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Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 4, 2011
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425239230
- ISBN-10 : 0425239233
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.83 x 6.67 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #273,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In all the changes and preparations for the new family, a box of chicken wings show up in the kitchen, with a note that says they're for Abigail and Josh. Security policy requires that anything coming from outside the White House must be checked , including who they came from. In all the confusion, the wings made it down to the laundry ladies' room, where they promptly made everyone sick. The result was a hostage situation, with terrorists, in the hospital.
Realizing that it was supposed to be the President's children who were supposed to have been targeted, Security procedures immediately go into affect. Along with all this, an ego-centric new chef arrives at the White House, chosen by the new President's wife, to be the family's personal chef. He steps on everyone's toes, adding to Ollie's already mounting problems , as she tries to prepare the White House's first huge State Dinner.
The characters are well drawn out, and the thrills soon find their way into the White House and their kitchen. A fun and exciting story that also includes real procedures for the White House, and a number of wonderful recipes!!
This book, however, had the new perspective of adding school-aged children to the normal demands of the White House kitchen. As anyone can attest, when you add children to a situation, it becomes quite fluid. This was shown in the character, Josh. I liked Josh and became concerned for him. I had to laugh when the First Children 'told' on Chef Ollie to their Mother. How real is that?
I did feel the author was constrained by the amount of pages, in other words, I felt she had more to say but was concerned that the book would be too long. I have no way of knowing this but Ollie's personal life was touched upon but not explored. Just a quick scene here and there.
One thing I especially enjoy with Ms. Hyzy's novels is her ability to make action scenes come alive. You can ride along with Ollie and experience her fears and solutions. Also, there are excellent recipes in the rear of the book. Try them!
My only dislike is of the character, Peter and I'm sure I'm not alone.
I eagerly await the next book in this series. Oh and Ms. Hyzy also writes a terrific series "Grace Under Pressure" that I truly enjoy as well.
As usual I do get slightly eye roll-y when Ollie waxes on about her duty and gosh! this is going to be the best darn state dinner ever! attitude, but I obviously enjoy the series or I wouldn't be reading the fourth one, so while it's not sophisticated it is fun, and if you liked the previous books you will probably like this one as well.
Recipes include a number of good-sounding kid-friendly recipes (mock fried chicken strips, faux fries, corn on the cob and green beans) as well as a full Greek menu (hummus, tzatziki, babaganoush, chicken souvlaki, Greek salad) and a White House state dinner menu (crab agnolottis, Wagyu beef, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and mixed berry cobbler). The recipes look good. I haven't tried any yet but I have made a few from previous books and they worked well.
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Ingenious setting? Check. Delectable foodie descriptions and recipes throughout? Check.
Yes, White House executive chef Olivia (Ollie) Paras is back, doing what she does best: cooking up some incredible dishes for world leaders and saving lives at the same time. This time she could be facing her toughest challenge yet after the children of the new First Family appear to be intended targets of a poisoning (via chicken wings, of all things!). With Ollie displaced as the families chef and her career potentially at risk, can she find her way out of this `no-wing' situation? (Groan. Yes, I went there)
I just love these books. I've read a lot of cosy mysteries and there's something about this setting which is just so inherently smart and appealing. Ollie is a wonderful, sassy character who is set on throwing caution to the wind as long as it means doing the right thing and I love her determination and wit. Her fellow colleagues too, are well written- on a whole they're all characters you can really care about which is why you quickly become engrossed in these books. I also love the White House setting- the author was really smart to put these books here- it allows the readers imagination to run wild!
I'm also glad that a certain Secret Service Agent is back in these books, implying a bit of future romance for Ollie- if only he can stop thinking of himself as a jinx! Ollie's ex, Tom, also makes an appearance- as does former Exec chef, the loveable Henry. I have to say though, I'm not overly impressed with the new first lady in this book- I'm hoping she'll be less mean to Ollie in future!
Try these books, you won't be disappointed! These types of books are a favourite of mine to curl up with in between heavier novels for light hearted reading and a bit of a fun whodunit so I would recommend them to anyone wanting to enjoy a fun new series. I would however recommend reading these books in their intended order- it would be a real shame to miss out on any of Ollie's madcap adventures and amateur sleuthing!