Review: Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Review: Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate StrohmTitle: Love à la Mode
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: November 27, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .

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.

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.

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.

Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

As a fan of any book with cooking, boarding schools, and Paris, Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm seemed like the perfect book for me. The story is about a French cooking school and contains characters from all over the world. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of food. Fans of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Taste Test will love this one.

This book tells the story of two teens who attend a prestigious cooking school in Paris. Rosie is determined to prove herself as one of the only bakers there, and at the same time finds herself falling for another chef. I loved the friendship dynamics and the fluffy moments scattered throughout the book. The story is also about so much more than academics, which I appreciated. Delving into the characters’ personal lives and not just focusing on them trying to prove themselves makes for a more engaging story. If you are looking for a feel-good novel, I would definitely recommend this one.

There are some great characters developed in Love à la Mode. Rosie is a baker who is so realistic with her feelings of homesickness. I enjoyed how she is so determined to try and improve her skills and impress the professional chefs. Henry is also enjoyable, and he is one of the most talented chefs in the program. I really felt for him as his mother insists on assigning him so much extra work. However, the supporting characters were actually my favourite. The students at the school come from a variety of backgrounds, and I loved the humour they bring to the book.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was the descriptions of food and culture. As the book is set in Paris, it sets the scene for romance. Reading about Rosie and Henry’s first time in the city is so heartwarming. There are also such vivid descriptions of food that made my mouth water. Just reading the book made me wish the culinary creations could come to life.

Love à la Mode is a story about a cooking school that contains a diverse cast of characters. I loved the setting and the tasty descriptions of food. I wish there was more to the story so I could see what new challenges arise in their second semester!

About Stephanie Kate Strohm

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Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Confederates Don't Wear Couture, and the upcoming It's Not Me, It's You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.


 

25 thoughts on “Review: Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

  1. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says:

    Aww food and boarding schools, now that sounds like something I could really love!! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed this so much, it sounds like such a sweet read and with great characters, too, definitely need to keep that one in mind 😀
    Lovely review!

  2. Sam@wlabb says:

    I love Strohm and this was another hit for me. Like you, the food and setting were such standouts, but the friendship was really heartwarming and the romance was sweet and adorable.

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