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To her friends, high school senior Liza Yang is nearly perfect. Smart, kind, and pretty, she dreams big and never shies away from a challenge. But to her mom, Liza is anything but. Compared to her older sister Jeannie, Liza is stubborn, rebellious, and worst of all, determined to push back against all of Mrs. Yang's traditional values, especially when it comes to dating.

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Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Razorbill
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    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Jun 20, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
    a grandma getting her granddaughter to enter a baking competition but its actually a ploy to set her up with a guy? scam of the century, can’t wait
    Hillary
    Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
    2020 and 2021 are the years of YA and adult romance about food and cooking, and I’m totally here for it.
    nat
    um?? ya romcom in which a taiwanese-american girl enters her mother's baking competition to realize it's actually a matchmaking scheme??? sign me up ...more
    Fanna
    Jun 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2021-releases
    June 21, 2020: This just got announced and as if I wasn't already so happy to see an Asian-American book, I'm FREAKING OUT with joy at this idea because I'm so sure my mom would someday make me enter a competition where everyone are just potential & ideal husbands according to her, LOL. ...more
    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Going in, I actually didn't realize that this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, so that was a fun surprise! It's basically P&P meets GBBO, so this was absolutely up my aisle. It's not a super close retelling. There's some intention mixing of side stories that I thought worked for this story: (view spoiler). This is a light, fun interpretation. It doesn't have the emotion ...more
    michelle (magical reads)
    read on my blog

    rep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; bisexual Taiwanese-American side character

    **I received an ARC from a giveaway from the publisher (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

    After first hearing about this book when it was announced, I grew even more excited to read this book after reading a sample, especially for the setting! And it did not disappoint. A Taste for
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    halfirishgrin
    Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I am always here for Pride and Prejudice with POC - and this one includes baking!
    jocelyn
    high achieving asian mc? check
    baking? check
    meddling asian family? check
    boba on the cover? check
    asian boyz? check

    this sounds so cute y’all. why didn’t my parents open an asian bakery??
    Alexis (The Book Democracy)
    3.5 /5 stars

    ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!**

    Let me start by saying I thought this book was super adorable. I enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting. It was entertaining and kept me engaged, and honestly made me a little hungry. I will say I wasn't a major fan of the mother/daughter relationship. This is of course completely a personal preference I understand the reason for it being part of the story. I just di
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    Tiffany
    This book is so fun! And it made me want to start baking 🍰

    full review to come!

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    Cindy ✩☽♔
    Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
    One of the tags says this is a retelling, but I can't think of what it would be a retelling of. Can anyone clue me in? ...more
    -ˏˋJamieˊˎ-
    Nov 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: not-out-yet
    Pride and Prejudice but baking?! adfgsghjkl um yes please
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    Alyssa Zaczek
    Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
    not to be dramatic but I am HOLLERING at this concept, I CANNOT WAIT
    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠
    Jun 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: edelweiss
    this sounds like the perfect read for a day off curled up on the couch with my cat and a cup of barley tea
    Ms. Yingling
    Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Liza is a senior in high school, and would really like to go to culinary school to pursue her love of baking, but her traditional parents (who run a Taiwanese restaurant and bakery) want her to go to a local Texas university and get a degree in accounting. Her older sister, Jeannie, is a model in New York City. Both girls are being encouraged to find a good Asian boy and get married as well. Liza prefers to date boys at her school, many of whom are white, and does
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    alliah (paintingpages)
    “A TASTE FOR LOVE by Jennifer Yen, a YA baking-themed rom-com starring a Taiwanese-American girl that’s perfect for GBBO fans!”

    Some general thoughts for now after finishing:

    I loved reading this book!! It gave a lot of good laughs, and the romance was so sweet. There were fun parallels with Pride and Prejudice—I also loooove enemies-to-lovers—and the GBBO element is predominant and truly is for the fans. The food descriptions are mouth watering!! I wish I could actually visit the bakery.

    I also re
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    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
    Just prepare yourself with a full stomach because the mere mention of her mom's delectable veggie baozi and her dad's sesame chicken left my stomach wanting more.

