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Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery #4)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  1,873 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be poisoned poultry, Olivia realizes ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published December 7th 2010)
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Jun 12, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my favorite books in the White House Chef series. It was interesting see the kitchen and Ollie adjusting to a new president and first family and all the changes that come with that. I got just as frustrated as Ollie with some of the situations she was in and caught on at about the same time as to what was going on. Well written story and good action at the end. Tons of recipes at the end, you could practically eat for a week off the menus in there.
When a new President is elected everyone on the White House staff gets a little nervous. Then when White House Executive Chef, Olivia refuses to serve some buffalo wings that were left in the kitchen as a gift for the children of the new first family, she finds her job in peril.

The first family decides to bring in their own chef who will be in charge of all their meals, and the new guy definitely has his sights on Olivia's job and he's not above playing dirty to get it.

Meanwhile a terrorist gr
3.5 stars. I had to try just one more in the series, I already had the book from the library, I was still in the mood for a mystery, and I couldn't resist when I saw that it was about the transition to a new President. It was so timely with our nation just having gone through an election, even though our President stayed the same (2012 Obama). The glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at the White House during a changeover and the impact it has on the employees both professionally and pers ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BWW is the fourth in the White House Chef Mystery series. I would have to rate it the best so far in the series.

A box of chicken wings delvered to the White House for the First Families children has put things in an uproar. Ollie, following procedures, refuses to give them to the children and then one the of assistant chefs gives them to some workers in the laundry room of the White House. The wings have been tainted with arsenic and some of workers go to the hospital. Soon Ollie learns that the
Aug 04, 2013 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok when I read the third book in the White House Chef series I said it was the best in the series so far and it was. But now the best in the series is Buffalo West Wing. A new family has moved into the White House and this brings other changes and new things with it. Ollie has a new challenge -will she get in trouble or not? You will have to read this one to find out.
Amy "the book-bat"
At first, I thought the book was starting a little slow and introducing too many plot elements for a novel this size. Luckily, everything worked out in the end and all the plot elements came together and saved the story. I think if the beginning had been a little stronger, I would have given 5 stars instead of 4 because I enjoyed the twists and action in the later chapters enough to consider it.
Dec 10, 2010 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Julie has done it again! She has come up with a new culinary thriller adventure featuring Ollie Paras, the White House executive chef, that not only grabbed my attention from the beginning but held it throughout the entire book.

It's inaguration day at the White House and Ollie and her staff, not to mention the secret service, are run off their feet. It's a big production when the new president and his family move into the White House. This time it's a little different as the new family, th
May 13, 2011 Dlora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure-action
This White House chef mystery was back up to par, with lots of details about cooking for the White House and the presidential family. I love those behind-the-scenes details, although I'm sort of appalled by the bickering, competition, and backstabbing. In this book, a new president and First Family have moved into the White House and we see how the kitchen staff transition to serve the tastes and needs of new residents. Although, every four or eight years, the president changes but the staffers ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Buffalo West Wing is the fourth book in the White House Chef Mystery series, but it's the first I've read. Culinary cozies are a favorite of mine. I love the cooking, the menus, and the descriptions of the foods. Buffalo West Wing did not disappoint. It included three very different menus at the end of the book, each tying nicely different scenes in the book.

I particularly loved that Buffalo West Wing, and I'd assume the previous books in the series as well, mixes something most of us know at le
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this novel as I so enjoyed the last three titles in the series so much. Ms. Hyzy did not let me down. Not one iota.

This book, however, had the new perspective of adding school-aged children to the normal demands of the White House kitchen. As anyone can attest, when you add children to a situation, it becomes quite fluid. This was shown in the character, Josh. I liked Josh and became concerned for him. I had to laugh when the First Children 'told' on C
Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better with every book. This book made me love every character more and more.

Every really good book has lovable and hateable characters, and this book had the perfect hateable character, a new chef that's brought in. He was arrogant, cocky, and rude but he was vital to the story and because he was so rude he even had me laughing at times. I kinda hope he murders someone in the next book, but another part of me hopes he stays on to keep some humor in
Mar 17, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the White House Chef Mystery Series by Hyzy perhaps a month ago. It was the title HAIL TO THE CHEF that attracted me on a shelf in front of the check-out desk in Barnes & Noble (I'm a bit of a foodie & love tv food shows). Read it while on vacation in Florida. When I got home, bought books #1&3 (CHEF was #2) and zipped thru them. Yesterday, read BUFFAL WEST WING in a day. It might be my fav so far- especially given the suspense toward the end re terrorists. Quite a reali ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Li rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Li by: Loved the first book
So, the bad first: Some of the secondary characters are very black and white, and really become very annoying in a frustrating way, as they appear to have no redeeming characteristics at all. I suppose this could be viewed as a plus point - the writing is good enough to actually have the characters annoy you?

