing and at least give readers an idea that it’s YA. This book felt very YA and even a little immature at times. I couldn’t connect with either of the characters and Reese kept making decisions I couldn’t understand. One thing I really hate in romance books is the miscommunication trope and this one had a little bit of that. Instead of feeling invested in the characters I was left feeling so annoyed and I couldn’t care less if they ended up together. Overall, this book was cute but ultimately it was just okay. I don’t think I would recommend it but I do think some people will really enjoy this one. It definitely depends on the reader and what they find annoys them in books. Thank you so much @randomhousechildrens for the #gifted copy on #netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    First of all, I absolutely adore this cover. Second off, I absolutely adored Benny. The puns he made were so cute. Reese? Not so much. So I guess we'll start there. She comes across very not liek other girls, if you know what I mean. She's a feminist. Her bestie is a lesbian. She left behind her small Southern town for Seattle. She is marginally annoying. And not in a good way for an FMC, I'm sad to say. (Do you want to know how long it took my Southern husband to not ask for sweet tea when he, First of all, I absolutely adore this cover. Second off, I absolutely adored Benny. The puns he made were so cute. Reese? Not so much. So I guess we'll start there. She comes across very not liek other girls, if you know what I mean. She's a feminist. Her bestie is a lesbian. She left behind her small Southern town for Seattle. She is marginally annoying. And not in a good way for an FMC, I'm sad to say. (Do you want to know how long it took my Southern husband to not ask for sweet tea when he, at 23, came home north with me? One time. How long did it take for Reese? Oh, she's still cutting off servers in Seattle over this topic right this second.) However, I happen to adore FMCs who are a little different like that, so that wasn't a deal breaker or turn off for me. Reese is woke, but she's woke in like, a very teenage, very annoying, very shove-it-down-your-throat way. As one of the FoF followers accurately said, "she srsly can't go 5 mins w/o making some stupid comment about the patriarchy I watch this channel for the food not for an idiot pushing her views on everyone." *"I must have forgotten to check my internalized self-consciousness from years of sexist school dress codes at the door today. That shit runs deep." Given the characterization set up for Reese, I don't believe this is something she's still dwelling on. As a teacher, I also don't believe she was ever dress coded. And given the comments about her parents, I doubt she owned anything that would've come close to it. This was just a stupid thing to add in that really made me roll my eyes. Is she correct about school dress codes? 100% Do I care in the confines of this book? Nope. And then later, she's talking to Benny about it and says, "The rules don't apply to you. The dress code's entire purpose is to police women's bodies." Again, she is right. But it comes across as eye roll inducing, fake, written-by-an-adult. Also, there 100% would be a mens part to the dress code, or that'd be an HR nightmare. *"What a blessing it must be to be a good-looking, confident dude." Sweetie, the same could be said of ladies. For her being so feminist, this was incredibly sexist. *"On the other hand, even if I had been better prepared or more knowledgeable, I probably wouldn't be accepted as easily as Benny. I'd be a know-it-all or bossy. If I laughed at all his jokes and went along with everything he said, I'd be a ditz or falling all over him. It's just another one of what seems like countless situations in life where as a women, you can't win." (Clearly written by an adult.) She's right. Based on her character, if she'd been more confident, yes, she would've been a bossy know-it-all. Because she wasn't personable. Not because she was a girl. Again, sexist. *"I have half a mind to go back there and deliver Mr. Geoffrey Block, CEO, a swift kick in the pants for that...whatever that was. Of all the people to treat me like a girl-shaped dress mannequin, I swear." Y'all. All he did was look at her and compliment her dress. She was self-conscious about the dress and projected that onto him. Was he rude to only talk to Benny? Yes. But again, Reese is so woke that's all she can focus on. Reese is either self-un-aware, dumb, or again, projecting onto other people her insecurities. She gets feedback on the videos her and Benny are doing, and they tell her to be a little nicer. She's coming across a little mean on camera. LAWD HAVE MERCY. "...they wish I was more like my costar in everyway--ie male--but this was the only criticism they could acceptably say aloud." NO GIRL. They want you to stop acting judgmental towards your costar ON CAMERA. Shows like that are made or broken by the chemistry the hosts have. If she's constantly hurling insults loosely disguised as jokes, the audience will notice and stop watching. THAT'S what her bosses were concerned with. Not that she was a girl. FoF had plenty of girl hosts. Reese is judgmental. In a you-don't-have-a-right-to-be way. I wish authors would stop taking this route to drive home the "FMC doesn't like MMC right away." Do they always have to just look cocky? You just know they're cocky? I mean... "I meant to look away, but my eyes catch on his, and on the cocky smirk playing over his face. Ugh. He knows he's objectively attractive, and now he knows that I know." Which, spoiler alert, Benny actually does not know he's objectively attractive, not like Reese is accusing him of, at least. Another: "I barely know the guy and what I know so far, I'm not sure I much care for. He's cocky, which I hate..." Hoooowwwww do we know he's cocky? Fellow reader, we do not. We are simply told by Reese. Oh, and then, when Benny is trying to be sweet and get to know her (as you do when you meet a stranger), she internally freaks. "His question raises my defensive porcupine quills. I've known this guy for all of forty-eight hours. I don't owe him my 'story' yet." No, girl, you do not owe anyone anything. But geesh. I can't see why Benny kept pursuing her if that was her mindset to get to know someone, at 18, in a new city all the way across the country. My last complaint is this quote: "They're all from like, Illinois and Nebraska and other white-bread middle-American states. Makes no difference. Bigots are bigots." As someone who grew up in Illinois and then moved, and taught, in the South, this is wildly offensive. This quote, among some of the others mentioned above, really made me wonder about the sensitivity beta reading on this one. Like damn. Are there bigots in the Midwest? Yes. But they're not confined to flyover states. Just like not all flyover states are bigoted. Are there backwoods idiots in the South? Yes. But I'm not writing a book about that stereotype because it's seen as outdated, rude, and ignorant. Here's the thing, Reese aside, this was a cute book. I loved the romance blossoming, even if I wasn't a fan of Reese (and don't believe they'd last as a couple, not sorry.) Benny was swoon worthy. Their dialogue was so cute. The plot was fresh, unique, and just perfect. This was overall a 4 star book, but Reese's irritants that were sprinkled here and there brought the book down for me. Should you check it out? YES! You (probably) won't regret it. Would I recommend this? Yes! Students, girlfriends, baking show lovers alike. Will I read it again? Probably not. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    maddison

