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For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao. 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 he For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao. 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.


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For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao. 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 he For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao. 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.

30 review for A Taste for Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)

    a grandma getting her granddaughter to enter a baking competition but its actually a ploy to set her up with a guy? scam of the century, can’t wait

  2. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Review to come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    2020 and 2021 are the years of YA and adult romance about food and cooking, and I’m totally here for it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    Flirty & cute, A TASTE FOR LOVE brings together baked deliciousness, mysterious past secrets, and a cooking competition that's a low-key disaster. I was prepared to be satisfied with a cute romance, and move on with my life, but something about A TASTE FOR LOVE just stuck out to me and latched on. It was definitely more well-layered than I expected from a light romance--like Liza's layered agar cake! We not only get a romance between our headstrong protagonist Liza and the stand-offish & a littl Flirty & cute, A TASTE FOR LOVE brings together baked deliciousness, mysterious past secrets, and a cooking competition that's a low-key disaster. I was prepared to be satisfied with a cute romance, and move on with my life, but something about A TASTE FOR LOVE just stuck out to me and latched on. It was definitely more well-layered than I expected from a light romance--like Liza's layered agar cake! We not only get a romance between our headstrong protagonist Liza and the stand-offish & a little bit shy James, but we also get a heaping of friendship vibes, sisterhood, post-high school dreams, and a baking competition that turned in to the Bachelorette. Also, a deeper backstory than you might expect! (Check out the CWs at the end.) I started reading, and I ended up devouring the story in less than a day. Y'all--I was so hungry. There's so much delicious food in here--a gazillions types of buns, san bei ji, boba, cakes, breads, and a plethora of pastries. I was practically drooling the whole way through. In some ways, I admit that I wasn't entirely sure A TASTE FOR LOVE would be a book I enjoyed. I've been getting tired of reading about a strict Asian parent/tiger mom, especially because my own experience is some ways similar, other ways very different. More and more Asian-American teens are diverging from a more traditional immigrant-parent experience, and I've been seeking stories that tell this more complex ground. I think it's totally valid for Yen to write this type of dynamic, but it hasn't really been my cup of tea recently. Still, I ended up enjoying Yen's portrayal of Liza's relationship with her mother. I wasn't sold in the beginning, but ultimately the way Yen teased out some of the later dynamics made it worthwhile. I particularly related to portrayals of - parents not giving warning before they rope you into a commitment, without really respecting your time, plans, or opinions - the push/pull kind of transactional appeasement a child has with a parent to gain leeway to do something. Kind of bleak, honestly, but I ultimately thought the dynamic was portrayed well in the end. I think what A TASTE FOR LOVE does best is bring you along for a story that you ultimately know will make your day a little bit brighter. It's a pick-me-up in the way that Liza triumphs, food is woven in, and the characters are shaped and developed to leave you satisfied when you put it down. With a nice balance of plot, character, and voice, A TASTE FOR LOVE should be another addition to your collection of heartwarming Asian YA romance novels. (Taiwanese-American rep, specifically!) Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[cheating (not condoned, but once or twice a character might have some internalized issues/not believe another girl's account in favor of the cheater. it happens more frequently than you'd expect in a rom-com tbh), comments about weight (here and there, never a plotline of its own), manipulative people, microagressive white person towards Asian people (she kind of learns? but don't expect too much) (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fareya

    A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen is an absolutely delightful modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice and checks all of my boxes for a fun YA contemporary. It has a decent plot and diverse cast, plenty of laugh out loud moments, nearly perfect chemistry between the characters, and no shortage of overall entertainment. I immensely enjoyed this book and will recommend to all YA contemporary readers. In case you need some more convincing, here are my three reasons why A Taste for Love should be o A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen is an absolutely delightful modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice and checks all of my boxes for a fun YA contemporary. It has a decent plot and diverse cast, plenty of laugh out loud moments, nearly perfect chemistry between the characters, and no shortage of overall entertainment. I immensely enjoyed this book and will recommend to all YA contemporary readers. In case you need some more convincing, here are my three reasons why A Taste for Love should be on your TBR- 1. A feisty, headstrong, free spirited Taiwanese-American heroine, a meddling I-know-what's- best-for-you mom, hell bent on finding her daughter the perfect boyfriend and a hot and handsome yet moody and mercurial hero. 2. A Great British Baking Show style baking competition which in actuality is an elaborate matchmaking scheme in disguise. 3. Downright delectable descriptions of food, both sweet and savory that is bound to make you hungry and you might end up ordering a bunch of Asian treats (with Boba tea) and savor them along with the book. ** A free ARC was provided by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dulcie

    Young Adult Contemporary Romance : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CW : Microaggression Love me ANY Pride & Made me so hungry!! (Now I want all the Boba and Buns. Yummmm.) I really loved this one. Every character was utilized and had purpose. As well as being fleshed out and thoughtful to the story. Our couple was so sweet and genuine and Liza's family was A lovely look into more traditional Asian values. A great read. #LNYREADATHON2021 Young Adult Contemporary Romance : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CW : Microaggression Love me ANY Pride & Made me so hungry!! (Now I want all the Boba and Buns. Yummmm.) I really loved this one. Every character was utilized and had purpose. As well as being fleshed out and thoughtful to the story. Our couple was so sweet and genuine and Liza's family was A lovely look into more traditional Asian values. A great read. #LNYREADATHON2021

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.25/5 Stars A Taste for Love is an adorable Pride and Prejudice retelling that revolves around a baking competition. I really enjoyed reading about Liza and how much she loves baking, it was very inspiring to see her so passionate about it. Also, this book made me so hungry you guys, they were always talking about delicious food! Even though the plot was quite predictable from the start, it was still a cute and enjoyable contemporary YA book that I do recommend if you're a fan of baking and cute 3.25/5 Stars A Taste for Love is an adorable Pride and Prejudice retelling that revolves around a baking competition. I really enjoyed reading about Liza and how much she loves baking, it was very inspiring to see her so passionate about it. Also, this book made me so hungry you guys, they were always talking about delicious food! Even though the plot was quite predictable from the start, it was still a cute and enjoyable contemporary YA book that I do recommend if you're a fan of baking and cute contemporaries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    nora 🪐

    4.5/5 ☆ "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a mother in possession of great wisdom must be in want--nay, in need--of a daughter who will listen." This book was everything I needed right now. The rom-com feelings? Yup. The asian representation? Absolutely. THE FOOD? Oml yes I got so hungry while reading! This book had me laughing so many times. The pacing was pretty good, and I was hooked on the story almost immediately. The book is kind of a loose re-telling of Pride and Prejudice by 4.5/5 ☆ "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a mother in possession of great wisdom must be in want--nay, in need--of a daughter who will listen." This book was everything I needed right now. The rom-com feelings? Yup. The asian representation? Absolutely. THE FOOD? Oml yes I got so hungry while reading! This book had me laughing so many times. The pacing was pretty good, and I was hooked on the story almost immediately. The book is kind of a loose re-telling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, so if you loved that book you'll definitely want to check this book out! The inclusion of food and almost-bachelorette competitions made me find this book hilarious and entertaining. After reading some heavy books with tough themes, it felt amazing to read a cute rom-com. I really enjoyed it. I'll also mention that I've been feeling very (very, very) single these days, so I've been craving to read books with romance. And the romance in this book did not disappoint, as it came across as really cute and wholesome. Moreover, I really did feel represented in this book, and also inspired by the growth of the main character, Liza. She felt really grounded, and I do believe many others can relate to her. I also hope she can be an inspiration for others. I'm so glad next generations of asian immigrants have the opportunity to see themselves represented in media and books. So yeah, I really enjoyed this book. I definitely read it at the right time. And I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all of you, if you ever want a quick read with humour and romance. Over and out. -Nora<3 ------------ DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from Penguin Random House via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ------------ AHHH i loved this one. It was so wholesome and cute. Rtc!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    nat

    um?? ya romcom in which a taiwanese-american girl enters her mother's baking competition to realize it's actually a matchmaking scheme??? sign me up um?? ya romcom in which a taiwanese-american girl enters her mother's baking competition to realize it's actually a matchmaking scheme??? sign me up

