Friday, 22 August 2014

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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118 comments:

  1. Ohhhh White truffles in Winter sounds lovely!

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  2. Ooo sounds greats!

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  3. Vanilla salt, heard quite a good few things about it

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  4. The Hundred Foot journey sounds good

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

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  7. The restaurant of loved regained, sounds interesting

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  8. Lucy Wood-Stoddard26 August 2014 at 16:11

    vanilla salt

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  10. The hundred foot journey.

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  12. White Truffles in Winter thankyou

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  13. I would like to read The hundred foot journey first.

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  14. THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

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  17. The Hundred Foot Journey sounds excellent

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  18. Vanilla Salt!

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  20. Vanilla Salt looks good for the wife.

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  21. Vanilla Salt sounds like a great read xxx

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  22. The hundred foot journey

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  24. The Hundred Foot Journey :-) xx

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  26. The Hundred Foot Journey sounds interesting.

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  30. Victoria Cunniff27 August 2014 at 13:00

    White Truffles in Winter just sounds good :-)

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  32. Lorraine Tinsley27 August 2014 at 14:26

    Vanilla Salt

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  34. william rutherford27 August 2014 at 14:59

    the hundred foot journey

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  36. Martine Henderson27 August 2014 at 20:52

    Vanilla Salt

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  39. ALL of them! I am an avid reader of all genres and books! :-)

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  40. Stacey Tripconey28 August 2014 at 18:45

    Vanilla Salt

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  41. Vanilla Salt :)

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  42. Vanilla Salt sounds good!

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  43. It would have to be The Hundred-Foot Journey

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  45. White Truffles in Winter sounds like a good read

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  46. The hundred-foot journey!

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  49. Stephanie Whitehouse,3 September 2014 at 18:40

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

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  51. Maxine M Partridge4 September 2014 at 16:20

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

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

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  55. I am currently reading Will Grason Will Grason

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  64. Kayleigh Widdowson16 September 2014 at 23:56

    the hundred foot journey

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  69. 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.

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  73. The Hundred Foot Journey as I enjoyed the film

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  75. Vanilla Salt, sounds very good!

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  78. Vanilla Salt! <3

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  79. White Truffles in Winter - perfect for a cold wet day in front of the fire!

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  84. The Hundred Foot Journey for me!

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

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

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  92. white truffles in winter :)

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  93. The Hundred Foot Journey - the film is FAB! ;-)

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  98. Kristy Leanne Brown25 September 2014 at 17:46

    white truffles in winter

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  99. The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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  100. The hundred foot jouney, although it was a close choice

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  101. The Hundred Foot Journey as I have heard a lot about it :)

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  106. White Truffles in Winter
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  107. The Hundred-Foot Journey sounds cool x

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