Gladys has been cooking gourmet food since she was seven years-old, but her fast-food obsessed parents don’t know that. After a small cooking accident, she is banned from the kitchen and her allowance is momentarily suspended. Then, when a newspaper company accidentally hires the sixth grader to become a restaurant critic (her dream job), Gladys must earn the friendship of her archenemy and sneak into New York city, all while keeping her identity a secret!
What I Liked:
Gladys’ plan to visit the restaurant she had to critique unfolded in a very creative and exciting way- it was almost like she was a spy on a mission. Also, throughout the book, Gladys’ descriptions of the food she ate were so vivid. Here is an example:
“When I first saw how much food Mrs. Singh had put on my plate, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It smelled amazing, but how was I supposed to eat a mountain of rice with an avalanche of potatoes sliding down it? Not to mention a forest of cauliflower, endless fields of spinach, and a boulder pile of chickpeas?”
There were some interesting characters in the book, too. Take for instance, Parm, a girl who eats only four or five different foods, despite the fact that her Indian family prides itself on cooking colorful, spicy cuisine. Coincidentally, Parm is a very close friend to Gladys, who is the exact opposite!
What I Didn’t Like:
Unfortunately, Gladys lies to both her parents and the newspaper she works for. This causes her some problems, but she is determined to keep her job a secret from virtually everyone.
Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was an interesting and unique story that I would recommend to anyone 10 and up who likes cooking or watching the Food Network.