Book Review & Giveaway: Vanilla Salt by Ada Parellada


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.


Good luck!

Giveaway ends on Friday 26 September.  UK entrants only.  

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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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  1. Tracy K Nixon
    August 22, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    Ohhhh White truffles in Winter sounds lovely!

  2. Jenn Dawson
    August 22, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    Ooo sounds greats!

  3. Natasha Mairs
    August 22, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Vanilla salt, heard quite a good few things about it

  4. kim neville
    August 23, 2014 / 8:30 am

    The Hundred Foot journey sounds good

  5. Helen G
    August 24, 2014 / 11:36 am

    All of the books sound fascinating, especially White Truffles in Winter as I'd love to know about how the whole restaurant scene developed.

  6. Kiran Parry
    August 24, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    White Truffles in Winter

  7. rosey66
    August 26, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    The restaurant of loved regained, sounds interesting

  8. Lucy Wood-Stoddard
    August 26, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    vanilla salt

  9. michellelintern
    August 26, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    White truffles in winter

  10. Andrea
    August 26, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    The hundred foot journey.

  11. ann clements
    August 26, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    White Truffles in Winter

  12. clairdownham
    August 26, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    White Truffles in Winter thankyou

  13. Corinne Peat
    August 26, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    I would like to read The hundred foot journey first.

  14. Kathy D
    August 26, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

  15. Joy1948
    August 26, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  16. kathycakebread
    August 26, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  17. Lyla
    August 26, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey sounds excellent

  18. Claire Hull
    August 26, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Vanilla Salt!

  19. Paul Scotland
    August 26, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  20. Keith Hunt
    August 26, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Vanilla Salt looks good for the wife.

  21. Jo Glasspool
    August 26, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Vanilla Salt sounds like a great read xxx

  22. Michelle Austin
    August 27, 2014 / 3:03 am

    The hundred foot journey

  23. tracy newton
    August 27, 2014 / 5:49 am

    Vanilla Salt

  24. moonray69
    August 27, 2014 / 6:10 am

    The Hundred Foot Journey 🙂 xx

  25. Jim Milligan
    August 27, 2014 / 6:23 am

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  26. Suzanne
    August 27, 2014 / 8:09 am

    The Hundred Foot Journey sounds interesting.

  27. willy
    August 27, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Vanilla Salt

  28. Mary Hutton
    August 27, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Vanilla Salt

  29. Hannah Smith
    August 27, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Vanilla Salt

  30. Pauline Wilson
    August 27, 2014 / 10:33 am

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  31. Victoria Cunniff
    August 27, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    White Truffles in Winter just sounds good 🙂

  32. Julie Fisher
    August 27, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    White truffles in winter

  33. Lorraine Tinsley
    August 27, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  34. C Kennedy
    August 27, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  35. william rutherford
    August 27, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    the hundred foot journey

  36. jenrogers
    August 27, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  37. Hutch2
    August 27, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  38. Martine Henderson
    August 27, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  39. Pete Schofield
    August 27, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  40. Emma Baker
    August 28, 2014 / 11:30 am

    White truffles in winter

  41. m15pjr
    August 28, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    ALL of them! I am an avid reader of all genres and books! 🙂

  42. Stacey Tripconey
    August 28, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  43. Tammy Tudor
    August 29, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Vanilla Salt 🙂

  44. Hannah
    August 29, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Vanilla Salt sounds good!

  45. Tina
    August 29, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  46. Holly Smith
    August 30, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    It would have to be The Hundred-Foot Journey

  47. Henry Little
    August 30, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  48. Katie Skeoch
    August 31, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    White Truffles in Winter sounds like a good read

  49. Hannah Ingham
    September 1, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    The hundred-foot journey!

  50. Jacqui Rushton
    September 2, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Vanilla salt

  51. Solange
    September 3, 2014 / 2:41 am

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  52. Stephanie Whitehouse,
    September 3, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey – books are always better than the film, so it must be good

  53. Laura
    September 3, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  54. Julie Savage
    September 4, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  55. Maxine M Partridge
    September 4, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    honestly id probably read them all. i always have a huge stack of books ready for me to read!

  56. Caroline Tonge
    September 6, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  57. Yoey Davis
    September 8, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    I think white truffles in winter would grab my attention first.