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    June 21, 2020: This just got announced and as if I wasn't already so happy to see an Asian-American book, I'm FREAKING OUT with joy at this idea because I'm so sure my mom would someday make me enter a competition where everyone are just potential & ideal husbands according to her, LOL. June 21, 2020: This just got announced and as if I wasn't already so happy to see an Asian-American book, I'm FREAKING OUT with joy at this idea because I'm so sure my mom would someday make me enter a competition where everyone are just potential & ideal husbands according to her, LOL.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janssen

    Cute although certainly not any To All the Boys I've Loved Before Cute although certainly not any To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  12. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog rep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; bisexual Taiwanese-American side character **I received an ARC from a giveaway from the publisher (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After first hearing about this book when it was announced, I grew even more excited to read this book after reading a sample, especially for the setting! And it did not disappoint. A Taste for read on my blog rep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; bisexual Taiwanese-American side character **I received an ARC from a giveaway from the publisher (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After first hearing about this book when it was announced, I grew even more excited to read this book after reading a sample, especially for the setting! And it did not disappoint. A Taste for Love was an adorable contemporary with a fun plot and a cute romance. For the past few years, Liza has been fending off her mother’s attempts to set her up with a “good match.” Then she agrees to help judge her mom’s annual junior baking competition in an attempt to convince her parents that she’s serious about wanting to pursue baking as a career; however, there, she realizes that all of the contestants are potential matches that her mom picked. One of them is James, a boy she met a few months ago and whom she keeps crossing paths with because her friend starts dating his cousin. I will say that the baking competition plot doesn’t start till about halfway throught the book, but this is a short book so that wasn’t necessarily a pitfall. The first half is more dedicated to building up Liza’s relationships with her parents, particularly her mom, and her sister. We also see Liza and her friend Grace meeting and hanging out more with James and his cousin Ben. The competition was fun! I usually hate books that are centered around cooking or baking because I just cannot stand long descriptions of food. However, this book avoided that and I actually liked the food descriptions. I also really liked the characters; Liza is headstrong and stubborn, and I really related to her relationship with her mom. Grace is supportive, and I really liked her scenes. At first, James came fof as rude but you gradually come to see that he’s more of a Darcy character. I also loved that we got to see a lot of Liza’s parents, which is fairly unusual in contemporary YA. The romance was cute! I think the book vaguely follows Pride & Prejudice, so it has dislike-to-love, mostly because Liza thinks James is stuck-up at first. Also, she knows that he pretty much exactly fulfills her mom’s requirements for a “good” boy to date, so she refuses to like him more. But naturally, they grow to know each other more. A Taste for Love was an adorable contemporary filled with descriptions of pastries that will leave your mouth watering. I liked the characters, and the romance was so cute. If you like Pride & Prejudice retellings and/or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I definitely recommend A Taste for Love. other review: this was so cute omg! very cute and I loved the setting and the characters also I usually hate books that overly describe food (idk I just cannot stand when descriptions of food go on and on) but this book managed to avoid that original review: ahhh I just finished a sampler of this and it was so good!! I can’t wait to actually read it🤧 hate-to-love romance plus her mom meddles by trying to set her up with random Asian-American guys

