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Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

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Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mar 15, 2013 Kristi rated it liked it
Sophie has practically grown up in her father’s italian-greek restaurant. Sophie loves going back to the kitchen, throwing on an apron and cooking. Her best friend, Alex, (who Sophie is also seriously crushing on) finds out about a teen reality cooking show and talks Sophie into entering. Now she only has to convince her father to let her go!

This isn’t really spoilery, because it’s in the summary, but Sophie makes it onto the cooking show. But there’s a lot more stewing on the set! There is dram
Jul 30, 2012 Shreya rated it liked it
This book was the cutest thing I've ever read! I literally wanted to puke up rainbows and unicorns by the time I was done. Although it was a bit naive, and that could just be to me, it was still a fun experience. This book went by really fast, it was a really quick read. I honestly was not watching the time, and finished it in the span of a few hours. This book just drags you in like that. You're also learning new things, like different recipes that the author throws in here and there, which is ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Sophia and her one and only friend Alex. Alex convinces Sophia to do the show. She thought she wouldn't make it on the show. But she did! She hadn't told her dad yet, so he was very mad when he told him. But her dad eventually gives in a lets her go. When she goes there she realizeses it is harder than she thought to be true to her self. While she is threre she makes two new friends, Shelby and Stan. Shelby and Sophia get to be very close friends. Then one day the ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Kat rated it liked it
Cute and fun. Not the most sophisticated book in terms of plot or characterization but a quick, sweet read (and clean too). Good for grade 7 book talks.
Jan 20, 2013 Lucinda rated it really liked it
A delectable drama full of tantlilizingly tasty treats that will have you sweating with suspense!!

This fantastic Young Adult book is a mouthwatering masterpiece of pure joy and which certainly entertains, as a great page-turner! It did take me a while to ‘get into the story’ but once the heat was turned up in the kitchens, I was absorbed in this thrilling tale of love, friendship, rivalry and intense drama. This is a story that although based around a competition is not about selfish ambition o
Pizza/Love (my lazy way of writing that super-long title) was a really cute and light-hearted read-- definitely perfect for summertime! I knew from the moment I read this plot summary that this was going to be one of those books that is just a lot of fun to read, and puts you in a good mood :)

Sophie Nicolaides has spent pretty much her entire life living and working in her family's Greek/Italian restaurant, surrounded by the sounds of the kitchen and the smells and tastes of amazingly delicious
Ira Book Lover
Dari judulnya, saya sudah bisa menebak kalau buku ini tentang masakan. Tapi tetap terkaget-kaget juga saat membaca isinya yang mirip acara Master Chef :D

Setelah membaca Gates of Rome dan Quo Vadis yang lumayan berat. Saya banting stir membaca kisah anak belasan tahun yang ringan dan menghibur.

Ceritanya tentang Sophie, anak seorang pemilik restoran yang dipaksa oleh sahabatnya untuk mengikuti sebuah reality show memasak. Sophie berhasil lolos dan dimulailah perjuangannya untuk menjadi seoraeng ko
Kartika Nurfadhilah
" Makanan bukan hanya sekedar merasakan. Makan adalah tentang mengalami makanan tersebut. Kau melihatnya, kau menciumnya, kau mencicipinya, kau menyentuhnya, kau merasakannya, "- Luc

" Makanan adalah tentang berbagi sesuatu, tentang berkumpul di meja dengan keluarga dan sahabat-sahabatmu, " -Ayah Sophia.

