Elaine Hamilton has never wanted to be the center of attention. She'd like nothing more than to cook quietly in her kitchen, mastering French cooking with the recipes of the great Julia Child.
So how did she end up with cameras zooming in on her and a crowd cheering her on?
Well, it involves . . .
an eccentric best friend named after a font,
five lively brothers constantly...more
A heroine whose awkwardness was NOT endearing--she reminded me of that equally awful series by Susan Juby about a girl named Alice.
A sidekick whose wackiness is just plain irritating.
A male villain whose actions seldom make much sense.
Another helpless, wacky father who has no idea what's going on, and a mother who is a feminist sterotype.
Brothers who are given one character trait and that's it--the cross dressing brother(really), the spelling champ ...more
Finally, I realized what the deficit was. Elaine Hamilton, the book’s shy chef, loves to cook; she is a long-time worshipper of Julia Child. But y ...more
Elaine Hamilton's greatest desire is to be a chef like Julia Child. She practices her French cooking skills every evening at dinner, and has recipes memorized. She teaches her younger brothers about slicing and peeling. She even writes letters to Julia Child about her cooking, but has been too afraid to send any of them. Most of Elaine's family loves her cooking, but her congresswoman mother has high hopes for her shy daughter ...more
I hate this book because i hate Lucida, the bestfriend( if she can be called that).I know she was weird..Eccentricity I can forgive. What I hate from her is her irresponsibility. Elaine met Lucida the first time when Lucida cause a fire that burn the town fair. It's an accident I know. We could not blame Lucida even though she was the one accidentally caused the catasthrope. What I despised is how easily and convicted she said" It's not m ...more
Instead of falling in love with the protagonist, I was extremely annoyed by Elaine. I fail to believe that she's never had a single friend. It also doesn't impress me that she's mastered French cooking as young as 8-12 years old. In fact, it's unrealistic, and I was more than irritated by the constant French phrases and ...more
This book is about a high school girl in love with French cooking,a budding new friendship with a girl determined to be famous, a house full of boys who do her cook ...more
The bad - Elaine was in many ways ...more
Here is my one complaint, and maybe someone can clear this up for me, why is a book published in 2008 and I therefore assume is taking place that same year has a very alive Julia Child going to a teen cooking competition when she has been dead for 4 years? did I miss some ...more