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If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Walker Childrens
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Actual Rating: 1.5 stars -- This review contains minor spoilers for Taste Test. (If you want, skip to the end for a TL;DR version of my review, because yes, I realize it's insanely long. I have a lot to rant about.)

It's funny how some things work out, don't you think? The first of the two days in which I read Taste Test, I had already begun turning over in my head all of the points and clever food puns I would make in my eventual glowing review, and I was practically unable to stop gushing abou...more
Taste Test was a delicious (I'm sorry, I just couldn't help it.) read that I enjoyed (and almost died laughing over.)

The number one thing that hit me was definitely the writing style. Or, rather, the other things included. We got "interviews" with all our characters that I definitely enjoyed and giggled over. It let us see what front some of them were putting up and how they felt about what was going on! It was both hilarious and sort of sad sometimes. In the way that I want to be "LET ME LOVE Y...more
Don't write this book off as just a cute, fun read. Well, it was, but it was surprisingly really good.

Now I will be the first to admit that I'm not much of a cook, but Fiore's writing in her descriptions of the food and the emotions that consumed the chefs was so beautifully vivid that even I felt much appreciation for the dishes and the care that went into their preparation. And it has more of the "take the time to smell the roses" feel than the "omg why am I being bogged down with overwritten...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
Last summer I read something exactly like this book and I think it was titled Pizza, Love, and Other Things That Make Me Famous by Kathryn Williams. This book was almost exactly like that book and I think I'm destined to read contemporary novels about reality food teen TV shows every summer or something, ha ha. But the positive aspect of this experience is that I enjoyed Taste Test significantly more. We have a small-town girl from the South who has an opportunity to make it big on a famous cook...more
Aug 10, 2013 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

MasterChef is one my favorite shows on TV at the moment and when I learned that Taste Test was actually based on the show, I knew I had to read it. I've come to the conclusion that I should just stick to watching MasterChef on TV and not seek it in books.

Taste Test's main character is Nora. Nora lived with her widowed father and helped him run his barbeque joint. Food has always been her passion and when the chance to participate in a cooking contest f...more
There's something fascinating about cooking shows. Unlike a lot of scripted television, there's true talent involved. But unlike something like So You Think You Can Dance, there's little way for the viewer at home to judge the talent. There's no way to participate in the best part: eating the food. Still, it's strangely fun to watch.

Nora isn't a watcher, but a competitor in the teen cooking show Taste Test. She's worked in her father's barbeque restaurant all her life, and this is her chance to...more
I will be completely honest: When I picked up this book, I wasn't expecting much. I got an ARC without even a cover to go off of. The plot seemed interesting, but also like it could be written very half-assed and cheaply.

Fiore knows quality writing. Fiore HAS a quality writing style. Nora Henderson is a real person with real goals and real problems. There are strengths and weaknesses to Fiore's characters. Nora, to me, is written in a way that I can imagine interacting with her. I can easily see...more
This is a Young Adult book, about a girl who is competing in a reality show cooking contest for her last semester of high school. Winning premise right there! Add to it the fact that the writing is so clean and readable and it has great conflict and characters, and add to that the fact that it is SO FUN to read, and you get a book that I completely loved. I read this as an ARC, and can't wait for it to be released!
Alice in Readerland
This review was originally posted on aliceinreaderland.com:
Since this book is about a reality-television competition, I’ll be reviewing this book TV announcer/host style. Because, why not?

Over in this corner for the Pro-Taste Test Team, we have the recipes! The recipes, ladies and gentlemen, the recipes! The back of this book includes recipes that the characters cooked in the story, including Coffee-Cocoa-Cayenne Dry Rub and Three-Chili Macaronic and Cheese, Red Peper Pasta, and Spicy Fajita Ca...more
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Hello. My name is Nat and I am a Food Network addict. A recovering addict that is “recovering” only because I no longer have cable. I am not ashamed to say that I have fallen off the wagon. Without ever having to turn on a television.

Nora Henderson is a small town girl from South Carolina that has grown up in her father’s BBQ joint, Smoke Signals. She loves cooking and can’t imagine doing anything else. And now she has the chance to make cooking her life. Nora has been accepted onto th...more
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
My Thoughts:
I was looking forward to reading Taste Test, I knew that it was going to be exactly what I thought it would be an easy, fun read. It definitely was, I didn't love this one but, I did enjoy it. The plot didn't blow me away and there wasn't much that surprised me or any huge twist but, it was a great and light read and I had fun reading it.
Nora Henderson loves to cook for as long as she can remember, her Dad runs one of the most popular barbeque restaurants in their town and Nora has...more
I was presently surprised by this book! I was pretty excited to read it, but was a little apprehensive, because it wasn't the kind of book I generally read. But, I really enjoyed!

I absolutely loved the narrator. Nora seemed really shy, and unconfident at first, but through out the book she became really quick witted, and sarcastic, which was a really fun POV to read! I felt like she was a character who was easy to relate to, without her having some crazy dramatic backstory. She was just a girl,...more
*Book received for review via Netgalley*

I absolutely adored this book. I'm sure that had something to do with the fact that I haven't read a cute, fun read in a while (lots of angsty NA). This was in fact the ultimate cute, fun read. Just the concept of the story, shown via the blurb, was enough to make me want to grab this book up and gobble it down, much like with the recipes outlined during the cooking scenes in the book.

Fiore managed to make the story whole, which could have been difficult...more
Kelly Hager
I really enjoyed this fun, sweet novel and look forward to whatever Kelly Fiore does next.

