Book Review & Giveaway: Vanilla Salt by Ada Parellada

Jess McGlynnAugust 22, 2014


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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Comments (118)

  • Tracy K Nixon

    August 22, 2014 at 12:02

    Ohhhh White truffles in Winter sounds lovely!

  • Jenn Dawson

    August 22, 2014 at 12:07

    Ooo sounds greats!

  • Natasha Mairs

    August 22, 2014 at 15:20

    Vanilla salt, heard quite a good few things about it

  • kim neville

    August 23, 2014 at 08:30

    The Hundred Foot journey sounds good

  • Helen G

    August 24, 2014 at 11:36

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

  • Kiran Parry

    August 24, 2014 at 22:32

    White Truffles in Winter

  • rosey66

    August 26, 2014 at 14:16

    The restaurant of loved regained, sounds interesting

  • Lucy Wood-Stoddard

    August 26, 2014 at 15:11

    vanilla salt

  • michellelintern

    August 26, 2014 at 15:43

    White truffles in winter

  • Andrea

    August 26, 2014 at 16:24

    The hundred foot journey.

  • ann clements

    August 26, 2014 at 16:41

    White Truffles in Winter

  • clairdownham

    August 26, 2014 at 17:12

    White Truffles in Winter thankyou

  • Corinne Peat

    August 26, 2014 at 17:29

    I would like to read The hundred foot journey first.

  • Kathy D

    August 26, 2014 at 17:46

    THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

  • Joy1948

    August 26, 2014 at 18:10

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • kathycakebread

    August 26, 2014 at 19:07

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Lyla

    August 26, 2014 at 19:21

    The Hundred Foot Journey sounds excellent

  • Claire Hull

    August 26, 2014 at 20:21

    Vanilla Salt!

  • Paul Scotland

    August 26, 2014 at 21:05

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Keith Hunt

    August 26, 2014 at 21:56

    Vanilla Salt looks good for the wife.

  • Jo Glasspool

    August 26, 2014 at 22:22

    Vanilla Salt sounds like a great read xxx

  • Michelle Austin

    August 27, 2014 at 03:03

    The hundred foot journey

  • tracy newton

    August 27, 2014 at 05:49

    Vanilla Salt

  • moonray69

    August 27, 2014 at 06:10

    The Hundred Foot Journey 🙂 xx

  • Jim Milligan

    August 27, 2014 at 06:23

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Suzanne

    August 27, 2014 at 08:09

    The Hundred Foot Journey sounds interesting.

  • willy

    August 27, 2014 at 08:14

    Vanilla Salt

  • Mary Hutton

    August 27, 2014 at 08:57

    Vanilla Salt

  • Hannah Smith

    August 27, 2014 at 10:21

    Vanilla Salt

  • Pauline Wilson

    August 27, 2014 at 10:33

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Victoria Cunniff

    August 27, 2014 at 12:00

    White Truffles in Winter just sounds good 🙂

  • Julie Fisher

    August 27, 2014 at 12:09

    White truffles in winter

  • Lorraine Tinsley

    August 27, 2014 at 13:26

    Vanilla Salt

  • C Kennedy

    August 27, 2014 at 13:29

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • william rutherford

    August 27, 2014 at 13:59

    the hundred foot journey

  • jenrogers

    August 27, 2014 at 16:14

    Vanilla Salt

  • Hutch2

    August 27, 2014 at 17:52

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Martine Henderson

    August 27, 2014 at 19:52

    Vanilla Salt

  • Pete Schofield

    August 27, 2014 at 20:14

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Emma Baker

    August 28, 2014 at 11:30

    White truffles in winter

  • m15pjr

    August 28, 2014 at 15:45

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

  • Stacey Tripconey

    August 28, 2014 at 17:45

    Vanilla Salt

  • Tammy Tudor

    August 29, 2014 at 13:15

    Vanilla Salt 🙂

  • Hannah

    August 29, 2014 at 22:25

    Vanilla Salt sounds good!

  • Tina

    August 29, 2014 at 22:59

    Vanilla Salt

  • Holly Smith

    August 30, 2014 at 13:47

    It would have to be The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Henry Little

    August 30, 2014 at 16:13

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Katie Skeoch

    August 31, 2014 at 19:14

    White Truffles in Winter sounds like a good read

  • Hannah Ingham

    September 1, 2014 at 12:29

    The hundred-foot journey!

