Stirring It Up (Dish Series #1)

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To Molly and Amanda, cooking classes with their friends Shawn and Peichi seem like the key ingredient for a super summer. That is, until their arch-nemesis, Natasha, shows up. But when tragedy strikes a local family, the girls decide to put their cooking skills to good use and make some meals for them. The meals hit the spot, plus the girls feel good about helping out. Maybe they can turn their hobby into something more?

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Overview

To Molly and Amanda, cooking classes with their friends Shawn and Peichi seem like the key ingredient for a super summer. That is, until their arch-nemesis, Natasha, shows up. But when tragedy strikes a local family, the girls decide to put their cooking skills to good use and make some meals for them. The meals hit the spot, plus the girls feel good about helping out. Maybe they can turn their hobby into something more?

Tired of the takeout dinners their parents bring home, eleven-year-old twins Molly and Amanda decide to take cooking classes with two of their friends. Includes recipes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This first book in the "Dish" series centers on the lives of Molly and Amanda Moore, 11-year-old twin sisters. The novel focuses on Molly and Amanda's first attempts at cooking. Because their parents are busy at work many nights a week, the girls decide to surprise their family with a homemade dinner. When the dinner is a success, they decide to begin cooking lessons so that they can help out at home. The girls join their friends Shawn and Peichi in cooking lessons, and the girls fall in love with cooking. Their only problem is that the nasty Natasha threatens to ruin their fun. Soon after lessons begin, however, one of the girls' close friends experiences tragedy. With some help from Mom, the girls use their newfound talents in the kitchen to lend a hand. Amanda and Molly enjoy aiding their friends so much that they come up with an exciting idea to ease their summer boredom. In the process, they even begin to understand what is bothering Natasha. The novel is a great read for pre-teens or young adult readers, because it is written in very easy-to-understand language. Teens will not struggle with strong subject matter or words, and they will relate to the problems the girls face (boy embarrassments, friend trouble, and moral dilemmas). They will also be entertained by the various exploits of the two sisters and their friends. 2002, Grosset/Dunlap publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Erica Bailey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Amanda and Molly, 11-year-old twins who live in a town house in Brooklyn, NY, are bored with take-out food and with summer vacation as it is unfolding. One July day, they decide to surprise their busy parents by preparing dinner. They find a recipe for chicken piccata with capers on the Internet and shop for the ingredients, picking up a package of long grain and wild rice, and the makings for salad as well. The meal is a success, and Dad surprises them with cooking lessons at a local kitchenware shop. The girls also visit their grandfather at the Jersey shore, help Mom cook for neighbors who had a fire in their home, baby-sit, deal with a difficult peer, and talk about boys. The protagonists seem rather sophisticated and have more freedom without adult supervision than most kids their age. Three recipes are included, as well as a list of cooking tips. With the plot playing second fiddle to talk of food and cooking, this title is for a special audience.-Wendy S. Carroll, Grant Elementary School, Ridgefield Park, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448445267
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Dish Series , #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 972,711
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Muldrow grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She later attended Ohio University, here she earned a Bachelor Degree in Magazine Journalism and a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts: Dance. After her graduation, Diane moved to New York. She spent several years performing as an actress and dancer in New York’s downtown avant-garde performance scene. She also danced in a performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and had her own one-woman shows.

Diane has also had a successful career in publishing, both as an editor and as an author.  She has written over 100 books for children. Diane lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she enjoys trying new recipes and eating in local restaurants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Love this book!!

    This is great book. I think ever one would love this book, the only thing that was not good was the mispelled words

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Britnie

    The book had an interesting beginnig that got me caught on!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    Its a different book!

    It looks a little strange. Otherwise it is really good. It shows life the way i am. it shows the way i am by they r the same age then me. I cant wait 4 the second one 2 come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    SizzLinG

    I picked up this book at BN and as soon as i read the 1st page i couldn't put it down. I learned alot of things about cooking I didn't know before but the twins Molly and Amanda were cool. And they're friend Shawn was funny. They lived in brooklyn. I thought 'Finally a book about people from BROOKLYN'. Maybe its because my Dad's a chef OR maybe becuase of the the surprise recipe card at the back!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Awesome book

    Im almost 9 and i love this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Love this book

    I love this book and i think its a great book for kids of all ages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    ?

    Is this book christain

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    Awsome Start To An Awsome Series!

    This is an awsome start to an awsome series!! Everyone should read the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Dish is Great!

    All Dish books are great! I love the series and any books by the publisher Grotten & Dunlap. Diane Muldrow is a truly talented writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Stirring It Up

    Molly and Amanda are great. This book is very good for people who like to cook! I have only read one book in the series, but I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series! I love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    DISH is a Great Series of Books!

    This series is awesome--fun reading that is perfect for the summer and great recipes at the end of each book. Buy this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    A Great Book

    This Dish book is great.Once you start reading you don't want stop.It is a great book for girls.If you like to cook or want to try it read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    A GOOD READ !!!!

    This was the best book I've ever read.I liked when Molly thinks the food is just for Justin!

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