Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review: Taste Test By: Kelli Fiore

Title: Taste Test
Author: Kelly Fiore
Published: August 27th, 2013
Buy The Book: Amazon/Barnes and Noble
Source: E-Arc from Publisher
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
 Goodreads Summary:

If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good. 

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all.

 My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to reading Taste Test, I knew that it was going to be exactly what I thought it would be an easy, fun read. It definitely was, I didn't love this one but, I did enjoy it. The plot didn't blow me away and there wasn't much that surprised me or any huge twist  but, it was a great and light read and I had fun reading it.

Nora Henderson loves to cook for as long as she can remember, her Dad runs one of the most popular barbeque restaurants in their town and Nora has worked their her whole life.  Her and her best friend Billy are addicted to the teen reality show Taste Test, where a group of teenagers compete against each other  to cook the best dishes to win a chance to receive a scholarship and learn from the best chef's at a Paris culinary college. Billy finally convinces Nora to apply to be on the show and to her surprise she makes it onto the  show. But, once she gets to the set of the show she finds out that it's not as easy as she thought it was going to be, from her rich  roommate who believes she better than everyone else to the boy she has a love- hate relationship with Christian Van Lorten, who just happens to be the son of one of the most famous chef's in the world and thinks he is god's gift to the world. To add to the pressure there have been mysterious accidents happening in the kitchens during their challenges which is  eliminating some of Nora's best friends from the competition and she is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Nora was such a  strong character and she had the perfect personality for someone who was going to be on a reality show, she was strong and competitive. She wasn't afraid of confrontation  and she wasn't going to let guys like Christian just slip by because of who they were. She wanted to show everyone how great she was at cooking and just because she made barbeque didn't mean she couldn't come up with new and inventive ideas for new recipes and she dreamed about being able to learn from the best in Paris.

My favorite part was getting to see bits and pieces behind the scenes of the reality show,  it reminded me how staged they are that although they are supposed to  be  about real life, everything is still filmed done over and over sometimes.  At  the end of each chapter there was usually interviews with each of the contestants and the pushed the contestants to answer  questions about how they felt about other contestants, their feelings and it made me realize that it's not a real as it feels sometimes.

Taste Test was a fun read, it kept my attention and it made me smile and I loved reading about all of the different recipes the contestants came up with, at the end of the book they had a bunch of the recipes for the dishes that were made in the book and I am definitely going to try a couple out myself for fun!

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1 comment:

  1. I love reading about cooking in books so I'm excited to give this a read. I will just expect something cute and then my expectations should be manageable.


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