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Cyril oder Wie schmeckt Liebe?

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Cyril ist ein moderner Cyrano de Bergerac. Er dichtet zwar nicht, aber dafür kocht er für sein Leben gern. So gern, dass er das Mädchen, das er liebt, hintergeht und sich in Teufels Küche bringt.

Wenn Cyril kocht, dann träumt er von Rose. Nur weiß Rose nichts davon - weder von Cyrils Liebe noch von seinen fabelhaften Kochkünsten. Bevor der etwas dickliche und unbeholfene Cy
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by Arena (first published August 11th 2003)
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Dec 17, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina's Book Review for Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw Stew


1 book Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw
28 delicious recipes related to the story
1 lb. nice guy/nice girl/fat guy love triangle
1 whole Cyril aspiring to be a chef and loves Rose
1 whole Rose, beautiful hippie chick
1 whole Nick, nice guy and best friend of Cyril
1 cup thoughtlessly-concocted plan to get Rose for Nick
a dash of pity for Cyril
240 ml orange juice for reader
1 sandwich or a plate of whatever food is available
1 cup c
Feb 06, 2009 Ammagrace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!
It was cool cause it had like the recipes!!
Homewood Public Library
Overweight high school senior Cyril has two secret loves: Cooking and Rose. Of the two, he considers cooking the only attainable goal. Rose - beautiful, vegetarian, perfect Rose - will never see him as anything but a friend. So Cyril concentrates on his cooking, perfecting recipe after recipe to prepare for his AICA (American Institute of Culinary Arts) entrance exam. Meanwhile, an old friend, Nick, moves back into town. At first Cyril is ecstatic, since he and Nick were once inseperable friends ...more
Chasselynne Ryne
Flavor of the Week:
The book "Flavor of the Week"is about a boy named Cyril who had an amazing gift of cooking that he hid from everyone. Even Rose, a girl who Cyril has loved for 2 years, doesn't know. The only one who knows is Cyril's friend Nick. This book has so many ups and downs when Nick comes along back in Cyril's life and stealing his cooking to get the girl of his dreams (AKA: Rose). To me this book was so descriptive in so many ways to where it was a constant reading time and the word
Jul 29, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't know anything about the author or his type of writing style. Nevertheless, I was willing to give it a try. I was glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

The thing about this book and its main character, Cyril, is that he's not perfect. He's an unpopular kid. There is no getting around the fact that he's overweight, loves food and loves to cook even more. His best friend is a girl. She has no idea that Cyril is infatuate
Penny McGill
Mar 09, 2014 Penny McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance
A romance from the perspective of the boy instead of the girl... it's a treat to anyone who is trying to provide RA to teen boys however, one glance at this cover and I really don't think we'll have them beating down our doors to read it. Oh well, it is a great story for any teen.

Tucker Shaw has his protagonist - Cyril Bartholomew - in his last year of high school and all ready to take on the practical exams for entry into a prestigious cooking school. The reader is in luck because Cyril has bee
Sandy D.
YA romance a la Cyrano de Bergerac, except the boy cooks like a dream instead of speaking poetically. The recipes at the end of every chapter look really good, and the descriptions of food are droolworthy, but the romance is a bit flat and predictable. And I didn't really want to know any of the characters better.
Feb 08, 2009 Veronica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2/2.5 stars.
I grabbed this on my way out of the library because the title and cover were intriguing. I expected the book to be somewhat corny, but this was rather disappointing. I think the concept was good, but the actual story wasn't quite as great.
Mar 04, 2014 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing in my opinion. It kept you on your toes because it was sad what was happening but you had that feeling everything was going to turn out how it should be. The book was about a guy that was in love with this girl and was a great chef. But his bestfriend came back to town and hit things off with the girl. Then everything turned out good and how it should of in the end. I liked this book because it gave very deep detail and it had many great recipes. I disliked how the next cha ...more
The relationship between the two main characters came off pretty creepy rather than nice. I'm all for the occasional cutesy "He loves her so much he can't stop thinking about her" book. But with Flavor of the Week it came off as more of "He loves her so much he is truly obsessed with her and needs a life outside of watching her every move and food".
I felt like this book had a lot of potential, but it was just done wrong. For one thing, there are several points when Nick is giving Rose food and
Shelby Schaad
Oct 29, 2014 Shelby Schaad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Cyrus. He cooks a lot of food... He has a friend named Nick who randomly moved to New York then came back. Cyrus he a crush on a girl named Rose. She was his muse when he was in the kitchen. Rose fell for Nick. Cyrus just held in his feelings and secretly cooked for Nick.. Roses friend eventually caught on to this secret and told her. One night, Cyrus cooked a meal called Aphrodisia. Rose caught Cyrus and was very angry.. This really made Cyrus upset, he had his au ...more
Lucy Jarach
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Josie Harris
Jan 06, 2015 Josie Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Flavor of the Week. I think Cyril is a very caring, kindhearted character. For example, he cooked a dinner for Nick and Rose because Nick didn't know how to and wanted to do something special for Rose. Rose changed a lot throughout the book. In the beginning, she always stated that she didn't want to have a boyfriend because she thought it was too dramatic. Very soon after that, Rose started dating Nick and doing everything with him. I was very shocked that Rose leaned into Cyri ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, romance, young
A culinary Cyrano de Bergerac. Overweight high school student Cyril has been relegated to the "just friends" brigade by Rose, a girl who's out of his league. Fearful that his prowess in the kitchen will only solidify his reputation as a loser, Cyril doesn't admit to being the creator of the kitchen-sink cookies that all his friends devour or the two-fondue vegetarian feast that Cyril's best friend Nick uses to woo Rose. The outcome of this trite triangle is obvious, but the predictable plot is s ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Miranda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've read in quite a while.