I'm still loving the White House backdrop and the whole Presidency transition thing reminded me of Ellen Emerson White's President's Daughter series, except from the other side of the fence,
Feb 14, 2011 Nell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Now I see what readers of this series mean when they say that Hyzy keeps getting better! I can relate to the MC despite her unique work environment and Hyzy's character development is believable. There are strong dramatic scenes in this mystery. Kept me enthralled while I sat on an airport tarmac cramped in my seat. The drama builds as the story unfolds to a satisfying climax and a 'cozy' ending.

Looking forward to the next in this strong series.

Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4) by Julie Hyzy
Jan 17, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books, mysteries
Mixed feelings on this one. In some ways, it was better than the others, but there were a couple of problematic plot points (for one, the First Lady would just not be that clueless on security issues). Lots of little punctuation errors too, which were annoying. On the other hand, it was definitely fun reading and an exciting mystery.
Aug 18, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly fantastic mystery series! DC localities, food, politics, lots of realistic characters, job angst, and now some romantic intrigue. Note to followers of this genre: it's not the straight-forward, one beau only romance you will usually find. Bon appetit!
Jan 30, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is suppose to be a cozy mystery but the first three fourth's of the book was about who was in "charge" in thekitchen and arguments over that. The last 2 or 3 chapters had some action but never any mystery to it.
Melissa Cochrill
I love these books. I couldn't put this down! I liked the addition of Virgil, he is one of those characters you love to hate. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Mar 16, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series, but was a bit disappointed in this book. It seemed to drag with the repetitions of how much things had changed and how little she was liked by the new First Lady.
Feb 11, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continues quite good. New first family...with kids. I like Gav. Never particularly liked Tom.
Jun 08, 2017 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
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Kathy Kiger
For most of this book I had decided that I didn't like it. I had decided that this would be the last one in this series for me. there were times when I felt frustrated to the point where I stopped enjoying the story. I knew things would work out in the end, but some of how the main character was treated and how she responded was overly irritating.

But then I got to the last quarter of the book an it got so good that I couldn't stop reading. I finished the rest of it in one sitting even though I
Karen Holman
Jun 09, 2017 Karen Holman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an exciting story for the White House Chef series. The characters give the book wonderful details of the White House, the setting is Washington D. C., and the ending has the reader asking questions. This is a great lead-in to the next story. copy right 2011
May 27, 2017 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was suspenseful enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. I love how the romance is weaved throughout the book.
Kim Hawkins
Jun 21, 2017 Kim Hawkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had no idea until the very end what ride we were being taken on in this book, but I couldn't put it down!
Aurian Booklover
A year has gone by since the last book, Ollie is still executive chef in the White House, with her assistants Buckie and Cyan, and Marcel as pastry chefs. But a new president has been elected, and he and his family will move into the White House today. So moving out the former president and his wife, whom Ollie loved to serve all those years, and now they will have to get used to a new family in residence, with their own habits. It has been a long time since there were young kids in the White Ho ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Buffalo West Wing, Olivia Paras (Ollie) is the White House chef and oversees all food preparations that take place there. A new President has just been elected and the first family is moving into their new residence while getting used to the place and procedures. All of a sudden, a box of take-out chicken wings mysteriously appears in the kitchen for the children. However, since no one knows how they got there, Ollie wisely sets them aside until she can determine their origins and if they are ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this edition a new family, including two children, are welcomed to the White House, but the transition did not go smoothly by any means, especially between the White House Kitchen Staff and the new First Lady. In fact, it only took a few days for her to bring in their own personal family chef to prepare the family meals. The new chef believed he was hired to be the new executive chef of the entire White House, and was very disappointed to learn that Ollie (Olivia Paras) would retain her posit ...more
Buffalo West Wing is the 4th book in Julie Hyzy's A White House Chef Mystery. It is January 20 and a new President is moving into the White House. A box of barbecue chicken wings is found in the kitchen with the name of the first children on it. Chef Ollie does not know where they came from and following procedure does not given them to the children. Unfortunately, Cyan gives the wings to other staff members who get sick and are taken to the hospital and held hostage. The wings are found to have ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, mystery
I think this has been my favorite book of the series so far. It had the right amount of food, mystery and romance. And compared to the others, it doesn't really matter if you read this as a stand alone, although I always recommend reading a series in order.

A new President is in the white house, and for the White House staff that means they have to adjust and make him and his family feel welcome. Not to mention this President has young children, which is a new experience for them. Its the first d
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Author of the White House Chef Mystery series, including the 2009 Anthony and Barry Award-winning State of the Onion.
Books in the series:
State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Eggsecutive Orders
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Fonduing Fathers
Home of the Braised

Also author of the Manor House Mystery series:
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A White House Chef Mystery (9 books)
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  • Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2)
  • Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3)
  • Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)
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