Vanilla Salt – a book review and giveaway

You might remember that one of the items on my summer bucket list was to read five novels before Autumn officially starts. I’ve only read one so far, so I’m rather behind but one is better than none!

I’ve just read Vanilla Salt, a first novel by Iberian chef Ada Parellada.

Admittedly it isn’t my style, really, and the translation felt clumsy to me but what a fun romp. What’s more, it’s full of powerful culinary descriptions that reveal where the author’s true passions lie. Alex is a fiery an opinionated chef (think Gordon Ramsay with a lot less charm) whose restaurant is going out of business because he’s alienated his customers, critics and employees. Annette is an explicably sweet French Canadian who is an enthusiastic social media foodie. She comes to apprentice in his kitchen for an experience and certainly gets one.

vanilla-salt

To win a copy of Vanilla Salt, enter the Rafflecopter below and tell me how you find the time to read.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Alma books sent me a copy of Vanilla Salt and are fulfilling this prize.

UK residents only

Post listed with Loquax and The Prize Finder


138 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach
    August 21, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I read in bed just before I go to sleep. I find it relaxes me especially if a lot has gone on on the day & my minds buzzing

  2. August 22, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    one defo is better than none! I feel so guilty that I have not finished a novel in 3 years! 🙁 x
    Fritha recently posted..Living Arrows

  3. August 23, 2014 / 1:33 am

    I have to admit that I don’t find nearly enough time to read but I do try and fit it in as it’s such a relaxing pastime

    Laura x
    Laura recently posted..Life lately…..

  4. August 23, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    However, it is difficult to arrange such pompous occasion as you invite lots of
    guests. You will be stunning, your own bridal
    diamond jewelry will improve that. The marriage attire is the
    stylish liven up which she will put on during the marriage take.
    http://navcdev.com/ recently posted..http://navcdev.com/

  5. Helen G
    August 24, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    At work, on my lunch break, it’s the only chance I get.

  6. Maxine
    August 24, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I tend to read on my commute to work [don’t worry, I get the bus, don’t drive!] – it starts and ends my working day in a relaxing manner

  7. August 27, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Either late at night when everyone else is asleep or early in the morning. I prefer reading to watching television.

  8. andrea fiander
    August 27, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    i read in bed

  9. Dave
    August 27, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    I used to read on my commute to work and on the train to meetings all over the Southern half of the country but since I was made redundant. I now mainly read in bed at night.

  10. Julie Booth
    August 27, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    I read every night in bed, and on public transport and in any breaks I get

  11. Sarah tucker
    August 28, 2014 / 8:16 am

    I love books – just don’t have enough of then. I do give them to other people to read too but I want more lol

  12. Bethan Palmer
    August 28, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    While my son naps

  13. Carolsue
    September 2, 2014 / 1:27 am

    I multitask. I read when I am taking a bath!

  14. amanda rchardson
    September 6, 2014 / 4:56 am

    In bed at night just before I go to sleep

  15. wendy procter
    September 6, 2014 / 8:24 am

    I read when I go to bed

  16. Jane Green
    September 6, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I read in the bath!

  17. ELIZABETH DOODY
    September 6, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Make time! Usually before bed x

  18. Hannah Ingham
    September 6, 2014 / 10:09 am

    I make time! Usually before bed!

  19. Amanda Beamish
    September 6, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Before bed, whilst cooking, in between chores etc!

  20. iain
    September 6, 2014 / 10:42 am

    usually at bedtime

  21. pete c
    September 6, 2014 / 10:59 am

    in my lunch hour at work

  22. julie-ann eley
    September 6, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    i read at bedtime when all kids are asleep 🙂

  23. michelle banks
    September 6, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    in the evenings when the house is peaceful!

  24. Linsdey C
    September 6, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    I read a chapter every night before I go to sleep

  25. Claire D
    September 6, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I go to bed early to get some reading in

  26. Harriet
    September 6, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    In my bed

  27. September 6, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    I make 2 hour of free time every afternoon (now I’m reteired)

  28. Lyla
    September 6, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    I have a very long commute to work so I manage to read several books a week

  29. Christopher Packer
    September 6, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    I usually read at night before going to sleep. Its nice and quiet then with no interuptions

  30. carolyn joyce
    September 6, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    I make time every day before I get up in the morning

  31. Julie Tift
    September 6, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    I make sure that I take my book into the bath and have a good read and a soak before getting washed.

  32. richard hill
    September 6, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    read about an hour in bed before go to sleep i find the best

  33. kim neville
    September 6, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I read mainly in bed to relax me

  34. Janine Phillips
    September 6, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    I always read at night in bed

  35. Amanda Norwood
    September 6, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    I read in my breaks at work

  36. Paula Barker
    September 6, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Make sure I go to bed with an hour to spare for reading

  37. Corinne Peat
    September 6, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    At bed time if I’m not too tired!

