Tanita S. Davis, a.k.a. TadMack of Finding Wonderland, has her first book coming out in June 2008. The young adult novel is called A La Carte, and it's published by Random House. Here's the publisher's blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Lainey dream of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show. (Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren’t? And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows? The field is wide open for stardom!) But when her best friend—and secret crush—suddenly leaves town, Lainey finds herself alone in the kitchen. With a little help from Saint Julia (Child, of course), Lainey finds solace in her cooking as she comes to terms with the past and begins a new recipe for the future. Peppered with recipes from Lainey’s notebooks, this delicious debut novel finishes the same way one feels finishing a good meal—satiated, content, and hopeful.
I've just submitted purchase suggestions to my two local library systems: Seattle Public Library and King County Library System. The more purchase suggestions a library system gets for an item, the more likely they are to order that item. You can do the same with your own library systems. Most of the time, all that's required is a current library card. Sometimes the "purchase suggestion" section is hard to find, but it's often near the section for interlibrary loans.
P.S. Can you spot all the subliminal messages in this post?