  13. 5 out of 5

    Book Adventures with Katie

    Get ready for a taste of traditional Asian values and expectations taking the form of a baking competition that is secretly filled with eligible guys for Liza to date. The entire concept of this story is genius and would make a perfect romantic comedy movie. Having 12 or so guys handpicked by your mother to compete in a baking competition while also competing for your heart is such an adorably awkward concept. I've always loved watching baking shows and this was a creative spin on the idea toppe Get ready for a taste of traditional Asian values and expectations taking the form of a baking competition that is secretly filled with eligible guys for Liza to date. The entire concept of this story is genius and would make a perfect romantic comedy movie. Having 12 or so guys handpicked by your mother to compete in a baking competition while also competing for your heart is such an adorably awkward concept. I've always loved watching baking shows and this was a creative spin on the idea topped with a little mystery. Seeing the expectations Liza's mother has for her throughout the book and the values of traditional Asian culture that is the foundation for those expectations and values was an interesting backdrop for the story. I loved seeing the parent-daughter dynamic that was shaped over time by these values and the circumstances we see in this book. The baking element of the story was very sweet and is my new favorite element of romance novels personally. Another sweet and important element of the story was the bi representation through Liza's best friend Grace. It was integrated naturally into the story, as it should be, and she wasn't written as a token queer character as other books have done. James and Liza are an adorable couple that I rooted for since the moment we met James. There was one specific moment where he really annoyed me toward the end of the book but he definitely redeemed himself. I've used the word adorable so many times during this review but that's the only word that can begin to do it justice. I highly recommend this adorable baking-filled romance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Going in, I actually didn't realize that this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, so that was a fun surprise! It's basically P&P meets GBBO, so this was absolutely up my aisle. It's not a super close retelling. There's some intention mixing of side stories that I thought worked for this story: (view spoiler)[the heroine's sister has the romance with the Wickham character and her best friend gets the Bingley guy (hide spoiler)] . This is a light, fun interpretation. It doesn't have the emotion Going in, I actually didn't realize that this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, so that was a fun surprise! It's basically P&P meets GBBO, so this was absolutely up my aisle. It's not a super close retelling. There's some intention mixing of side stories that I thought worked for this story: (view spoiler)[the heroine's sister has the romance with the Wickham character and her best friend gets the Bingley guy (hide spoiler)] . This is a light, fun interpretation. It doesn't have the emotional intensity or intense character arcs of the original, but delivers on a good modernization that's fluffy and enjoyable. Josephine Huang's narration on the audiobook is excellent.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elena L.

    [4.5/5 stars] Starting off with a funny modified quote from "Pride and Prejudice", A TASTE FOR LOVE is a endearing modern day Pride and Prejudice retelling that centers around Liza Yang, a high school senior who loves baking. Her mother, Mrs. Yang, is the owner of Houston's popular Yin & Yang Bakery and doesn't approve Liza's dream of pursuing culinary. When Liza agrees to help out at the bakery's annual competition, she realizes that all the Asian male contestants are handpicked by her mother to [4.5/5 stars] Starting off with a funny modified quote from "Pride and Prejudice", A TASTE FOR LOVE is a endearing modern day Pride and Prejudice retelling that centers around Liza Yang, a high school senior who loves baking. Her mother, Mrs. Yang, is the owner of Houston's popular Yin & Yang Bakery and doesn't approve Liza's dream of pursuing culinary. When Liza agrees to help out at the bakery's annual competition, she realizes that all the Asian male contestants are handpicked by her mother to be Liza's possible date. With "The-Great-British-Baking-Show-meets-The-Bachelorette" vibes, it was delightful to read every bit of this book and I was compelled to finish it in two sittings. From disagreeing with Mrs. Yang's strictness/harshness to understanding her love and sacrifice for her family (even though the expression of love isn't the most reasonable), Mrs. Yang is a typical traditional Taiwanese (Asian) mother who I learned to empathize with. She searches for the perfect boyfriend for her daughter and I nodded in familiarity with the rules of dating set by her, which are very accurate, despite being cliché. I found myself drooling with the taste of home of the food and pastries. Mostly, I so appreciated the Taiwanese cultural references which brought me back to my roots. If you enjoy enemy-to-lovers trope, you will love the cute romance. Overall I loved all the relationships (romantic, familial and friends). I could picture the baking competition as a TV show in my mind and I was thoroughly entertained by the fun matchmaking scheme. Yen's writing flows and shines with grace. The author realistically addresses familial expectations, slightly touching on immigrant experience and explores the first love with charm. I had good laughing moments and ultimately reading this novel felt like savoring my favorite Taiwanese food. There were some predictable scenes and stereotypes that would be my small complaints. All in all, I highly recommend this heartwarming debut filled with diverse cast, captivating characters and an enjoyable plot. [ I received a complimentary copy from the publisher - Penguin Teen - in exchange for an honest review ]

