I thought that this story told in the first person from Lainey s point of view was very well done I have been this irl in high school having a crush on someone who was in Lainey s mother s own words not worth her at all and would feel frustrated to the point that I was incapable of much else besides sitting and thinking about them all of the timeMs Davis writes Lainey very well and to me this character sounds like a 17 year old African American teen to me And she sounds like one that is obsessed with cooking Ms Davis obviously did research into the recipes and restaurant industry because everything she wrote and showed at what oes behind the scenes at a restaurant sounds realI also liked that she touched upon Lainey s weight troubles and how she was eating healthier throughout the book Most African American teenagers do tend to be heavier and as Lainey shows in our families food is love That was the way it was in our household too You could run to friends and relatives homes and there was always a meal waiting for you I can t count the number of times that I would forage door to door until I saw a meal I actually wanted to eat and then stay put there for dinner Lucky for me and my brothers we played sports constantly and all were rail thin It wasn t until I moved to DC and ot a desk job I started to ain any weight Yeah I know you are all coming me a bitch right now lolA couple of times I shook my
because as with kids that age you listen to Lainey s inner rationalizations about why her used to be best friend Sim has drifted away from her And I felt badly for her for not realizing that Sim was only around when he did need something from her I also had male friends like that Either they are hanging out with you to et some attention from you or they need a favor that they are always promising to return to you soon However soon never happensIt was enjoyable to see Lainey s eye open to the fact that she had opportunities and a dream that she could make into a reality if she would just let Charlie the Caterpillar go of all of the other things that were holding her backI also really liked Lainey s mother and herrandmother in this story I thought they were drawn very well and I cracked up a few times since I thought for a second Ms Davis was channeling my mother in a couple of scenes The things change the they stay the sameThe only reason why I ave this book 45 stars was that the recipes at the end of the chapter were hard to read on my Kindle I tried reading this book on my PC at one point to see if the recipes would become legible and they didn t I did blow up the text on my Kindle and it made the recipes bigger but blurrier sometimes I think it was a cute idea to have a recipe at the end of each chapter and have them written on school notebook paper However it would be nice to actually be able to read what was written I am very much interested in vegetarian recipes Lainey dreams of being the next Julia Child and having her own cooking show But first she has to negoiate the reminder of her senior year avoid being too organized by her mother and deal with the orgeous boy who only shows up when he wants something Sim and Lainey were childhood friends and Lainey has had a crush on him forever When he decides to leave town he asks Lainey to keep secrets and take actions that violate her mother s trust in her Characterizations are nicely done here secrets and take actions that violate her mother s trust in her Characterizations are nicely done here Lainey slowly begins to realize that she needs to stand up for herself and move on The relationship between Lainey and her mother is a strong feature of this book Filled with recipes and a satisfying ending A la Carte by Tanita S Davis is about a young 17 year old irl named Elaine whos. SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD LAINEY DREAMS of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren’t And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows The fi. ,head because as
Ooking comforts Lainey throughout the novel cooks various recipes Lainey s cooking doesn t stop the flow of the novel only slows the pace so Lainey can catch her breath again Lainey s vegetarian recipes are included in the book Lainey s mom was reat not allowing Lainey to stop living her life for a uy It was a long slow process for Lainey to rethink her relationship with Sim and how much she is willing to take or process for Lainey to rethink her relationship with Sim and how much she is willing to take or for a uy making this story very believeable Sim comes backI ve thought about you alot Laine Not enough to call though huh I smile back almost sad that I know it s so true Sim laughs shortly Man Laine you re brutal Okay so I screwed up His finger traces my lower lip I ll make it up to you Come see me this summer Now he asks when all I have ever wanted was for him to want me with him to need be to be around to take notice of what I do Now it s not what I want any I m not a Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) girl who s meant to be a side dish I won t stand around and wait for some boy while he chooses me I can choose me tooI am pretty sure my like turned into love right around here I highly recommend A la Carte If you know airl who is stuck on the wrong Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun guy or maybe you want them to avoid the wronguy ive them this book If you know a irl who likes to cook is a vegetarian or enjoys cooking shows Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War give them this book A la Carte is appropriate for preteens I am not exactly sure how to rate this one I loved some things about it but was frustrated by Lainey a lot She was AMAZING by the end of the book though so yay for character development Also the writing style seemed to be very tell y at times and I didn t like it It stopped bothering me about half way through but the beginning of the novel seemed like it would have benefited from a tad polishingBut if you love food this book is SO MUCH FUN and One of my obsessions lately is voice in that I bow down to folks who create narration that makes me feel as if I m hearing a human voice confused struggling funny smart flawed This one really manages that manages to be inside the head of a seventeen year oldirl who far resembles the teenager I was than the ones I usually read about Lainey makes mistakes and missteps that make my insides twist in recognition and at the same time I feel her frustrations so keenly This book is messy and real emotionally hallejuah about the poignancy of childhood trust being replaced with adult judgment It s an honest powerful funny book and by all means not just for young adults Oh and between chapters recipes that will make you drool like a Pavlovian dog Because I love to cook I like novels that have recipes and center around cooking Dianna Mott DavidsonJoanne Flukeetc This novel is similar in that it had food at its core and is filled with recipies in the text I like the recipes and ideas but the novel left a rather bland taste It might appeal to some teens but I think it s plot does not have enough flavor to satisfy most I found myself as frustrated with the book initially as one is by a friend who is obsessed with someone who doesn t treat them well The simple recipes at end of each chapter about saved the book for me Other than that it s fairly cliched teenage fare with stock characters and situations I was interested in reading a food book set in African American culture and I m not sure this was completely it It was also a bit of a strain to A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion glean the race of the characters because I think that s an important part of the storyline I figured Simeon was white the Haines and Lainey were black and Pia may have been black or Indian since that is an Indian name too The events of the second half the book take on much significance then Still this was an easy read. Rms with the past and begins a new recipe for the future Peppered with recipes from Lainey’s notebooks this delicious debut novel finishes the same way one feels finishing aood meal satiated content and hopeful From the Hardcover editi.
