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Recipe for Persuasion

(The Rajes #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,315 ratings  ·  382 reviews
From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a comple
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Celia It's not graphic when it comes to sex--it read more like Austen than a contemporary romance--but it does have marital rape in it. I've read books for …moreIt's not graphic when it comes to sex--it read more like Austen than a contemporary romance--but it does have marital rape in it. I've read books for teens which had more sex, etc. so I think it would be fine, but if you're really worried, I'd read it first before passing it on to the teen. (less)
Purabi Chatterjee No you don't. This one works as a standalone too, you'll just be slightly more familiar w the setting and most of the characters if you read that one …moreNo you don't. This one works as a standalone too, you'll just be slightly more familiar w the setting and most of the characters if you read that one too.(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Nope, this is not sweet romcom that I’ve dreamed of and it is not also great example for retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

I actually have to admit that when I click the request button, I didn’t think it was retelling of one of the famous classics. I looked at the beautiful cover and read the blurb made me think it’s entertaining second chance romance with humorous enemies- ex lovers story with a sweet and romantic touch of Indian cultural motifs. But as soon as I got the book into my hands,
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is not a romcom!

Calling Recipe for Persuasion fun and breezy is highly misleading. This book deals with a lot of serious issues that should have come with a big fat warning. Also, I'd have liked this a whole lot better if Sonali Dev hadn't called it a retelling.

Basically after a shitty childhood with an alcoholic father and absentee mother, Ashna Raje has abandonment issues, depressing and severe anxiety. As if that wasn't enough, she's on the verge of running her restaurant to the groun
Renaissance Kate
Ashna Raje is struggling. Her restaurant could use some major renovations, and she can barely fill thirty of the dining room’s one hundred tables on a good night. She never seems to see eye-to-eye with her very successful mother, who lives in India and rarely makes time to visit Ashna in the San Francisco Bay Area. And now, Ashna’s cousin and best friend want her to star on a celebrity cooking show, where she’ll be paired off with a famous partner and have the chance to win enough money to turn ...more
Jane Austen’s Persuasion gets a modern face lift Desi-style in this standalone sequel as Indian American chef, Ashna Raje, and Brazilian footballer, Rico Silva, encounter each other once again as acrimonious cooking partners on a reality TV show. I love that the Sonali Dev has cooked up the Raje series of modern retellings of Austen’s classical works including this second entry, Recipe for Persuasion, giving members of the Raje family their chances at romance.
Ashna’s family are convinced a real
2.5 stars

Well. Here we are again with another book blatantly being called a rom-com and there’s a small serving of rom, but definitely no com. And I’m extra disappointed because not only was PP+OF one of my top 10 books the year it released, but Persuasion is a dear favorite of mine.

I liked Ashna and Rico well enough. They’re both good people who are still hung up on each other; however for me, it wasn’t charming. I didn’t quite see the chemistry between them and more often than not, was told t
Sally Kilpatrick
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

You should all be very, very jealous of me right now because I got to read an early version of this book, and you're going to want it. Of course, now I have the unenviable task of putting down my thoughts before I forget them while not spoiling the book in any sort of way. I will say that many Kleenexs were lost in the reading of this book. If you would like to have your innards turned inside out and then put back to rights thus leaving you with a happy but weary glow, then this is the book
Chef reality show gets very REAL!

A very loose nod to Austen's Persuasion. Ashna Raje is trying to hang onto her beloved father's once successful Indian restaurant at all costs. The restaurant is in crisis, millions of dollars were embezzled. Now she is doing all she can to lower overheads and rebuild the restaurant, her father's dream. And that's the crux, Ashna needs to discover her own dream.
Her cousin persuades as her to take part in a reality tv cooking show. Grand prize of $100,000
Little d
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Reviewers note: Trigger warnings – Rape, Alcholoism, Suicide

Recipe for Persuasion is billed as a desi retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I’ll have to take the publisher and author’s word on that because I haven’t read the original and I wasn’t impressed with the retelling. Billed as a rom-com, there was nothing funny about this story and it wasn’t particularly romantic. The hero and heroine had a forbidden teenage romance in high school for about 1 year; she is Indian, his is Brazilian and
CW: talk of past alcoholism, suicide and rape; ptsd and panic attacks

I have a thing for desi Jane Austen retellings, so as soon as I saw the announcement for this book, I knew I was going to read it. Second chance romance on the other hand is not my favorite trope, but because I knew how Persuasion turns, I thought I would love this one too. It didn’t end up working that way though.

