Instead of giving you the Goodreads synopsis, let me quote one small section of the book flap's description: "This is a novel about one girl's extraordinary farm-to-table success story, about mothers and daughters, how food becomes the common language of our lives, and the bittersweet nature of life itself-its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises."
Being in the food service business myself, and living in the Bay Area, which is the area that started many major food trends - from California Cuisine (with Alice Waters) to sustainable fish to vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free, and on and on - and just flat-out loving all-types of food, it was certainly fun to read a book about one girl's transformation from a shaky childhood to world-class chef. Along the way we get to see recipes from many of the foods that appear in the book. I've seen that in a couple of books that I've read (their names escape me at the moment, like so many other pieces of trivia!). It's a fun add-on.
But I digress. What changed in chapters 6 and 7? Well, it really comes down to the connection with the main character, Eva. The 1st 5 chapters all either focused directly on Eva or on characters who interacted with Eva. 6 and 7 got away from that. Do those newbies ultimately end up interacting with Eva? Perhaps. But, for me, it was too little, too late.
This is still a good, well-written book. And I gave it a 3.25/4. That's a very good rating. And I definitely recommend the book. But my problem is that it started out so strong that I hate to see it lose steam. At least the last chapter got back to what made the 1st 5 chapters so appealing. This is in direct contrast to The Monsters of Templeton (review 10/9/15), which started out very strong (3.5), sagged in the middle (down to a 3.25), and then plummeted at the end (final 2.75). I will be doing a post in the near future about the 5 different ways a book can progress from beginning to end, with examples. Here are the categories:
Starts fast, stays fast
Starts fast, slows down
Starts slow, stays slow
Starts slow, speeds up
Hybrid (what's that?)