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All The President's Menus

by Julie Hyzy

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The book starts out slow but it eventually grabbed me. Chefs are visiting from a foreign country. Naturally, one dies. Someone always has to die. When a presidential candidate from the same country visits, Ollie realizes she is the target and solves the crime at the last minute. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Jan 3, 2016 |
All the President's Menus is the eighth book in the A White House Chef Mystery series.

Another wonderful book from Julie Hyzy and five stars aren't enough for this book.

The government has been sequestered and Chef Ollie is managing the kitchen with a reduced staff, when she is informed that the candidate for President of Saardisca will be visiting The White House and that four of that country's top chefs.

Once the chef's arrive, Chef Ollie can see that this will be a challenge for her reduced staff. Kilian, the chef that is the lead chef of the group seems to be easy to work with, while Tibor who has a problem with Ollie being in charge of the kitchen and is sure that it is some form of American propaganda. While Hector and Nate seem to be easy to work with, but the fact that they spend a good deal of time talking in their own language is a bit discerning to Ollie. Then when Ollie's chief pastry chef, Marcel collapses in the kitchen, Ollie begins to wonder if the visiting chefs had anything to do with it. Working with s short staff, she doesn't have time for this and starts to do a little sleuthing. Surprisingly she does get a little, very little, help from the Chief Usher and from Tom, head of the WH Secret Service detail.

Things are going well for the newlyweds. I love all of Hyzy's books and am definitely looking forward to the next in this series. Hoping to Cyan back in the White House kitchen and the same for Josh, the son of the President. It's so nice to see a child that isn't playing a hand held game every chance they get. ( )
  FredYoder | May 8, 2015 |
The White House kitchen staff has been reduced due to the government sequester which only makes the visitation of 4 chefs from Saardisca a little more tricky. Olivia Paras, the executive chef, needs diplomacy to handle these chefs with diverse personalities as well as various culinary talents. When Marcel, the head pastry chef, is taken out of the equation, suspicions begin and then the death of the head of the foreign delegation causes Ollie to concentrate on he other visitors.

You know too many cooks spoil the broth, well here, the reduction of cooks many be the problem.

This is my favorite series, I just wish I didn't have to wait so long between installment. ( )
  cyderry | Jan 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425262391, Mass Market Paperback)


It’s an old adage that too many cooks spoil the broth. But when a tour of the White House kitchen by a group of foreign chefs ends in murder, it’s Olivia Paras who finds herself in the soup…

Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca—the first woman to run for office—and four of that nation’s top chefs.

But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly—and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it’s clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent. Could it be an anti-Saardiscan zealot? Is the candidate a target? Are the foreign chefs keeping more than their recipes a secret? Once again, Olivia must make sleuthing the special of the day…

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When a tour of the White House kitchen by a group of foreign chefs ends in murder, executive chef Olivia Paras makes sleuthing the special of the day. Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu.

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