One of my (many) problems with this book: Don't listen to the little recipes. As someone who is a culinary school graduate, a lot of the advice is wrong. For example, in the first recipe for the kitchen sink cookies, it says that you can line the baking tray with wax paper, and not to worry because it won't burn or anything. No, it won't burn, but it certainly will melt, so do not use it in the oven. Ever. Stupid little things like that helped to ruin the b
Synopsis-A boy named Cyril has a passion for cooking and is in love with a girl named rose. He tries to keep his feelings and cooking a secret from everyone, but when an old friend moves back to town, everything comes out. Cyril cooks for nick (his friend) and rose believes its nick cooking. When she finds out nick isn’t the one behind the food, she is outraged and separates from both of them. If you want to know what happens to them, read the book!

Audience: 12+
Purpose: teaches t
May 31, 2012 Rachael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012, reviewed
Does anyone else think the summary on top is wrong? I'm pretty sure Cyril's best friend is Nick, not Chris

For a food lover like me, Flavor of the Week is quirky and short read filled with great recipes that are fun to share!

One of the reasons why I like this book is because it stands out from whatever else I’m reading. Let’s start off with Cyril - he’s overweight, totally sweet (especially towards Rose!), and is a genius with food. How often do you have a male protagonist in YA that isn’t good l
May 05, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Overweight high school senior Cyril has two secret loves: Cooking and Rose. Of the two, he considers cooking the only attainable goal. Rose - beautiful, vegetarian, perfect Rose - will never see him as anything but a friend. So Cyril concentrates on his cooking, perfecting recipe after recipe to prepare for his AICA (American Institute of Culinary Arts) entrance exam. Meanwhile, an old friend, Nick, moves back into town. At first Cyril is ecstatic, since he and Nick were once inseperable friends ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw is a present-day adaption of Edmund Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac. In the original play, the main character, Cyrano, has a large nose and writes poems for a girl he admires but signs them as his best friend.

Flavor of the Week is slightly different. Cyril is an overweight boy who loves to cook. In fact, he hopes to get into the American Institute of Culinary Arts and then become a famous chef; that is if he can pass the strict audition. But few people know o
Kayla F
Nov 18, 2013 Kayla F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flavor of the week is about the a guy named Cyril. he is an amazing cook and he has a huge crush on his best friend but she just thinks of him as a friend. At first Cyril is very excepting to the fact that he is just a friend to Rose but then one of Cyril’s friends Nick that had moved away moves back to Cyril’s Neighborhood. Rose starts to like Cyril’s friend and Cyril get’s jealous but doesn’t show it. Rose then eats some of Cyril’s kitchen sink cookies and she is in love and said she would go ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Shanon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my birthday a friend gave me a gift card to Borders, Flavor of the Week was on the bargain shelf for a dollar, so I picked it up on the theory that at that price, it couldn't be a disappointment :)

It wasn't. Paralells to Cyrano were more subtle than I expected, and I have this silly secret addiction to cheesey high school romance stories. It was definitely cute and amusing, though I was a bit irritated at the idea of Cyril helping his friend get the girl he supposedly loved.