    Love From Scratch is everything I've been looking for in a novel. A cooking show and a romance novel are always a hit. They're both adorable and cheesy. This narrative was produced by their banter and culinary jokes. I'd give anything to read them for the first time again. Reese and Benny are both Friends of Flavor summer interns. Their marketing intern is Reese, and their culinary intern is Benny. When the two original people filming the video had to go somewhere else, they were both thrown into Love From Scratch is everything I've been looking for in a novel. A cooking show and a romance novel are always a hit. They're both adorable and cheesy. This narrative was produced by their banter and culinary jokes. I'd give anything to read them for the first time again. Reese and Benny are both Friends of Flavor summer interns. Their marketing intern is Reese, and their culinary intern is Benny. When the two original people filming the video had to go somewhere else, they were both thrown into making a video. These two flirting teenagers have just gone viral, thanks to that video. They transformed their one-time arrangement into a series called Amateur Hours. It's all fun and games until they start filming videos, which started as them cooking together to now forcing them to compete. They must now compete for the fall culinary position, as only one of them will be chosen. This isn't exactly fair because Benny has the upper hand over Reese, but Reese isn't going to let him win because of it. Their chemistry is growing as the videos and competition go on, not to mention their fame is increasing. Even if everything is going well, one event can send it all crashing down. All of this fame has resulted in a slew of nasty comments. The hatred is always directed at the females, particularly Reese. It's difficult to ignore when the hatred is directed solely at you. It's difficult when individuals who are sitting behind a computer and do nothing, try to put you down because of the way you speak, look, smile, or whatever. It's absurd, but that's how real life works. And I'm pleased it was included in this book. When I read this, I believe it's an eye-opener because we all probably send some hateful texts, but we don't think about how horrible it will hurt someone. And all of this hatred is difficult for Reese, and it hurts her, even more, to know that Benny remains unaffected. However, if she breathes in the wrong way, someone will come after her. I call bullshit. This book featured wonderful feminist perspectives and voices. Because of the hatred, their relationship will face some difficulties. But, being the gentleman that he is, Benny always listens and understands how she is feeling and that she has every right to be upset. I mean, when she told him about the oppressive dress code that solely tells women to cover their bodies, he took away her cardigan because he believes the dress code is complete nonsense. He's constantly ready to rip men apart or launch vicious attacks upon those who hurt Reese. Benny is the picture of perfection. He is the type of man I wish every man on earth to be, but we don't always get what we want. Understanding men >>>> Anyway, I'm about to scream at my parents for calling me Maddison because I don't have a cute nickname like Reese's Pieces/Reese's Cups. *Thanks to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review*

