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October 1, 2020

Book Review: The Crunch Factor by Andaleeb Wajid

Product Details

Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: Hachette India (10 April 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9351950948

ISBN-13: 978-9351950943

Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm


What is this book all about?

Twenty-six-year-old Aliya loves almost everything to do with food – eating it, styling it, photographing it. But while her career as a food photographer is on track, her personal life is entirely derailed. Determined to move out of her parents’ house, she agrees to marry Kamaal, the hot owner of the trendy new restaurant in town. But why does she feel like she’s waded into a bowl of bland khichri? Where’s the papad, dammit? Where’s the crunch factor?

Then, on the day of her engagement, she finds out that the celebrated chef at Kamaal’s restaurant is none other than Sameer, an old crush from her younger days. Aliya cannot believe that, even a decade later, he’s still as hot as jalapeno poppers and as charming as cheesecake, and that she’s as attracted to him as she was all those years ago.

What is Aliya to do now? Should she go ahead with the wedding and settle for a Milky Bar-like relationship with Kamaal, or should she choose rocky road pie and explore her possibilities with Sameer?


The language is simple and understandable. The only thing which caught my attention was the different types of food mentioned in this book. The characters are exclusive where there is one supporting aunt and one typical Indian aunt who is a food historian whose amusing remarks and proud talent will win the heart of the readers.

What I did not like in this book?

The book just reminded me of a typical Bollywood story. There was nothing unique and interesting about this book. The main character Alya ran away with her childhood crush Sameer and like a typical  Bollywood style Faria consoled Kamaal and is getting married to him.

My Verdict

The book did not appeal me much and it was a regular read. I will not recommend this book to the romance book lovers.

Rating: 2/5*

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