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Random House Children's Books, Jun 10, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 312 pages
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SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD LAINEY DREAMS of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show. (Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren’t? And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows? The field is wide open for stardom!) But when her best friend—and secret crush—suddenly leaves town, Lainey finds herself alone in the kitchen. With a little help from Saint Julia (Child, of course), Lainey finds solace in her cooking as she comes to terms with the past and begins a new recipe for the future.
Peppered with recipes from Lainey’s notebooks, this delicious debut novel finishes the same way one feels finishing a good meal—satiated, content, and hopeful.


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The book started off seeming like an overly-descriptive food-themed soap opera. As the central conflict became clearer, however, the characters became more interesting, complex, and sympathetic. I ended up reflecting on my own life and choices as I read about Laine's. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
22
Section 3
35
Section 4
48
Section 5
62
Section 6
63
Section 7
106
Section 8
107
Section 10
153
Section 11
154
Section 12
180
Section 13
257
Section 14
271
Section 15
272
Section 16
273
Section 17
274

Section 9
120

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About the author (2008)

This is Tanita S. Davis’s first novel. She made her first pâte à choux in high school, discovered that Mae Ploy sauce goes with almost everything, and that there’s nothing on earth like good Thai food. She lives in Northern California with two finches, a snake named Willful, and the world’s best baker.


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