  16. 5 out of 5

    sam

    » thank you to netgalley & random house for the arc !!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kays Secret Library

    I recieved this arc from Netgalley and was so excited that I immediately started reading it. It only took me a few hours to get through it because it was such a great read! Love from Scratch has all the makings of the perfect clean rom-com with subtle (very subtle) hints of enemies-to-lovers. Although advertised as a YA, the book didn't feel like one! As I was reading, I found myself shipping Reese and Benny alongside their video's audience after their first encounter. How could you not, with th I recieved this arc from Netgalley and was so excited that I immediately started reading it. It only took me a few hours to get through it because it was such a great read! Love from Scratch has all the makings of the perfect clean rom-com with subtle (very subtle) hints of enemies-to-lovers. Although advertised as a YA, the book didn't feel like one! As I was reading, I found myself shipping Reese and Benny alongside their video's audience after their first encounter. How could you not, with that witty banter? I was also internally SCREAMING at Reese to just ACEEPT IT and stop pushing Benny away! Note: Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for allowing me access to an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shauni

    This book is so stink'in cute! Such a sweet and light-hearted romance. I loved the characters and the cooking contest was fun and often brought hilarious moments. Reese is a sweet southern girl dealing with some deeply-rooted insecurities. And Benny is her easy going and charming rival that she soon realizes she might have judged too quickly. They develope a connection that Reese can't ignore, even while trying to win the contest. This was book an easy and fun read. For someone looking for a swe This book is so stink'in cute! Such a sweet and light-hearted romance. I loved the characters and the cooking contest was fun and often brought hilarious moments. Reese is a sweet southern girl dealing with some deeply-rooted insecurities. And Benny is her easy going and charming rival that she soon realizes she might have judged too quickly. They develope a connection that Reese can't ignore, even while trying to win the contest. This was book an easy and fun read. For someone looking for a sweet and clean romance, this fits the bill. Many thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bon

    DNF about 20% in. I think I am just... over white het contemporary romances lol. And the constant shade thrown at Seattle in this? Sorry we don't have sweet tea, protagonist, the way YOU want it. DNF about 20% in. I think I am just... over white het contemporary romances lol. And the constant shade thrown at Seattle in this? Sorry we don't have sweet tea, protagonist, the way YOU want it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    3.5 stars Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. WELL, I ADORED BENNY. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I really wanted to love this more than my review shows and while I did like a lot of it, there were some aspects that held me back. Something I did love was the setting!! I loved the concept of a company with online cooking videos and the like. Benny. He was top notch one of the better YA love interests I’ve read in awhile. He was incredibly supportive, realistic, and charming. I love that he was t 3.5 stars Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. WELL, I ADORED BENNY. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I really wanted to love this more than my review shows and while I did like a lot of it, there were some aspects that held me back. Something I did love was the setting!! I loved the concept of a company with online cooking videos and the like. Benny. He was top notch one of the better YA love interests I’ve read in awhile. He was incredibly supportive, realistic, and charming. I love that he was the sunshine between the two and had a positive attitude. Benny was all things sweet and the grand gesture at the end was completely over the top and I loved it. Reese. I was much slower to warm up to her. I didn’t mind that she was the grump in the relationship and I liked that they got together halfway through! She showed some growth and, but towards the end it got a bit stagnant. I didn’t love the way the conflict was handled and I felt my care for her decisions wane as she became increasingly whiny. It was okay. I realize this is a contemporary romance and I love that. That’s why I picked it up. That’s what drew me in. Unfortunately the larger agenda of the book felt forced and pushy. Even for things I am all for and in support of, I felt suffocated by that storyline over what I thought was the main aspect of the plot (the romance). Overall audience notes: - YA Contemporary Romance - Language: light - Romance: make-outs - Trigger/Content Warnings: skeevy older men, misogyny, slut-shaming

