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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    A Cozy Read

    Seventeen year old Elaine (Lainey) Seifert lost her dad when she was three. She lives with her mother,Vivianne. LaSalle Rouge is a French-Asian-Californian restaurant that receives rave reviews from critics and Vivianne owns it. Lainey dreams of becoming a celebrity chef. There's no place she'd rather be than in the kitchen of her Mom's popular establishment and there's nothing she'd rather be doing than cooking. Food seems to be this young lady's life. Yes, it is definitely her passion. She loves to shop for it, loves to cook it and loves to share her edible creations with her peers; particularly her friends in the jazz choir at school. When Lainey's friend, Simeon, leaves town her passion fades. She's still cooking but now it hides her hurt, helps her to cope in a difficult situation and comforts her when she's stressed. But when she realizes Simeon isn't the guy she imagined him to be she regains her focus and is able to make choices to better herself and her life. There are many teen novels these days focusing on such serious topics that they could also be considered adult reads. A La Carte does not fit into that category. I see this as a book very suitable for a middle school reader. I'm thinking high school girls want to read something a little more deep and dramatic, but it would be a cozy read for the ones who can do without alot of drama; especially if they love to cook. I liked reading this book. I learned about foods I never heard of before and what I really liked was seeing a recipe in handwriting at the end of each chapter; some of them even have food stains - unique!

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    A Taste Of A LA CARTE Natalie SanFrancisco

    Do you like cooking? Are you familiar with Julia Child? Then A LA CARTE by Tanita S. Davis is the book for you! A La Carte is about an inspired chef named Lainey, who dreams of following the footsteps of her idol Julia Child and becoming the first African American female who has her own cooking show. Lainey is blessed to have the opportunity of experiencing a "Chef's life" in the kitchen thanks to her mom Vivianne, who is also a Chef and who is always happy to try one of her daughter's new recipes. Like an average teenager Lainey goes to high school and deals with homework tests, friends, and boys. Unfortunately, Lainey also deals with teenage problems. Like trying to figure out who her real friends are. "My mom wishes I had friends; can you tell? Anytime I have a project with someone, Mom wants to make sure to send them home with cookies." I would recommend this book not only to inspiring Chef's but to everyone. The book is quite interesting you never want to put it down. You are tempted to read and read in order to find out what happens next. I also must warn you, do not read the book on an empty stomach because the book will also make you hungry and crave all of Lainey's recipes she describes in the book . The book also gives you an idea on how it's like being a Chef and what they have to go through at their jobs, like cutting an onion in two seconds. Like a great meal, you have to enjoy the story bite by bite and then reflect on the interesting taste. If you liked "A La Carte "then you will also love Tanita S. Davis' other interesting book called "Mare's War".

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