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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,308 ratings  ·  392 reviews
Famous in Paris, infamous in London, Verity Durant is as well-known for her mouthwatering cuisine as for her scandalous love life. But that’s the least of the surprises awaiting her new employer when he arrives at the estate of Fairleigh Park following the unexpected death of his brother.

To rising political star Stuart Somerset, Verity Durant is just a name and food is jus
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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♡Karlyn P♡
I debated between 2 and 3 stars on this one as the story itself was utterly absurd. I can stretch my beliefs only so far, but this one pushed passed my limits on many occasions. But in the end the annoying and absurd faded away and we got a decent ending. And I liked Stuart and Verity’s characters enough to stick with the story to learn more about her past. And without a doubt Sherry Thomas can write. I just wish she told a better story and didn’t jar us with flashbacks.


Here is
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I am honestly surprised by how few of my friends enjoyed this book, because I thought it was exemplary. Like CHOCOLAT and WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, in DELICIOUS, Thomas captures the sensuality and headiness of food, tying it into both sex and love. Verity, the cook heroine, is such an amazing conjurer of food that her culinary creations have people remembering both their worst and fondest memories with a deepness that often shocks their Victo
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A second chance, secret identity, foodie romance from Sherry Thomas!!!! How could I not enjoy this!?
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to new_user by: seton
Shelves: historical
Every character in Delicious effects a subterfuge, every one wearing a mask, Verity Durante's the most literal. Readers may grow weary of the hide-and-seek between Verity and Stuart Somerset. Stuart inherits his brother's cook and lover after that man's death, but Verity and Stuart have history and, she's decided, a doomed relationship, so she hides. He falls in love with her through her culinary delights-- and later, her afternoon delights. Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.

I can't complain about this page afte
Reviewed for the Aug TBR Challenge prompt - Backlist.

It’s no secret that I’m a massive Sherry Thomas fangirl. I’ve read almost every one of her books, and when it came to this month’s TBR prompt of Backlist, I decided to read one of the two (I think) historical romances of hers I haven’t yet read – Delicious, from 2008.  Billed as a kind of Cinderella story, it features a celebrated – even notorious - cook and a highly-respected MP who reunite after they spent a night together ten years earlier,
K.J. Charles
A Victorian Cinderella, except the heroine's kitchen identity is what saves rather than dooms her. The plot is in one sense fairly complex--the heroine is keeping her identity secret from three different people for three different reasons; there's a major secondary romance which also involves someone keeping a major part of their identity secret. It's also not complex in the sense that there's very little internal conflict and all the external conflict depends on the tangling up of the past (in ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
What did I think, Goodreads?

That this book was weird. But I really really respected it. I did find it a bit contrived (view spoiler) sadly too convenient. But also, we're pretty much warned it's a fairy tale so I guess whose fault is that?

There's so much I liked: the writing, the intensity, the food, the secondary relationships.

But most of all the writing. And I will always, always appreciate that Thomas does something
Jun 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Delicious?...Ummm....Heck No!

Contains Some Spoilers

This author pushes your imagination to the limits and you still can't wrap your mind around the things she's expecting you to process. A book like "Lover Avenged" by J.R Ward reads like fiction compared to "Delicious".

Verity is a world renowned chief, but she's working in a common house. Her employer met his maker in an untimely manner and his brother takes over his estates....Verity and Stuart have a little of a past so when he arrives she stee
Joanna Loves Reading
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, reviewed
Not my favorite Thomas, but it had its moments, including this one:

"I have loved her since the moment I first her, Madame. She has left me and I have left her. And now we are at last together, nothing, save death, will part us again. Not you. Not the liberal establishment. Not the opinion of every last man, woman, and child in England."

There were parts that were problematic to me, and it's probably a rounding up situation here. Despite that, it's still a second chance story that pulls at your h
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
[“Delicious” by Sherry Thomas (audiobook: Virginia Leishman/Reader = 3.5*)]

Actual rating 2.5* 1892 England
Verity and Stuart

“Cinderella story” huh?? Uh . . . I suppose if you squint your eyes REALLY hard and tilt your head to one side! A Cinderella story is definitely not the first fairytale that comes to mind here for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t reference this story to any “fairytale” whatsoever, unless your talking about the “less than likely” definition, and in that case, the endi
4.5 stars

There is something about Sherry Thomas’ writing that completely draws me in and wraps itself around me. Her prose is mature, elegant, evocative, and just plain beautiful. I could have read the just the first page and still left more satisfied than I sometimes feel after reading entire books:

In retrospect people said it was a Cinderella story.
Notably missing was the personage of the Fairy Godmother. But other than that, the narrative seemed to contain all the elements of the fairy tal
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
With so much controversy over Sherry Thomas' debut novel, Private Arrangements, I don't think Delicious has ever received the recognition it deserves. This was a delightful, Cinderella-inspired love story about a gentleman of means who falls head over heels in love with a mysterious beauty whom he engages in a "one-night stand". Come morning his new "love" has vanished and the hero is left with nothing but her muddy galoshes (and an overwhelming desire to find her and return them). But it's long ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherry Thomas fans
Sherry Thomas’ second book may not be the strongest in the romance department but the writing itself is still very good. This different take on the Cinderella story is not really believable (big stretches needed here) and the characters are missing that passionate connection that she had in her first book, however it still has you reading to the end to see how it all pans out.