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    Sweet and lovable characters!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    DNF @ 27% I was really excited for this one since books about cooking are among my absolute favourites to read, and the premise sounds so cute. However, the dialogue feels very outdated and childish, which makes the humour fall flat. I also have some issues with the main character’s “feminism.” There’s a (usually off-topic) feminist comment on practically every other page, which makes it feel almost insincere. I will say that there are some moments when Reese calls out sexism in her workplace whi DNF @ 27% I was really excited for this one since books about cooking are among my absolute favourites to read, and the premise sounds so cute. However, the dialogue feels very outdated and childish, which makes the humour fall flat. I also have some issues with the main character’s “feminism.” There’s a (usually off-topic) feminist comment on practically every other page, which makes it feel almost insincere. I will say that there are some moments when Reese calls out sexism in her workplace which I appreciated, but for the most part, feminism is reduced to remarks like “Why is he so pure and beautiful? Be still, my nontoxic-masculinity-starved heart.” Unfortunately, I’m not interested enough to continue reading this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review..   Love From Scratch was such a sweet delightful book. I enjoy watching I also enjoying Reese and Benny love story they made me smile throughout the whole book. 5 star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Happy Reading Lisa 📚 

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Ah this book made me so hungry! There is so much yummy food mentioned and I just wanted to jump into the story and eat it all. The setting is an online food show with a variety of different segments and I liked how modern it was. Less people watch tv and more watch streaming and this was a great way of making the plot relatable to a younger generation. The characters were also super cute and I loved their chemistry. Benny and Reese are so playful and have a never ending amount of food puns ready Ah this book made me so hungry! There is so much yummy food mentioned and I just wanted to jump into the story and eat it all. The setting is an online food show with a variety of different segments and I liked how modern it was. Less people watch tv and more watch streaming and this was a great way of making the plot relatable to a younger generation. The characters were also super cute and I loved their chemistry. Benny and Reese are so playful and have a never ending amount of food puns ready to go. He's so supportive of her and wants her to succeed and she's starting to believe that there are good guys out there after being burned in the past. Everyone needs someone like Benny in their life to joke around with and cheer you on. This is a pretty lighthearted book but it does address the important issue of women having double standards and being treated less than men. Reese is labeled a slut if she flirts with Benny, but cold and aloof if she doesn't. The men in charge of her company enforce a dress code just on the women and see her as an assistant instead of the star. Things like this are too prevalent in society and I'm glad Reese had friends to lean on and back her up. The more this is talked about, hopefully things can change. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm excited for the world to check it out! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for the copy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you so much to Random House Children's for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I’m still grinning from ear to ear after having read it. This is a perfect YA rivals-to-lovers summer romance with such great themes of feminism, standing up for yourself, healing from past trauma, and living life to its fullest. I adored Reese and Benny’s dynamic so much and I honestly wish there was more in the epilogue because I can’t get enough of how cute they are! Sp Thank you so much to Random House Children's for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I’m still grinning from ear to ear after having read it. This is a perfect YA rivals-to-lovers summer romance with such great themes of feminism, standing up for yourself, healing from past trauma, and living life to its fullest. I adored Reese and Benny’s dynamic so much and I honestly wish there was more in the epilogue because I can’t get enough of how cute they are! Speaking of Reese, I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if I’d like Reese as an MC because I have a history of finding white, blond YA female MCs in books to be super pretentious and ignorant. However, I really admired Reese and the strength she showed from healing from the horrible incidents that occurred in her high school to moving to Seattle and being determined to make herself known at Friends of Flavor and fighting for her spot for the fall internship. I also loved how diverse the supporting cast was in this book and how these supporting characters reminded Reese that even with her being a female intern at FoF, she still carries a lot of privilege that other employees at FoF don’t have. The representation among the supporting cast was handled really respectfully, and I appreciate Kaitlyn Hill for doing so! As far as Benny, the entire time, I was picturing Jaren Lewison from Never Have I Ever as Benny, probably because his name is also Ben in the show lol, but just a more obnoxious version of Ben from NHIE. I wasn’t sure I was going to like him either, especially since I could already see hints of how uncomfortable the environment at FoF was for women. But, Benny was a TOTAL SWEETHEART and I honestly swooned at how caring and open he was about Reese’s situation of continually being sexually harrassed, not just at her high school, but at FoF too. Also, the fact that he openly communicates with Reese and directly tells her how he feels about her right up front without playing any shady tricks or games? SO SWOONWORTHY. Guys really need to take notes. The way he would get so flustered around her IRL while pulling off this suave, cool, charming exterior whenever they were on camera was also so adorable. Overall, this is such an adorable YA romance and most possibly one of my favorite YA romances of all time now. I highly highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of books by Rachel Lynn Solomon, Lynn Painter, or Michelle Quach and I can’t wait for everyone to read Love From Scratch when it releases in April!