  16. 4 out of 5

    The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    A retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Chinese-American lead characters set in Houston, Texas with a thinly disguised baking contest slash matchmaking plot? Sign me up and take my money now! I don't want to hear complaints from a certain contingent about "too many P&P remakes/retellings" when they're perfectly fine with the characters being the typical default. I want MORE P&P retellings with BIPoC, LGBTQ and other marginalized folks. Note to self: I should NOT have read this while hungry and t A retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Chinese-American lead characters set in Houston, Texas with a thinly disguised baking contest slash matchmaking plot? Sign me up and take my money now! I don't want to hear complaints from a certain contingent about "too many P&P remakes/retellings" when they're perfectly fine with the characters being the typical default. I want MORE P&P retellings with BIPoC, LGBTQ and other marginalized folks. Note to self: I should NOT have read this while hungry and thirsty, lol. I'm nowhere near my favorite shop to get milk tea or yummy pastries. I felt so bad for Liza (aka Lizzie). Her mom, though well-meaning, was also a terror (much like Mrs. Bennett). Still, Liza was a rebel and often did things her way - the struggle between her parents traditional immigrant dreams and her own modern path, wanting to attend culinary school rather than be a doctor. Liza also liked choosing her own boyfriends - and definitely not Chinese as her mother would prefer (had she known). Extra stars for the tight female friendships between Liza, Grace and Sarah. James, the hero is yes, I know - Darcy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    3.5/5 I was promised a cute contemporary read that would be reminiscent of Jane Austen and the Great British Bake off and I was not disappointed! While this book was a cute read, I found that the romance was not my favorite part. Liza’s growth compelled me the most, and seeing her relationship with her mother develop over the course of the story made it incredibly engaging. Her arc was rewarding and one of the highlights of this book. I especially loved the nods to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudic 3.5/5 I was promised a cute contemporary read that would be reminiscent of Jane Austen and the Great British Bake off and I was not disappointed! While this book was a cute read, I found that the romance was not my favorite part. Liza’s growth compelled me the most, and seeing her relationship with her mother develop over the course of the story made it incredibly engaging. Her arc was rewarding and one of the highlights of this book. I especially loved the nods to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and definitely felt echoes of that iconic love story throughout Liza’s experience with James. The descriptions of the food were done so well and made the story so immersive. I love how the cooking tied into Liza’s culture and connected me with her roots. She mentions several times how the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I feel like as a reader, I got to know her as a character through the foods that she prepared. It was such a delightful way to get introduced to a character and I felt so warm the entire time I was reading. My only issue with this story was the writing. I wish it was a bit more detailed when it came to describing emotions and banter. Some scenes felt underwhelming because of how bare the descriptions were, but luckily they were strong during other demanding moments, like describing the flavors of foods and new settings. It was a short book, so I understand that some sacrifices had to be made to have good pacing, so it’s not a huge deal. Overall, this was a fun book and I know so many people will love it. It tackled so many important themes regarding family, race and autonomy, while maintaining a lighthearted atmosphere that was easy to enjoy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    halfirishgrin