  38. Michael Williams
    September 6, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    I read a couple of chapters in bed

  39. Susan H
    September 6, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    In break on the night shift

  40. Claire Hull
    September 6, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I read every night before I go to bed

  41. Becci Cleary
    September 6, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    Its my nightly routine before bed, I get through around 10 books a week – don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have time to read 🙂

  42. KATHY D
    September 6, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Always have a book with me and snatch every opportunity I can but always have a chapter or two in bed before I can fall to sleep

  43. Amelia Stephenson
    September 6, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Whilst travelling – on buses and trains x

  44. reg vandra
    September 6, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    Just switch off the TV

  45. jackie rushton
    September 6, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    I always find time to read every Sunday afternoon

  46. Julie Ward
    September 6, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    Usually when I am hols from work. Other times doing housework or diy, got 2 useless oafs living here.

  47. Karen Richards
    September 6, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    When everyone is out in the morning whilst I’m having breakfast before getting ready for work.

  48. Bex Walker
    September 6, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I like to snuggle up with a book before bed but I also find time to read on buses. I love reading and aim to read at least a book a week.

  49. Ben KNibbs
    September 7, 2014 / 7:03 am

    During my lunch time or sometimes when I am in bed

  50. laura stewart
    September 7, 2014 / 8:29 am

    on my break at work

  51. emma falvi
    September 7, 2014 / 8:46 am

    before i go to sleep

  52. Claire Davies
    September 7, 2014 / 10:13 am

    It is important to find time to read. I might go to bed half an hour earlier to read or take some time out and go read in the garden.

  53. Laura Pritchard
    September 7, 2014 / 10:27 am

    I struggle now I have a 3 year old & a baby on the way but I read in my work lunch break, in the bath & for 20 minutes before I go to sleep.

  54. Sue McCarthy
    September 7, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    I don’t! My mum reads a lot tho, so I enter book comps for her.

  55. Diana Socha
    September 7, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I – about 1-1,5h per day
    +
    20-40 min for my son

  56. donna jones
    September 7, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    when the kids are in bed

  57. Erica field
    September 7, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    When everyone else is asleep I snatch a chapter or two x

  58. REBECCA EVANS
    September 7, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    When ‘they’ are all asleep and its MY time! 😉

  59. Bethany White
    September 7, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    I struggle to sleep so I am often up, I snuggle up in bed and read until the early hours!

  60. September 7, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I always read before I go to sleep, and I usually read during breakfast if I’m on my own.
    Amy recently posted..A few photos from this week

  61. Lauren Old
    September 7, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    I try and make time, get all my jobs done as quickly as possible so I can sit down and relax

  62. Katrina McEvoy
    September 7, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    I always make sure i set myself at least an hour a day to read otherwise i’d never get through all my books!

  63. Chris E Andrews
    September 8, 2014 / 8:20 am

    How do you find time to read?
    l make time………….l read before l go to sleep, l take a book to work with me to read during breaks, l read curled up on the sofa in between chores. l simply love to read

  64. Samantha Atherton
    September 8, 2014 / 9:07 am

    The only time I get to read is in bed before I go to sleep.

  65. Daniel Stacey
    September 8, 2014 / 9:31 am

    Bedtime reading

  66. Zoe g
    September 8, 2014 / 10:14 am

    I read in the bath!

  67. sarah rees
    September 8, 2014 / 10:29 am

    I read in bed in the morning before the kids get up

  68. nat eveleigh
    September 8, 2014 / 11:15 am

    when the kids are in bed in the evening 🙂

  69. Jill m
    September 8, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    It’s very rare but my husband and I have a child free break ahead so I need to stock up!

  70. Caroline Howard
    September 8, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    I read in the bath

  71. LEE HARDY
    September 8, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    In my lunch time at work, when daughter goes to bed, when when has her programmes on the television.

  72. Helen Schofield
    September 8, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Very difficulty but I squeez some time in whenever I can, usually before I go to sleep in bed as it also makes me tired to nod off.

  73. gemma raines
    September 8, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    just before bed with a hot choc 🙂

  74. Stephen Little
    September 8, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    When sitting on a bus or train.

  75. charlotte thornton
    September 8, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Of an evening, and these past few summer months in the garden

  76. Angela Paull
    September 8, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    During my nightly soak in the bath 🙂

  77. Pam Francis Gregory
    September 8, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    On the commute

  78. Victoria B
    September 8, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    I wish I had more time to read – I try and read just before bed and also at the hairdressers.

  79. Mark Chamberlin
    September 8, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I make time. I try and read just before I go to sleep and always on the train. I use my phone, kindle and paper books.

  80. Rachel Craig
    September 8, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Before settling to sleep at night.

  81. Sandra Lane
    September 8, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    I read in bed at night as I don’t usually have time during the day.

  82. sam cornford
    September 9, 2014 / 6:14 am

    once the little ones in bed, just before bedtime.

