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Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

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Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

Taste Test
by Kelly Fiore

Taste Test

By: Kelly Fiore

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Rating: 4 stars

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.


Review: Don’t write this book off as just a cute, fun read. Well, it was, but it was surprisingly really good.

Now I will be the first to admit that I’m not much of a cook, but Fiore’s writing in her descriptions of the food and the emotions that consumed the chefs was so beautifully vivid that even I felt much appreciation for the dishes and the care that went into their preparation. And it has more of the “take the time to smell the roses” feel than the “omg why am I being bogged down with overwritten imagery.” Fiore is such a talented, talented writer.

As for the story itself, yeah you have your typical sheltered girl entering a ruthless competition with your mean girls and arrogant boys. The story was pretty entertaining, and I usually like a good dialogue where a boy and girl bicker back and forth, although I will say, there were times I felt the chip on both of their shoulders were too much and I really had enough and wish I could knock their heads together and yell, “why can’t you idiots just get it together.” The conspiracy felt a bit ridiculous, but I liked how Fiore put enough justification into it that I actually sympathize, which was her intent.

Predicable? Absolutely. But still entertaining, nonetheless.

And so, I shall end my review with my favorite line in the book…

“Oh lordy. [covers face] See, now – this is why some fathers don’t let their daughters out of the hoist till they’re twenty-one!”

I can just picture it on TV. How adorable!

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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