Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous
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Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  695 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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 persuade her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, Califo...more
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Published August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published August 1st 2012)
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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...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
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
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
Pizza. Love.

That's it.

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
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.
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...more
Ms. Yingling
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....more
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...more
Vanessa Booke
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
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...more
Amy Wang1
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...more
Shawn Lane
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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
This was such a fun, cute and light YA contemporary novel that I really enjoyed reading. It’s filled with delectable food, summer romance and kitchen drama.

Sophie Nicolaides grew up with her father who owned an Italian-Greek restaurant called the Taverna Ristorante. Throughout her childhood Sophie grew up in the busy kitchen of the restaurant and soon began to help. She loves everything about cooking and can’t imagine her life any differently. One day her best friend Alex tells her of a new rea...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...more
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Wandering Librarians
Sophie Nicolaides has grown up in the kitchen of her family's Greek-Italian restaurant. Sophie dreams of becoming a chef, and she might get her chance sooner than she thought when she enters to compete on a reality TV teen cooking contest. But the contest is not what Sophie was expecting. Is having her life exposed worth the possible reward?

This was fast, fun and sweet. It's good to have nice books. Nothing terrible happens, nothing overly sexy besides a few kisses. A little bit of friendship an...more
Warning: This deliciously light, cute read will leave you ravenous for some Italian delicacies... it's a good thing there are recipes included!

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous is a delightful read that I gobbled up in one sitting. I went in expecting a bit more than what it offered, but it was highly enjoyable and the characters were a pleasure to get to know. Reality shows are one of my guilty pleasures, so maybe that's why I had so much fun reading this gobstopper. *Err... if y...more
This book has a super cute premise, but fell very short of my expectations. The only really interesting parts were scenes from the show when it was actually filming. The judgment scenes we are so familiar with reality TV contest shows, that I found myself craving them. For everything else in the book, I had to stifle a yawn.

There are a lot of pieces to this story. There's Sophie's strained relationship with her father, her growing attraction to her best friend Alex, her desire to cook and be a c...more
Sophie Nicolaides has always dreamed of being a chef. As much as she loves Taverna Ristorante, her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, and particularly getting to help out in the kitchen, she also wants to be bigger than that and to eventually have her own restaurant. But when her best friend Alex tries to convince her to audition for Teen Test Kitchen, a new reality cooking show, as a way to jumpstart her culinary career, Sophie isn’t so sure. She doesn’t think that being filmed constantly and s...more
Lady Danielle
(I'm writing this on my android, so there's going to be a lot of errors. Please excuse it.)

Aww, what a very cute and very delicious novel. This is like a chick-lit version of Hell's Kitchen. PIZZA, LOVE, AND OTHER STUFF THAT MADE ME FAMOUS wasn't what I expected; nevertheless, I was left satisfied.

Our 16-year-old Greek-Italian protagonist Sophia "Sophie" Nicolaides (cute surname!) enters the Teen Test Kitchen reality TV show to become a chef. She wants to open her own restaurant besides working...more
Sharon (A Book Barbie)
May 22, 2013 Sharon (A Book Barbie) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow food lovers
*3.5 STARS.

(Review originally posted here at The Book Barbies.)

I was so excited for Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous! What a fun idea! As a self-proclaimed Chopped addict (even though I don't like any other reality shows unless they involve dancing), I was definitely looking forward to this one. The story sounded so cute, and how completely adorable is that cover?

While it was not exactly what I was expecting, Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous delivered on the cuten...more
I adored this book! Admittedly it is somewhat predictable but sometimes you just want to read something that will make you happy. Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous is just that, a happy book.

Sophie loves cooking and has been working in her family’s restaurant pretty much forever. Talked into entering Teen Test Kitchen by her best friend she makes the final cut and ends up in Napa with the other contestants. There is little ‘reality’ in reality TV and Sophie and her new friends hav...more
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