The bare bones of the story is quite close to the original, but I was actually excited for the reality cooking sh
Lisa Wolf
Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, so of course I was going to read this modern romance that riffs on Persuasion‘s themes!

Recipe for Persuasion is a loose follow-up to last year’s Pride, Prejudice & Other Flavors. The Raje family is still the center of the story, but here, the focus shifts to Ashna Raje, who was a supporting character in the previous novel.

Before getting too far into discussing Recipe for Persuasion, I want to get one thing straight, which is that the blurb abo
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This Jane Austen inspired contemporary romance novel was a decent, uniquely written diverse-filled read that left me pleasantly surprised on how much I didn't completely hate it. Sure Ashna estranged mother Shobj annoyed me like no other but the rekindle romance between Ansha and Rico made up for it. Overall, it was not a bad read and would definitely keep this author on my radar for future releases.

Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Please not that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Trigger warnings: Rape

I loved the first book in this series so much. Sonali Dev did a great job with retelling Pride and Prejudice and with her next re-telling I went, oh no. No. No. This book was too all over the place. Reading the description you think you would be focused on the heroine (Ashna Raje) and the hero (Rico Silva) but nope, we also get into Ashna's mother's life prior to her marrying Ashna's fa
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Ashna’s story really should have been two books! One about Ashna’s mother Shobi-and her hellacious relationship with Ashna’s dad- and another about Ashna and Rico. For me, the story fell short. The content was simply...too much to process.

At this point, I can tell you more about Ashna’s family drama more than I can about her and Rico, much less their second chance together, because the family drama consumed all the space. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the book was advertised differentl
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, netgalley, cbr12
As much as I love Pride & Prejudice, the book just doesn't update well. (I'm posting a review soon of a spectacular P&P fail.) So many of the elements of the story don't work out of context. Seduction of underage girls, the importance of one sibling's marriage on the family's fortunes, how many families one dines with, fine eyes... stuff just hits different now.

Persuasion, however, is, in many ways, a much easier tale to update. A young woman too sensitive to her family's censure, a young man wh
Aly is so frigging bored
I really liked this book, but it was emotional draining
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A Complex Flavor Profile

Following her stellar modern-day Pride and Prejudice adaptation, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, Sonali Dev’s second book in The Rajes Series, Recipe for Persuasion combines the flavors of Jane Austen’s novel about second chances with complicated family dynamics and cultural diversity. In this standalone story, readers see Ashna Raje, the reserved and timid thirty-year-old chef and owner of Curried Dreams – her father’s restaurant – do the unthinkable and compete i
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so good! I loved every minute! Her characters are so vivid and complex. And I love how she weaves really important topics seamlessly into the narrative. Definitely worth reading! 5 stars
An Indian chef and a Brazilian soccer player are the main characters in this lovely retelling of Persuasion.

As a hard fan of Jane Austen and originally from Brazil, I was immediately hooked by the premise of Recipe for Persuasion. Two high school sweethearts (an Indian chef, and a Brazilian soccer player), separated by family opposition, meet again twelve years later as participants in a culinary reality show.

What at first seemed to be a romantic comedy soon turned out much denser and more compl
Caitlin Reads
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a huge Jane Austen fan and was so excited to receive this arc from Edelweiss+. Ashna is the head chef and owner of Curried Dreams, the failing business left to her by her deceased father. She will do anything to save it, including going on a reality cooking show where she will be matched with a celebrity. Low and behold, she gets matched with Rico, her high school ex boyfriend. I really enjoyed the relationship between Rico and Ashna. Both characters were really likable and fun to read abou ...more
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ALC from Harper Audio in exchange for an honest review.

