Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Penguin Random House Canada Published: April 2nd, 2019 Publisher: Appetite Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Nonfiction, Memoir, Food, Personal & Work Journey
I have wanted to read Ruth Reichl for YEARS and I was going to start with another of her memoirs – Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise – because it sounded JUICY and very secret indeed. But then this one came out and I was offered a chance to review it so I jumped on the opportunity. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publishers Group Canada Publication Date: 2014 Publisher: Flying Eye Books Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Folklore, Food, Superstition, Fantasy, Marriage
Long, long ago, in a small town in ancient China, there lived an honest and respectful man called Tuan. Tuan was lonely and looked hard for a wife, but even the matchmaker couldn’t help him. One night, however, Tuan’s luck changed. And so begins the story of Tuan, White Wave, and the Dinner that Cooked Itself. This beautiful and enchanting Chinese fairytale will captivate the imagination with the perfect blend of magic and realism! Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: February 1st, 2011 Publisher: Viking BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 9+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Food, Family
When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don’t know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody’s business. Soon Foster – who dreams of having her own cooking show one day – lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge – learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Family, Food
A middle grade debut about family, friendship, and finding your voice by author Jennifer Torres. Plus, tacos!
Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It’s no fun being known as
the “Taco Queen” at school. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family’s livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck’s unlikely champion.
In this fun and heartwarming middle grade novel, Stef will discover what matters the most, and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: January 27th, 2015 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Contemporary, Friendship, Food
There’s something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.
Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.
That’s the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship. Continue reading →
Is there a better feeling in the world than waking up to chocolate and good books? I received so many sweets from my loved ones that I think I should lock some up, otherwise I’ll eat them all and gain 50 kilos!