Stir It Up: A Novel

Stir It Up: A Novel

by Ramin Ganeshram

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Overview


A Trinidadian-American girl’s dream is challenged by her family

Thirteen-year-old Anjali's life is rich with the smell of curry from her parents' roti shop and an absolute passion for food. More than anything, Anjali wants to be a chef who competes on a kids' cooking reality TV show. But Anjali must keep her wish a secret from her family, who thinks Anjali's passions are beneath her. Thank goodness for Deema, Anjali's grandmother, whose insight and love can push past even the oldest family beliefs. Woven with recipes that cook up emotions and actual culinary recipes that make food, this novel is as delicious as it is satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545165822
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Ramin Ganeshram is a veteran journalist who has written for many prestigious publications such as THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSDAY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER, and BON APPETIT, among others. She is also the author of SWEET HANDS: ISLAND COOKING FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Additionally, Ramin is a food writer and professional chef, and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. STIR IT UP: A NOVEL is her first book for children.

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Stir It Up 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so enchanting! This book will make you want to cook something. This book also has lots of detail. This book makes you want to read more just to figrue out what will happen next to her almost petfect life she has. The recipes this book has look very interesting too. This is a book i recomend to the people that love to cook alot of food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eighth grader Anaji lives with her father, mother, brother and grandmother in Richmond Hills, Queens. She works at her family¿s roti shop, Island Spice, where she can try new recipes. She goes to a cooking school with Deema, her grandma. She receives a brochure for a new cooking competition that will be shown as a new Food Network series. Anaji shows determination for her passion of cooking when she finds out the competition is the same day as the entrance exam for a specialized High School. Will her father rule over her and make her take the test or will she follow her dreams in hope of becoming a Food Network Star. Anaji bakes with her grandma, Deema creating delicacies for Island Spice¿s best customers to taste. She shares her recipes with Chef Nyla, her cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. Chef Nyla gives her the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a Food Network Star, when she hands her a paper about a new show, Super Chef Kids. Her best friend, Linc, helps her with the entrance video, where she makes Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. When she is accepted for the New York area regional competition, she is overwhelmed. Deema accompanies her to the first round where she creates Shrimp Burger Pitas. Even with a few minor setbacks and her struggle with time management she still ends up on top. Her father pushes her to study for the Stuyvesant Exam, but Anaji has another idea, when she finds out the competition is on the same day. When she decides to follow her dream, will she pay for her disloyalty or does she have what it takes to be the chef on Super Chef Kids. Ramin Ganeshram grew up with a Trinidad father and took the Stuyvesant exam just like Anaji might in this book. The book Stir it Up! is full of suspense and determination. Anaji is devoted to cooking and her determination to compete shows this. Dishonoring her father, Anaji show her passion to cook and be the best she possibly can and to show it too. Even with her mother paying little attention to her, in order to receive her nursing degree, will Anaji have what it takes? Anaji is determined to achieve her goal. There is much suspense in this novel because every little thing that does not turn out the way Anaji wanted it to, puts Anaji a little father back from her goal. Anaji¿s determination drives her to do unexpected things and hopefully will allow her to achieve he goal. Naji entered the contest because of her strong passion. Would she ever of thought she would have to make a decision like the one she faces. Does Anaji be a good girl and do what her father says or will she follow her dream to become a world famous chef? Will Anaji¿s dream and passion bring her to lie and suffer the consequences or will she accomplish her dream and become a Food Network Star? Anaji, a Trinidad girl, has the greatest passion in the world. But, will her dream bring her to do something dishonest. Will Anaji¿s will bring her to do something she might regret and destroy her father¿s goal for her happiness. An amazing hobby and passion brings out the worst in people in order to follow their dreams. This is a great book for anyone who loves to cook, or who is interesting in learning about cultures from around the world. It is a wonderful read for kid of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and love to cook very much. A lot of the recipes that are given along with the story are exactly the same as to how my mother and i cook. Since my mother and her family are West indian, i could really relate to Anajli and her families cooking and culture. For all the kids who love to cook and want to learn new recipes this is the right book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best. I highly recemend this. I read the real book.
Cherry L Bowman More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I never put my nook down.
shazzerwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decent novel about pursuing your dreams, and the obstacles that land in your way. I was a little disappointed in the way Anjali's lie is handled and so easily forgiven. It was a big lie, and I felt like there wasn't a lot of fallout from that. That instance struck me as unrealistic. But overall, I enjoyed Anjali's character, and her love of cooking is infectious. I also love that the recipes were included with the text. I can't wait to try some of them out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds pretty good. I might get this book. This girl has one good passion. Also the author of this book is pretty creative. When I grow up I want to become an author. Im already working on a series right now. I cant release the title or my real name. Im just hoping if I publish it, it will be good. I love 2 wright fiction books. I only wrote one biography and that was for a relative. I hink this book is going to be good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In love wit this book its AMAZING!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it Need 2 read it Has a good lesson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It inspired me to start cooking. Plz read this great,wonderful book:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. Throughtout the book there were recepies having to do with the book. I also got to learn about a different culture. It made me want to get up and cook. This is also an inspirational book for following what your heart desires. Overall, I really liked the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for any one who knows anything about cooking or even nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I read this book for book club and we both enjoyed it. The book club girls made the coconut cookie recipe out of the book and greatly enjoyed them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GOOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ithink it is good so far a So i will be genurus and give it a 5 * rating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I got the book on my nook and then bought the hardback copy because i wanted to physically own copy of this book for the recipes. Highly reccomend...
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Does anyone know how many pages there area?
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I wish i wasent elerigic to shrimp. Then i could make her shrimp recpie! :) A deffentie read. Relistic and just right!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great. It's expensive because it's new
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a good book but why is it so expensive its not even long?
Mark Laubacher More than 1 year ago
Sounds interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 words to describe thi book it's too short