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SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD LAINEY DREAMS of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show. (Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren’t? And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows? The field is wide open for stardom!) But when her best friend—and secret crush—suddenly leaves town, Lainey finds herself alone in the kitch ...more
ebook, 162 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Obsidian
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought that this story told in the first person from Lainey's point of view was very well done. I have been this girl in high school having a crush on someone who was in Lainey's mother's own words 'not worth her at all' and would feel frustrated to the point that I was incapable of much else besides sitting and thinking about them all of the time.

Ms. Davis writes Lainey very well and to me this character sounds like a 17 year old African American teen to me. And she sounds like one that is o
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Doret
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started off as a pretty good novel and finished very very strong, turning my like into love. 17 yr old Elaine (Lainey) lives in the Bay Area with her mother who is co owner of La Salle Rouge restaurant. Lainey is pretty good in the kitchen as well and dreams of having her own vegetarian cooking show. A la Carte is about much more then a girl who wants to be a chef. Its also about a teenage girl who falls for the wrong guy. Lainey has known Sim since grade school. The two used to be very clo ...more
Lynn
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lainey dreams of being the next Julia Child and having her own cooking show. But first she has to negoiate the reminder of her senior year, avoid being too organized by her mother and deal with the gorgeous boy who only shows up when he wants something. Sim and Lainey were childhood friends and Lainey has had a crush on him forever. When he decides to leave town, he asks Lainey to keep secrets and take actions that violate her mother's trust in her. Characterizations are nicely done here and Lai ...more
Amy Y.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-2013
A la Carte by Tanita S. Davis is about a young 17 year old girl named Elaine whose dream is to become a world famous chef inspired by Julia Child and becoming a star in her own cooking show. However, her dreams of becoming of becoming a world-renown chef is halted when her secret crush and best friend runs away from home. Alone and determined, Elaine does whatever she can do to pursue her dream of vegetarian cooking and save her long term best friend before everything in her life shatters into m ...more
Sian Jones
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
One of my obsessions lately is voice -- in that I bow down to folks who create narration that makes me feel as if I'm hearing a human voice, confused, struggling, funny, smart, flawed. This one really manages that, manages to be inside the head of a seventeen-year-old girl who far more resembles the teenager I was than the ones I usually read about. Lainey makes mistakes and missteps that make my insides twist in recognition, and at the same time I feel her frustrations so keenly. This book is m ...more
Rashika (is tired)
I am not exactly sure how to rate this one. I loved some things about it but was frustrated by Lainey a lot. She was AMAZING by the end of the book though so yay for character development.

Also the writing style seemed to be very tell-y at times and I didn't like it. It stopped bothering me about half way through but the beginning of the novel seemed like it would have benefited from a tad more polishing.

But if you love food, this book is SO MUCH FUN and comes with a bunch of awesome recipes you
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Susan Berger
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pre ordered the paperback of A la Carte March 24th. It arrived last week. I started reading it last night and couldn't put till down till I finished.
I loved it. I loved Lainey and her mom and her friends and the jazz choir and the Salle Rouge and I adored the recipes. The first one I am going to try is the gingerbread.

I got to the end about three AM and I was so sad it was over. I can't wait to share this book.
Suzanne
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Because I love to cook, I like novels that have recipes and center around cooking: Dianna Mott Davidson,Joanne Fluke,etc. This novel is similar in that it had food at its core and is filled with recipies in the text. I like the recipes and ideas, but the novel left a rather bland taste. It might appeal to some teens, but, I think it's plot does not have enough flavor to satisfy most.
Jenny
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2018
3 1/2 stars. Really enjoyed this, especially the bits about cooking and creating recipes and the actual recipes mixed into the book.
Becky
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An empty plate hits the stainless steel deck in the kitchen of La Salle Rouge with a clatter. (1)

Rarely do I so completely agree with a jacket flap. But in this case, it is right on.

Seventeen-year-old Lainey dreams of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show. (Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren't? And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows? The field is wide open for stardom.) But when her best friend--and secret crush--su
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