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Love à la mode
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Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . <br> Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. <br> Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. <br> Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. <br> Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other. <br>
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*Starred Review* Henry's dying to prove to his strict Korean mother that he can hack it in the world of fine cooking. Rosie's hungry to see a world outside of tiny East Liberty, Ohio, and she thinks her pastry skills might be just the trick. Sound like a recipe for sparks? It sure is: after their transatlantic meet-cute on the flight to culinary school in Paris, they seem destined for a sweet end. But when the pressure of their high-stakes program makes Henry distant and a fellow pastry chef sets his sights on Rosie, their fledgling romance starts to sour. Strohm's delectable novel perfectly captures the mania of food obsession, from celebrity chefs to cooking-competition shows to the pleasure of running your hands through a new kind of flour, and her descriptions of food are salivatingly good. The snappy banter and camaraderie among the rich cast of well-rounded characters crackles, and the halting, awkward romantic tension between Rosie and Henry simmers tantalizingly through every page. It's got the lighthearted, cinematic pace of a rom-com and some comfortably familiar tropes, but Strohm folds in enough witty humor, believable stakes, and emotional growth not to mention dreamy, envy-inducing descriptions of Paris that it never feels stale. Best of all, the story is as much about Rosie finding herself and falling in love with a place as it is about her growing relationship with Henry. An utterly satisfying, delicious delight.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist
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