One of my favorite things to do in the summer is head out to the beach and just read. Even though I won’t be able to get out to the sand and surf this year, that’s not stopping me from my share of reading beach worthy books.
This #ReadingFoodie book review is for Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews. This is my first book by this author but it is exactly something I would take for a trip to the beach.
The setting in the story was perfectly described and made me long to be in this fictional Florida town. I enjoyed getting to learn more about the ins and outs of a movie set on location and the family drama throughout the movie kept me interested in the outcome. This is a simple, easy read – exactly what you want to read on a lazy summer day.
Greer Hennessy needs palm trees.
As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax.
There’s just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.
Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled “It Boy” lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she’s come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.
The recipe for this review comes from all the seafood dishes the cast ate during their time in Florida. Fish tacos are a favorite of mine and can be spruced up with salsa, and the fish can be fried, baked or sautéed. The flavors combined make this totally beach worthy. Enjoy!
Fish tacos for Two
1 Rainbow Trout fillet
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Smoked paprika
1/8 tsp Old bay seasoning
Pinch of salt and pepper
4 corn tortillas
1 Tbsp Sour cream
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/8 tsp Smoked paprika
1/8 tsp Cumin
1/8 tsp Coriander
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 tsp peaches, finely diced
1 tsp tomatoes, finely diced
1 tsp red onion, finely diced
Cilantro, finely diced (use as much or as little as you like)
Juice from 1/2 lime
In a small bowl, add all ingredients and mix together. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together. Cover and place in refrigerator.
Pat fish dry with a paper towel. Cut fish into long pieces. Mix together garlic powder, smoked paprika, Old Bay seasoning and pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle spices over fish.
Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of canola oil. When oil is hot, add pieces of fish and cook for 3-5 minutes one one side. Flip over and cook for additional 2-3 minutes. Place on a plate covered with a paper towel and let drain.
Fry corn tortillas in sauté pan with canola oil until crispy. Form into a taco shell.
Prepare fish tacos by placing a handful of slaw mix in tortillas, folded by fish, salsa and fish sauce.
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