    I am always here for Pride and Prejudice with POC - and this one includes baking!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** It was cute YA Romance that revolved around Liza trying not to be caught in potential Asian boyfriend trap set by her mother. It was about East Asian culture and tradition, family relationship, meddling parent and making them see their kid is big enough to choose happiness, friendship, passion, following dream, and love. 🌷𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙙: ✳Writing was *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** It was cute YA Romance that revolved around Liza trying not to be caught in potential Asian boyfriend trap set by her mother. It was about East Asian culture and tradition, family relationship, meddling parent and making them see their kid is big enough to choose happiness, friendship, passion, following dream, and love. 🌷𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙙: ✳Writing was lovely, beautiful and fast paced. ✳Liza was relatable and realistic. ✳brilliant modified first line of Pride and Prejudice (P&P) ✳resemblance to P&P fans of P&P would love reading that ✳Family, Friendship and Romance was perfectly balanced ✳baking competition was best part ✳loved all description of mouth-watering East Asian food, restaurants, café and tea shops, Chinatown of Houston, and some amazing places of New York. 🌷Overall, A Taste for Love was heart-warming, delicious and fluffy Asian YA Romance with lovely characters and entertaining plot. 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘺 #𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘨 𝘣𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬- https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2021/...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mentions of cheating, kissing without consent, comments about weight, microagressions. (hide spoiler)] This was such a lovely, heartwarming book with romance, baking and adorable characters. I had so much fun reading this and definitely recommend it for romcoms fans. You should love it! Full review coming soon! Thank you to Penguin Random House INTL for the e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizz Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mentions of cheating, kissing without consent, comments about weight, microagressions. (hide spoiler)] This was such a lovely, heartwarming book with romance, baking and adorable characters. I had so much fun reading this and definitely recommend it for romcoms fans. You should love it! Full review coming soon! Thank you to Penguin Random House INTL for the e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  21. 4 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Felt a little manufactured.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen combines two of my favourite things in YA–baking and competition. This is such an entertaining story about a baking competition that turns out to be a matchmaking scheme, and there are some fantastic descriptions of food inside. I enjoyed the main character’s passion for baking, but I would have liked to see more about the competition itself. Despite this, this is still an engaging read and a quirky take on Pride and Prejudice. This Full Review on The Candid Cover A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen combines two of my favourite things in YA–baking and competition. This is such an entertaining story about a baking competition that turns out to be a matchmaking scheme, and there are some fantastic descriptions of food inside. I enjoyed the main character’s passion for baking, but I would have liked to see more about the competition itself. Despite this, this is still an engaging read and a quirky take on Pride and Prejudice. This book tells the story of a girl who helps out with her family’s annual baking competition, only to realize that the competition is actually a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by her mother, and the boys are competing for a date with her. This premise is so original, and the way it loosely incorporates elements from Pride and Prejudice adds even more dimension. I am a big fan of both books about baking and books about competition, and this one really brings out the best in both with its mouthwatering descriptions of food and its quirky side characters. ❀ HEADSTRONG MAIN CHARACTER Liza is an easy character to root for, and she is very headstrong. She loves to bake and dreams of going to culinary school, but her parents don’t approve of this pathway. I admired Liza’s passion and her willingness to fight for what she wants despite what her parents want for her, and the fact that she is a judge in the competition was also interesting to me, as this is something I’ve never seen before in YA. ❀ HEAVY ON DRAMA I think my main issue with this book is that it needed more about the actual competition. This is the strongest aspect of the book, and the competition itself doesn’t begin until about halfway through. Once it does begin, though, everything is resolved a little too quickly. I also found this book to be a little heavier on drama than I was expecting, but I wasn’t sold on the romance. I understand that James is supposed to be the Mr. Darcy character, but he has no chemistry with Liza, and I didn’t warm up to him by the end. ❀ AN INVENTIVE STORY A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen is an inventive story about a baking competition that is not what it seems. I loved the descriptions of food sprinkled throughout the book, and the main character is passionate about what she does. Where the book falls flat, however, is with its pacing and its lacklustre romance. However, this is still a fun read, and fans of The Great British Bake-Off will definitely find it appealing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    high achieving asian mc? check baking? check meddling asian family? check boba on the cover? check asian boyz? check this sounds so cute y’all. why didn’t my parents open an asian bakery??

