State of the Onion (White House Chef Mystery Series #1)

State of the Onion (White House Chef Mystery Series #1)

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by Julie Hyzy
     
 

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Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising-and sleuthing-to the top.

Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat-that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job,

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Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising-and sleuthing-to the top.

Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat-that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There's just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

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White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras-you can call her Ollie-faces challenges aplenty: a heated competition for the soon-to-be-vacant top chef's job, the sneering antagonism of the president's newly appointed "sensitivity director" and, of course, the mysterious intruder she unwittingly stops on the White House lawn with a couple of swift blows from a frying pan-an unarmed man with news of a threat to the president. Though the Secret Service disapproves of her interference, Ollie soon takes on the mantel of amateur sleuth, which could endanger not only her life but her cozy relationship with handsome Secret Service Agent Thomas MacKenzie. The tension mounts as the president negotiates a major peace plan for the Middle East, Ollie stumbles on the path of a nearly invisible enemy known as the Chameleon, and obnoxious TV celebrity chef Laurel Anne Braun shows up to threaten Ollie's career. Hyzy (Deadly Interest) launches her White House Chef Mystery series with a compulsively readable whodunit full of juicy behind-the-Oval Office details, flavorful characters and a satisfying side dish of red herrings-not to mention 20 pages of easy-to-cook recipes fit for the leader of the free world. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425218693
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Series:
White House Chef Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
103,093
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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State of the Onion (White House Chef Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty, believable and well paced. Great characters and story line kept me reading late into the night. I'll be looking for the second onr right away. The recpes included look great. I will be trying them soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Olivia Paras is an assistant chef at the White House. While returning to the White House with a going away gift for executive chef Henry Cooley, she spies a man charging across the lawn with Secret Service in hot pursuit. She tries to stay out of the way, but when he runs by her, she's afraid he might gets away and stops him cold by hitting over the head with the frying pan gift. As you can imagine, the Secret Service is not too happy about all of this, especially her Secret Service boyfriend no one knows about. Olivia soon becomes aware of an apparent cover up, and since no one will explain things, she tries to contact Naveen, the man she clobbered, to see if he is okay and find out what is going on. This brings on more heat from the Secret Service. When he contacts her, she sets up a clandestine meeting and hopes the Secret Service doesn't find out. When he is murdered before her eyes, she unknowingly becomes a target herself. To make matters even more complicated, she's up for the executive chef job against Laurel Anne Braun who hosts a TV cooking show and is friends with the First Lady. Can Olivia make sense of this murder and keep herself safe without bringing repercussions on herself for the executive chef position? I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It grabbed me from the first chapter and didn't let go! Olivia is such a likeable character, and getting a glimpse into life behind the scenes at the White House was very interesting. I can't wait for the next book to be published! The fabulous food and wonderful recipes and menus provided in the book just enhanced my reading pleasure. The mystery was well crafted, and there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep me guessing to near the end as to the killer's identity. In this world of high security and alarm, this book fit right in, and I was sad to see it end. It is a great book and I highly recommend it!
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I love any book that grabs me and holds me to the point that I can not stop reading till the last word. So this one really fills the bill there. I live in the Washington Metro area and like to read boos that take place here. And this one has all the best things about Washington Ollie Paras works as an assistant chef at the White House. Like all cozy girls she is a bit of a nosey-poker. And of course this gets her in trouble and leads the reader on an exciting adventure with her. This book contains fun people heads of state-landmark locations and yummy food. You will love this one I did..
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
This is more than just a cozy mystery-- political intrigue and a behind the scenes look at the White House. It was interesting to learn how the chefs must adhere to the dietary needs of the guests. I liked the strong willed character of Ollie. The recipes were interesting. The story line could have been a little bit more about the mystery but I realize the author was introducing us to the characters. That being said, there were several twists and turns. This was a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how I came upon this book but I am glad I purchased it. This book is excellent in that I can't put it down. It is so well written that I will continue with this series. Kudos for Ms. Hyzy - she has a new fan in me. Buy this book, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was interesting enough to keep me reading.
TayRe More than 1 year ago
Very good does not get boring
123shannon More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Chick Lit! It combined all my faves gastronomy, protocol, diplomacy, DC, intrigue, event planning... I couldn't put the book down! Now onto the 3rd and I hope there are more coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
White House chef Olivia ¿Ollie¿ Paras was on her way to the retirement party for the executive chef Henry Cooley when she spotted a man charging the White House with the Secret Service in close pursuit. Just as he was about to elude them, though, Ollie makes a decision that places her in the middle of a political emergency she clobbers the man with a commemorative frying pan, laying him out for the agents with whom, oddly enough, seem to be on very familiar terms. Even though Ollie¿s boyfriend, an agent with whom she¿s been hiding a secret relationship, warns her away from asking any questions when newscasts show an entirely different man being arrested. Feeling guilty for attacking a man who may have had information about an assassination attempt on the president, Ollie is unable to resist seeking out answers despite the fact that this is the one time in her life that she doesn¿t need distractions. Ollie is competing for her dream job as executive White House Chef against Laurel Anne Braun, a cooking show host who is friends with the First Lady. In the midst of preparing a tasty menu to wow the president¿s wife, planning a banquet for two Middle East leaders who are on the brink of either war or peace, she must also deal with a pretentious head of Etiquette Affairs who seems intent on sabotaging her. The author of three previous mysteries, Hyzy¿s first White House Chef mystery impresses with its tasty descriptions of food (recipes included!) but also for the detailed and fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of the White House. From menus that must be designed around dignitaries¿ elaborate religious requirements to the food that must be purchased through approved vendors, all the details make for an intriguing read. Descriptions of food accentuate rather than compete with the complex political plot, which timely reflects the post Sept. 11/election-year atmosphere. Funny, suspenseful, and full of delicious descriptions of menus, Hyzy has created what is ultimately a unique, well-written, and enjoyable culinary political thriller. Spicy, saucy, and never too sweet.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great character development. Good story without being overly complicated.
sonnysmom More than 1 year ago
Ollie Paras is the Assistant Chef at the White House hoping to get promoted to Executive Chef. She has a problem, her competition is a TV Chef. Ollie's boyfriend is a Secret Service agent who does not want her to get involved in a murder. She has trouble doing so ,as she whacked a guy over the head with a frying pan when he runs by her on the White House lawn. I really enjoyed this book, especially all the wonderful recipes and amazing food provided on the White House Menus. have already stared the next book in the series.
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Can't wait for book #7 ! This is a great series and will keep you wanting more
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Why is Saph a GM? Nvm....
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