Sophie lahir dari keluarga Mediteranian--dengan seorang kakek dan nenek yang berasal dari Italia dan Yunani, tinggal bersama sang ayah sembari menjalankan restoran Taverna Ristorante. Sophie mem
Oct 26, 2014 ayanapunya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
atas desakan Alex, sahabatnya, sophie mengikuti audisi teen test kitchen yang diadakan di kotanya,virginia. secara tak terduga sophie memenangkan audisi tersebut dan berhak mengikuti pendidikan memasak ala reality show di national culinary academy, salah satu sekolah memasak bergengsi di california.
dalam reality show memasak tersebut, sophie bertemu 7 kontestan lain yang berasal dari berbagai penjuru amerika. secara natural, sophie kemudian akrab dengan dua orang kontestan, Stan dan Shelby.
Mar 03, 2014 Caitlin rated it liked it
Pizza, love and other stuff that made me famous is about 16 year old Sophie Nicolaides. Sophie has grown up in her family's Greek?Italian restaurant and can cook very well. She get's an opportunity to audition for the reality TV show Teen Test Kitchen and she makes it to the show along with seven other contestants. The book is about her time in the kitchen.
I really enjoyed this book. It keeps you interested the whole way and I liked the way the author included recipes throughout the book. The r
Feb 06, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I should start out by saying any book that includes recipes gets a high rating from me because it makes me feel like I can really live part of the story. This book combined two of my favorite things - reality television and food! The characters in this book are real and from the first page you feel like you really know them. The expose on the world of reality television was refreshing and rings true with what I think it would be like. This may be a young adult book but it is v ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Dhani rated it really liked it
Sebuah buku remaja tentang sebuah kompetisi masak. Yang tak hanya melibatkan bakat- bakat unggul, temperamen dan sikap yang berseberangan tapi juga intrik- intrik yang juga melibatkan penyelenggara.So far aman dibaca remaja, karena tak ada adegan dewasa. Kecuali secuil info tentang salah satu peserta yang gay. Itu pun hanya dibahas sambil lalu. Kisah persahabatan antar peserta digambarkan dengan manis. Juga banyak filosofi- filosofi cantik sepanjang halaman halamannya, seperti tentang menjadi di ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Patricia marked it as not-yet-released
Pizza. Love.

That's it.

Samiha Hussen
Sep 26, 2014 Samiha Hussen rated it really liked it
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Apr 10, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
For whatever reason, I loved this book. Maybe because it was about cooking, which is a passion of mine. Maybe because it was set in win country, California. Or the recipes put into it. The author had a very nice understanding of cooking which was so nice. I was expecting it to all just be thrown together. I was even surprised she mentioned cream of tartar (page 182)! That's something serious cooks would only know about. All in all, if you like cooking, and cutesy teen romance, you should read th ...more
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August 2012
Jan 02, 2015 Abby rated it it was ok
"I was wondering what in the name of Bobby Flay I was doing there" -Sophie Nicolaides

This quote sums up what I was feeling when I began this book. Yes, I had asked for it for Christmas, and I do have an unhealthy obsession with the Food Network, but was this really the last book I wanted to read in 2014?

My expectations were met. The problem is, my expectations weren't exactly very high. It was fluffy and sort of cute. (Really cute if you squint your eyes) The pizza definitely came through in th
May 07, 2014 Dina rated it liked it
This is a great read for middle and high school students. The plot includes a lot of drama, scheming, and romance, but it is "clean" enough for younger teens to read. I enjoyed the fact that the plot was novel (a girl entering into a national cooking contest), while still being a typical YA book geared towards girls, since it features drama, friendships, and relationships. I wouldn't say that it will make readers think profound thoughts or challenge them, but it is definitely a fun, sweet read.
Jul 30, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
Wow, that title is a mouthful!! This book was very enjoyable. I fell in love with Sophie and the food! The descriptions were impeccable -a true delight. It was as if I was tasting the food at the judges table.

Sophie has just the right amount of quirkiness mixed with a dash of dramatics. She tends to have a lot to say but holds back. Her mom died when she was young and, at times, it feels like she didn’t know her at all. As the reader I felt like I was looking in through tinted glass. She flip-fl
Ms. Yingling
Sep 25, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Sophie loves working at her families Mediterranean restaurant, Taverna Ristorante, but she thinks she can be a better cook than her father. When her friend/crush Alex finds about a reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, he encourages her to apply and helps her get to the try outs without her overprotective father's knowledge. She makes the cut and is sent to spend seven weeks at a culinary school in Napa, CA with the other finalists. While she learns about cooking, reconnects with her aunt, and flirts ...more
Why I picked it up: Food fiction!

Sophie works in her father’s restaurant and dreams of becoming a respected chef. When her best friend Alex tells her about a reality TV show called Teen Test Kitchen with a prize of a scholarship to a prestigious culinary school, Sophie auditions. She makes the show, but finds that reality TV is not all about reality.

First of all, let me say that this is true food fiction, meaning the book includes recipes from some of the dishes Sophie makes in the competition.
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I wasn't expecting much going into this novel, and so my expectations were on par with my reading experience. The book has the same strain of cuteness as its adorable cover, though never deep and meaningful. It's a good light summer read, and clean enough for even tweens to pick up and read.

The novel centers around a girl named Sophie who has grown up in the restaurant business, but wants more for her own career in food services. Her friend helps her get onto a reality TV show called Teen Test K
Vanessa Booke
May 30, 2012 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it
Pizza, Love and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous is a fun and easy read. Sophie is extremely down to earth, smart, honest and overall likable. I thought the story's concept was original and I enjoyed reading it from font to back. It was interesting reading about the procedures of the reality cook show and the pressure that Sophie, Shelby and Stan were under. It came off as realistic yet funny. I loved the ending and I thought it was a great finish to the story. I couldn't have asked for a better ...more
May 30, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2013
3.5 stars. Sophie is a cook in her family's restaurant with dreams of being a real chef someday. After auditioning for a new teen cooking show, she's invited to be in the competition. For seven weeks, she's in Napa, learning new cooking techniques and working to put her own flair on dishes.

This was a really cute story. Cooking shows are huge right now, and the author did an excellent job describing how hectic the schedule must be and how sleep-deprived teens make for better reality TV. The descr
Amy Wang1
Jan 10, 2013 Amy Wang1 rated it really liked it
Everyone has a dream that he or she wants to achieve. As for Sophie Nicolaides, she wants to become a famous chef. For a girl who grew up in her family's pizza shop, she learned to make pizza and the best tomato sauce.
Sophie thought all her life she was going to stay in her family's pizza shop. She was dead wrong though. One day, her friend introduced her to a teen chef television show contest. That was the day she decided to make the first move in being closer to her dream of becoming a famo
Shawn Lane
May 03, 2012 Shawn Lane rated it liked it
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Sep 05, 2012 Chelsey rated it liked it
This book was not what I expected it to be. It was a cute read but it just lacked something for me. I was not as into it as I hoped that I would be. I really wanted it to be like one of my favorite books, but sadly I was a little disappointed. Not that it was all bad because there were definitely parts that I did like. I loved Sophie’s ambition and her desire to cook. I could feel a passion in her that was so real and I love that she was so connected to her family and really embraced her Greek/I ...more
Sam  (The Nighttime Novelist)
I read this book in one sitting on a lovely Sunday morning (it took maybe 3 hours or so, I think). I wasn’t particularly enthralled at first; it seemed, for the first 10 pages or so, like the author tossed in backstory every chance she got, and I’ll admit it annoyed me a bit because to me, knowing every last detail about the protagonist’s life in the first 20 minutes is never a good thing. However, after I got over that little pet peeve, this little novel proved to be a charming read. I can’t sa ...more
Originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

You know how they say you shouldn’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach?

The same belief could be applied to reading this book. With all the talk of grand food preparation and the recipes included after each “reality show” challenge, my stomach was constantly grumbling. (Williams included two of my absolute favorite foods too — pizza and eggs benedict!)

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff… is a very cute novel featuring Sophie, a 16-year old who comes ac
May 08, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it liked it
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