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Love à la Mode

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,969 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Foodies rejoice!!!

...part of the magic of food. It didn't last. It couldn't.
Each bite was only a moment transformed into a memory.

This book stole my heart right out the gate; a departure gate at O'Hare International Airport to be more specific.

There we meet our teen protagonists, Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, aboard their flight to Paris.

Both have been selected to attend the very prestigious Ecole of Chef Laurent.

The program is part competition, part culinary school, open to only 20-students pe
Vicky Again
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I totally did not realize just how much I needed an adorable romance until I picked this up! But yes. I did need this book. And you probably do too.

Because not only was it absolutely adorable and swoon-worthy and filled with delicious baked goods + foods I couldn’t get enough of, it also was just a whole lot of fun and a perfect get-out-of-your-head read!

Sometimes you just need that light & enjoyable read to take away from some of the darkness + moodiness of life, and this book put me i
Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-releases
- the food and the cooking scenes. They were mouth-wateringly good.
- The friendships
- The setting. I want to go to Paris right now.

- The romance. I just didn't understand why exactly they liked each other besides that initial attraction. Henry was so so whiny and got mad at and ignored Rosie over the smallest things and I just didn't understand why she still liked him after that? There was no actual substance to the romance, and that was a big problem for me because the romanc
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was basically anna and the french kiss except it doesn't suck


I don't want to start this review by talking about another book, but I have to say it! Because I have strong feelings about Anna and the French Kiss being one of the literal all time worst books I've ever read, yet for some reason that book is insanely popular and this book is pretty unheard of but it's a really similar premise except 10000x better.

This book is about two teenagers, Rosie and Henry, heading over to Paris for an
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars for the baking school romance!!

So, what's this book about?
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puf
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so adorable! It's not very similar to Anna and the French Kiss at all other than Paris boarding school & a great friend group, but those Paris vibes took me back! I think the characters were all very realistically and authentically written, as teens and their individual personalities, and i loved the slow burn/quick burn romance. It kept me on my toes! Definitely another winner from SKS.

Keep in mind, just as with your fave Food Network/Gordon Ramsey shows, the frequent and lengthy d
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As soon as I saw Love a la Mode, I was here for it. Two teens falling in love at cooking school in Paris? YES, PLEASE. I’m happy to say this one didn’t disappoint!

I’ve been describing this as a more diverse, less problematic version of Anna and the French Kiss, but with endless delicious food descriptions. Basically,
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}

While I didn't love Prince in Disguise I knew I had to try Love a la Mode since I am a want to be foodie who adores all books set in Paris. Let me tell you all the things I found to be delightful:Food // I like to cook and pretty much have on the Food Network in my house most hours of the day. I know all the chefs and love every food competition from Top Chef to Master chef. I know the names of techniques and foods that I have never used or tried. So with all this book's references to all things
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Paris is a city associated with lights, love, and culinary delights. Henry and Rosie were both making their way there to join an elite high school culinary program, which was an important stepping stone for them both. For Rosie, it was a way for her to discover the world outside of her small town. For Henry, it was a way for him to prove to his mother, that he had the talent and the ability to succeed in the culinary world. But, would there also be room them to find love?

As alwa
Erin Sky
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review soon. For now, let me just say... I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! 💖💖💖💖💖


A delightful read! Deliciously addictive!

I read Stephanie Kate Strohm’s Prince in Disguise during the 2017 holiday season and absolutely devoured it. With Love à la Mode, she’s now on my (very short) must-read author list.

Henry is in high school, but he’s been chosen out of thousands of applicants to attend one of the most elite cooking programs in the world—a year in Paris! It’s his wildest dream
Jen Ryland
Nov 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: young-ya
Super cute - if you're a foodie and/or a fan of Food Network shows and/or a fan of Anna and the French Kiss, this one is for you.

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Cassie | Lost In Tomes
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"I like you more than potatoes."
There's a blurb in the synopsis that states this is like Masterchef meets Anna and the French Kiss and I would say that's a highly accurate description.

The sweet romance and the mouthwatering food scenes made this a delicious read! I loved how vital the food was to the story, the cooking classes and Paris adventures were so much fun. I am a big Food Network fan so I was grinning from ear to ear picturin
Trisha (semi-hiatus)
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it!!

This one made me really hungry, craving things I'd never even heard of before this book, let alone seen them. My favourite part of it might have been the food, because the romance was okay......not something I particularly loved.

The problem, I feel, with the romance, was that it was just too whiny? for me. And the love triangle was boring? And just not working? And too fast? I don't know, but the characters, Henry and Rosie, were just acting like whiny children and misinterpreting to
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a cute read, but it felt so long. I liked the food parts, seeing Rosie and Henry creating delicious sounding dishes. I can't cook at all so I was intrigued and it made me a bit hungry. The long parts came from the overall plot being simple and not really getting to know the other characters. Henry and Rosie had so much internal drama and it was draining. They wouldn't communicate with each other and kept having these little fights and meltdowns. I would have liked more of the friendship ...more
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
As a fan of any book with cooking, boarding schools, and Paris, Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm seemed like the perfect book for me. The story is about a French cooking school and contains characters from all over the world. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of food. Fans of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Taste Test will love this one.