    I wanted to love this story. I enjoy books that prides themself with immersing the reader in Asian cultures. Between the simple additions like food or traditions specific to their culture to using phrases or words from the native tongue, it opens up the reader to that part of the world. The premise sounds fun and entertaining, but the o
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    kitkat.reads
    Disclaimer: I was given an ARC through NetGalley from Penguin Teen!
    Overall I genuinely enjoyed this book! I enjoyed the concept of the book and felt like it was executed perfectly. I love a good rom-com especially when baking is involved. I would recommend this to the age group of 14-16 year olds as it is light and fun. Without spoilers, all of the couples were absolutely adorable and I enjoyed their storylines.

    I also liked that it was not a perfect family situation and there wasn’t the “I’m t
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    Francesca Flores
    Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I ADORED this rom com and can't wait for the rest of the world to discover it. Funny and very heart-warming with BAKING!! ...more
    Rameela (Star)
    Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Initial thoughts: i feel betrayed that no one said this was a pride and prejudice retelling/inspired story. What a fun ride. Also i’m really hungry now.
    Lauren
    Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    This was a really cute concept, but parts of it seemed really forced and rushed. I think I would have liked this better if it wasn't inspired by Pride and Prejudice - the plot points I liked the least were the ones that seemed to be trying to keep it in like with the P&P plot. I did like the characters and especially the friendship between Liza and Grace. Not a ton of chemistry in either of the main romances, unfortunately.

    Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for providing an e-ARC in exchange for a
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    Michelle Jarrett
    Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    I appreciate the book for it's voice--one we don't quite get to read often enough. However, I felt the romance lacked chemistry. Loved all the baking references...I'm now hungry and wishing there was Yin and Yang near me. ...more
    অচুপ্তা | acchupta
    a pride and prejudice retelling with asian family shenanigans?? a must-read.
    Chris G.
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    There are probably infinite ways to retell Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and half the fun is seeing beloved characters recast and reset. Liza is the younger daughter in a Taiwanese immigrant family who have made a place for themselves in Houston running a family restaurant and bakery. She’s exasperated by her mother’s strictness and blatant attempts to set her up with a nice Asian boy, and Liza feels frustrated in her desire to pursue baking , since her parents want her to go to college to ...more
    Maura
    I was looking for a light, fluffy romance and I devoured this one in a day. It was so much fun reading about all these great Asian desserts and the baking competition that Liza helped her mom model after The Great British Baking Show. Yen also did a great job introducing the characters and I really believed that Mrs. Yang was enough of a meddler to sabotage her own baking show in order to set Liza up with someone. I was laughing out loud as the contestants were introduced!

    Liza's mom was highly c
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    Briana Cohen
    3.5 rounded down, received an eARC from Penguin Teen. This was really cute, and exactly what I needed to get out of my slump. I really loved Liza, and honestly I’d really like to try all of these recipes stat. Normally I hate an overload of descriptions of food, and typically get bored when it’s described to me in such detail, and it definitely lagged at times during those parts, but overall it was pretty enjoyable. It definitely should be a movie so we can all see the delicious creations. My pr ...more
    groooovy
    Big thank you to PenguinTeen for the e-ARC of A Taste For Love through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review!!

    3.5/5 stars

    this book was super fun and cute to read and i loved how food/bubble tea/baking/pastries etc was a HUGE part of this book but whatever you do...don’t read it while hungry lol!!!

    i really appreciated reading all the double dating and friendship dynamics in this which were really sweet i can’t wait to include it in my valentine’s day book recommendations!!

    ((my only probl
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    Elisabeth
    Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I really liked the concept of this book, and the characters were adorable. The story line was nice with potential to be so fun. For me though, this book fell kind of flat, the character development wasn't there like I had hoped. And the book was fine, just seemed to lag at times. It seemed that sometimes the story got stuck on off moments, and didn't keep it's flow to keep the reader invested. Sometimes the side moments seemed to take so long rather than getting to the meat of the story. It was ...more
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    Jennifer Yen is a Taiwanese American author of young adult and adult fiction. She draws much of her inspiration from her Chinese and Japanese heritage.

    Her debut novel, A Taste For Love, will be published by Razorbill (PGH) in Spring 2021, with a second book to follow.

    Jennifer lives in Houston, Texas with her adorable rescue dog. She spends her days healing the hearts of others, and her nights wri
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