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Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
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Sep 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: cooking-food, cozy-mystery
Read from September 14 to 15, 2011 , read count: 1

What happens to the kitchen staff at the White House when a new president takes over? Well, it may not always happen the way this book portrays, but this is a glimpse into that life. In this, the 4th book in the White House Chef series, there is a new family in the White House, which in turn means some new staff, and even new secret service personal. And although we have never seen it get this hairy, it is a good glimpse into that life.

Ollie is the first female executive chef in White House history, but that doesn't mean cooking for a new family is a piece of cake, especially when you have at least two people on the staff pulling for you to fail! When Ollie discovers a favorite treat of the new first kids in the kitchen, but can't figure out where they came from, she does the only think she can, lets the secret service know and puts the offending treat aside. The difficulties of cooking for a new family pop up quick when the kids find out about the treat, and are disappointed at not being allowed the treat, and the new First Lady is upset with Ollie. She hasn't learned the protocols, and as the secret service is quick to remind Ollie, she did the right thing, but the new First Lady has learned how careful they have to be. It causes some friction and dislike from the beginning.

The now history relationship between Ollie and her secret service boyfriend causes some upsets, as they still have to work together, and Tom still hasn't figured out that Ollie doesn't try to put herself in the middle of things, she just happens to look for answers and is well-suited to being a White House employee, because she questions everything to make sure that all is being done to protect the First Family. The reason she ends up in the middle is that she asks questions and is observant, and it bothers Tom. Too bad he couldn't embrace her nature, they might have been able to make a fantastic team watching over the First Family.

Another great book by Julie Hyzy, now I just have to figure out what to do until I can get my hands on the next book in the series.

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