A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom.
Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher.
The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners . . . but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends? ---from the publisher
336 pages 978-0358116684 Ages 9-12
Keywords: friends, friendship, diverse books, diversity, South Asian, Asian American, Jewish, Muslim, Islam, xenophobia, middle school, new experiences, depression, cooking class, trust, understanding others, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, overcoming obstacles, racism, mental illness, financial insecurity, economic insecurity, finding yourself, identity, fitting in, belonging