  • Jacqui Rushton

    September 2, 2014 at 21:57

    Vanilla salt

  • Solange

    September 3, 2014 at 02:41

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Stephanie Whitehouse,

    September 3, 2014 at 17:40

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

  • Laura

    September 3, 2014 at 19:16

    Vanilla Salt

  • Julie Savage

    September 4, 2014 at 13:09

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Maxine M Partridge

    September 4, 2014 at 15:20

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

  • Caroline Tonge

    September 6, 2014 at 18:43

    Vanilla Salt

  • Yoey Davis

    September 8, 2014 at 16:49

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

  • Michelle Banks

    September 10, 2014 at 13:03

    Vanilla Salt

  • vicki hennie

    September 11, 2014 at 13:12

    I am currently reading Will Grason Will Grason

  • isabelle smith

    September 12, 2014 at 00:32

    vanilla salt

  • Jude Dysart

    September 13, 2014 at 12:50

    the hundred foot journey

  • Amelia Stephenson

    September 13, 2014 at 21:03

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Angela Muir

    September 14, 2014 at 09:17

    The Hundred foot journey

  • Michelle Ferguson

    September 14, 2014 at 19:05

    Vanilla salt

  • Hekna

    September 14, 2014 at 23:55

    White Truffles in Winter

  • lynn heath

    September 15, 2014 at 20:15

    White Truffles in Winter

  • Lynn Parry

    September 16, 2014 at 08:57

    Vanilla Salt

  • lianne

    September 16, 2014 at 19:51

    Vanilla Salt

  • Karen Herbert

    September 16, 2014 at 21:03

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Kayleigh Widdowson

    September 16, 2014 at 22:56

    the hundred foot journey

  • Rachel Bustin

    September 17, 2014 at 15:08

    White truffles in Winter

  • Christine Caple

    September 21, 2014 at 10:16

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Yasmin Hughes

    September 21, 2014 at 10:33

    The Hundred-Foot Journey.

  • Julie Ward

    September 21, 2014 at 13:16

    White truffles in winter

  • suey1969

    September 21, 2014 at 16:39

    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.

  • Simon Harrington

    September 21, 2014 at 23:07

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Sarah

    September 22, 2014 at 11:59

    white truffles in winter

  • Amy

    September 22, 2014 at 19:24

    The hundred foot journey

  • Diane Humbles

    September 22, 2014 at 21:07

    The Hundred Foot Journey as I enjoyed the film

  • Nat Eveleigh

    September 23, 2014 at 09:59

    The Hundred-Foot Journey, I love books 🙂

  • jaseos81

    September 23, 2014 at 13:08

    Vanilla Salt, sounds very good!

  • Donna Large

    September 23, 2014 at 17:37

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Lee Hardy

    September 23, 2014 at 19:32

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Bethany White

    September 23, 2014 at 20:00

    Vanilla Salt! <3

  • Loma Wood

    September 24, 2014 at 07:43

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

  • jayne hall

    September 24, 2014 at 09:06

    vanilla salt

  • Lara Davis

    September 24, 2014 at 09:17

    Vanilla Salt

  • Helen Warrener

    September 24, 2014 at 09:25

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • elaine stokes

    September 24, 2014 at 10:50

    the hundred-foot journey

  • samantha sugden

    September 24, 2014 at 13:08

    White truffles in winter

  • zoe bryan

    September 24, 2014 at 13:37

    Vanillia Salt

  • Felicity Smith

    September 24, 2014 at 15:29

    the hundred foot journey

  • Chris Fletcher

    September 24, 2014 at 16:42

    The Hundred Foot Journey for me!

  • mrsprune

    September 24, 2014 at 17:26

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Sheri Darby

    September 24, 2014 at 17:30

    The Hundred foot journey

  • Jill Fairbank

    September 24, 2014 at 18:23

    White truffles in winter

  • Clare Scanlan

    September 24, 2014 at 18:46

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Laura Vitty

    September 24, 2014 at 20:47

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

  • Bernadette Willis

    September 24, 2014 at 21:41

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

  • Angela L Paull

    September 24, 2014 at 22:23

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • gemma raines

    September 25, 2014 at 10:14

    white truffles in winter 🙂

  • David Allen

    September 25, 2014 at 12:19

    The Hundred Foot Journey – the film is FAB! 😉

  • Maria Knight

    September 25, 2014 at 14:47

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • champaklal lad

    September 25, 2014 at 14:49

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Charmian Filewood

    September 25, 2014 at 14:59

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Linda Streater

    September 25, 2014 at 15:28

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • Alice Megan

    September 25, 2014 at 16:24

    Vanilla Salt

  • Kristy Leanne Brown

    September 25, 2014 at 16:46

    white truffles in winter

  • sarahfleck

    September 25, 2014 at 18:03

    The Hundred-Foot Journey.

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    September 25, 2014 at 18:10

    The hundred foot jouney, although it was a close choice

  • Patricia Avery

    September 25, 2014 at 18:55

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

  • Karen Walby

    September 25, 2014 at 18:58

    The hundred foot journey

  • Allan Fullarton

    September 25, 2014 at 19:59

    The Hundred Foot Journey

  • lia

    September 25, 2014 at 20:05

    The Hundred foot journey

  • Katie Walden

    September 25, 2014 at 20:15

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Happy Homebird

    September 25, 2014 at 20:41

    White Truffles in Winter
    (Sam Fernley)

  • Ellen Stafford

    September 25, 2014 at 22:06

    The Hundred-Foot Journey sounds cool x

  • katie w

    September 25, 2014 at 22:06

    The Hundred Foot Journey

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