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Celebrating World Cake Day with our favourite cooking-themed pop culture!


Celebrating World Cake Day with our favourite cooking-themed pop culture!

To celebrate World Cake Day (November 26th) we asked author Susanne Bellamy to tell us about her favourite movies that are all about cooking! 

With Christmas approaching, I start thinking about the dishes I’ll make for my family and friends. I see fabulous recipes and think, ‘How cool would that be as a centrepiece on Christmas Day?’ but I’m not a pastry chef, unlike Flick in Her Christmas Kisses, book 2 in the Rainbow Cove Christmas series.

If you want to see some of Flick’s creations, plus lots of fabulous tips and tricks to make your Christmas dishes look spectacular, check out my Pinterest board!

Here are some of my favourite food movies to get you in the mood!

1.. Julie and Julia

Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.

2. Chocolat

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

*And read the gorgeous book by Joanne Harris


3. The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.

4. Burnt

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

5. No Reservations

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

6. Always Be My Maybe

Everyone assumed Sasha and Marcus would wind up together except for Sasha and Marcus. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder – maybe?

7. Babette’s Feast

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor’s daughters.

Susanne Bellamy

Born and raised in Toowoomba, Susanne is an Australian author of contemporary and rural romances set in Australia and exotic locations. She adores travel with her husband, both at home and overseas, and weaves stories around the settings and people she encounters. Her Outback series, Hearts of the Outback, and Second Chance Love, one of the Bindarra Creek series with other authors, were inspired by her time teaching in far north-west Queensland.

Her heroes have to be pretty special to live up to her real life hero. He saved her life then married her. They live on the edge of the Range with their German Shepherd, Freya. In another life, Susanne was a senior English and Drama teacher with a passion for Shakespeare and creative writing, but now her two children have flown the coop, she writes full time.

Susanne is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) and won third place in their 2011 Emerald Award. She placed third in the Pan Macmillan short story competition with Chez Romeo. A hybrid author, she is published with Mira, and Harlequin Escape, as well as being self published. A popular guest speaker, she presented the keynote address at the Steele Rudd Pilgrimage, and was a guest speaker for the Dynamic Life Speakers Series for U3A, and has been invited to speak in libraries, at book clubs, and to community groups.

To find out more, visit Susanne on her website.

You can also follow Susanne on FacebookTwitterYoutube and Pinterest.

Her Christmas Kisses (Rainbow Cove Christmas, #2)

by Susanne Bellamy

One gourmet party. Four potential couples. The taste of love?

Devastated by her parents’ divorce and the impending sale of the family restaurant, Flick Ardmore is determined to find the money to buy the restaurant herself. She doesn’t expect to find herself stranded in Rainbow Cove with no car, no work, and no prospect of success.

Xander McIntyre, owner of the luxury Rainbow Cove Resort, is a workaholic developer with a looming deadline hindered by the arrival of his young special needs sister, Jenny.

When Flick connects with Jenny, it seems like the perfect solution to both their problems – if only Flick and Xander can ignore the undeniable spark between them. Or will their building attraction cause more problems than it solves?

Find it here 

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