Taste for Love – Published 2021
“To her friends, high school senior Liza Yang is nearly perfect. Smart, kind, and pretty, she dreams big and never shies away from a challenge. But to her mom, Liza is anything but. Compared to her older sister Jeannie, Liza is stubborn, rebellious, and worst of all, determined to push back against all of Mrs. Yang’s traditional values, especially when it comes to dating.
The one thing mother and daughter do agree on is their love of baking. Mrs. Yang is the owner of Houston’s popular Yin & Yang Bakery. With college just around the corner, Liza agrees to help out at the bakery’s annual junior competition to prove to her mom that she’s more than her rebellious tendencies once and for all. But when Liza arrives on the first day of the bake-off, she realizes there’s a catch: all of the contestants are young Asian American men her mother has handpicked for Liza to date.
The bachelorette situation Liza has found herself in is made even worse when she happens to be grudgingly attracted to one of the contestants; the stoic, impenetrable, annoyingly hot James Wong. As she battles against her feelings for James, and for her mother’s approval, Liza begins to realize there’s no tried and true recipe for love.” – Goodreads
A huge thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for the ARC copy of this ebook!
I thought this book was adorable, fun to read and checked a lot of boxes that I love in a YA contemporary:
- Enemies to lovers trope
- Overbearing parent trying to set their child up
- Focus on cooking, specifically a cooking competition if you’re into that
- A lot of mentions of baked goods, tea, buns, and more – you’ll be hungry from start to finish
- Quick, lighthearted read
It also has some Asian representation, and the MC is able to help a friend of hers learn how to avoid being offensive or unintentionally white-centric.
Very cute and definitely worth picking it up!