Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales Of Food And Love, Edited By Caroline Tung Richmond & Elsie Chapman (Full Review)

Book Review #293

Title: Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales Of Food And Love

Editors: Caroline Tung Richmond & Elsie Chapman

Authors: Sara Farizan, Sandhya Menon, S.K. Ali, Karuna Riazi, Adi Alsaid, Sangu Mandanna, Rebecca Roanhoarse, Phoebe North, Anna-Marie McLemore, Jay Coles, Rin Chupeco, Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genres: YA, Short Stories, Contemporary

Format: e-ARC

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: June 18, 2019

Pages: 352



From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

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.


The lineups for the authors was honestly what made me keen to add this book on my tbr in the first place. It includes some of the most known authors who are unapologetically and proud to write stories based on their own cultures with diverse characters. Though, it couldn’t just be overlooked on that alone and to actually take into account of other things as well.

Each of the stories cover different aspects and different genres. You could previously read a contemporary and the next will be horror, superhero, fantasy, romance, magical and so much more!!! They didn’t limit just to the characters and the food, they have managed to go beyond the box and create something extraordinary.

These 13 tales of food and love that is interwoven together is absolutely brilliant and makes me wish that Hungry Hearts Row is open to tourists and locals alike. I wanted to taste the food, go through what the characters are going through and go on adventures along with each one of them.

Each story is unique with their own voices, cultures and dishes accompanying through it which makes this anthology so special. And I really hope that other readers out there would be interested to pick this book up and experience the wholesome content that I went through.


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