Deep Dish: A Novel

Deep Dish: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews


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Deep Dish is one delicious read. Mary Kay Andrews has cooked up a tale y’all will savor to the last bite.” —Paula Deen

Battling TV chefs—a handsome Georgia redneck and a struggling young professional woman—find themselves competing for a coveted weekly time slot on national television in Mary Kay Andrews’s delightful New York Times bestseller Deep Dish. The incomparable Mary Kay offers heaping portions of humor, heart, and sass that fans of Fannie Flagg, Jennifer Crusie, Adriana Trigiani, Emily Giffin, and the Sweet Potato Queens simply will not be able to resist, as the winner-take-all cooking competition gets intense, especially when love ups the ante.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060837372
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 130,497
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, most recently The Weekenders, as well as 10 critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Birth:

July 27, 1954

Place of Birth:

Tampa, Florida


B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976

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Deep Dish

By Mary Kay Andrews
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008 Mary Kay Andrews
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060837365

Chapter One

One more week. Gina repeated the words to herself as she stood on the set, her makeup already starting to melt under the hot lights trained on her.

Five more days, two shows a day. Ten shows. And the season would be over. She would have two weeks to rest. Two weeks with no makeup. No heels. No cameras. She would let her jaw muscles relax. Not smile for fourteen days. No cooking either, she vowed, knowing immediately that was one promise she couldn't keep. Right now she might be sick of smiling, sick of staring into a camera, sick of explaining why you had to let a roast rest before carving it, sick of chopping, dicing, slicing, and sautéing. But that would pass, she told herself. Just ten more shows.

"Ready?" Jess asked, from just off camera.

Gina took a deep breath and smiled up at the camera trained on her. "Ready."

Her brow wrinkled in intense concentration as she carefully whisked the Parmesan cheese into the bubbling pot of grits on the front burner of the cooktop.

"Turn the pot toward the camera so we can see the label," Jess said quietly from the table where she usually sat beside Scott, watching through the monitor on the laptop. Where was Scott, Gina wondered? Jessica DeRosa, hisassistant producer, was only twenty-four, just a couple years out of film school, and she was probably quite capable of directing a show on her own, but Scott was such a control freak, he rarely let her.

Without warning, the gas flame under the pot flared up, and then just as suddenly died. Gina stared down at it, grimacing in disbelief.

"You're frowning," Jess commented. "Come on, Gina, don't make it look so hard. Remember what Scott says. These recipes should look so easy, a trained chimp could fix 'em blindfolded."

The cameraman snickered, and Gina looked up to give Eddie a stare of disapproval.

"Not funny," she said. But it wasn't Eddie, the overweight, balding veteran of three seasons' worth of her shows, behind the camera. This cameraman was a kid, with a frizzy shock of blond hair sticking out from under a red bandanna worn piratelike, around his forehead.

Where was Eddie? she wondered. Were he and Scott in some kind of meeting elsewhere—maybe over at the Georgia Public Broadcasting offices?

"I'm not frowning because the recipe won't work," Gina said. "The darned stove is on the fritz again. The flame keeps flickering out. I thought Scott said we were gonna get a new stove before the season was over."

Jess shrugged. "I guess we're just gonna make do with this one for the last week. Does it make any difference?"

"Only if we want viewers to believe I know better than to try to cook grits on a cold stove."

"Keep stirring," Jess advised. "And smiling."

Perky, that's what Scott always insisted on. Nobody really cared how your food tasted, as long as you looked perky and happy while you were fixing it. And sexy. Which was why she was wearing a scoop-neck tank top that showed off her tanned shoulders and shapely arms, instead of the bib apron with "Gina Foxton" embroidered on it in flowing script that she'd worn the previous season, before Scott took over the show. And her career.

"Now add the cheese," Jess called. "And tell us why you need to keep stirring."

Gina made a show of turning down the burner, even though in reality, the burner was stone cold and now seemingly inoperative.

