What The Publishers Say About Salty, Bitter, Sweet
A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.
Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.
The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?
Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.
How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?
What I Say About Salty, Bitter, Sweet
Like a really good menu, the title encapsulates the tastes on offer with this novel, served like a well-served three-course meal would be presented on your table. Character presentation also matches the personalities being introduced, although each individual offers some degree of salty, bitter and sweet in their interactions. I enjoyed the complexities of their past and how each one incorporates their past, like raw ingredients, to make their own cuisine. Although our main girl,Isa, is the chef, each one has their own irritations (salty), continues to harboring disappointment even while they try to keep on living (bitter) and working towards their own version of a happy ending (sweet)
I absolutely enjoyed the gastronomical descriptions that made my mouth water, the French dialogue that peppered the prose and the thematic explorations that juxtaposed friendship and romance, betrayal and forgiveness, ambition and contentment. There were so many experiences to tittilate the senses -detailed cooking techniques to inspire the Julia Child in each of us, an ominous number thirteen reference to poke fun at the triskadekaphobe in many of us and, and the messy family dynamics to arouse the rage in most of us, and that’s just to name a few. This was a really delightful story to become immersed in and enjoy from start to end. Kudos to author Mayra Cuevas for serving up such a wonderful meal, even if I had a fork in my hand for most of the experience because it was such an appetizing read.
Thanks to Blink YA and TLC Book Tours for providing me a complimentary review copy of Salty Bitter Sweet in exchange for an honest review.
The publishers have graciously offered me a copy for a giveaway. All you have to do to enter the giveaway sweepstakes is leave a comment below with your favorite dish. I will also post this giveaway on Instagram so follow me there and enter as well.I all choose one winner atrandom on Sunday, April 5