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Sizzle: A Novel

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Linda Delgado has the best nose in all of Arizona — for cooking, that is. She may be only fourteen, but Linda loves making fresh Mexican food with her aunt Elba and blogging about food with her best friend, Julia.

But after Aunt Elba suffers a ministroke, Linda is catapulted across the country and into a whole new life. In Pittsburgh, living with bossy Aunt Pat and her seve
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Two Lions
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Linda has a good life with her Aunt Elba, who runs a small diner in Arizona, but her aunt's health is bad enough to send Linda off to live with her Aunt Pat in Pittsburgh. Pat also cooking, but instead of the flavorful, fresh Mexican food that Linda likes to cook, Pat favors carb-heavy casseroles from cans, recipes for which she shares on her local cooking show, Cooking From Cans. This is in part because there are a lot of children in the family, including foster child Angel, who is having a har ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: tween
I think that this is typically found in the Young Adult section, but it was more like a tween novel for me. This story had potential but, for me, failed because of one crucial flaw- the voice of Linda was nowhere young enough to be a 14-year-old. Her character is a fresh-food lover who worked in a restaurant and was a food blogger. That was fine, but she was too self-aware for me to be a true teenager. I liked many elements of the story: a girl displaced from her home, learning to get along with ...more
John Clark
Feb 22, 2015 John Clark rated it it was amazing
Fourteen year old Linda Delgado has lived with her aunt Elba for as long as she can remember. Her father is a mystery, her mom deceased. They get by, but barely, thanks to the Mexican restaurant Elba has run for years. When her aunt's health goes bad, Linda is sent to stay with her other aunt Pat in Pittsburgh. Not only is Linda losing everything that's familiar (Arizona, cooking, her school and her best friend Julia), but she goes from just a household comprised of her and Elba to a chaotic one ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Linda's life is nearly perfect. She lives in Arizona with her aunt, working in a family restaurant, and cooking delicious food. She is comfortable in the kitchen and allows her emotions to come out through the preparation of fresh, good food. Unfortunately, Linda's aunt is sick and has made arrangements for Linda to move to Pittsburgh with her Aunt Pat and a very large family. Aunt Pat is the star of a local TV show called "Cooking from Cans" and fancies herself as the queen of the kitch
Robin Herrera
A sweet, family-focused story. There are a lot of characters, but they're all surprisingly well-drawn. I tended to get infuriated with Linda's foster family, and Linda herself as well - but the mark of a good book, in my opinion, is that it elicits a strong reaction from its readers. (I did yell at the book a couple of times, particularly when Linda was forced to attend a dance in a crappy dress, then left to carry in refreshments by herself, and then had to compete against her foster sister, wh ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
This is a cute tween/YA book about a fourteen-year-old "foodie" thrust into a canned-chef nightmare. It has some fluffy romance, and deals lightly multicultural and family issues, but unfortunately fewer recipes than I hoped there would be. I know that this book is meant for younger teens, but at under 200 pages, I also wished that the author had gone into more detail on the stories of some of the side characters. Overall, a good read for a middle school audience, whether or not they are interes ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Great opportunity to pair a cooking activity with a novel for a Girls' Book Discussion! Explores family issues and belonging.
Apr 08, 2013 Lindsey rated it liked it
Interesting premise, less interesting characters
Why I picked it up: It’s food fiction! I love fiction where food plays a series role and like it even more when recipes are included.

Fourteen-year old Linda lives in Arizona with her Aunt Elba and the two run an authentic Mexican restaurant with all foods made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Linda loves to cook and has a very sensitive and refined sense of smell. When Aunt Elba gets sick, Linda must go live with her Aunt Pat, who she has never met. Pat has a local show called “Cooking from
Sep 29, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
Sizzle by Lee McClair follows Linda who is forced to move from her aunts home in New Mexico where she cooks spicy Mexican food on a daily basis to Pittsburgh with her Aunt Pat (the Queen of Cans) and her very large family. Linda must learn to deal with a new school, a new family and somehow try to make her love of cooking work with an Aunt that doesn't use fresh food.

I loved reading about Linda, a Hispanic girl living as a foster child and trying to figure out how to navigate a different world.
Amanda Hicks
Oct 21, 2014 Amanda Hicks rated it liked it
While it was a cute story, as an audiobook the reading of all of the information on Linda's social media page each time she writes on it is a bit obnoxious. It would not be bad in book form as you wouldn't have to read it each time.

This is a coming of age story and the characters are likeable enough, though Linda does spend a little much time and effort thinking about guys instead of what she claims to really enjoy.
May 26, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok
I like food fiction, so I enjoyed the food aspects of the book. One concern that I have is the multicultural aspect and whether or not it's accurate. Linda is Latina, her best friend is American Indian (living on the "rez" to boot), and Dino is Italian--and the only thing we really see about them is what they eat--which is stereotypical to their ethnic group. And I don't know, maybe it's accurate, but maybe it's not, and I don't know what the author's qualifications for writing multicultural fic ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Mar 07, 2013 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it liked it

Linda Degado is a foodie at fourteen-years-old. She has grown up cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients in her aunt's authentic Mexican restaurant in Arizona. When Aunt Elba gets sick, Linda must now move across the country and live with her Aunt Pat, who has a local Pittsburgh TV show called "Cooking from Cans" and many foster children,including,Angel, who only speaks Spanish which Linda can translate, but she can't deal with her cousin, Chloe, who is reluctant to share her room, let alone
Nov 22, 2014 Nicholas marked it as goodreads-win
Goodreads win. WIll read and review once received.
Agie Bonilla
Jun 04, 2015 Agie Bonilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book
Mar 17, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: young_adult
Linda is happy in Tucson, AZ living with her Aunt Elba and working at her Mexican restaurant. She and her best friend love to cook fresh homemade foods. Linda never expected that her aunt was ill and that she would have to move to Pittsburgh, PA. She moves in with her Aunt Pat who takes in children and is a local celebrity for her cookbooks and TV show Cooking from Cans. Thankfully, or not so thankfully, Linda keeps in touch with her best friend through FABFOODZ.COM, as that is not the only part ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Cute younger-YA book with a foodie bent about fitting into a new family, a new city, and a new school.

Disclosure: I know the author.
Wonderfull book to read!! I love this book even though I just picked it randomly off of the shelf...
Sarah Volkmann
Perfect 8th grade reading level, clean, not too adult in relationships.
Mar 24, 2012 Cathy added it
Shelves: ya
Includes recipes for Indian Fry Bread and Empanadas.
Feb 02, 2012 Rebecca marked it as to-read
It's about cooking!
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