Deena Livingston leaves behind a broken romance and her chef job in Atlanta to spend time at her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. But her grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local afterschool program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how is she supposed to convince these kids that cooking at home is better than eating at McDonalds? And after all she went through in Atlanta, why is she attracted to Zack, the social worker at The Center? Can a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber, a curly-haired basketball player, and a group of middle-schoolers change Deena's outlook on life?
Alice gives an overview of the book:
Growing up as an American in Japan makes for an adventurous childhood. Long years in Osaka riding the trains to elementary school, some beanpaste ice cream as a snack on the walk home, taking baths at the neighborhood bathhouse, all with constant reminders that my hair was...