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Stir It Up: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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Anjali's voice is as fresh and vibrant as her Queens neighborhood. Not only are the descriptions of the foods mouthwatering, but recipes are included and liable to induce cooking. Teens will relate to Anjali's need for self-expression and acceptance.
Reviewed by Brenda Kahn, Closter, NJ,
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Stir It Up! is sweet, sassy--and peppered with inspiration. Brava to author Ramin Ganeshram!--Daisy Martinez, chef host, Daisy Cooks! and Viva Daisy!, the Food Network.
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One day, a chance comes up to enter a competition to have her very own TV show. Anjali wants to enter it, but it falls on the same day as a high school entrance exam. Her parents want her to take this exam. When Anjali asks her parents if she can go to the competition instead of taking the test, they show their feelings about Anjali cooking. Anjali loves to cook and wants it to be in her future, but her parents think cooking is just a hobby. Her parents refuse.
Anjali enters the contest anyway. She asks her friend to go take the test and then tell Anjali what was on it. That way, if her parents ask her about it, she will know what was on the test.
Anjali takes a family friend with her to the competition and gets through the first round. But in the last round, when her parents know about it and her mother and grandmother are with her, they choose someone else to win.
The conflict in this story is Anjali's parents not accepting Anjali's passion for cooking. They think it's just one of her hobbies. Anjali enters the contest though, and shows her parents her passion. They see how great she is at cooking and are proud of her even if she didn't win her own show. At the revealing of the winner of the TV show, they are all there to support her. They support her and tell her that she won in their books.
This book was a great read. Every bit was enjoyable especially the recipe after every chapter. It was exciting to follow Anjali on her cooking journey by the interesting food she made. Sample "Stir It Up"- You'll enjoy every bite!
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