August is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. This hot-and-steamy month is, appropriately, Read-a-Romance Month, 31 days dedicated to swooning and melting, yearning and burning. We asked Bobbi Dumas, founder of this homage to romance novels, to pick her favorite book each week. Naturally, we'll be complementing her suggestions with something to snack on. And since you're likely to get hot and bothered, we decided to go with food pairings to help cool you down.
Hot Read: Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
The final book in Macomber's bestselling Rose Harbor Inn series throws together an innkeeper with a broken heart, a boarder escaping a broken engagement, a man on a mission (and in uniform), and a sexy contractor. Intrigued?
Cool Eat: Smoked Salmon Soba Noodle Salad
When we think of the Pacific Northwest, where this series is set, we think of salmon. And while this is no bodice-ripper, we think you'll find this cold noodle dish a suitable mate to this sweet summer romance.