Books on a Theme: YA Food
I’m currently loving books that have food as part of their theme. As a foodie myself- these stories just bring so much extra joy to my reading experience. This year I have read some great novels that have made me want to try all of the food. Some have ignited my travel bug too which is a double bonus. I love to go all the places and eat all of the things! If you are looking for some light summer reads that will leave your mouth watering for some yummy foods-check out some of these YA books:
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Abstract: Seventeen-year-old Lila Reyes, furious when her parents send her to the English countryside to recover from grief and heartbreak, unexpectedly falls in love with a teashop clerk–and England, itself.
This story made me want a Cubano sandwich ASAP. It’s also inspiring me to try some more adventurous tea flavors. Not sure if I want to head to Miami or England first after reading this novel!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Abstract: Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions — doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
I swear that I could smell the dishes Emoni was making in this novel. I absolutely loved this story and how Elizabeth Acevedo used recipes as metaphors for what Emoni was going through in her life.
A Phở Love Story by Loan Le