I wasn't sure about the mystery subplot (weird things are happening and people are getting hurt in freak accidents that may not be accidents at all) but it didn't really detract from what was going on. It wasn't horrible but it also didn't make the book any better or more interesting. Ultimately, I wish it hadn't been part of the book but again, it didn't make the book unreadable. (I was much more interest...more
Sue (YAHollywood)
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This book has been on my currently reading list for a while. Ive read a few HEA books that have, chef heroine on it and I realized I quite like that concept. I was so excited to read Taste Test hoping I would really like it and I guess the beautiful cover has also a major contribution on it.

Taste Test have a promising plot. I love the whole you'll be in a cooking contest, you'll live in this mansion with the other contestant concept. The only think I couldn't get into are th...more
This was a fun, interesting read that drew me in and held my attention until the very end. It's perfect for anyone who loves cooking shows: think Chopped (!!!) or Iron Chef or Restaurant Express. So basically, me. This book was written for me. Haha.

One star deducted for the lackluster, all-too-open ending and the beginning that seemed to drag on into eternity and beyond before it picked up. And also (view spoiler)...more
Okay, so when I first got this book I was a little unsure how it would be. I went to the library to see if they had a book by an author with the last name Fitzpatrick, but it wasn't there. This book is written by Kelly Fiore, so the book was like where the other one would have been. And the cover was like bright green. Green is my favorite color, so I picked up the book. I looked at the cover and I was like, "Okay, well I have no idea what this is about." (Just look at the cover to see what I me...more
Michelle Rebar
I LOVED this book! It's about a Masterchef/Top Chef-like cooking competition reality show, and I am obsessed with all of them, so naturally I devoured this book. Come on, the cover quote is from Fabio Viviani from Top Chef...how can you go wrong with a book approved by Fabio? I love that guy! But seriously, Taste Test is a cute book about an ordinary girl named Nora who is accepted as a contestant on Taste Test, a televised cooking competition. She makes new friends and bitter rivals as she prov...more
When trying to describe the premise of Taste Test, right away I thought of MTV's The Real World meets BBC's Top Chef, with teenagers.

Let me start off by saying I'm not usually one for realistic fiction. I like crazy fantasy stories with flying ships and all that, but Taste Test really grabbed my attention. I enjoyed Nora's fiery character and her determination to be the best. I also liked how, despite the competition, all the cooks responded in a friendly environment.

The problem I had with the b...more
Surprisingly good it had enough romance in it and it also had a lightness that I like to find in books also had a splash of comedy but barely there but still made me laugh I liked how the characters kinda each was on the show to win but I think that they did win in the end they found amazing friendships and I think they really grew so all in all I'm giving it five stars I have to say this was a good light hearted book
Jan 25, 2014 Kavya rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. No one at all.
Recommended to Kavya by: Idk saw it on a shelf at the library.
Okay. This was bad. Really bad. It was so poorly written, and I found myself finding ways to correct it myself.

I don't know why I finished it. I'm a sucker for romance but this was horrible. There was such imbalance that threw off the book.

1.) The love triangle is dropped. Billy comes over, kisses her, and leaves. Then she makes out with some hotshot, and goes on a date with him, rather than her best friend. Oookayy...? Imagine how he feels watching you shove your toungue down his throat when ju...more
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Brandy Painter
This is a fun fluffy story that takes place on a reality TV show for seniors in high school who have culinary ambitions. Any one who has ever watched The Food Network will recognize the set-up and they will know exactly what is going on. I was really enjoying the first half of the book. It was fun and the easy banter between Nora and Christian was snappy. He was a little too much of a jerk and I felt the whole hate to love thing was starting with a little too much hate, but I was enjoying myself...more
When I checked Taste Test out from the library, I was expecting it to be a really cheesy romance book.

I was wrong.

I think Kelly Fiore has a great style of writing. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. I finished it in two days, and I can say it wasn't a waste of time.

I loved how Nora and Christain interacted whith eachother. It definitely wasn't love at first sight! :)

I was really surprised at how many times I laughed out loud. The humor throughout the entire book was great.

The cook...more
Amy Parker
Totally delicious read that just about derailed my diet with all of it's irrestible food talk. It combined all the best ingredients of any good reality TV show-backstabbing participants, twisted eliminations,and combustible romances. A sweet escape!
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore follows Nora the small town daughter of a BBQ restaurant as she becomes a contestant in the high school cooking reality show Taste Test. The competition isn't the only challenge in Nora's life. She also has to deal with the cocky and wealthy son of a famous chef that's her biggest competition on the show and possibly for her heart and she also has to solve the mystery of who has been sabotaging the competition by causing major accidents in the kitchen.

I loved this book,...more
cute and fluffy, fun, add some foodies goodies plus great writing...= i like this allot!
Out of Ten: 4/10

Review at a Glance: While the TV show aspect was fun, this story suffers from a poor plot and frustrating characters.

Review: This was an alright book, but it wasn't for me. I don't usually read contemporaries. I just don't like them, though I still try to read a couple every year, just in case something has changed (so far that hasn't really happened)... I have a soft spot for anything about cooking, and I liked the idea of a story that takes place on the set of a cooking contest...more
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I adore cooking shows despite not being much of a chef or gourmet eater. But as a reader, I also love reading about cooking so discovering that this book was about a competitive cooking game show (in my beloved YA category) had me very excited!

Right away I found myself drawn into Nora's world of cooking, eating up all the setup before she arrives at the competition. However once she's there, the takes a turn for the worse w...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/taste-t... (8/12/13)

I have always been a huge fan of the Food Network, particularly the competition shows like Chopped and Iron Chef: America. When I saw this book on Netgalley, I just knew I had to read it.

Imagine my surprise to discover that Nora was from North Carolina! She was raised around great food. Her father owned a barbecue (notice my correct spelling of the word, versus the incorrect spelling in the blurb!) restaurant, and Nora felt at home in...more
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