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Title:
A second bite at the apple
Author:
Bate, Dana, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
327 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Sidney Strauss is writing for the local food market's weekly newsletter when she gets the opportunity at a story that could make her career as a food journalist or permanently end it.
General Note:
Includes recipies
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781617732607
Format :
Book

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"Bate's writing is smart and compelling." -- Publishers Weekly

From the acclaimed author of The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs comes a witty, honest novel, perfectly seasoned with both humor and heart, about daring to bite into the life you really want. . .

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts#65533;, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers' market.

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation. . .

"A breezy, idiomatic voice." -- Publishers Weekly

"Full of humor and lots of genuine heart." -- RT Book Reviews

"In smart and crisp prose, Bate tells a winning story about food, love and second chances, with recipes appended. Great fun." - Booklist

Praise for The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

"Bate deftly conjures up a witty, resilient heroine, surrounds her with delightful friends and frenemies, and sends them all on a rollicking quest for love and delicious food." -- Kirkus

"Engaging. . .Even Bate's implausible happy ending feels right."
-- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"The food--oh my goodness--the food! From the Dupont Circle farmers' market to the Maine Avenue Fish Market, Hannah leads readers on a culinary tour of D.C.'s locavore scene. Do not read this book hungry." -- Washington Post


Author Notes

Dana Bate  is the author of  A Second Bite at the Apple , the forthcoming Too Many Cooks , and The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs , which earned a starred review from  Publishers Weekly  and has been translated into five languages. Before writing fiction full time, she was a Washington producer and reporter for PBS's Nightly Business Report, where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. She studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and received her master's degree from North western's Medill School of Journalism, where she won the Harrington Award for outstanding promise in the field of journalism. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

As in her debut (The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs, 2013), Bate has a female protagonist who's been unlucky in love, works at a job she tolerates while lusting to be in the food industry, and takes a big risk to get there. When Sydney Strauss is laid off from her TV producing job in Washington, D.C., the only work she can find is helping a baker sell his wares at farmers' markets. Then she meets Jeremy Brauer, notorious for taking money for his food reviews in the Washington Chronicle years earlier; though she considers him sleazy, he arouses feelings that she hasn't had since breaking up with her high-school soul mate, Zach, when she found him cheating. When Jeremy, in a PR job for national chain Green Grocers, confides to Sydney something he's learned by error about his employer, she considers this an opportunity to break into food journalism, even though readers will want to shout Noooo. In smart and crisp prose, Bate tells a winning story about food, love, and second chances, with recipes appended. Great fun.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Sydney Strauss, heroine of Bate's (The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs) second novel, is in a years-long funk over losing the first great love of her life, and to make matters worse, she is downsized from her job as news producer for a popular morning TV show. The bad news: she's broke. The good news: she is free to pursue her dream of becoming a food writer. As she struggles to make a living working part-time at a farmer's market, she finds herself drawn to a potential boyfriend with a shady past, while at the same time dealing with her demanding sister's upcoming wedding. When her big journalistic break finally comes, she faces a moral quandary that forces her to decide if the career she always wanted warrants a personal betrayal. Sydney has a breezy, idiomatic voice that seems pitched more to young adult readers. And the reader can sense bits of plot clicking neatly into place as the story heads for a predictable resolution. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Sydney Strauss, a 26-year-old frustrated food writer, has been laid off from a job producing segments on a morning news show that was just meant to pay the bills until her dream job came along. Her career is in crumbles, so with nary a nibble she takes a position with misogynistic Rick at his farmers market stand in Washington, DC. Sydney's love life has been marinating for four years ever since her breakup with high school boyfriend Zach (he cheated on her). After she insults and yells at PR guy Jeremy, he returns for second helpings. After their first date, Sydney does an Internet search on Jeremy and finds out that he had been caught in a pay-for-review scandal a few years back. Appalled, she tries to distance herself but finds him persistent and increasingly on her mind. In addition, her father is about to lose his car dealership, and her engaged sister, kept in the dark regarding her parents' looming financial problems, is making expensive wedding demands. At the moment when life can't get more complicated, Zach returns to the menu. VERDICT Bate (The Girls' Guide To Love and Supper Clubs) serves up a story that doesn't quite satisfy. Plot points about betrayal and forgiveness don't quite ring true.-Susan Santa, Syosset P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.