Tanita S. Davis À 5 reviewE dream is to become a world famous chef inspired by Julia Child and becoming a star in her own cooking show However her dreams of becoming of becoming a world renown chef is halted when her secret crush and best friend runs away from home Alone and determined Elaine does whatever she can do to pursue her dream of vegetarian cooking and save her long term best friend before everything in her life shatters into many piecesI The Magic Question got a hold of this book by the library s shelf of book recommendations When I first read the blurb my first reaction was Whoa I think I ve heard of this book somewhere And I was right This book reminded me of another book called Dance Where the a 17 year oldirl tries to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballerina On the other hand Davis s writing style is very simple yet very sophisticated I love how she includes different recipes that anyone could follow and make in
Their Very Own Homes Also This Book Made Me Reflectvery own homes Also this book made me reflect my own life because it comes to a point where young adults have to find out what they want to do in their lives Overall if I would ve rate this book on scale between 1 10 I would ive it a 6 because of its simple writing style and it made me reflect back on to my own
life I pre ordered the paperback of A la Carte March 24th It arrived last week I started readingI pre ordered the paperback of A la Carte March 24th It arrived last week I started reading last night and couldn t put till down till I finishedI loved it I loved Lainey and her mom and her friends and the jazz choir and the Salle Rouge and I adored the recipes The first one I am oing to try is the ingerbreadI ot to the end about three AM and I was so sad it was over I can t wait to share this book This is a book I ve owned for a while and haven t otten around to until a category for the reading challenge came up In this book we follow Lainey as she strives to be a celebrity chef and deal with her social life at the same time This book was a different sort of contemporary book Lainey has to deal with old friends changing into different people and finding out how to stand up for herself I really liked how the focus was on Lainey throughout the novel as we explore her relationship with Sim her Mum and her own self throughout There was no main romance view spoilershe didn t end up with anyone hide spoiler This started off as a pretty ood novel and finished very very strong turning my like into love 17 yr old Elaine Lainey lives in the Bay Area with her mother who is co owner of La Salle Rouge restaurant Lainey is pretty An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism good in the kitchen as well and dreams of having her own vegetarian cooking show A la Carte is about much then airl who wants to be a chef Its also about a teenage irl who falls for the wrong uy Lainey has known Sim since Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character grade school The two used to be very close friends when high school started Sim no longer had time for Lainey As soon as the author introduced Sim I didn t like him because Lainey seemed like a niceirl who deserved a Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences gooduy Not a Anaphora and Conceptual Structure guy who strings her along or only comes by when he needs something making empty promises But the author tricked me into thinking maybe Sim wasn t so bad after all when hewent crying to Lainey about needing to runaway because his parents didn t understand him I just wanted to sayoodbye I m not coming back I finally figured it out my parents are crazy And Its Them That its them that making my life such crap I can t live like this so I m not Between Silences going to It s not like they don t want me too As I read this chapter of Sim leaving I was thinking ohh he isn t that bad just misunderstood Even when he asked to borrow 500 dollars from Lainey I was still blind Though I hate to be tricked it makes it easier to see how Lainey could fall for a uy like Sim Eld is wide open for stardom But when her best friend and secret crush suddenly leaves town Lainey finds herself alone in the kitchen With a little help from Saint Julia Child of course Lainey finds solace in her cooking as she comes to te. .