"Once your grits reach the boiling point, you want to turn the heat way down, to keep them from burning," she said. "Now whisk in your cheese, which you've already grated, and if it looks too thick, you can add some more of the cream to make sure you've got the right consistency."

She reached for the bowl of Parmesan and dumped it into the hot grits, stirring rapidly. But now, despite Jess's directions to the contrary, she was frowning again.

She sniffed as her nose, always hypersensitive, alerted her that something was amiss.

What was that smell? She sniffed again and realized, with horror, that the aroma wafting from the pot was not the honest corn smell of her stone-ground grits, nor the smell of homemade chicken stock, nor the fresh scent of cooking cream.

No. This . . . this smell . . . resembled nothing more than the stink of melting polymer.

"Gina," Jess said, a warning in her voice. "You're frowning again."

"Gawd, y'all," Gina exclaimed, shoving the offending pot away, toward the back burner. "This stuff reeks." As sometimes happened, usually when she was overexcited or totally aggravated, her carefully moderated accent-eradication coaching fell away in an instant. "Jee-zus H. You-know-what," Gina said. "What is this stuff?" The kid behind the camera guffawed.

Jess blinked innocently. "What?"

Gina reached over to the tray of ingredients her prep cook had placed on the countertop, and grabbed the plastic tub of grated cheese. Without her reading glasses, she had to hold the tub right up to her face to read the label.

"Cheez-Ease? Is this what we've come to? Y'all have sold my soul for a tub of dollar-ninety-eight artificial cheese made out of recycled dry-cleaning bags?"

"Please, Gina," Jess said quietly. "Can we just finish this segment?"

Gina dipped a spoon into the pot of grits and tasted. "I knew it," she said. "And that's not cream, either. Since when do we substitute canned condensed milk for cream?"

Jess stared down at her notes, then looked up, a pained expression on her face. "We're having budget issues. Scott told the girls they should substitute cheaper ingredients wherever necessary."

"He didn't say anything about it to me," Gina said, walking off the set and toward the table where Jess sat.

She hated to make a scene, hated to come across as a prima donna or a food snob. But you couldn't have a show about healthy southern cooking, a show called Fresh Start, for heaven's sake, if you started to compromise on ingredients.

"Jess," Gina said calmly. "What's going on around here?"

Jessica's pale, usually cheerful face reddened. "Let's take a break," she said. "Everybody back in ten minutes."


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Deep Dish 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What struck me first off was the incredible humor and truth in this book. All at the same time, things fall together and apart in a wonderful way. One of the best I've read in a long time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a fun and easy read. Very now with the book being based on cooking wars and a cooking channel style theme. Really enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite Mary Kay Andrews book - Savannah Blues being one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Deep Dish just seemed to drag on and on and on. Picked up some at the end but not enough to salvage the beginning. Not usual for this author. Still, I am looking forward to her next book!
UCFJennybean More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Mary Kay Andrews. Normally her characters are so unique and quirky and I get swept up in the mystery and fun of the story. With "Deep Dish" I was disappointed. I found the two main characters to be lacking in substance. I found Gina to be whiny and such a whimpy woman. And Tate was predictable throughout the story. There were some interesting moments in the story but overall I was let down by one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good "beach" read. Predictable, but still enjoyable. In these hard economic times it's a great escape!
BlackIrish More than 1 year ago
I am a very big Mary Kay Andrews fan, let me start with that. I LOVE her quirky characters, great settings and interesting predictaments her characters get in. I also love how readable her writing is - great to get lost in her books at the beach or on a rainy day. That said, this book really failed to deliver for me. The characters were cute, and could have gone a long way. I didn't feel like they were as interesting as her other characters in previous books. Didn't ever get to the emotional connection with them, or deep interest in their outcome. That said, I also wanted an epilogue or something at the end to see what happened in a few months, so you could get a better sense that everything did work out great for the main character. Left readers hanging a bit. I still love MKA and will always read her great books. But this isn't one I'd even recommend to a friend or bother sharing. It was just okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Mary Kay Andrews, especially the "Savannah" series and found them funny and enjoyable. This one went on a bit too long with too predictable an ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of two battling southern chefs was a good idea that just didn't jell (food metaphor, ha). I think the main problem is that there's just no sizzle (ha, again) between the main characters. What's really ironic is I kept getting the sense that the actual romance was happening 'off camera' because I kept thinking why in the world do these two people even like each other, much less love. As it turned out, that's kind of what happens, but it sure did spoil the novel for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First let me say that I've read all of Mary Kay ANdrews previous books and found them very good. I recommend her all the time and have been anxiously waiting for Deep Dish. I am SOOOO glad I got it from the library and didn't fork out nearly $30 for this hardback. Is it awful? No. Is it terrible? No. It's simply ok. A huge disappointment after enjoying all her other work so much. Never once did I find myself caring about either Regina or Tate. In fact by about page 300, I actually said out loud 'hmm, this book is actually boring'! Do yourself a favor, use the library or wait for paperback. This one simply isn't worth the price of hardcover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read books like 'Deep Dish,' but I loved it! It was a bit predictable, but it was nice to have the ending to look forward to. Mary Kay Andrews is so very descriptive you are taken away to Southern Georgia immediately! There is witty banter and an adorable love story. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to read more from Andrews! If you are looking for an easy read with a great story, this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a comic relief. The characters were honest and human. I actually found myself laughing out loud, which isn't a common occurence. The romance was something that made it hard to breath and made me cry. It was a very emotional page turner.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty years old Chef Gina Foxton is an expert on Southern style cooking, but with a healthy approach. She is highly regarded with her own cooking show Fresh Start on Georgia Public Television. However while filming her latest show, she notices a new crew who provide substitute products like Cheez-Ease. She goes berserk claiming it is ¿artificial cheese made out of recycled dry-cleaning bags¿ her anger is because her reputation is built on healthy recipes. However her show becomes history when the CEO of the prime sponsor Tastee-Town Foods Wiley Bickerstaff III pulled out. Gina is stunned because Wiley has been her biggest supporter, but learns the truth that her producer and boyfriend E. Scott Zaleski was caught sleeping with Wiley¿s wife. Gina knows the Cooking Channel is seeking a new show. They are undecided between Gina¿s Fresh Start and Tate Moody¿s Vittles. To choose the brass decides a reality show cook-off contest between Gina and Tate will bring in viewers. However, under the TV lights, the two cooking spectrum opposites begin to simmer with an attraction that boils into love. --- Although the romance comes in the latter half of the tale, readers will adore this amusing kitchen war. The story line is fast-paced as Tate and Gina compete through food fights and other embarrassing scenarios the humorous plot stews between healthy and grill it. Readers will agree with Gina¿s sister that this pair has chemistry, but there is only room for one in the kitchen even if Tate wants to take Gina on the table. --- Harriet Klausner