  26. 4 out of 5

    May

    Read this book if you like: ↝Banter-filled romance ↝Cooking episode style writing ↝Discussion of the workplace and online harassment Wow, wow, wow, this book reminded me of how happy rom-com makes me. Reese and Ben were adorable, and their relationship was everything. They were open, caring, and treated one another as equals whose work deserved to be valued (!!!) This book did a fantastic job depicting hateful comments and how they follow you while creating a constant hole of doubt in your abilities. Read this book if you like: ↝Banter-filled romance ↝Cooking episode style writing ↝Discussion of the workplace and online harassment Wow, wow, wow, this book reminded me of how happy rom-com makes me. Reese and Ben were adorable, and their relationship was everything. They were open, caring, and treated one another as equals whose work deserved to be valued (!!!) This book did a fantastic job depicting hateful comments and how they follow you while creating a constant hole of doubt in your abilities. I sympathized with Reese and was so proud of the way she stood up for herself. The problems don’t automatically resolve, but effort and persistence are the way to move forward. I wasn’t a fan when the writing got a tad repetitive in some spots, but that’s understandable since it’s difficult to create completely different events for the show. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children for the Earc in exchange for an honest review. ~~~~ AYY I GOT AN ARC

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iya

    Huge thanks PRH International, and Kaitlyn Hill for my e-ARC in exchange for the honest review. Friends of Flavor, Reese's favorite culinary channel, has offered her an internship. Friends of Flavor helped her through a tough time in her life, and she hopes to be chosen for fall employment to support her studies. When Benny, the charming intern cook, arrives, he takes Reese on an adventure. He's not only charming, but he's also head over heels in love with Reese. Reese and Benny end up in a culi Huge thanks PRH International, and Kaitlyn Hill for my e-ARC in exchange for the honest review. Friends of Flavor, Reese's favorite culinary channel, has offered her an internship. Friends of Flavor helped her through a tough time in her life, and she hopes to be chosen for fall employment to support her studies. When Benny, the charming intern cook, arrives, he takes Reese on an adventure. He's not only charming, but he's also head over heels in love with Reese. Reese and Benny end up in a culinary battle for Fall employment. Reese struggles to push her growing infatuation with Benny to the side as the competition progresses. Love From Scratch is an excellent combination of lovely personalities, yummy food, and a heartwarming romance. The banter between the main characters is adorable, and you can sense the chemistry between them. I like how the author approached the subject of cyberbullying in a genuine and emotive manner. You don't see many novels these days that tackle such heavy subjects as Kaitlyn did. Reese is a fantastic character who is easy to adore and root for as she struggles through her internship. In addition, the culinary puns in this book were amusing and contributed to the story's cooking theme. It was a lovely, fluffy read that lifted my emotions. It was an excellent debut, and I eagerly await Kaitlyn's next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becca Packer

