Book review & giveaway: Vanilla Salt

Vanilla Salt is the debut novel from Ada Parellada, a respected chef. It follows the story of Annette and Alex, their past and their present, and their struggles to keep their restaurant afloat (but for different reasons!) The character of Alex is a typical chef (I should know, I’ve worked with lots as a hotel manager!) he is fiery, rude and arrogant. In stark contrast Annette is a shy Canadian who has decided to relocate to the Catalan region to start afresh.

Packed full of mouth-watering descriptions of recipes and methods, you can tell that Parellada knows her way around a kitchen and she too has clearly met her fair share of arrogant chefs! Alex refuses to have potatoes, tomatoes or anything remotely American in his kitchen, but throughout the book we are given little snippets of foodie history and origins from Annette.

Without giving too much away, Annette and Alex need to learn to overcome their differences if there is to be any hope of their restaurant being a success, and they battle temper tantrums, debt and an interfering journalist along the way. More than a few surprising relationships spring up throughout the book, some slightly less believable than others!  Originally written in the author’s mother tongue this seems to be a pretty good interpretation as far as I can tell, even with the Canadian Annette’s odd grasp of Catalan!

I zipped through this in a few days, my train journey to work is really giving me a helping hand with extra book reading time!

Just launched in English on 17th July, I have two copies of Vanilla Salt to giveaway! UK addresses only, ending on 5/8/14.

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18 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    22nd July 2014 / 8:09 am

    The Island by Victoria Hisplop x

  2. 22nd July 2014 / 9:16 am

    This sounds like such an interesting read – super different from any plot I usually go for! The last book I read AND enjoyed was probably 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami! x

  3. 22nd July 2014 / 10:21 am

    The Luck Uglies

  4. Nicola Lynch
    22nd July 2014 / 11:33 am

    The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult. It was a really gripping read and good to learn more about holocaust and the aftermath.

  5. 22nd July 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Iron House by John Hart – a really violent thriller (the lead in a film adaptation would probably be played by Jason Statham). A bit grisly, and some slightly unbelievable twists, but I couldn’t put it down. xxx

  6. clair downham
    23rd July 2014 / 8:23 am

    the great gatsby

  7. 23rd July 2014 / 1:58 pm

    The Senator’s Wife. Can’t say I enjoyed it, as I struggled with it a bit, there were some gripping pages and some tedious.

  8. Mary K
    26th July 2014 / 1:45 pm

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

  9. Richard Randall
    26th July 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Betrayed by Jacqui Rose.

  10. Jo Glasspool
    31st July 2014 / 12:31 am

    Dr Sleep by Stephen Kind, loved it xx

  11. Carys Jones
    2nd August 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Memoirs of a Geisha, it is one of my favourites and I re-read it every now and again.

  12. Barbara Handley
    3rd August 2014 / 11:34 am

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham

  13. Hannah Smith
    3rd August 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Psalmsinger by C.S. Walkingheart because I love the complexities of the relationships in it, and how well they are conveyed!

    @smeethsaysfashn on twitter

  14. kris
    4th August 2014 / 12:58 pm

    stephen king mr mercedes

  15. SARA
    4th August 2014 / 1:09 pm

    With all my love by Patricia Scanlan

  16. Sarah Parker
    4th August 2014 / 4:16 pm

    the red tent 🙂

  17. justine meyer
    4th August 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Twelve babies and a bike

  18. Natalie Crossan
    4th August 2014 / 10:49 pm

    white teeth by zadie smith x

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