Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

By: Elsie Chapman

Caroline Tung Richmond

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.



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ISBN: 9781534421851

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Criminal culture, Marijuana, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Strong language, Violence
Topics: Short stories , Anthologies , Romance , Food , Love , Neighborhoods , Restaurants , Cooking , Families

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Hungry Hearts Row is every foodie’s dream presented on a young adult platter. Each of the 13 notable authors in this anthology, including Sandhya Menon, Sara Farizan, and Anna-Marie McLemore, spins a tale that takes place or relates back to Hungry Hearts Row, a geographically ambiguous neighborhood hosting mostly independently owned restaurants, Hungry Hearts Row is every foodie’s dream presented on a young adult platter. Each of the 13 notable authors in this anthology, including Sandhya Menon, Sara Farizan, and Anna-Marie McLemore, spins a tale that takes place or relates back to Hungry Hearts Row, a geographically ambiguous neighborhood hosting mostly independently owned restaurants, cafés, convenience stores, and pastelerías, each of which serves its unique flavors from all over the world. Each story explores the overall theme of food: how it connects us across generations and borders, how expertise in its creation can be mostly inherited and possibly learned, how recipes can consist of more than just food, and how each course can satiate more than hunger. While dishes are described in mouth-watering detail, contributors don’t shy away from secondary themes of family, faith, first love, xenophobia, mental and physical health, and gentrification. Not confined by any one genre, these authors serve up a sampler platter comprised of realistic meet-cute romance, anxiety-ridden self-discovery, vengeful magical realism, superhero fantasy, and tests of grief-stricken family foundations, all seamlessly blended together within the Hungry Hearts world. If home is where the heart is, this gourmet story collection is a place many readers will ache to call home. A well-rounded, delicious addition to most middle school and YA collections, especially where anthologies, fiction about food, or these authors’ works are popular.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534421851

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Criminal culture, Marijuana, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Strong language, Violence

Topics

Short stories, Anthologies, Romance, Food, Love, Neighborhoods, Restaurants, Cooking, Families,

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