Wishlist Wednesday: Hungry Hearts

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman. I am a huge fan of food and cooking themed novels. This anthology has stories from some of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to read it. 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

THIS WEEK’S BOOK: Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts Elsie ChapmanTitle: Hungry Hearts
Author: Elsie Chapman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 18, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

A stunning collection of short stories about the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives in teens, from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors, including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the pastries she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that can cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one in the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home. 

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Anthologies are always hit or miss for me. However, I have high hopes for this book, as it features Sandhya Menon and Adi Alsaid. I have a feeling that there will be lots of different cultures represented in this one. I am just so thrilled to have a new YA food novel to add to my collection!

About Elsie Chapman

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Born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of UBC with a degree in English Literature, Elsie Chapman currently lives in Tokyo with her family. She writes books for kids and teens.

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34 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: Hungry Hearts

  1. Annette says:

    This anthology sounds delightful, I don’t read much foodie focused YA, but I did love the movie Ramen Girl, so maybe this one is for me! Great pick.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    Noooo, not a collection! Why do I have such a hard time with collections!!!! I do like the cover, though. Very cutesy!

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