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Stir It Up

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  361 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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 be
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Serlena M
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Karlee Kamberling
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Out of all the other books I have read, this book is probably one of my top five favorite books. The author of this book is really good at making the readers not want to put the book down. My favorite part in this book is where Anjali tells herself that she is gonna make her dreams come true. This is my favorite part because she has confidence in herself and believes that she can do anything. This book just really inspires me. Anjali is a 13 year old girl in this book who wants to grow up to be ...more
Cecelia
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Book blogging is life-changing. Or at least reading-life-changing (I think I’m safe with that assessment). I’ve been influenced by other bloggers more than I ever imagined possible when I started out. It has come to this: I hardly ever read a book anymore if I haven’t previously heard about it through my network. And, funnily enough, sometimes books hear about me and come searching. Or make that a book’s author. In this case, Ramin Ganeshram scouted me out viaReading in Color (a really fantastic ...more
Jennifer
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, young-adult
My romp through YA of the past few years is continuing. My latest victim? Stir It Up: A Novel: A Novel, a book about a New York teenager from "Little Trinidad" who aspires to be a Food Network chef. The book seemed to be half recipes, half narrative.

Pros:
1. The food described sounds delicious. Trinidad and Tobago combines Indian, Caribbean, and Chinese food cultures into one delicious amalgamation. I was hungry the entire time I read.
2. The premise was cute. I liked the idea of a kid chef conte
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Emily
Why I picked it up: It’s food fiction! And this one has recipes, and in my definition, that’s true food fiction.

Anjali works at her dad’s Trinidadian restaurant in Queens. She loves food, she loves to create new recipes, and her dream is to be the youngest star on the Food Network. The teacher at a local Saturday cooking class tells Anjali about contest for exactly that. Anjali is over the moon, but the tryout is the same day as the entrance exam for the high school her parents want her to go to
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Marissa Mayers
This book makes you wonder what will happen next.A girl from Trinidad named Anjali wants to become a celebrity chef. her parents think her passion is beneath her.
Fatima
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram was a book that I wanted to read for a long time so when I got the opportunity to read it, I didn't hesitate at all. It was very different from what I usually read more inspiration and motivation to follow your dreams and work for your goals. I really enjoyed every word of this book it motivated me to work harder towards my goals in life. Even though it didn't turn out the way she liked it, she didn't give up but she kept on working and signing up for the program th ...more
Diane Adams
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Came across this book while helping my daughter clear her shelves, so I read it. Now I want to cook curry. And make things with coconut. And make ginger beer. I really did enjoy the story, but now I think I need to go look for this author's cookbooks!
Pepper
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kady Mac
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Deal: Anjali is a 13 year old girl living in Queens, New York. She goes to private school where she doesn't quite fit in and she's under a lot of pressure from her family to do well on her tests and be accepted at a prestigious public high school for the next year. With her mother also studying all the time to get her nursing certification in the United States, sometimes it feels like education is all her immigrant family cares about. All Anjali cares about however, is cooking. She loves hel ...more
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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 ...more
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