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris Mauna

    I am constantly wishing for more Pride and Prejudice retellings so I was excited to hear of A Taste for Love! Jennifer Yen takes a beloved story and adds fresh elements to it that make it feel completely new. Reading A Taste for Love is like cutting into a tiered cake. I absolutely loved how many different layers this story held. Being the daughter of immigrants, Liza Yang is a Taiwanese-American who dutifully does what her parents ask of her. Whether it’s helping out at their bakery and restauran I am constantly wishing for more Pride and Prejudice retellings so I was excited to hear of A Taste for Love! Jennifer Yen takes a beloved story and adds fresh elements to it that make it feel completely new. Reading A Taste for Love is like cutting into a tiered cake. I absolutely loved how many different layers this story held. Being the daughter of immigrants, Liza Yang is a Taiwanese-American who dutifully does what her parents ask of her. Whether it’s helping out at their bakery and restaurant or going on the many blind dates her mother sets up for her. Liza’s life almost seems to good to be true outside of having a know-it-all mother. She has the perfect boyfriend, good grades, and a loyal best friend. Things quickly take a turn when Liza finds out that her not so perfect boyfriend is cheating on her, though. Cue all the drama that follows! Deciding not to dwell on a boy not worthy of her time her thoughts drift more towards what her future holds. Her parents want her to attend a university and become an engineer. But spending almost all of her time at her mother’s bakery has led to Liza’s own passion for baking sweet treats growing. She’s even invented some of the most popular items on their menu! I loved Liza’s drive to make her dream a reality despite knowing that her parents would never approve of it. She wants to please them but also knows she needs to follow her heart. Witnessing her growth throughout the book was relatable and encouraging. I think a lot of young readers, specifically Asian-Americans, will relate to how Liza feels throughout the book. Of course, there’s more to A Taste for Love than just Liza’s relationship with her parents. When the unpleasant and shy James Wong appears, readers will immediately see the similarities of Pride and Prejudice in the romance. Their interactions are very sweet. Fans of a good hate-to-love romance will be happy with this one! There is a lot packed into this book especially with the baking competition, where Liza’s mother will take setting her up on a blind date to the next level. It was surprisingly one of my favorite parts of the book! There’s a lot of growth for all of the characters. Plus, the food descriptions are exceptional and will leave you hungry after reading. Overall, A Taste for Love was a sweet coming-of-age story. Liza truly owns this book and seeing her step into her true self while holding the traditions of her family close makes her a heroine to root for. Jennifer Yen is definitely an author to look out for! I enjoyed the way she told a lighthearted story with complex characters. If you need the perfect read for a gloomy weekend then A Taste for Love is sure to brighten your day. | review originally posted on Bookstacked |

