Salty, Bitter, Sweet
Seventeen-year-old aspiring chef Isabella Fields’ family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and his new wife in ...more
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DNF @ 40%
Even though I promised myself last year that I will be more liberal with DNFing books I am not liking, here I am still feeling bad about doing it but at least, I'm getting better at it, right? SALTY BITTER SWEET sounds amazing on paper, a book about a French-Cuban American girl who is trilingual, passionate about cooking and wants to make a career out of it, who also faces complicated ...more
Rating: it's okay, would suggest borrowing from the library.
While I enjoyed Salty, Bitter, Sweet overall, the book sends mixed messages that I personally did not agree with. I also did not enjoy the stepbrother / sister romance and would have passed this book by if the summary had been more clear about it.
The book explores the world of professional French kitchens, with a mixed-nationality main ...more
• Pro: This book was filled with fantastic female characters. Two stood out, Isa's abuela and Chef Troissant. Both women set the bar high for Isa, and she was better for it.
• Pro: It was sort of ...more
The book spans a three week time period, during which Isabella (Isa) undertakes a punishing apprenticeship in a Michelin starred kitchen, meets her new step-mother’s ex-step-son, and ...more
This set-up would make for ...more
Isabella loves to cook and dreams of becoming a Michelin-star chef. Her culinary skills scored her a spot in the prestigious summer cooking program with world renown Michelin-star Chef Grattard. The student who scores the highest marks in this program will win an apprenticeship with Chef Grattard and work alongside him at his ...more
I love the family dynamic it is just complex as real life but with a hint of hope. The divorce representation was good, I only wish to have seen the mother possibly find happiness as the father did.
As a Cuban/African-American having an Abuela ...more
Alng the way, Isabella must deal with her new stepmother, her grief over her grandmother, her relationship with her father after his affair and subsequent divorce for Isabella's mother. And the infuriating ...more
All is not what it seems though, Isa’a life is far from perfect, her dads new girlfriend seems to hate her and now Diego has turned up and everything seems to be going wrong.
Salty, Bitter, Sweet follows Isa through her summer school as she learns what she wants from life and finally learns how to move on from the death of a loved one.
I found this book so sweet, it reminded ...more
Isa is spending the summer in France with her dad and her pregnant stepmom in order to be able to attend a prestigious kitchen apprenticeship at the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard. She's trying to juggle being overwhelmed in the kitchen with apprenticeship rivalries, a guy who randomly shows up at her stepmother's house, and various unresolved family issues, from confronting her dad about the affair that ...more
One of my favorite quotes “Happiness, like love, arrives through the kitchen. At least that’s what my abuela Lala used to say. I may not know much about love, but I definitely got the kitchen part down.” I think this says everything. I ...more
Ah. My first read of this decade, and this is a one decadent read. I seriously have no expectations for this novel, but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. This indulging debut scored some points from me due to the following:
Isabella's journey to become a chef feels real to me. She's a multi-dimensional character who has flaws and mistakes but learns from them. And you know how it's not easy for her to deal with her new family. All the pain she suffered ...more
Author: Mayra Cuevas
Release Date: 3.3.2020
Review Date: 1.19.2020
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old aspiring chef Isabella Fields’ family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and his new wife in France, where Isabella feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. The upside of Isabella’s world being turned ...more
I couldn't help but feel as if I was reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is a book I love. There were a lot of similarities, however, I would say this one was a more amateur version of that story.
Don't get me wrong, I did like this book and the general idea was nice. In here we follow Isabella, a 17 year old girl, whose dream is to become a chef in the most prestigious restaurant in France. She's just started her more mature life, she's lost her ...more
There is a lot of talk about grief and forgiveness in it, but also some romance.
I guess the title is perfect as it ties everything nicely together.
I liked how you can just tell that both food and family are very important to the author. It just pours from pages of this book. I loved her connection with her Abuela as I could relate to it. It is very familiar to me; healing through food. If you love YA contemporary, own ...more
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.