Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Shaw, Tucker.
New York : Hyperion, 2003.
ISBN 0786818905
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Sixteen-year-old Cyril is a genuinely nice guy, though heís a little unsure of himself because of his weight. Cyrilís claim to fame is that heís a fantastic chef. The secret love of Cyrilís life is his beautiful lab partner, Rose. Cyril agrees to help with the menu for a birthday party for Roseís best friend, Jamie, just for the chance to hang out with Rose while they plan it. At the party, Cyril introduces Rose to his drop-dead gorgeous friend & neighbor, Nick. You guessed it. Nick & Rose hit it off and Cyril strikes out. He strikes out in love, but Cyrilís cooking has never been hotter. Itís agony for Cyril to watch Rose and Nick fall in love over his food. The full recipes for all Cyrilís specialties are given throughout the book. If you love romance and good eats, this is a book for you.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)
SUBJECTS:     Cookery -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.
                        Overweight persons -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
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