  58. Michelle Banks
    September 10, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  59. vicki hennie
    September 11, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    I am currently reading Will Grason Will Grason

  60. isabelle smith
    September 12, 2014 / 12:32 am

    vanilla salt

  61. Jude Dysart
    September 13, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    the hundred foot journey

  62. Amelia Stephenson
    September 13, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  63. Angela Muir
    September 14, 2014 / 9:17 am

    The Hundred foot journey

  64. Michelle Ferguson
    September 14, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Vanilla salt

  65. Hekna
    September 14, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    White Truffles in Winter

  66. lynn heath
    September 15, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    White Truffles in Winter

  67. Lynn Parry
    September 16, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Vanilla Salt

  68. lianne
    September 16, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Vanilla Salt

  69. Karen Herbert
    September 16, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  70. Kayleigh Widdowson
    September 16, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    the hundred foot journey

  71. Rachel Bustin
    September 17, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    White truffles in Winter

  72. Christine Caple
    September 21, 2014 / 10:16 am

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  73. Yasmin Hughes
    September 21, 2014 / 10:33 am

    The Hundred-Foot Journey.

  74. Julie Ward
    September 21, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    White truffles in winter

  75. suey1969
    September 21, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    I don't get time to read as I work but my mum reads a lot, so I would give this prize to her if I were lucky enough to win.

  76. Simon Harrington
    September 21, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  77. Sarah
    September 22, 2014 / 11:59 am

    white truffles in winter

  78. Amy
    September 22, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    The hundred foot journey

  79. Diane Humbles
    September 22, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey as I enjoyed the film

  80. Nat Eveleigh
    September 23, 2014 / 9:59 am

    The Hundred-Foot Journey, I love books 🙂

  81. jaseos81
    September 23, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Vanilla Salt, sounds very good!

  82. Donna Large
    September 23, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  83. Lee Hardy
    September 23, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  84. Bethany White
    September 23, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Vanilla Salt! <3

  85. September 24, 2014 / 7:43 am

    White Truffles in Winter – perfect for a cold wet day in front of the fire!

  86. jayne hall
    September 24, 2014 / 9:06 am

    vanilla salt

  87. Lara Davis
    September 24, 2014 / 9:17 am

    Vanilla Salt

  88. Helen Warrener
    September 24, 2014 / 9:25 am

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  89. elaine stokes
    September 24, 2014 / 10:50 am

    the hundred-foot journey

  90. samantha sugden
    September 24, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    White truffles in winter

  91. zoe bryan
    September 24, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    Vanillia Salt

  92. Felicity Smith
    September 24, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    the hundred foot journey

  93. Chris Fletcher
    September 24, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey for me!

  94. mrsprune
    September 24, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  95. Sheri Darby
    September 24, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    The Hundred foot journey

  96. Jill Fairbank
    September 24, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    White truffles in winter

  97. Clare Scanlan
    September 24, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  98. Laura Vitty
    September 24, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    I've actually already started reading Vanilla Salt, it's excellent. I'd love to read The Hundred-Foot Journey next 🙂 x

  99. Bernadette Willis
    September 24, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    A close run thing, but I believe Vanilla Salt would have to the first

  100. Angela L Paull
    September 24, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  101. gemma raines
    September 25, 2014 / 10:14 am

    white truffles in winter 🙂

  102. David Allen
    September 25, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey – the film is FAB! 😉

  103. Maria Knight
    September 25, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  104. champaklal lad
    September 25, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  105. Charmian Filewood
    September 25, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  106. Linda Streater
    September 25, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  107. Kristy Leanne Brown
    September 25, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    white truffles in winter

  108. sarahfleck
    September 25, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey.

  109. ♫ Alison M ♪
    September 25, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    The hundred foot jouney, although it was a close choice

  110. Patricia Avery
    September 25, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey as I have heard a lot about it 🙂

  111. Karen Walby
    September 25, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    The hundred foot journey

  112. Allan Fullarton
    September 25, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  113. lia
    September 25, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    The Hundred foot journey

  114. Katie Walden
    September 25, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  115. Happy Homebird
    September 25, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    White Truffles in Winter
    (Sam Fernley)

  116. katie w
    September 25, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    The Hundred Foot Journey

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