Full review on The Candid Cover
Sharlize D'Souza
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was an overall okay book.
There are 3 major things I need for a book to be good
1) a good plot
2) good character development
3) good relationships

This book lacked all three sadly. The entire book was based on the main characters so there was barely a plot. I would have been fine with this but the characters were badly developed and finally the relationship was awful.
This book was just not for me sadly.
Jan 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
Does Strohm know how to write books that aren't the most adorable things on the planet? I don't even think so. As someone who is super into food and married to someone even more into food, this was beyond a delight. I was sitting next to a Christina Tosi cookbook while reading a shoutout to it and it just made me so happy. ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, netgalley
*I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review - thank you so much, but it didn't affect my review at all. My love of Stephanie Kate Strohm books probably did, though.*

This book is everything that is amazing about contemporary: fluffy, fun, funnies, and cuteness. And then add some cooking and baking??? If you love cooking and baking, this has some of the best food descriptions that I've ever read and all foodies will forever rejoice.

Henry and Rosie were great main char
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
2.75 stars. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a cute book about two aspiring teen cooks who make it into an exclusive cooking school. Henry is a fantastic cook while Rosie struggles with the basics but excels at baking. It is her everything. I was attracted to the premise because I'm a big baker and I love baking romances, even when they're YA.
I felt that this book was pretty average for me. I enjoyed it but nothing stood out and it basically ende
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
OH MY GOSH YOU PRECIOUS, ADORABLE, CUTE LITTLE BOOK. I love you. I love food. I like cute romance. I like amazing friendship groups. I love baking. I love this book. And now I want to watch cooking and baking shows all day. Well done, cute book, well done.
Brandy Painter
This reads like a Disney series pilot about a cooking school in France. And there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you need a good Disney plot in your life. There isn't much that is deep here, but it is well told and fun. It does rely an awful lot on stereotypes for the minor characters. All of them are a bit larger than life in comparison to the two leads. (This is the element that really made the connection to Disney for me). It is fluffy, fun, and the two leads have excellent chemistry. ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I just love books set in Paris. With food. And an adorable romance to boot. So it will come as no shock that I found this book completely adorkable. Kids who love cooking getting a chance to learn from a master chef in Paris? C'mon! That's too cute to pass up. The characters were so relatable and they formed such amazing friendships and, well, I'm not usually this envious of fictional characters but these kids were living the life and having one heck of an adventure. I do wish some things had be ...more
Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finalizing my rating to 3.5 stars.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute, feel good romance set in Paris.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS ABSURDLY CUTE AND FLUFFY BOOK 😍Rosie and Henry are adorable. Paris is magnificent. I have never been hungrier. I loved every ounce of angst and swoons. 5-stars, if only because this book is the delicious little macaron I wanted it to be (especially after reading a series of epic fantasy novels).
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
A Food in Paris Experience

This book is food. And Paris. Food in Paris. It's young love and first love. It's about stretching wings and braving the new and unknown. It's about friendships. I liked it very much. It's on the younger side of YA and very cute.
Content: mild swearing, a few instances of profanity, kissing.
As sweet as dessert, Love à la Mode is the perfectly delicious rom-com that fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson will devour!

I am a sucker for A) meet-cutes, B) boarding schools, and C) food! Guess what has all of these elements?! Henry and Rosie are adorbs, and are such a sweet couple to fall in love with. I really enjoyed the characterization of the main characters. I felt like their responses were real, which is such an important aspect of contemporaries. If I don't think the teens are
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is super hard for me to rate. I absolutely loved parts of it, it was almost my dream book. Fluffy, with lots of food and dessert, and what was supposed to be a cute romance. Sadly, the romance is what drove this off the cliff for me.

Talk about insta love. I mean, come on. Henry and Rosie saw each other on the plane, and he already wanted to say that he loved her. It might just be me, but it takes more than an hour for me to declare my love. Insta love, when done right, I can enjoy. Th
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jordan (pagetravels)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Listen. This book was cute and light and fluffy, but there was very little substance in the plot department and none of the characters were all that interesting or complex. Not to mention I was incredibly annoyed by how cliquey the main characters and their friends were (it's something that was never addressed but that stood out glaringly). ...more
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Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Love a la Mode; Prince in Disguise; It's Not Me, It's You; That's Not What I Heard; The Date to Save; and Katy Keene: Restless Hearts. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her middle-grade debut, Once Upon a Tide: A Mermaid ...more

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“Chèvre cheesecake with honey-rosemary poached pears and pistachio sablé crust. Who do I think I am? I'm not chèvre and rosemary. I'm chocolate chip cookies. I'm butterscotch pudding. I'm brownies. I'm basic. 1 likes
“I don't want to give up my prime position over here by the cookies," she shouted back.
"Are they good? The cookies?"
"They're great!" This was the loudest conversation Rosie had ever had about cookies. "Really good, tight crumb structure. You can tell the butter is high quality. And each cookie is so consistent. And the piping!" She picked up another one, aware that she'd already eaten way too many of them but was probably about to eat another. "The piping on the front is beautiful, but the frosting still tastes good."
"Thank you." He grinned.
"Did you make these?" Rosie asked, surprised.
"Yeah! I love Halloween."
"You love Halloween."
Rosie couldn't believe he'd made all of these. Firstly, they were so identical, they looked like they'd been made by a machine. But what she really couldn't believe was that Bodie Tal was exhibiting the same level of Halloween enthusiasm that Owen had abandoned several years ago because he'd decided he was too old for it.
"Halloween is the best holiday ever. Costumes? Sugar? The sick orange-and-black color scheme? What's not to like?"
Rosie laughed as he reached over her to grab a cookie and took a bite. She could smell his aftershave, again. She took half a step back.
"Do you think they're too salty?" he asked, chewing.
"No, the salt cuts the butter. You need it to balance the richness. You did it perfectly, actually.”
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