Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2016-04-05
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.
Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she’s told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels’ household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it’s not long before Vivi’s zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.
Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?
I am beyond thrilled and honored to be able to be a part of this blog tour for Emery Lord’s new book. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I’ve loved both of her previous books and that Matt and Reagan from Open Road Summer are one of my top all-time favorite OTPs. So when I was asked if I wanted to be on this tour, the answer was OF COURSE!!!!! (With a lot of jumping up and down and flailing that I was glad nobody could see.) Then I read the book and was still, even after loving her two previous books, completely blown away. This book is so incredible. It’s a little bit different from her two previous books but it’s an amazing story about two teens coming together when their worlds are falling apart and it was so real and honest, it hurt at times. But I loved falling in love with Jonah and Vivi and watching their relationship develop. I still think about Jonah and Vivi even though it’s been over a month since I read the book and I really hope you guys will love it too. You can check out my full review here if you need more convincing on why you should read it.
But today I’m here to talk about Jonah and his cooking. (And how freaking adorable he when he’s doing it!) Jonah’s father owned a restaurant and passed on a love of cooking to him. And when his father died, he started cooking a lot more for his family and trying to find ways to get his siblings to eat healthier. He also loves to come up with new recipe ideas and has hopes of one day doing more than just making them for himself and his family. So today, I’m sharing one of his recipes with you guys! And I promise, Jonah is a brilliant chef. I loved reading about him cooking and feeling how confident and comfortable he was in the kitchen. I’m not anything like that when I cook, I fumble around a lot and make huge messes, so it was fun to read about someone with such a passion and love for cooking. So taking some inspiration from him (and some recipe help from Emery), I thought I’d give it a try and make one of his fancy-pants meals! And here it is:
Mango Chutney Salmon
2 skinless salmon fillets
1 jar mango chutney (at most grocery stores)
2 Roma tomatoes sliced into circles
¾ cup of julienne carrots (more or less, to taste- usually can be bought this way near packaged produce section!)
Handful of spinach leaves
Mashed potatoes- made your preferred way! (I actually made mashed cauliflower here, which is as simple as mashes potatoes and super yummy. I make them based on this recipe and adjusted it to taste.) You could also use store-bought. Totally up to you.
1. Glaze salmon filets liberally with mango chutney & marinate for ~20 minutes or longer
2. Start potatoes if you’re doing from scratch.
3. You can bake or pan-sear or slow-cook the salmon; your choice! For baking, I go with 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on fillet size. For pan-searing- which can give you a great crispness- I preheat skillet on medium-high with some olive oil and do 3-5 minutes on either side. A slow-cook is at 250 for 25-30 minutes, generally. (I pan-seared the salmon because I like the crust it makes.)
4. When the salmon is done, glaze again with mango chutney.
5. Stack, starting with a bed of spinach leaves, then mashed potatoes, carrots, tomato, and the salmon filet on top.
This recipe is absolutely delicious! I was really surprised by how easy it was even though it looked so fancy in the end. And it’s just one of the many meals that Jonah makes in the book. This one he cooks in a super cute scene with Vivi that I loved. (I won’t give specifics but they may have been on a date.) He’s so freaking good at cooking it seriously put me to shame. Besides the beautiful meals like this one, he also makes a black cherry cobbler (that I wouldn’t mind a recipe for) and a fancy BLT, which comes from one of my favorite scenes from the book. So not only does this book offer an incredible story with characters that will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book, but I promise Jonah will make you hungry. And I don’t just mean for food!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for checking out this book. I definitely recommend it. I also hope you guys will follow along with the rest of the blog tour. And thanks again to Bloomsbury for inviting me to be a part of the tour and to Emery for writing this incredible book!