Salty,Bitter, Sweet

by Mayra Cuevas

This is definitely a story of diversity in many ways and how we can all learn from one another. We all
have our issues and at times they will intermix with each other and problems will arise and decisions
Salty Bitter Sweetwill need to be made. The main character of Isabella Fields is a Hispanic female and accepts her way of life till she has questions when she meets someone from the other side of tracks or river in this story.

This is a story of learning to accept one’s standing in life, but it is okay to let others in once in awhile.
Mayra has written a novel that will have readers in smiles and tears for we all need to find an
understanding in dealing with various family relationships. She uses the Spanish language in all the
appropriate places, especially with Isabella’s father in trying to explain her relationship with an old
friend that she meets again.
The title ‘Salty, Bitter, Sweet’ is a perfect title for this book that did describe the characters and their relationships very well as well as the food. As on the cover it is a book of a fresh start, a broken heart, and a menu of life’s
possibilities when presented. It is a novel of love and friendship both familial and romantic.
This would be a good supplemental read for a human services/counseling course learning about
diversity and various relationships and how actions can be deceiving but understandable at some point.
It is also a book that could make learning about others the same way you may look at yourself in
various situations when presented with life and all its possibilities.


Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.

The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?

Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?

Salty, Bitter, Sweet



Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra is a professional journalist and fiction writer who prefers love stories with a happy ending. Her debut fiction short story was selected by best-selling author Becky Albertalli to appear in the Foreshadow YA serial anthology in 2019. She is currently a special projects producer for CNN.

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