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Lumi Santana is a chef with a gift: she can perceive a person’s emotions by tasting their cooking. Despite being raised by a mother who taught her that dreams and true love were silly fairy tales, she puts her heart and savings into opening her own fusion restaurant in Upper Manhattan. The restaurant offers a mix of the Dominican cuisine she grew up with and other world cu ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s sweet, witty, entertaining and promising start made me think “Yes! I found another feel-good rom-com will warm my heart and help me to forget my shitty and stressful day”! I felt like some four or five starred review was already coming up. So I poured more wine to my glass, extended my legs and started reading.

I was so happy to be introduced to Lumi Santana, Dominican chef, lovely, relatable heroine loses her dream restaurant and trying to find a solution to make her ends meet, holding her
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book was.... bizarre? It started out fine enough, but as the book went on things got WEIRD. It started as a fun, cute contemporary but then it introduced some like slight fantastical elements and then things also got REALLY intense and dramatic and I honestly feel like this book gave me whiplash. Also worth noting- I listened to the audiobook of this one and the female narrator gave the hero the strangest """sexy""" whisper-y voice and it was so awkward to listen to. This just.. did not wor ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Yes, it's a bit schmaltzy and not my usual type of read, though what usual is anymore I haven't a clue.
Food and love in the kitchen. They say one can always tell when something is cooked with love, but Lumi takes it a step further. She has a form of synthesia that lets her tell the emotions of the preparer of the food. I'd fall in love with her chef too, he's definitely a keeper. Like i said a little too much smoochy love and sex, but hey these are unusual times and this book helped lift me out
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Berit☀️✨
Sweet and spicy! Yaffa S. Santos has cooked up a delectable tale bubbling with food and romance. Lumi is pretty bummed out when her Dominican restaurant goes out of business and she is forced to take a job as a sous chef at a traditional French restaurant. Even more irritating her new boss is a bit of an arrogant ass. He thinks he is gods gift to the kitchen and even though he is drop dead gorgeous Lumi is not impressed. That is... until she is. Lobsters, apples, tomatoes, tarts, kisses, turtles ...more
aarya
DNF at 34%

It's amazing how disliking one MC can destroy all interest in a book. The premise is right up my alley and I liked the heroine. Unfortunately, I just can't with the hero. He's the kind of pretentious asshole who punches food critics in the face and tells customers to "educate their taste buds" when they ask for ketchup. Zero chemistry between him and the heroine so far (they're lusting after each other, but I don't feel genuine interest or respect between the two). I can't think of a s
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Anna
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-heroines
3.5 stars



A sweet romance with delicious food in every chapter that will leave you hungry and ready to try out some recipes at home!

I loved that Lumi was Dominican and we got to learn so much not only about her culture through her family but also through her food. She's such a strong woman and has worked so hard to be successful and I loved that she never gave up on her dream even when it felt like things would never work out.

I also really enjoyed Julien's character. He had an interesting backst
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: august-2020
real rating: 2.5 stars

this started off really cute but similar to chelsea dolling ratings, i found myself really confused by the dramatic 50% of the rest of the book. It was so weird with the whole accident, plus her leaving him for no reason, and all her insecurities. I still enjoyed it but it definitely made me more confused instead of loving it.
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!



“A Taste of Sage” was uneventful, dull, and lacked appealed. The relationship between Lumi and Julien was just about non existent and there was no real connection at all between them beside a physical attraction. It had potential but the author failed to meet them which is unfortunate because I was really looking forward to a culinary romance.

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Sera Taíno
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-romance
The premise of A Taste of Sage is irresistible - Lumi (Illuminada) Santos is the owner of a failed restaurant who goes to work for the Julien Dax, an arrogant, pretentious head chef at his famous French Restaurant. Lumi has a special gift - she can sense the emotions of a person through the foods they cook. This is an incredible gift, giving her insights into the people's emotions, no matter how they mask them from others.

However, Lumi's first encounter with Julien leaves her so infuriated, she
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Mara
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
Ooo, this is tough to rate for me. Well first, I will say that this book will definitely make you hungry, so know that when you pick your timing to read it. The writing in this one overall is really strong- I very much enjoyed the authorial voice and would read something else from the author. I also liked the premise & the overall direction the story went. I think what trips this book up is that it doesn't fully work as a genre romance due to it's pacing. It's just a bit all over the place in te ...more
Felicia Grossman
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is very special. In a way, it almost has elements of a modern beauty and the beast retelling, i.e. Lumi is a kind, open, creative, talented chef who lost her business and, to pay rent, has to take a job under Julien, an extremely commercially successful chef who is a bit, or more a lot, of a monster to work for, having lost sight of the soul of his food, and the feelings the food is supposed to give, in favor of perfectionist execution.

