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Secrets of the Tsil Café

by Thomas Fox Averill

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"Wes Hingler lives in the shadow of his eccentric, fiercely opinionated cook parents, whose separate kitchens and shared bedroom spontaneously combust into battlegrounds at the flip of a spatula. Argument and habanero chile are the dominant spices of Wes's life, permeating the ever-tense atmosphere of Kansas City's Tsil Café (his father's Southwestern/Native American restaurant) and the kitchen of Buen AppeTito (his mother's eclectic catering business). Professional rivalries, romantic triangles, and assorted betrayals all make for a volatile upbringing...A lovingly written coming-of-age gem." (Library Journal) "Sex...heartbreak and habaneros...Averill's sure hand in the culinary department keeps this Café simmering." (San Antonio Express-News) "Completely satisfying...It may be made only of words, but the great tastes of this novel linger like honey and burn like chili." (Calgary Herald) "In a time when one of our food groups is 'fast,' there is something genuinely nourishing about the banquet that Averill prepares." (USA Today) "Compelling." (Kansas City Star) "Voluptuous." (Booklist)… (more)

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A culinary novel with a twist. Wes is the son of "dueling" chefs. His father has the Tsil Cafe - specializing in Authentic (with a capital A) New Mexican cuisine. His mother runs a traditional Italian catering company from the family's apartment kitchen (above the Cafe). Wes has to find a way to honor his parents while forging his own path. I was hungry for more. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
This was a pleasant surprise! I expected this to be more a place-as-character book. The Tsil Cafe was a character, but a minor, background one. Written almost as a memoir, it was an enjoyable read.

My quibbles were that it was a little predictable and a little dramatic. But it is a book about food and family, and I think that's an ambitious undertaking! ( )
  GraceZ | Sep 6, 2014 |
Loved the tidbits of food history and uses, as well as the unique recipes and the passion all the characters had for food! The ending is a perfect conclusion to the story of Wes's "growing". ( )
  dahabdabbler | Mar 6, 2010 |
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“Love is always there. It’s what you live by. It’s like food. Sometimes it gives you great pleasure. Sometimes, you just eat it to live. Either way, it sustains you, and you’re lucky to have it”
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