Note: content warnings in spoiler tag at the end of review.

Persuasion is hands down my favourite Jane Austen book. It is the original second chance romance. It is the gold standard for second chance romance. It has the best love letter (and love declaration) of all time. The ULTIMATE pining and yearning. My deep love for Persuasion is partly why I’ve never actually read a Persuasion retelling before this one. Recipe for Persuas
Eunice Moral
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

A flavorful tale of second chance romance, missed connections, forgiveness and family secrets.

This modern-day Persuasion retelling wasn't the romcom I was promised, but it was something diverse and deeper, something I wouldn't be able to come across often. That alone, merited another star from me. I have to admit before anything else that I haven't read Persuasion, I hope it did not affect the reading experience. I just took the book for what it is, of course with the knowledge I gathered ab
3.5 stars rounded high

High marks for diversity (Brazilian/English hero in Rico, Indian-American heroine in Ashna, LGBTQ and multicultural secondary characters), depth of storylines, complexity of characters, and storytelling prowess of Sonali Dev.

Deductions for illustrated cover and romcom marketing which mislead potential readers and do not prepare them for an angst-filled, heavy book that should come with several content warnings (suicide, alcoholism, marital rape, parental neglect to name a f
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) I LOVED this one! The romance, the mother-daughter relationship story arc, the FOOD, the cooking show - all of it. I actually liked it better than the first in the series and can't wait to read more about the Raje family!
Review coming soon!
Ms. Woc Reader
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Partially through the book despite it's misgivings I felt like this would be a 3 star. By the halfway mark when it was becoming a chore to get through I realized it would be a 2.

This is not a rom com like the blurb suggested and I was never able to get into the romance. The characters just didn't have much chemistry and overall were not very likable.

Rico was especially unlikable. I don't know why he was still holding on to this high school relationship at age 30 but it was made even worse by how
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2020
Actual rating is a 3.5.

Recipe for Persuasion sucked me in right from the beginning and never really let me go. Ashna's struggle to find a way to save her restaurant, Curried Dreams, hooked me and as soon as we met her love interest, Rico, I knew I was a goner. The tension between these two was so good, which was definitely what made me race through Recipe for Persuasion in basically 24 hours.

On top of the killer romantic tension, there were so many rich storylines in this book. Ashna's relatio
Purabi Chatterjee
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before, I'll say it again: I love nothing more than romcoms that give us something beyond the HEA they promise. Recipe for Persuasion is Sonali Dev's twist on the Austen second chance romance classic. So it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll get a delicious romance centered around food and second chance love and complicated family relationships and sweet sweet reunion. But because Sonali is Sonali, she gives us more, and for me, specifically, she gave me what I was looking for in ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The story of Rico and Ash was a slice of perfection in an imperfect, chaotic world.

Persuasion by Jane Austen is my favorite book of all time. And I am an obsessive bibliophile who devours books like others inhale chocolate or cupcakes. So I had high hopes and high expectations. I was not disappointed.

One of the reasons I love Persuasion so much is its unflinching portrayal
While I've read Austen's Persuasion, I haven't read it as many times as Pride and Prejudice and I haven't watched any film adaptations. Because of this, it's much harder to speak to whether this was good as a retelling. As a story, I very much enjoyed it and hope that Sonali Dev continues her Austen retellings in the future.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sonali Dev’s Recipe for Persuasion is the connection you need in this time of lost connection! Ashna and Rico’s misunderstandings and deep bond sizzle in the kitchen and in our hearts. Add this to your list!

4.5 Stars!

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I really enjoyed reading Sonali Dev’s first novel in this series, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, so I knew I had to read her next in the series: Recipe for Persuasion! After all, Persuasion is my absolute favorite of the Jane Austen novels. Despite always being
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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gr ...more

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