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    Initial thoughts: i feel betrayed that no one said this was a pride and prejudice retelling/inspired story. What a fun ride. Also i’m really hungry now. I received this for the publisher in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest. FIRST OF ALL. I FEEL BETRAYED THAT NOBODY TOLD ME THIS WAS LIKE A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE INSPIRED STORY. Once it clicked for me I just got so excited. I thought at first the first line in the book was just a funny thing BUT THE PAR Initial thoughts: i feel betrayed that no one said this was a pride and prejudice retelling/inspired story. What a fun ride. Also i’m really hungry now. I received this for the publisher in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest. FIRST OF ALL. I FEEL BETRAYED THAT NOBODY TOLD ME THIS WAS LIKE A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE INSPIRED STORY. Once it clicked for me I just got so excited. I thought at first the first line in the book was just a funny thing BUT THE PARALLELS. BEAUTIFUL. Anyway, this follows Liza, a high school senior who is just trying to make it through her last year. She wants to go to culinary school but her parents have different expectations, especially when her older sister is the golden child. Anyway, the annual baking competition her mother hosts is just around the corner… and naturally, her mother turns it into an elaborate matchmaking scheme. Cue drama and fun! Anyway, I loved reading in Liza’s voice. She was naturally really funny and kind of relatable! I loved her passion for baking and reading about her aspirations. Also, I loved her friendship with Grace! It was just great to see a happy female friendship without like the whole miscommunication or jealousy trope. It was great to see Ben and James interact with Liza and see how their friendship progressed, especially as drama went down. I loved seeing Liza’s relationship with her older sister as well. Pretty much all the relationships were just really great and fun to see! Of course, the food descriptions throughout the book were perfect and made me so incredibly hungry even for desserts I don’t think I would actually enjoy personally. The story itself was really fun and cute, though in the middle before the synopsis plot started it felt like the scenes were just there to fill space (though they made sense in hindsight, it just felt weird to have certain scenes as they happened?). I finished this book in like two sittings so it’s incredibly fast paced and easy to read! I would recommend this to anyone who loves great friendships, cute relationships, all the drama, and Pride and Prejudice vibes. If you enjoy baking, incredible matchmaking schemes, soft and happy boys as well as misunderstood snarky boys, fun pop culture and literary references, and a sprinkle of funny embarrassing moments, definitely check this out!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mitali Rajput

    While there were certain aspects I liked in the book I found the book to be lacking. This is especially seen in the characters who I could distinguish but I felt that still did not make them distinctive or very memorable with many feeling more 2 dimensional. Moreover while the plot was entertaining enough to make me want to read it was not able to hold my attention or intrigue.The writing I felt also lacked in certain parts especially in developing the characters relationships and in their dialo While there were certain aspects I liked in the book I found the book to be lacking. This is especially seen in the characters who I could distinguish but I felt that still did not make them distinctive or very memorable with many feeling more 2 dimensional. Moreover while the plot was entertaining enough to make me want to read it was not able to hold my attention or intrigue.The writing I felt also lacked in certain parts especially in developing the characters relationships and in their dialogue however the baking descriptions showed knowledge and were well explained.Despite my criticisms and slightly lower rating it was a quick read that was entertaining and enjoyable enough but lacking what was needed to push it further.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rmsooon

    3.5 Ive enjoyed it a nice retelling for pride and prejudice

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    I liked the concept of this book but I didn’t like the author’s writing style or the characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♡ jules ♡

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This loose Pride and Prejudice retelling had me laughing, loving, and wishing I could bake all the food mentioned. I didn't realize this was kinda a loose retelling until about halfway through. Things began to sound familiar and that's when I realized it kinda sounded like Pride and Prejudice. Like I said before, it's a pretty loose retelling so there are still plenty of surprises and things that happen that I didn't expect. I really liked all of the characters in this book, but I think I especial This loose Pride and Prejudice retelling had me laughing, loving, and wishing I could bake all the food mentioned. I didn't realize this was kinda a loose retelling until about halfway through. Things began to sound familiar and that's when I realized it kinda sounded like Pride and Prejudice. Like I said before, it's a pretty loose retelling so there are still plenty of surprises and things that happen that I didn't expect. I really liked all of the characters in this book, but I think I especially loved all the baking contestants that were introduced. Some I didn't get to know very well due to them being eliminated from the competition early or whatnot, but I like those I did get to know. They were all very different and a lot of fun to read about. I laughed out loud multiple times throughout the book due to them and their antics. I just really loved the competition portion of this book. Along those lines, the competition (which I thought was kinda the main plot point of the book) doesn't even begin until about halfway through the book. The first half, while important in getting to know some main characters, didn't really seem to have a point? It wasn't boring per say, but I kept waiting until the "real story" began. Lastly, I should probably mention the romance. For the most part, I really enjoyed it. We get to see lots of main characters in relationships, both new and old, which is fun. I wasn't completely sucked in by our main character, Liza's, romance. It was cute and made me smile, but it wasn't anything amazing. Overall, I'd recommend this book for those who enjoy sweet romances especially when they involve food! Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

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