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Book Review | A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos

Date Published | May 19, 2020

Date Read | Aug 2021

Goodreads Rating | 1

Overall | To be honest, I fell asleep or mind wandered off 100 times while reading this. It was kinda slow and boring

Pros | Diverse book – I don’t know if this was own voices. There is nothing about the author in the book to indicate either way

Cons |The main character is super whiny about her restaurant failing despite not relaly doing anything to help make it successful besides opening it and then she’s super ungrateful about getting a Sous Chef job in Manhattan at a fancy French restaurant. She also judges people based on their cooking which is a weird skill for Manhattan, where no one cooks and eats out – so basically she’s judging all of her peers: other chefs. But this doesn’t even really play into the plot of have anything to do with the story.

Warnings | The book description makes it sound like a magical/paranormal witch story because she is able to judge people based on their cooking but this is just the character being condesending and judgy and has nothing to do with supernatural powers

POV | Third Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description |

Lumi Santana is a chef with the gift of synesthesia—she can perceive a person’s emotions just by tasting their cooking. Despite being raised by a single mother who taught her that dreams and true love were silly fairy tales, she decides to take a chance and puts her heart and savings into opening a fusion restaurant in Inwood, Manhattan. The restaurant offers a mix of the Dominican cuisine she grew up with and other world cuisines that have been a source of culinary inspiration to her.

When Lumi’s eclectic venture fails, she is forced to take a position as a sous chef at a staid, traditional French restaurant in midtown owned by Julien Dax, a celebrated chef known for his acid tongue as well as his brilliant smile. Lumi and Julien don’t get along in the kitchen–to say Lumi is irritated by Julien’s smug attitude is an understatement, and she secretly vows never to taste his cooking. Little does she know that her resolve doesn’t stand a chance against Julien’s culinary prowess.

As Julien produces one delectable dish after another, each one tempting Lumi with its overwhelming aromas and gorgeous presentations, she can no longer resist and samples one of his creations. She isn’t prepared for the feelings that follow as she’s overcome with intense emotions. She begins to crave his cooking throughout the day, which throws a curveball in her plan to save up enough money and move on as soon as possible. Plus, there’s also the matter of Esme, Julien’s receptionist who seems to always be near and watching. As the attraction between Lumi and Julien simmers, Lumi experiences a tragedy that not only complicates her professional plans, but her love life as well…

A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S Santos - Lisa Siefert Book Reviews
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