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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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A LA CARTEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
"The smell of gingerbread is the smell of a thousand afternoons with MaDea...it's always so amazing to me that I can re-create a time just through smell." Lainey, the only daughter of a California ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cnesbitt - LibraryThing
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