Flavor of the Week

Flavor of the Week

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by Tucker Shaw

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Cyril Bartholomew isn't exactly everyone's idea of a dream date he's a little on the heavy side. Not that he gets pushed around or anything, but it does cause him to keep one very important secret from everyone: he loves to cook. The only person who knows this secret is Cyril's best friend, Chris. Chris is just about the opposite of Cyril-a track star and really


Cyril Bartholomew isn't exactly everyone's idea of a dream date he's a little on the heavy side. Not that he gets pushed around or anything, but it does cause him to keep one very important secret from everyone: he loves to cook. The only person who knows this secret is Cyril's best friend, Chris. Chris is just about the opposite of Cyril-a track star and really attractive in a cool, rebellious way. Cyril isn't at all jealous of Chris, thoughuntil the day that Chris decides he is interested in Rose Mulligan, Cyril's lab partner. Flavor of the Week is a classic love triangle between three very unclassic teens, with lots of delicious food courses in between.

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Publishers Weekly
Flavored with a pervasive and good-natured sense of humor, Shaw's (Any Advice?) teen romance, a culinary re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac, serves up a sympathetic hero and a supporting cast of likeable friends. High school senior Cyril is a whiz in the kitchen-he also weighs 240 pounds-and dreams of attending the prestigious American Institute of Culinary Arts. His love for food is matched only by his love for Rose, a beautiful classmate who cherishes Cyril as a friend but nothing more. When Cyril's old friend, the Adonis-like Nick, moves back to the neighborhood, Rose falls for him, and Cyril reluctantly helps his friend woo her by preparing elaborate dinners, allowing Nick to take the credit for them. Shaw freshens contrivances in the plot via his teen characters' quick repartee. Cyril will endear himself to readers with his impassioned, funny responses to food, from his vow never to touch black beans again ("They're so last century!") to an uproarious scene in which he hisses at the TV set during Emeril Live. Sharing a trick favored by culinary mystery writers and novelists like Laura Esquivel, Shaw ends each chapter with a recipe for a dish that played a role in the preceding pages. Like a fine dessert, this light novel leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Shaw offers young adult readers a light romance evocative of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyril Bartholemew adores bright, beautiful Rose Mulligan, who considers him a friend but has no romantic feelings for him. In fact, Rose, recently dumped by her boyfriend, has a pessimistic view of the male species. Rose's negative attitude changes when she meets Cyril's childhood best friend, Nick Garbacchio, recently returned to upstate New York after living in New York City for two years. Nick's good looks and charm convince Rose that she should give guys another chance. Kind, sweet, and overweight, Cyril hides the fact that he is a superb cook. Cyril is employed as an assistant in the student kitchens of the American Institute of Culinary Arts, the school he desperately wishes to attend after high school. For years, Cyril has happily cooked for his family. When Rose incorrectly assumes that the cookies she and Nick share were also baked by Nick, the stage is set for false impressions. Cyril vacillates between wanting to help Nick and hating him for being Rose's boyfriend, but he agrees to create food for Rose when Nick requests it. The inclusion of Cyril's recipes at the end of each chapter adds a unique feature to the romantic triangle story line. Cyril is a likeable character with whom readers should be able to empathize. A quick, easy read, this novel offers a look at relationships, young love, and culinary schools, and should be enjoyed by young adults in grades six and up. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10to 12). 2003, Hyperion, 224p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Rachelle Bilz
Cyril is in love with his good friend Rose, only she doesn't know it. He knows that she sees him just as a "friend." Cyril is an average kind of guy and Rose is popular, pretty and smart. Rose has broken up with her boyfriend and given up on guys for good so there is no way that Cyril can profess his love for her. Sound familiar? Don't count on it! While this fun book from the author of Confessions of a Backup Dancer serves up a similar tale, it does so with refreshing substance and humor. Besides his desire for Rose, Cyril has another secret—he is an amazing cook and he desperately wants to attend the legendary American Institute of Culinary Arts. These two secrets don't mix well when Cyril's best friend Nick, who is one of only a few who know of his cooking talent, moves back to town. Nick solicits Cyril's ability to win Rose's heart. In a Cyrano de Bergerac move, Cyril creates and secretly serves up meals for Nick to offer as his own. And so boy wins girl while other boy watches in quiet turmoil. Sprinkled with recipes that end each chapter with their own fair dose of humor, Shaw dishes out a tasty read for all who will keep turning the pages to discover if true love wins out or if the plan spoils any chance for Cyril. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Hyperion, 220p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A predictable cute guy/nerdy guy/gorgeous girl love triangle. Cyril, 16, is an aspiring chef who dreams of studying at the prestigious American Institute of Culinary Arts. He also dreams of a future with the beautiful Rose, who only sees him as her chubby, good-natured friend. She's smitten instead with his best friend, Nick. After Nick pretends he's the one who baked the "kitchen-sink cookies" that Rose goes wild for, Cyril agrees to help Nick win the girl by secretly preparing a series of delicious gourmet meals. In the end, of course, the true identity of the chef is revealed, and Rose realizes who her true hero is. Each chapter concludes with a recipe that relates to the preceding events. An appetizing purchase, though not a necessary one.-Ronni Krasnow, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Flavor of the Week 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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exocephalic More than 1 year ago
