Reader Meet Writer: Yaffa S. Santos & A TASTE OF SAGE

This is a series sponsored and run by SIBA - the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Bookmarks is hosting five of these author events, but you can participate in any of their many other offerings by visiting another local southern independent bookstore that is participating.

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The five events Bookmarks has chosen to promote are:
5/7 - Kaitlin Curtice - Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God
5/12 - Mary Kay Andrews - Hello, Summer
5/20 - Carter Sickels - The Prettiest Star (Originally scheduled for an in store event!)
5/21 - Yaffa S. Santos - A Taste of Sage
5/27 - Edward A. Farmer - Pale

Yaffa S. Santos was born and raised in New Jersey. A solo trip to Dominican Republic in her teenage years changed her relationship to her Dominican heritage and sparked a passion for cooking and its singular ability to bring people together. Yaffa is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and visual art. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). She has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Santo Domingo, and now lives in Florida with her family.

Harper Paperbacks | May 19, 2020 | 9780062974846

From talented new writer, Yaffa S. Santos, comes A Taste of Sage, an unforgettable, heartwarming, and hilarious rom-com about chefs, love, and self-discovery that is the perfect cross between The Hating Game and Sweetbitter.

Lumi Santana is a passionate chef with the gift of synesthesia—she can perceive a person's emotions just by tasting their cooking. Inspired by a mix of Dominican cuisines, Lumi opens Caraluna, a nontraditional fusion restaurant in Inwood, NY, only to succumb to financial struggles shortly after. Julien Dax, a celebrated chef known for his acid tongue and brilliant smile, is dedicated to the faultless preparation of classic French cuisine, offering no room for personal flair at his successful, midtown Manhattan restaurant, DAX.

When both restauranteurs meet at a catering gig, Lumi is struck by Julien's ravishing looks while Julien is excited by her firecracker tongue. Lumi is quickly turned off by Julien's critiques of her passion filled dishes, but feels she is left with no other choice but to take a position as a sous chef at his staid, traditional French restaurant when the opportunity presents itself.

Irritated by his smug attitude, Lumi silently vows to never taste Julien's cooking. However, as time passes, Lumi finds herself yearning for the mouthwatering dishes created by Julien's strong hands, each dish more tempting than the last. The overwhelming aromas and gorgeous presentations entice Lumi to sneak a bite, but she isn't prepared for the feelings that will follow, complicating her love life and her professional plans.

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Event date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 3:00pm
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ISBN: 9780062974846
Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store Stock
Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 19th, 2020

A June 2020 Indie Next List Pick!
An Entertainment Weekly "New Books to Read May 2020" Pick