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Evertaster (Evertaster Series) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"One of the most original, well-crafted and imaginative MG stories I've come across in a long time." - WordSpelunking Book Review
"This was delicious from start to finish." -- Teen Writer's Bloc
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The story begins with a young Guster Johnsonville and his peculiar taste buds. A seemingly routine task to find Guster something to eat, that doesn't make him think his mother is trying to starve him to death, turns into a globetrotting quest to find the ultimate taste...and a recipe that some say promises to save the world. There's just one problem, Guster isn't the only one looking for this rumored ancient recipe.
Guster's adventures take him to remote islands, dense jungles, mountain peaks, and...Nevada? You'll just have to read it to find out why for yourself. He makes big friends with heart-warming brothers Storfjell and Torbjorn and their circus-like bovine farming and crosses paths with unsavories like Palatus who think Guster is wasting his talents.
Evertaster would appeal to: young adults, foodies, adventure and mystery readers, and anyone who likes a good story. I'd say it's a cross of the mystery of The Da Vinci Code meets the whimsical food adventure of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Evertaster satisfied my appetite for adventure and left me craving a good dessert.
Guster Johnsonville takes being a picky eater to a whole new level. Nothing makes his taste buds dance. Fed up with his fickle ways, his mother takes him to New Orleans to find something he'll eat and they come across a dying baker who changes their lives. The baker tells them of the Gastronomy of Peace, an ancient and secret recipe that could change the world and before he can tell them the whole story they're attacked by mysterious chefs in red. Suddenly Guster, his mom, his sister and two brothers find themselves on the run from a secret society and in search of the secret ingredients for the Gastronomy of Peace. With only a strange, old egg beater as a map, the Johnsonvilles head out on the adventure of their lives that takes them across the globe.
Smart. Refreshing. Wonderfully written. Full of superb characters and exciting adventure. These are just a few ways to describe this fantastic MG book! Evertaster is bursting with flavor, fun and fabulousness.
Sidwell has created one of the most original, well-crafted and imaginative MG stories I've come across in a long time. I love the idea of being an Evertaster, someone who doesn't simply taste their food, but taste the soil it grew in, the ocean wind that blew across a lemon, the clovers the cows, whose milk you're drinking, ate, the rain that fell upon the veggies. Or as it says in the book:
Someone who tastes every flavor that ever touched every ingredient in his food. They taste time. They taste history.Read more ›
The evil chef names were hilarious, and the whole thing kept me reading to find out what would happen next, but in the end, it's pretty silly- and that's just alright to me because sometimes you want to read something funny and not very serious.
Evertaster is about a boy who's picky tastebuds leads his whole family on an adventure they'll never forget. The writing is engaging and imaginative, definitely a Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The characters are interesting to both the young and old, I found myself comparing the characters to the own "characters" I have in my own family. And I always find the true test to a good book is how well it gets my imagination working, how well can I envision what is going on in the book in my mind--Evertaster had me watching a movie in my head as I was reading!
Whether you love food or hate food, Guster and his family's quest to make the ultimate recipe will have your mouth watering and wishing you could sample the flavors with them along the way. And, the best part for me, you not only find out what "cow jostling" is but the image it leaves in your head will keep a smile on your face all year.
My book club will be reading this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived on the day it was supposed to and was in good condition. My son was very excited that it was signed by the author. He seems to be enjoying the story. Good deal.Published 3 months ago by Heather Drake
The story starts well. It's very captivating and full of imagery. The boy who starves because he can't eat ordinary food goes on a journey with his family around the world to solve... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vanessa Bettencourt
Thank goodness there is more books in this series! My 12yo and 8yo loved this book! (My husband even read it) It is really hard for my 12yo son to get interested in a new series... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written children's book. Everyone can relate to "taste".Published 9 months ago by Frank Ohnesorgen
Fabulous books, the author is imaginative and writes in an easy to feel style.Published 9 months ago by kaimori kazoku
Okay. Okay. It's time to admit I've never read this book. I've had this book dictated to me via my eleven year old daughter, whose wide eyes did not blink for the entire 20 minute... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nikki T
Quick, easy read. The fantasy seems like something that will very solidly capture your kids' imagination.Published 12 months ago by Matthew Stumphy
My daughter isn't a big reader--unless she's reading Evertaster. She lives and breathes this story. Adam Sidwell is a common name in our household and we can't wait for more!Published 16 months ago by Sarah Thomas