Book Review: Best Served Hot by Amanda Elliot

Posted February 21, 2023 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 41 Comments

Best Served Hot
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by Amanda Elliot
Publication Date February 21, 2023
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

Two restaurant critics learn their opposing tastes might make for a five-star relationship in the next foodie romantic comedy from the author of Sadie on a Plate.

By day, Julie Zimmerman works as an executive assistant. After hours, she’s @JulieZeeEatsNYC, a social media restaurant reviewer with over fifty thousand followers. As much as she loves her self-employed side gig, what Julie really wants is to be a critic at a major newspaper, like the New York Scroll. The only thing worse than the Scroll’s rejection of her application is the fact that smarmy, social-media-averse society boy Bennett Richard Macalester Wright snagged her dream job.
While at the Central Park Food Festival, Julie confronts the annoyingly handsome Bennett about his outdated opinions on social media and posts the resulting video footage. Julie's follower count soars—and so does the Scroll’s. Julie and Bennett grudgingly agree to partner up for a few reviews to further their buzz. Online buzz, obviously.
Over tapas, burgers, and more, Julie and Bennett connect over their shared love of food. But when the competitive fire between them turns extra spicy, they'll have to decide how much heat their relationship can take.

Best Served Hot by Amanda Elliot is an enemies-to-lovers romance about two New York City food critics. If you like beautiful descriptions of restaurant food, this is the book for you! 

Story Recap:

Julie Zimmerman is an administrative assistant by day, but at night she runs a social media site that reviews restaurants in New York City.  She’s passionate about food and finding new restaurants, and wants to write for a major New York Newspaper like The Scroll.  When she gets rejected to write for the Scroll the only thing worse than losing the job, is losing it to a rich, elite, society boy, Bennett Richard Macalester Wright.   

At the Central Park Food Festival, Julie confronts Bennett and they have an argument about food critiques that are caught on camera and goes viral.  Since their interaction was so popular, they decide to review together so they each can get more buzz for their platforms.  

As Julie and Bennett spend time together, their shared love of food draws them together.  

My Thoughts: 

This book needs to come with a warning:  “WILL CAUSE FOOD CRAVINGS”.  The descriptions of the dishes and food were amazing and had me drooling more than once.  The author knows her food.  

The romance is a good one.  Julie and Bennett start off as enemies, Julie is upset that Bennett got her dream job, and she doesn’t believe he deserves it.  And Bennett doesn’t like Julie’s hostility at the beginning.  But, they slowly build a friendship over food, and then, the friendship turns into more.  I thought their progression from enemies to friends to lovers was a natural one.  

I loved the New York City setting as well, and it was clear the author knows this city well.  

Overall a mouth-watering romance that I enjoyed! 


I highly recommend Best Served Hot to anyone who loves romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Amanda Elliot

Amanda Elliot lives with her husband in New York City, where she collects way too many cookbooks for her tiny kitchen, runs in Central Park, and writes for teens and kids under the name Amanda Panitch.
Photo Credit: Cassie Gonzales 2021

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41 responses to “Book Review: Best Served Hot by Amanda Elliot

  1. Those food descriptions!!! Most of that food I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole but this story had me craving them anyway 😂. Excellent review!