Through working together, he's able to be inspire
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Jennifer
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Rida Quraishi
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
A Taste of Sage started out so well! I loved the theme and the background of the story but about 40% into it, the story starts falling flat and there's no looking back.
I wish the main characters had more chemistry between them, I wish the author had paid more attention to Julien's character and given it more depth, specially because this was a dual perspective story. I mean, I still don't get what he saw in Lumi to fall for her. What spoke to him about her? I just don't get it, which goes for a
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Elena Laing
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically fun fiction for foodies! Aside from the great romance story, the book comes with delicious recipes that you can make at home. I enjoyed everything about this book, and finished it in an afternoon!
Krista Regester
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
::clutches pearls::

There are multiple times throughout this novel at which I thought I was being punked. This book is 25% recipes, 50% tropes, and 25% "THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN" screams, courtesy of me.
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Meredith Schorr
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow burn for me, but it picked up in the second half. I appreciated the originality in the plot and the character development of Lumi. The romance was a good mix of sweet and sexy. Fans of foodie fiction will definitely enjoy that aspect of it!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
Yels
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc, romance
A Taste of Sage follows Lumi, a 30 something year old chef who has to close down her restaurant due to low clientele. She lands a job working for a 3 star restaurant as the sous chef for Julien Dax. Lumi and Julien had a disastrous run in before Lumi unknowingly applies to work in his restaurant. They start to interact on the daily basis but Lumi has a secret. Since she was a little girl, she can taste what the person is feeling when she tries their food. One day, Lumi tastes Julien's dish and t ...more
Jamee Pritchard
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Taste of Sage is a romance centered around food and cooking and its hero and heroine, Julien and Lumi, are chefs. After she is forced to close her restaurant, Lumi is hired to be Julien's sous chef at his French restaurant. For a long stretch in the story, the love element seems to be one-sided with Julien secretly crushing on Lumi. But after some quick pacing within the story, Lumi soon finds her feelings for Julien amid her complex emotional history. There is some potential for more story de ...more
Mia
Jun 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I want to like this but nothing work.
It was boring and there is no real romantic feelings until the end plus they have no chemistry.
I liked recipes and that's about it.
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Obsidian
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I can't say much here. The heroine (Lumi) was likable, the hero (Dax) took a while for me to get there. There just needed to be more character development. I also thought that Ms. Santos just totally ignored the whole thing with the Fatal Attraction secretary. It just seemed to be hand-waved and it was just odd. I did love the recipes, and the description of the food in the book seemed great.

"A Taste of Sage
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Wendy
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
2.5 stars

Thank you to Harper Collins and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions of my own.

Lumi Santana is a chef with a special gift - she feels the person's emotions by tasting their cooking. After her restaurant fails, she takes a position as a sous chef at Julien Dax's French restaurant. Julien is known for his cranky personality despite being a celebrated chef. Despite their clashes in the Kitchen, he can't help but be drawn by her and once she tasted his cooking, she couldn
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Raven
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5

This book is not bad whatsoever so please do not allow the low rating to move you away from this book.
Katie
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc, april-2020
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy free for review. All opinions are my own.

Doesn't it suck when an anticipated release isn't nearly as good as you wanted it to be?

The story starts with Lumi, our main character, struggling to keep up with bills at her restaurant. Due to her off-the-cuff cooking style, it's difficult to maintain a steady base of customers, and her restaurant eventually goes under. She ends up as a sous chef for one of the pickiest, most demanding chefs
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Kristina
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos is a cute romance about Lumi, a Dominican chef, who was struggling to keep her restaurant afloat in New York City. Out of necessity, she ends up becoming a sous chef at Dax, a popular restaurant ran by The infamous Julien Dax himself. Their love story was initially a slow burn. A slow burn that raked up the anticipation and need for the couple to finally come together passionately. But I think I was a little let down.

I enjoyed Julien’s character and appreciated
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Crystal
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Lumi's beginnings in this book just broke my heart, but then Julian started putting it back together again! This book was unique, smart, romantic, and sexy too! I loved the recipes mixed in with the story, but I especially loved how these two were just what each other needed! I can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Sarah Perchikoff
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Lumi is down on her luck. The restaurant of her dreams has failed and she doesn't know where else to turn. So she ends up applying for a job as a sous chef at one of the top restaurants in Manhattan run by a famous-for-being-an-asshole chef, Julien Dax.

When they first meet, the sparks go wild! They do not get along but there's something simmering between them. It continues to grow the longer they work together and culminates in them having sex IN THE RESTAURANT KITCHEN. Do I need to tell you the
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sheena d.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-nyc
Do not read this book on an empty stomach. For real. From apple ratatouille to shrimp mofongo to guava cheesecake, Lumi's recipes will make your belly grumble. And that's not the only part of your body that will beg for attention while you're reading...! The rivalry and stubborn resistance and eventual chemistry made me root for Lumi and J to figure things out (...even if I do still roll my eyes at Julien, lol), and I appreciated the little bits of wisdom we got from the sidekick characters---es ...more
kanitta   keating
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A taste of sage is a fun book to read.

I came from an Asian culture settings. It was not easy for me to understand the language, traditions and culture at the beginning. But I pushed it through.

A lot of people might say that the main character (JD) is an a-hole. But I think even an a-hole person deserves to have a happy ending as well. Nobody is perfect in this world, why should a character in a novel has to be a Mr. Perfect. All stories might be boring and not real.

Ms. Santos shows that love
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Maribel
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like Water For Chocolate Meets Pride and Prejudice


After weeks stuck at home, I was yearning for an escape from Netflix and quarantine baking, for the sake of my own sanity, and my waistline. Enter A Taste of Sage, a delightful morsel of a novel that left me giggling, salivating and aroused by turns.
I loved the interplay between Lumi and Julien, the delicious recipes and the beautiful imagery. If you love good food, nights on the town and steamy romance in and out of the kitchen, this book is f
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Cait
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
This was... an odd book. I felt like there was so much missing character development for everyone, and each of their attitudes made it hard to get on board with the relationship. I'm also starting to think that food romances (when it's like fancy city restaurant food) are just not my jam) ...more
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