cute story.... a pretty decent book... i wasnt really into the story, but i couldnt book down at the same time.. i love how there are recipes after each chapter.. i plan on makin a few of them.. lol easy read...
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This novel was a nice, uplifting, and quick read. It's reading level is less than challanging, though the story is captivating. With a few twists and turns throughout the book, the reader is left wondering what the ending will be exactly, yet the much-desired happily-ever-after is obtained.
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Ellie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I had talked to people that read it before, and they didn't seem to like it, but it had me captivated from the second that I cracked the cover. Cyril seemed so real and definately like the kind of guy that every girl wants. It was so realistic that it was scary and I am definately going to read it many more times and recomend it to my friends!
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Munchkin120392 More than 1 year ago
I read Flavor of the Week with Avolon High by Meg Cabot next to the pool. They both were great pool, beach, or any where light reads. Enjoy!
-bookworm- More than 1 year ago
Nothing ever really happens in this book. It's very short. I wanted the ending to be drawn out a bit more because I do love happy endings. The plot of this book was just very wimpy. It's just another "unlikely guy gets the girl" books. Don't waste your time, unless you want the recipes. Everything the guy cooks in the book has a recipe. Although the recipes took up more of the very few pages in this book leaving less room for an actual plot to unfold.
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I read this book when I was in middle school and since then it has been stuck in my mind. It is a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a really fun read and at times it would make me laugh out loud and at other times i almost started crying. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fun little romance story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really cute. and it made me hungry, so is uggest you get a giant plate of kitchen sink cookies before you start reading. or else your stomach will be runbling so loudly that you wont be able to concentrate =]]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flavor of the Week has probably been the BEST book I've ever read! I loved the ending and I wish I was Rose! The food also made me faint! It sounds so delish! Tucker Shaw, NEVER stop writing! I love your book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.It was great because Tucker Shaw is a chef so that was just great. Especially because I'm going to be a chef and attendence a great cuilnary school one day. It's great because this story was like really real you know. Like he actually uses stuff that teens go through. Like he has music that teens listen to and clothes like Missy Elliot and Abercrombie & Fitch. This was a great book it was very well written I highly recommed that you pick it up or read it you will laugh and cry !!!! It's also very will written!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dreamy little story and great recipes. Try the kitchensink cookies and the cheese fondue. I can see the movie happening already...I'll be in the best seat crying my eyes out. Cyril is the best character. I mean it definitely made me think I could date a guy who's kind of overweight you know? Especially if he was an amazing food cause I swear I love food more than anything else anyway. Food rules and this book rules and I can't wait for the sequel
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book, in my opinion, is when you find yourself rooting for the main character. And that's exactly what happened when I read Flavor of the Week, written by Tucker Shaw. Cyril (the book's hero) is a cooking prodigy at age 16, and while the boy loves food maybe a little too much, he's such a loving, loyal friend that you can't help but fall in love with him. Unfortunately, Cyril worships the brown-haired beauty Rose, who is in love with Cyril's hot best friend, Nick. So, what happens with this love triangle? Snag a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
first, its a really cute love story, and for all of us who never thought we'd find love, this is our book! believe me! second, it's a fast read...i tore through it! but third and most importantly, it's got all that incredible food...and recipes. Made me sooo hungry! Tucker Shaw seems like a really great writer. Get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brought me right back to high school -- and all the insecurities and awkwardness that came with it. How could anyone NOT relate (at least just a little) to the main character, Cyril? I loved him, I loved the book, and I'm waiting for the sequel...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an okay book if you want a book to lounge around with but nothing to write home about. Shaw seems like a good writer but I thought the story line was kinda slow and wasn't in very much depth. I think it might have been better if they showed more of Rose's point of view or the best friend(I can't remeber his name).I thought the idea of putting recipes that were mentioned in the book between the chapters was a new idea that I haven't seen before.Overall,Shaw should keep writing and try for a bit of a more interesting cooking teen theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i first picked up this book i thought it would be a cute, light romantic novel. i wasnt expecting what it really was, an awful attempt at story telling. Not only was the story half baked, the characters were unrealistic and unbelievable, no one could really 'identify' with any of the characters, the writing and dialogs were HORRID, the ending was rushed and inconclusive, there was barely a story at all. This book was one of the worst ive ever sat through. Note to author: Dont quit your day job Tyler...