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l-mo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a silly little predictable chick lit read. The characters are nothing new, the story is nothing new, and my one hope for the book (good food talk) didn't even happen. The cooking sections are blase and not something that a book should be based on.
barras31063 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick and entertaining read.
sagustocox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary Kay Andrews' Deep Dish stars Gina Foxton an older sister who is eager to please, cautious, and naive when it comes to men. Tate Moody is the man's man, grills, hunts, and loves the outdoors. Throw these two in a pot and stir. The results are hilarious, spicy, and steamy. In addition to these polar opposites, you have Gina's ex, Scott, who is out for himself and every woman he can get his hands on; Gina's sister, Lisa, who operates without a compass, is passionate, and unable to commit; Val, Tate's chain smoking, pressure cooker; and Moonpie, Tate's adorable pooch.As an aside, one of my favorite character was Moonpie; he seemed to soften the edges the characters create for themselves in an attempt to defend themselves against pain. D'John, the makeup and hair stylist for Gina and Tate, is outrageous and he provides each of the characters an anchor and support column. Mary Kay Andrews does a great job creating well rounded main and supporting characters.The impending cancellation of Gina's regional cooking show, pushes her into a reality show cook-off with Tate Moody, who has a successful outdoor hunting and cooking show. Food Fight is where the fun really picks up and Gina is forced to go out and forage Eutaw Island for ingredients before she can whip up a meal and dessert to impress three famous cooks, one of whom hates her guts. Tate Moody is in for the fight of his life even in spite of his hunting prowess as he is forced to make amazing meals out of regular household ingredients, including Frosted Flakes, to impress three judges, even one who hates his guts.Some of the best parts of this book occurs when the reality show begins, and though some of the plot is predictable, its done in a refreshing and new way. Southern cooking is the crux, and readers will be exposed to cuisine they may not see otherwise. Gina's flashbacks to her family life and her mother's cooking are vivid and enjoyable. These sections will likely remind readers of when they smell certain foods and memories flood back to them from their childhoods. If you need a light read, this is the book for you.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was way more chick lit than southern humor.I didn't like this one near as much as I liked Savannah Breeze.2 Stars
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just like southern cooking, this novel serves up warmth, spice and a hint of sweetness as Gina Foxton from the TV show Fresh Start goes up against Tate Moody of the show Vittles. They are taken to an island off the coast of Georgia for the ultimate ¿Food Fight¿ and the prize of a cooking show on the network station The Cooking Channel. And not all the heat is in the kitchen as they face the challenges thrown their way. Add a loveable dog named Moonpie and you have all the fixings for a delightful read and a craving for bourbon pecan pie.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute foodie/chick lit book. I would have liked a little more development between the two main characters outside of their competition. I did really enjoy the novel though!
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading the first few chapters, I seriously considered putting this book down forever. It got a bit better, and by the end was passably readable.
skrishna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book seemed about 100 pages longer than it should have been! It was cute but just dragged way too much and I didn't really like any of the characters.
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a "girls night out" book - fun to read and easy to understand. It's the story of two chefs, Regina Foxton and Tate Moody. She's the star of a cooking show "Fresh Start" (southern cooking) and he is the star of "Vittles" (kill it and grill it). They are the only two contestants in a reality show cooking contest to land their own show on the Cooking Channel. Through many mishaps they embarq on the road to happiness together.
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first Mary Kay Andrews book I've read, and I enjoyed it. Her journalism roots really show -- she has a brisk, plot-oriented style with lots of forward action and not too much introspection. I would have preferred to get a better view of the characters' hearts and minds, but it was good for what it was -- novel-as-action-movie, or novel-as-reality-TV.The second comparison is more apropos, because the story focuses on a televised "food fight" between Gina Foxton, a traditional Southern cook with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, and Tate Moody, who "kills things and cooks them." The food fight comprises 3 challenges, and is judged by 3 judges who have their own biases.
SouthernGirlReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a Southerner, it isn't hard to figure that I love Southern Fiction and no one does it like Mary Kay Andrews. DEEP DISH is the story of Gina Foxton and Tate Moody, two regional TV chefs from Atlanta who are competing for their own show on a national cooking network. They end up doing a reality-type competition and the winner gets the new show. You don't have to be a foodie to enjoy this book. Its a fun story that has original twists in it, but overall, the ending is predictable. The characters are new and are independant of the SAVANNAH BLUES series. Like all her charachters in her books, they are likable and quirky. There's just enough romance and excitement, but if you're looking for hot, steamy romance, this isn't the book for you. It was a quick read and entertaining enough that when I did have to stop reading to go work or do house chores, I wanted to hurry and get back to see what would happen next. Its a great summer read that has a feel-good ending.
packofcards on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've liked Andrews early books but this one was slow and tedious.