50 Books by Authors of Color: Book 17
Title: A La Carte
Author: Tanita S. Davis
Seventeen-year-old Lainey isn’t the typical African American teenager depicted in books. She dreams of being a celebrity chef with her own cooking show. Her mother, Vivianne runs an upscale restaurant known as La Salle Rouge with a woman name Pia and the three of them share a love of cooking and eating. Lainey think her life is stable, even though her friendship with Sim, a boy she’s been best friends with since childhood is degrading, Lainey’s perception of life is about to change forever. After a party goes disastrously Lainey finds herself abandoned and feeling betrayed. She uses food as a way to come to terms with what has happened and to try and make her dreams come true – with a little help from Saint Julia Childs of course.
Sprinkled with delicious (and vegetarian) recipes, including a few I plan on trying for myself, this book really takes the cake. (Sorry I had too). Davis creates a believable, likable and believable character in the sometimes gullible Lainey. A La Carte is funny and heartbreaking and a great easy read.
Overall Rating: 4/5