I have a confession. I’m an egg snob. I prefer my eggs free-range and organic. If you have ever cracked a regular, store bought egg next to an egg fresh from the farm, then you know what I’m talking about. The yellow, flavorless and easily broken yolk looks sickly in comparison to it’s firm, bright orange nutrient rich farm fresh counterpart; and the flavor… absolutely worth it!
That is where my food snobbery ends. My taste buds are just sophisticated enough to appreciate the difference between regular vs white cheddar macaroni and cheese and pepperoni vs five cheese take and bake pizza (which is pretty much what my family has lived on since I hit my third trimester).
Evertaster is a story of Guster Johnsonville, an eleven year old who is more than just your average picky eater. Unlike my kids, he doesn’t turn his nose up at something simply because he doesn’t like the look of it. For Guster, his mother’s cooking is inadequate because he can taste the dirty corn that the chickens were fed, the dry soil that the potatoes were grown in, and the extra drop of lemon juice in a lemon cookie. In an attempt to save his from starvation, Guster and his family embark on an adventure to find “The One Recipe” that is promised either to cure him… or kill him. The Johnsonvilles race a cult of evil, murderous Chefs (who prefer their aprons and hats to be red, rather than the traditional white) to find the necessary ingredients (pure and untainted from the world) to make “The One Recipe”.
Within the first chapter you are immediately thrown into a fierce battle for the priceless ingredients. This book is action packed, filled with fantastical beasts, endearing yet real characters and wonderful layers of truth that will keep you coming back for more.
I like my books to mean something. I like a good story as much as the next gal, but to me a story without a moral is like (to stick with a food analogy) an egg with no yolk, a pie with no filling, brownies without chocolate chips, or cornbread without cornmeal (I know this from experience… it’s ok, but it’s not cornbread). New books with authors I don’t know are always a gamble but I was not disappointed with Evertaster. Adam Sidwell did a wonderful job of weaving meaning and truth into the storyline. For example, Guster starts off as, well… kind of a brat. He blames his mom for everything wrong that happens in his life (namely starving to death) and she can do nothing to satisfy his desires (be it culinary or not). Only after Guster realizes how selfish he had been and takes responsibility for his own actions and desires do things start to get better for him. I am always trying to teach my children how they can’t blame others for their own mistakes and shortcomings.
Another thing that I loved about Evertaster is how clear it is that the author respects motherhood, the work that goes into being homemaker and the acute power that a mother wields over mankind. Motherhood is filled with blood, sweat and (as my breakdown in church last Sunday can testify) more than a few tears. There aren’t many people who can intricately weave the sacred role of motherhood into literature, or even care enough to do so. I was profoundly touched as Guster’s mom’s role in the story came full circle. I would tell you more, but that would give too much away ;)
On a more personal note, when I received this book I thought I recognized the author’s name. “Adam Sidwell? I think I know that guy. I think we were in the same ward (church congregation) in college.”
Hmmm… Looks familiar, too.
Yuuup! That’s the guy (or his doppelgänger)! He was hilarious and I secretly hoped he would ask me out on a date.
Then I met my prince charming and the rest is history. Don’t feel bad that I never got to date the now famous Adam Sidwell, I don’t have a blog named “Ordinary Happily, Ever After” for nothing ;)
Back to the subject at hand. Evertaster is a must read. Your kids will love it and you will love reading it to them. For more information you can go to the book’s website or his facebook page or check out the book trailer below :)
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