  83. Clare S
    September 9, 2014 / 7:49 am

    First thing in the morning and last thing at night, otherwise no chance!

  84. NATALIE BRADLEY
    September 9, 2014 / 9:39 am

    I read in the bath lol only time i can get peace and quiet from my 2 lil monsters

  85. Jane Willis
    September 9, 2014 / 10:50 am

    I don’t really watch TV so I read in the evening when it’s on

  86. Jill Ashton
    September 9, 2014 / 11:26 am

    No matter what, I put an hour aside every day to read

  87. Chris Fletcher
    September 9, 2014 / 11:45 am

    Usually on the commute or last thing at night!

  88. Amanda Gregory
    September 9, 2014 / 11:58 am

    In the bath.

  89. Sarah Saunders
    September 9, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    I read in bed before going to sleep…or on the beach if the weather is nice and I have no commitments – which is very rare

  90. michelle pierce
    September 9, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    i love to read first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee.

  91. helen warrener
    September 9, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    i read in the bath and after in my cosy chair in the front room

  92. Jennifer Rhymer
    September 9, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I mainly read while relaxing in the bath

  93. CAROL PATRICK
    September 9, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I read before bedtime, it helps me relax

  94. Joanne Benham
    September 9, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    I read when the kids have gone to bed, pointless otherwise I just keep reading the same few lines over and over while being distracted 😉

  95. Adelle Dornan
    September 9, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Just started my maternity leave so I read for a few hours when my son is at nursery and then read at nightie there’s nothing on tv

  96. lisa tebbutt
    September 9, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    i take on holiday with me

  97. Stevie
    September 9, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I grab 200 pages here and there. Break and travel times are okay but relaxing with sore hands at home is a fave.

  98. julie munro
    September 9, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    either at night time or when i’m travelling by bus

  99. Angela Kelly
    September 9, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    I read in my lunch break

  100. Sheri Darby
    September 9, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    I read at least 10 pages at night before sleep

  101. Laura VItty
    September 9, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    I read every night to get to sleep 🙂

  102. claire woods
    September 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    In bed just before I go to sleep.

  103. nicola clarkson
    September 9, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    in bed once the kids are asleep

  104. Ruth Carson
    September 10, 2014 / 3:07 am

    I read in bed.

  105. Julie Edwards
    September 10, 2014 / 5:06 am

    I read in bed to relax me and also on the bus to and from work. Makes the journey a lot more pleasurable.

  106. Michelle lintern
    September 10, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Always on holiday and just before going to sleep

  107. Clare Hubbard
    September 10, 2014 / 9:30 am

    Usually in the bath, perfect time to immerse myself in a book

  108. Eleanor Powell
    September 10, 2014 / 10:06 am

    Usually in the bath or in bed before I go to sleep

  109. ann clements
    September 10, 2014 / 10:19 am

    any time of the day

  110. catriona nation
    September 10, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Read in bed at night

  111. heather tinkler
    September 10, 2014 / 10:56 am

    I only get time before bed or on holiday.

  112. caroline tokes
    September 10, 2014 / 11:45 am

    i read in bed

  113. Gabrielle Powell
    September 10, 2014 / 11:51 am

    I always read at night in bed before going to sleep

  114. Kirsteen Mackay
    September 10, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    While I am in the bath

  115. Aaron Milne
    September 10, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Unfortunately I don’t

  116. Linda Smart
    September 10, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    When I am eating…plus it makes me sit at the table

  117. carol boffey
    September 10, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    before i go to sleep

  118. Lucy Hobbs
    September 10, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    I usually read when I’m travelling although this often makes for long periods of time between reading but if a book is good enough I’ll make time in my day to day life, usually mid-morning 🙂 xx

  119. Kim D
    September 10, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Reading time is what commuting was invented for. Plus I’m self employed so time between jobs is spent reading in coffee shops.

  120. Jon Sullivan
    September 10, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    I always read before I go to bed, it helps me to wind down after a busy day

  121. Dawn Chapman
    September 10, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    I read in bed.

  122. martina mckenna
    September 10, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    as my son has recently been disabled we have alot of therapies and appointments so read while im sitting in waiting rooms for hours

  123. Eva Churchill
    September 10, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    The only time I get to read is for 5 minutes in bed before I fall asleep !

  124. Kay panayi
    September 10, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I rad in the bath

  125. Lynsie Lynn
    September 10, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    Normally the only time I get to myself is an hour in the bath after the girls have gone to bed (mind you though, they always seem to need the toilet urgently when I’m in there!)

  126. Mark Allen
    September 10, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    I spend a lot of time travelling on trains – time I use wisely. I read ANYTHING.

  127. Stephanie Acton
    September 10, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    In bed, it helps me get to sleep. Sometimes a little too much.

  128. Natalie Gillham
    September 10, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    I read in bed as it helps me to sleep 🙂 x

  129. Natalie Crossan
    September 10, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    I don’t!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.