Shelf Candy Saturday (35): Better Than Chocolate and Vanity Fare

Shelf Candy Saturday is hosted by A Night's Dream of Books.

Last year I started to really enjoy what I call 'foodie' books, books that have food or something food related as a major theme throughout the story. This week I decided to feature two foodie book covers.

Side note: I recently started a Foodie Fans group on Goodreads. If you like foodie books, baking, or cooking then come on over and join up :)

Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank – and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it? After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They’ll have a chocolate festival! Time’s running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town’s behind them, so everything’s bound to go smoothly.

Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother’s attempts to help aren’t helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It’s enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake’s also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there’s something even better than chocolate.

Better Than Chocolate on Goodreads, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble
Sheila Roberts' Website

Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

A charming novel about a 40-year-old Brooklyn mother, recently divorced, who starts writing copy for a bakery, discovers a knack for food – related literary puns, and becomes entangled in a love triangle.

Molly Hagan is overwhelmed.

Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman, her six year-old son is questioning her authority, and now, so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with Pokemon and Legos-not to mention food and clothing-she has to get a job. Fast.

So when an old friend offers Molly a copywriting position at a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who’s heading up the bakery has other thoughts. And so does Molly when she meets the chef’s intimidating business partner-who also happens to have a secret that might prevent Molly from getting her own Happily Ever After.

Vanity Fare on Goodreads, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble
Megan Caldwell's Website

Better Than Chocolate - How cute is this cover!? I like how all of the pinks and reds give the cover a warm and fuzzy feel. It also seems like it might be a lighter read. And of course I wish I could sit there drinking a hot cup of coffee while eating heart shaped chocolates!

Vanity Fare - This cover definitely has a different tone to it. It has more of a mature, serious feel to it with the old, worn books. And those cookies sure do look scrumptious!! 

I haven't read either of these to know if the covers speak for the books but I will find out at some point since both are on my to read list!



  1. Aww I have actually read both these books! I always did like the "Better than Choc." cover. Any cover with coffee, drink, or food... LOL.

    1. Are the covers mostly fitting to the books? Just curious :)

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  3. (I deleted the previous comment because of typos. Lol.)

    Hi, Jen!

    These are two really NICE covers! I especially love the second one, "Vanity Fare". Those cookies look SO scrumptious, and I'm a HUGE fan of antique books, even though I can't afford to buy them, for the most part (unless I happen to come across one in an estate sale; then they're reasonably priced). I also like the elegant font used for the word "Fare" on this cover -- it's so very chic, too!

    I do like the first cover, as well. It's very cute. I really like the foam hearts (it looks like foam) in the two cups of hot chocolate. I also like the bird's eye view layout of the cover, as well as the bright colors.

    Both of these covers give me such a warm, cozy feeling....ah, bliss!! Well, of course, books and snacks go together very well -- especially warm snacks like hot chocolate or coffee, with freshly-baked cookies!

    You know, I got home from work SOOO tired yesterday, that I just didn't have the energy to put up my own Shelf Candy post. Besides, I've been working on a review, and want to get that finished first, so there will be some variety in the posts. Never fear, though, I will DEFINITELY have my SCS post up later today, so be sure to check back later!

    Thank you SO much for sharing these wonderful covers, and for participating in Shelf Candy Saturday!! :)


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