    This book was not for me at all. I skimmed most of it, if I am being honest. Reese....Reese was a lot. She is that feminist that ruins it for all other feminists. And I hate saying that because A) angry feminists rants are kind of my thing and B) that is the whole point of this book but she goes about it all wrong and never does anything about the sexism she experiences except to rant more and cry. She is a weak character because she chooses to be not because of Benny. She spends the majority of This book was not for me at all. I skimmed most of it, if I am being honest. Reese....Reese was a lot. She is that feminist that ruins it for all other feminists. And I hate saying that because A) angry feminists rants are kind of my thing and B) that is the whole point of this book but she goes about it all wrong and never does anything about the sexism she experiences except to rant more and cry. She is a weak character because she chooses to be not because of Benny. She spends the majority of the book attacking Benny for things that aren't his fault or just being a bitch to him because he is the competition. I feel the author was trying to go about this enemies to lover trope everyone loves these days, but making one of the characters be rude just to make that trope work, is not how the trope works.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Read this book if you love: - Rivals to lovers !! - FOOD (this is basically set at buzzfeed tasty) - Themes & discussion of feminism - Witty banter, lots of tension, and very cute romantic moments - Love interests with puppy energy Love From Scratch is a feminist rivals to lovers novel that absolutely stole my heart. It follows Reese and Benny, two competing interns on an online culinary network (again,, basically buzzfeed tasty). She and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, Read this book if you love: - Rivals to lovers !! - FOOD (this is basically set at buzzfeed tasty) - Themes & discussion of feminism - Witty banter, lots of tension, and very cute romantic moments - Love interests with puppy energy Love From Scratch is a feminist rivals to lovers novel that absolutely stole my heart. It follows Reese and Benny, two competing interns on an online culinary network (again,, basically buzzfeed tasty). She and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet's newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war — two interns competing for the same fall internship. But it might be more than rivalry between these two… I completely devoured this book — the plot centered around Reese and Benny’s show on the network, and it was just so fun to watch them cook up different concoctions, with tension-filled banter and romantic chemistry along the way. The romance in this book is so wholesome and sweet, with Reese being strong-willed, witty, and clever and Benny being charming, goofy, and teensy bit cocky lol. Benny is also the most perceptive boy that did such a good job of being in touch with his emotions and being upfront with Reese about his feelings for her. It made me so happy how he always wanted to support Reese and the way the two of them were able to get vulnerable with each other. Seeing them get to know each other and work their way through obstacles made my heart unbelievably happy. Not to mention the little wholesome moments between them that made me swoon. CUTE. Incomplete list of romantic moments that made me feel,,, very very lonely: - Their nicknames for each other (and never using each others’ real names) - Her wearing his flannel - “i’d listen to you talk like that every day if you let me” - The “put your hand against the wall when they’re leaning back against it” move asljfasj The biggest theme in this book was feminism, and I liked the way the book handled it. The main character, Reese, faces a lot of misogyny from her bosses, online viewers, and people from her hometown — people tell her she should “smile more” and be more like Benny, people think she’s promiscuous based on false rumors started by a popular guy, people only notice her body instead of what she delivers in substance. Reese learns how stop letting others dictate her self-worth (living to please herself and not others) and take a stand against this misogyny. Something I really appreciated was one of the characters pointing out the increased discrimination that people in marginalized communities (POC, queer people) experience. This is especially important because Reese is white and cishet, so she was able to recognize her privilege. I also liked the realistic approach the book took when portraying the world. There were some bigots in the book, and it wasn’t like they completely let go of their bigotry and everything was sunshine and rainbows. Even though these people still weren’t the best, the book still illustrated some of the positive change that went on. Good resolution, but also no sugarcoating. Thank you to Random House Children's and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! TW: misogyny, slut shaming, online harassment (hate comments), racism & homophobia (mentioned/described)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    I am a big fan of the Food Network, and we all know I have a soft spot for books that center around cooking and food. Basically, Love from Scratch is a book made just for me, and I thorughly enjoyed it. Reese and Benny’s relationship is the heart and soul of this book. While Reese doesn’t initially have a positive impression of Benny, it doesn’t take long for her to realize that he is caring and compassionate and worthy of her time. I love that they can joke around and call each other funny nickn I am a big fan of the Food Network, and we all know I have a soft spot for books that center around cooking and food. Basically, Love from Scratch is a book made just for me, and I thorughly enjoyed it. Reese and Benny’s relationship is the heart and soul of this book. While Reese doesn’t initially have a positive impression of Benny, it doesn’t take long for her to realize that he is caring and compassionate and worthy of her time. I love that they can joke around and call each other funny nicknames (like “Reese’s Pieces” and “Benedict Cumberbatch,” but that they can also have deep and vulnerable conversations about the bullying Reese has faced and Benny’s complicated relationship with his family’s business. It is clear that their romantic relationship has a basis in friendship and caring that is pure and sweet. Reese’s friends from Kentucky, Clara and Nat, are also a critical part of the story. Reese is presented as a pretty shy person, so it was nice to see that she has loyal and supportive friends to confide in before she finds that in her relationship with Benny. Also, since Reese is so far away from home, her conversations with Nat and Clara provide details on what her life there is like. As someone who loves the Food Network, I enjoyed getting a behind the scenes glimpse into what goes into making a cooking show. Of course, it’s not just about those in front of the camera, and I appreciated that Reese’s initial role at Friends of Flavor is in marketing working on social media for the channel. I also wish that Amateur Hour, Reese and Benny’s Friends of Flavor show, was real because I would absolutely watch it. I also appreciated that Love from Scratch addresses sexism in television. Reese reads inappropriate comments about her body on Amateur Hour and is essentially told that she should clean the kitchen instead of Benny because she is a girl. This puts Reese in a particularly uncomfortable position as an intern because she doesn’t feel like she can say anything about it. It was also nice to see Benny recognizing the sexism and making sure to check in and support Reese in these moments. There are also moments where Love from Scratch addresses the issues that come with fame and being recognized. Not only does Reese face internet trolls, but she also has to figure out how to set boundaries when fans cross the line at a convention. It is important that Love from Scratch doesn’t shy away from these issues around being in the public eye and that it shows Reese receiving support from those around her. Love from Scratch is Kaitlyn Hill’s debut novel, and I am excited to see what she writes next.

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