A big welcome goes out to Tanita S. Davis, the author of A la Carte (Knopf, 2008), a young-adult novel—with recipes. Powell's even classifies the book as "gastronomic literature." I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Lainey, a teenaged vegetarian chef who must decide to what lengths she will go for an increasingly troubled friend. You can read an excerpt over at the publisher's place. Another novel, Mare's War, is scheduled for June 2009.
A blogging friend from way back, Tanita and I often like to chat about chickens, but this morning I have a bookish question for her: What are you reading these days? Let's hear from Tanita.
I'm reading Canadian author K.V. Johansen's THE STORYTELLER, which is a collection of short fiction for older teens and adults where nothing is exactly as it seems. There are gods and demons, enchanted swords, bravery and tragedy on an epic scale for such a short book. Also, in honor of his general awesomeness and his continuing battle with Alzheimer's Disease, I'm re-reading all 36 of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and I’m GOING POSTAL this month, which is GREAT. Next up on my bedside table is THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU, by Heather Duffy Stone.
Previously in Chicken Spaghetti's "On the Books" series: