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Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

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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
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Kristi
Nov 15, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shreya
Apr 20, 2012 Shreya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kayla (Kdrewkthebookworm)
I was DESPERATE to find something to read, so I scoured my public library until I found something that looked the least bit appealing, and this is the random book I stumbled upon. Pizza? Reality shows? Cooking? Talk about a delicious read!

Unfortunately, this book didn't really live up to my expectations. I expected it to be a super fun read, full of competition and romance, but what I got was mostly boringness and repetition.

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous is basically about So
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Kat
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.
Lea
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
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Lucinda
Jan 17, 2013 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sofia
Sep 30, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
What a deliciously fun and inspiring read. I loved the characters in the story and the story-line was incredible. I love how the author brought forth a TV reality show and added culture and flavors to this magnificent story that is savoring and yet satisfying all at the same time. I borrowed this book from my local library and I highly recommend this splendid teen/ya read for all ages to sink their teeth into.
Patricia
Apr 04, 2012 Patricia marked it as keep-in-mind  ·  review of another edition
Pizza. Love.

That's it.

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Rena Del
love watching cooking shows and some reality shows so reading about something similar was fun
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
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Estelle
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
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WJ
One-line review: Sweet, fluffy (if ultimately forgettable) story about a girl who dreams being a professional chef and who ends up signing up for a reality show competition to fulfil her dreams.

Detailed review
Sophie Nicolaides has grown up working in her family's restaurant, Taverna Ristorante, which is full of hearty Italian flavours and Mediterranean flair. But she knows that there is more to life than working in her family's restaurant, that there are other flavour profiles out there for her
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Sharon
Feb 04, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  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
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Le Cirque Du Livre -Kya
Esperaba algo mejor
Riya
Apr 09, 2012 Riya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachael
Mar 10, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsey
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
Sara
May 30, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Abby
Dec 12, 2013 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Shawn Lane
Apr 23, 2012 Shawn Lane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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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
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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
Vanessa Booke
Apr 03, 2012 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Wang1
Jan 10, 2013 Amy Wang1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chelsea
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
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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
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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
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