Disclaimer: I was sent this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (from Amazon)
Brooklyn Bites is a collection of short stories that centers around the compelling people, diverse relationships and simply remarkable food in Brooklyn, New York. Truffle Fries and A Little Taste of Chocolate are the first two stories in the compilation.
In Truffle Fries, a steaming plate of truffle fries sits between a woman and the boyfriend she has loved for two years, the same man she now wants to punch in the eye or push off a cliff, or both. She lets the deliciousness of the pungent fries carry her away to far away lands of truffled decadence, where her boyfriend is no where to be found. Until he is.
A Little Taste of Chocolate opens with Rick and Shelly, a couple very much in love, as they awake, hungover, to the barks of the cute and irritating bulldog across the street. As Shelly dreads yet another tough day in the harsh economy, Rick cuddles her – the love of his life – and feeds her whispers of hope, his pure adoration, and a little taste of chocolate.
Calling this book is a a bit rich. It’s two short stories really and it took me less than an hour to read both. However the two stories were beautifully crafted. In the first story (Truffle Fries) in particular you could really sense the tastes of the truffle fries, and you could almost feel the emotions that the main character was feeling. I found the way the two stories sat with each other was very clever too. After reading the second story it put a different twist on the first, and I don’t really want to say more than that for fear of giving things away. It’s only 77p so hardly breaks the bank. I would certainly recommend it.
When it comes down to it I would rather have a short story of this quality that a long one of middling quality.