Vanilla Salt by Ada Parellada
Published by Alma Books, Vanilla Salt is the debut novel of renowned chef Ada Parellada. It tells the story of Alex and Annette; two very different people who are both trying to conceal painful parts of their past.
Alex is a Catalan chef who is struggling to keep his business afloat due to his brusque manner and refusal to use ingredients which can be traced back to America. Annette is a Canadian who has come to Catalan to escape from something…which I can’t tell you as that would give too much of the story away!
We follow their story as they try to firstly, learn to get along and work together, and secondly overcome the many obstacles which seem to crop up along their journey. Some of the characters are more belivable than others although I’m not sure if this is down to the translation as the book was written in Ada Parellada’s native tongue.
As translations go, and as far as I can tell, it’s pretty good. I did struggle initially to capture the pace of the story as the sentences are quite short and abrupt. However, once you get used to the style of the writing, it’s a really enjoyable story and you do find yourself wishing for a happy ending for all involved.
One of the things I really liked was the amount of mouth-watering recipes included. I am still, as I write this review, really tempted to give some of them a try. From the descriptions you can tell that Ada Parellada really knows what she is talking about and it gives the book an interesting perspective.
If you have an interest in food based books then I would certainly recommend reading this. Better yet, Alma Books have offered me a set of four delicious fiction novels for me to give away to one lucky reader. Just use the rafflecopter below to enter.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Vanilla Salt for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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