Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 27, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.
Henry opened the small brown bag and held it toward her, and she could smell the butter. Notably, though, there was no grease soaking the bottom of the bag, like when Mom brought home donuts. She peered in.
“I think it’s a croissant. And a chocolate croissant. And some kind of roll. And some other thing I didn’t know what it was.”
“Chausson aux pommes,” Rosie said, pulling it from the bag. She was pretty sure anyway—it had the distinctive half-moon shape, and the slashes on top let her see a peak of what looked like apple filling.
Rosie stilled as Henry shifted closer to her. He was just looking at the pastry, and she knew that, but still. He was close, and he smelled warm, and sleepy. And male.
“It’s kind of like an apple croissant,” she said, ignoring the rapid rise of her heartbeat. “Or an apple strudel. An apple turnover, I guess.”
“You should have the first bite. You got it.”
“I insist,” Henry said, and he wouldn’t take it from her. So she bit in, and the pastry flaked instantly, then yielded into sweet, soft cinnamon apples. It was so good that she had to imagine this would be the best thing she’d try today. But then Henry was grinning, chocolate smeared on his face, and he passed her the pain au chocolat, and she thought that had to be the best thing. But then the classic croissant was so perfect, each layer of lamination distinct, and then the brioche was dangerously rich yet so light at the same time, and the éclair’s filling was perfectly smooth, and the baguette made Rosie rethink what, exactly, the stuff she’d been eating for the last sixteen years was, because it couldn’t possibly be bread, not like this . . . and before she knew it, they were surrounded by nothing but crumbs and flakes of croissant, and Rosie groaned, flopping onto her back, as her stomach rose up like a beach ball before her.
“I’m ready to call it,” Henry said. “Paris is the best place on earth.”
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.
Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
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