Setting them up,
Mar 06, 2015 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was some what interesting in some parts but it didn't really grab all my attention. so that made me board with what I was reading. the certain parts that graves my attention where like when Cyril and rose finally started to date at the end after all that they had been through throughout the story. then there two best friends end up together as well Nick and Jammie. I think her name was either Jammie or Jannie something real close to that. Cyril loved to cook he took classes and he a ...more
Emily Levine
I personally loved this book. If you're in the mood for a romantic, heart- warming book, Flavor of the Week is just for you. It is about a teenage boy, Cyril, who a passion for cooking, but keeps it to himself. He has an extreme crush on his good friend, Rose. But when his friend,Nick, comes back from NYC, things start to go wrong for Cyril. Rose and Nick start to like each other and Nick starts to beg Cyril into making delicious meals for him and Rose, while Nick takes all the credit. Overall, ...more
Keith Adams
Apr 24, 2015 Keith Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While at times I knew what would happen at the end because this was a variation of Cyrano De Bergerac, I enjoyed reading this romantic comedy (a genre I don't read very often) and the recipes that were in the book (the kitchen sink cookies and late night eggs recipes were my favorites out of all of them). The story itself was a pretty satisfying treat to read.
Brewer Community School
Flavor of the Week is about about a guy Cyril who is an amazing cook. But the thing is nobody knows that Cyril is a chef only, Nick his friend, and a few other people. He has a crush on this girl, Rose. But when his friend comes back from New York, Cyril helps him get Rose. So throughout this story there is love triangle. Cyril is Rose’s best guy-friend so when she finds out that Cyril made all the food she gets wicked upset. Cyril is distracted by Rose and tries to make it up to her, but in the ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Ams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! I can relate to Cyril having such big culinary dreams and talents and I know how it feels to never be the person of interest. It has some less-than-desirable language choices, but it's a lovely read. The recipes add to the good points and I recommend Flavor of the Week to all young adults out there looking for a good book. (:
This retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a fun and quick read, perfect for teen (or adult) foodies! Cyril Bartholomew is an overweight sixteen-year-old who has a passion and talent for cooking (which he keeps secret from his friends). Cyril is in love with his friend and lab partner Rose. When Cyril's best friend Nick moves back to town, the budding romance between Rose and Nick puts Cyril in a difficult position: should he be a good friend, or try to win Rose over himself? This entertaining stor ...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
This is simply a sweet, cute, short story.
It's about Cyril, not the cutest boy around (supposedly), but one who has a heart of gold. He can cook, love cooking, but is embarrassed about it. He doesn't want anyone to know, including Rose, the girl that he's crushing on. And then his old best friend, Nick (I swear, it's Nick! Even if the synopsis says Chris), moves back to town, and decides to try to win Rose over, by making Cyril make food and pretend he did it.
Cyril is a sweet boy, who needs
Minnie Nielsen
I thought that Flavor of the Week was a great book! I especially loved the fact that it had the actual recipes in it! I've tried all of them and they are really good! This is one of those books that I would read over and over because I just love the story. I picked this one up when I was in high school, and going into culinary arts, like Cyril, was definitely a possible decision for me.
I know that this book gets some criticism for the fact that it is supposed to mirror the play Cyrano de Berger
Linda Katzman
Feb 17, 2012 Linda Katzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-stuff
Cyril loves food. Since he was able, he has loved dabbling in the family kitchen until they just let him take over all of the cooking for the household. He feeds his friends well. It doesn’t bother him so much that he is the fat kid in school or that Rose, his true love, will never see him as anything more than a friend. At least he has her in his life and his fantasies. Oh, the food he would cook for her. That is his big secret. Only his family and his best friend Nick know that cooking is his ...more
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Tucker Shaw, who has been featured on the Today show, is the author of Everything I Ate and many popular books for teens, including Confessions of a Backup Dancer. His previous Amulet novel, The Girls, was a twist on Clare Booth Luce's classic play The Women. He lives in Denver, where he is a food editor for the Denver Post.
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