Lasagna Means I Love You (Hardcover)

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"What are the ingredients that make up a family? Eleven year old Mo is determined to find out. Nan was Mo’s family. Soon Mo finds herself in foster care and not sure what to do next. She finds a handmade cookbook filled with family recipes and starts a hobby, talking to strangers and collecting their family recipes while secretly hoping a long distant relative will surface and give her a family recipe of her very own.  

Mo’s journey is sweet and ends with a wonderful twist that leads to a happy new beginning. You might even get hungry reading this fun book!"

— From Kelli's Staff Picks


What are the essential ingredients that make a family? Eleven-year-old Mo is making up her own recipe in this unforgettable story that's a little sweet, a little sour, and totally delicious.

Nan was all the family Mo ever needed. But suddenly she’s gone, and Mo finds herself in foster care after her uncle decides she’s not worth sticking around for.
     Nan left her a notebook and advised her to get a hobby, like ferret racing or palm reading.
     But how could a hobby fix anything in her newly topsy-turvy life?
Then Mo finds a handmade cookbook filled with someone else’s family recipes. Even though Nan never cooked, Mo can’t tear her eyes away. Not so much from the recipes, but the stories attached to them. Though, when she makes herself a pot of soup, it is every bit as comforting as the recipe notes said.
     Soon Mo finds herself asking everyone she meets for their family recipes. Teaching herself to make them. Collecting the stories behind them. Building a website to share them. And, okay, secretly hoping that a long-lost relative will find her and give her a family recipe all her own.
     But when everything starts to unravel again, Mo realizes that if she wants a family recipe—or a real family—she’s going to have to make it up herself.

About the Author

KATE O’SHAUGHNESSY is a book nerd, animal lover, former chef, and an outdoor enthusiast. When she’s not writing, you can find Kate pottering in her garden, eating good food, hiking with her dog, and chronically mispronouncing words she’s read but never heard said aloud. She lives in California with her family.
     Kate’s first book was The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane.

Praise For…

★ "Readers will laugh, cry, and embrace Mo completely.... Deeply moving and tender." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "[An] 11-year-old in mourning navigates foster care and seeks connection by collecting families’ recipes and stories in this tenderly rendered, character-driven novel.... Extremely satisfying." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Mo, imperfections and all, is a winning heroine. To be read with snacks at hand, and perhaps also some tissues." —The Horn Book

"Will pull at the heart strings of all readers." —School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984893871
ISBN-10: 1984893874
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English