Food and Book Pairing: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

The Book: Title: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre Author: Robin Talley Publisher:  Berkley Release Date: 12/1/20 Genre: Romance, Fiction Age Range: Young Adult Trigger Warnings: Mentions of fire, mentions of small injuries, mentions of blood, mentions of homophobia, injury (broken leg), “slut-shaming” Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t … More Food and Book Pairing: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Food and Book Pairing: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Book: Title: The Ex Talk Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon Publisher:  Berkley Release Date: 1/26/21 Genre: Romance Age Range: Adult Trigger Warnings: Death of a parent, cancer Rating: ★★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant … More Food and Book Pairing: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Food and Book Pairing: Something Wonderful by Todd Purdum

The Book: Title: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution Author: Todd S. Purdum Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. Release Date: 4/3/18 Genre: Biography/Non-fiction Age Range: Adult Trigger Warnings: Alcoholism, sexual misconduct, depression, cancer Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, … More Food and Book Pairing: Something Wonderful by Todd Purdum

Food and Book Pairing: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

The Book Title: Yes No Maybe So Author: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed Publisher:  Balzer + Bray Release Date: 2/4/20 Genre: Fiction Age Range: Young Adult Trigger Warnings: Divorce, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: YES – Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking … More Food and Book Pairing: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

ARC Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Malibu Rising Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Publisher: Ballantine Books Release Date: 6/1/21 Genre: Fiction Age Range: Adult Trigger Warnings: drugs, alcoholism, estranged father, adoption, death of a parent, stroke, drowning, fire, abandonment, infidelity Rating: ★★★★★ Every year, Nina Riva and her siblings (Jay, Hud, and Kit) throw a massive end of summer party. Anyone who is anyone is there. … More ARC Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book and Food Pairing: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

The Book Title: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Author: Crystal Maldonado Publisher:  Holiday House Release Date: 2/2/21 Genre: Fiction Age Range: Young Adult Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though. Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. … More Book and Food Pairing: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Food and Book Pairing: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

The Book Title: Love and Olives Author: Jenna Evans Welch Publisher:  Simon Pulse Release Date: 11/10/20 Genre: Romance Age Range: Young Adult Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret…Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was … More Food and Book Pairing: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Review: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Title: A Pho Love Story Author: Loan Le Publisher: Simon Schuster Books Release Date: 2/9/21 Genre: Romance Age Range: Young Adult Rating: ★★★★★ A Pho Love Story features Linh Mai and Bao Nguyen, whose parents own competing Vietnamese Restaurants in their California town. The two of them end up spending time together through assignments for their high school newspaper. Bao … More Review: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Food and Book Pairing: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

The Book Title: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop Author: Roselle Lim Publisher:  Berkeley Release Date: 8/4/20 Genre: Magical Realism Age Range: Adult Rating: ★★★★ Publisher’s Summary: Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes — or misfortunes — in tea leaves. Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of … More Food and Book Pairing: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

ARC Review: Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Title: Down Comes the Night Author: Allison Saft Publisher: Wednesday Books Release Date: 3/2/21 Genre: Romantic Fantasy Age Range: Young Adult Rating: ★★★★ Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft centers around Wren Southerland, a healer in the Queen’s Guard whose reckless use of magic and disregard for rules has left her in disgrace. She is invited by the mysterious … More ARC Review: Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft