Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 18, 2019
“I’ve always found putting food on top of my feelings is a much more pleasant way to deal with any kind of crisis than actually, you know, dealing with the crisis.”
I don’t know what it was, but about halfway through with this anthology, I was just so ready to be done, The stories stopped grabbing me and were consistently average and I just didn’t really care about it anymore. But I didn’t want to DNF it so I just stopped taking note, so this review isn’t going to be a story-by-story breakdown typical for my other anthology reviews, just my overall thoughts.
Hungry Hearts follows the lives of people on Hungry Heart Row, a thriving foodie destination that feels magical and comforting. The stories are all (very) loosely connected, so you’ll see a character pop up a time or two, or a shop being mentioned in one story and showing up in the next. That made for a fun element that really connected the whole street.
My favorite stories were The Grand Ishq Adventure by Sandhya Menon (5 stars); Kings & Queens by Elsie Chapman (4 Stars); The Slender One by Caroline Tung Richmond(4 stars); & Panadería ~ Pastelería by Anna-MArie McLemore(4 stars). All the other stories were between 2 and 3 stars. So it wasn’t a successful anthology for me, but I”m sure many others will enjoy these stories and love the cozy foodie environments that links these characters.