Cooking The Books – Whitney K-E

Chef with cookbookIt’s rare to see Ireland and cooking written about without a jibe about potatoes or a joke about the peasant origins of that sensible dish, cabbage and bacon. Today’s guest, Whitney K-E,  is talking about men who cook, something close to my own heart. And who could resist adding a dash of Irish lilt to the recipe? Here’s Whitney!

If you haven’t already read What Happens in Ireland (which you should :P), you won’t yet be under the WhathappensinIreland_LRG 2impression that I love a man that cooks. Now, perhaps I don’t love all men who cook (Gordon Ramsey is amusing, but not quite what I’m looking for hehe), but when it comes to my leading man, Jack O’Reilly, I’m drooling over more than just the food.

Perhaps it’s because I’m not the most amazing cook. In truth, I’m not very adventurous nor can I create a tastebud sensation. But Jack O’Reilly certainly impressed me. In my opinion, a man who can cook is a rare breed.

There’s just something sexy about a man who can cook and it seems a lot of heroes in good contemporary romances can.

no_reservations_7Take this guy as a starter – Aaron Eckhart wasn’t very appealing in Batman but look at him in ‘No Reservations’. Ah, the mystical power of the chef’s hat hehe:

Then there’s Mathew Goode who plays the cute and cheeky Irishman Declan in ‘Leap Year’. I have to admit, I have seen this movie a million times and I’m about to watch it again.leap_year11

So what is it about a man who cooks? Now, admittedly, my Jack cooks without his shirt on, but Declan and Nick (Aaron Eckhart) don’t. Maybe it’s their seduction of the tastebuds. But to be honest, they weren’t seducing mine hehe. To be honest, I don’t really know. All I’m willing to put it down to is the mystical power of the chef’s hat/apron.

So there you have it. In romances, our heroes are making more than our poor heroines sizzle.

So what do you think? Do you love a cooking hero?

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Ever wondered what happens in Ireland?

When Australian, Kate Barrow, meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar, she has no idea that he’s about to turn her world upside-down and inside-out.

In Ireland to take on a position on a thoroughbred stud, Kate is shocked when her manager-in-co reveals himself to be the same man she’d met in Dublin.

Jack is drawn to Kate. The problem is, she won’t have him. But Jack has always loved a challenge and the intriguing woman from Oz is one he cannot resist.

Harbouring the sting of another man’s betrayal, Kate is certain she wants nothing to do with love and nothing to do with Jack O’Reilly. But when naked torsos, Mother Nature and dysfunctional umbrellas start plotting against her resolve, she realizes the charms of an Irishman are going to be hard to resist.

If you’d like to read excerpts or buy Whitney’s novel, you can find it at the following:

–       Secret Cravings Publishing:

–       Amazon –

–       Bookstrand –

Or you can add it to your Goodreads shelves:

Whitney KEThe Author:

Whitney K-E is an Australian author writing for Secret Cravings Publishing. Always a lover of the Romance genre, it was no surprise that she one day began to type her first story of love. Now, three years on, she’s contracted her first novel What Happens in Ireland and bringing reader’s tales from the Emerald Ireland to the Sunburnt Country. What Happens in Ireland releases on the 26th of April, so prepare yourself to be charmed by her story and by her characters.

If you’d like to find out more about Whitney or her novel, you can connect with her on:


Twitter: @whitney_ke –


Her blog:

And the Romantic Muse:


2 comments on “Cooking The Books – Whitney K-E

  1. I don’t mind a cooking hero at all! I didn’t happen to marry one, but we’ve only been married forty years next week so I’m hoping there’s still plenty of time for him to learn… Another fun post, thanks Lou and Whitney.

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