Basically the story is about a woman named Verity Durant who’s leading a double life as a French chef for an aristocrat w
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Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksfree-com
Delicious takes place during a time period that is not typical for the historical romances I usually read - the 1890's. It is also different in that the heroine is a chef. While both of these aspects of the novel seemed rather unusual, I recently read a Laura Lee Guhrke novel which shared both characteristics. While I enjoyed Delicious, I have to say that I liked the similar Laura Lee Guhrke book better. The characters in Delicious were likeable, but I didn't find them quite as appealing as Guhr ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I liked this one a whole better while reading than I did after thinking about it at all. There is just so much improbability involved that even though I enjoyed the relationship and characters and even the plot, I can't hold onto that feeling very long in retrospect because I keep bumping into things that just don't work. And that's granting the magical qualities of Verity's cooking—i.e. it breaks down even more if you can't let the book get away with the claim that she's so fantastic that eatin ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was OK, but I didn’t enjoy this one anywhere near as much as the related book, Not Quite a Husband. I found the plot of this book a little too convoluted for my taste. There were too many little mysteries and intrigues about both Verity’s and Stuart’s backgrounds, and it muddied the waters for me. At the start of the book, Stuart’s estranged brother Bertie seemed like a prize ass, yet we are expected to believe that Verity really loved him. And I’m still not clear on the ‘events’ of ten years ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Delicious by Sherry Thomas is just as the title says. Actually it was mouthwatering delicious and I will never look at a Madeline again in the same way. Whew......who knew food could be so erotic.

Verity Durant has a reputation of not only having the love life of the century but she is the most re known cook that the most elite of families would give their right arm for. She is also somewhat of a mystery since she keeps herself secreted away whenever she is not in the kitchen cooking. Oh and her
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I waited a while to read this book, because I wanted a large span of time where I would not be interrupted. I predicted it would be one that I could not put down, even to take a shower, and I was right! (I took the shower before I started reading, ha-ha). I was not disappointed, and at 2 am, with sniffles, I closed the cover on this quite excellent read. Ms. Thomas breaks so many of the "rules" of romance writing again. But she delivers a wonderful, creative tale unlike the carbon copy stories s ...more
Mia Marlowe
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I'm still reading DELICIOUS (perhaps I should say 'devouring' this totally delectable story), but I have to gush about Sherry Thomas' amazing talent.

Her characters are so fully formed, so achingly human. I am in love with them all. The story is luxuriously told, erotic, a feast for the heart and the senses.

Her use of language is exquisite. She doesn't write down to her readers, peppering her prose with words like 'sybaritic' and 'soigne.' But it is her metaphors that make me sigh and despair of
Tammy Walton Grant
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gastronomes and fans of angst-filled, quiet love stories!
Third time was DEFINITELY the charm for this book. The first time I read it, it was meh. Second time, I gave up and didn't finish.

This time, I don't know what happened, I just must have been in the right mood for it. ST's writing is amazing: the angst, the pain, the sorrow, the chest hurt the whole time I was reading it.

A couple of little things kept this from a 5 star, but somehow this book has quietly become a favourite.

4.5 stars.

Kris Eton
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This one is... not great. I mean, it's fine. It works. It also does a bunch of things I'm not wild about.

You can see every detail of the resolution coming a mile away. And Sherry Thomas, if you're going to start your romance novel with a proposal to another woman, that's a red flag. I know there's a secondary romance. The impending secondary romance was obvious on the same page of the proposal, but I still can't help wishing things had gone another way.

I did like seeing Marsden brothers, Will an
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I swear this book has made me so damn hungry xD
Jane Stewart
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
A couple is miserable and apart for most of the book. Too many lies and secrets for illogical reasons.

Verity is a lady who for unknown reasons has run away from her family. She keeps her identity a secret and works as a cook for Bertie. Her cooking skills are famous in England. She and Bertie have a brief love affair which ends. She goes to London to meet Bertie’s brother Stuart. She does not tell Stuart her name or connection to Bertie. She leaves the next day, and he can’t find her
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The food talk drove me nuts and I skimmed that a bit because I am no cook and reading about it is worse. I can’t even imagine food that makes you want to sleep with someone ... alcohol sure! Food not so much.. maybe sleep?
This writing though was good and though the storyline was slightly (ok largely) absurd, I love a book that suspends reality for a while and this one did that!

Liked the characters a lot. Liked the storytelling and ridiculously long build up so 4 stars for all that and -1 for all
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libby, favorites
First of all, congratulations to me on my 52nd book. W00t w00t.

I am so glad that I “ended” my challenge on Sherry Thomas’ “Delicious”. It really is an amazing book.

Thomas is a new discovery on my journey reading historical romance. I have been on this train for years and had never encountered her, but man, have I missed out. She writes beautifully, has just an absolutely gorgeous way with words. At the end of this book, in the author profile, she reveals that she was an immigrant to the United S
The author had me, to the end... and then the story got convenient. In fact, way too convenient. This is another Sherry Thomas book where I wished for a different ending.

Half the book is set in 1892 and it alternates with scenes from 1882, set as flashback chapters. This is a similar style to Private Arrangements where it switches between past/present.

The book itself reminded me of THE DUCHESS OF DUKE STREET. The heroine is a belowstairs chef. The descriptions of the Victorian food in this book
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I almost snarled at my husband this morning when he reminded me that we had a birthday party to go to. How could I go to a party, when I hadn't finished this book. But we made it back and I promptly climbed back into Verity and Stuart's world. Sherry Thomas did a phenomenal job on this book. The book felt mature and real to me. I am so glad that I finally read it and it made my life a little richer for having done so. ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, victorian
You know when you find yourself armchair quarterbacking a book? Reworking the plot to fit your idea of what makes more sense, and is more compelling? Yeah, so that happened with this book. The main characters spent so much time apart - despite living under the same ROOF! - in more and more contrived ways. It was silly. Their interactions were far too brief, and did not seem to warrant the attempts to paint them as star crossed lovers.

Actually all the plot points regarding Verity were patently a
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USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided years ago that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and three books inspired by the martial arts epics she grew up devouring. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as th ...more

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