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Alice Fleck's Recipes for Disaster (Hardcover)

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This is the perfect read for the kids who love watching cooking competitions and solving mysteries. With nods to food history (thanks to Alice's Dad's job as a culinary historian), you'll learn so much while navigating Alice's nightmare of a week at a Victorian festival with her Dad's new girlfriend while competing on a tv show she didn't even volunteer to be on! The anxiety is real for this about-to-be 7th grader, trying to enjoy her hobbies on the DL. I was on the edge of my seat and loved every page! 

PS. For what it's worth, I did not figure out the mystery before the kids did. I'm usually pretty good at that, so this book had me fooled! 

— Rhi


When Alice agreed to appear in a reality cooking show with her father, she had no idea she'd find herself in the middle of a mystery! Will Alice and her new friends be able to save the show? A light-hearted and funny middle grade novel for fans of Rebecca Stead and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Alice Fleck's father is a culinary historian, and for as long as she can remember, she's been helping him recreate meals from the past -- a hobby she prefers to keep secret from kids her age. But when her father's new girlfriend enters them into a cooking competition at a Victorian festival, Alice finds herself and her hobby thrust into the spotlight.
     And that's just the first of many surprises awaiting her. On arriving at the festival, Alice learns that she and her father are actually contestants on Culinary Combat, a new reality TV show hosted by Tom Truffleman, the most famous and fierce judge on TV! And to make matters worse, she begins to suspect that someone is at work behind the scenes, sabotaging the competition.
     It's up to Alice, with the help of a few new friends, to find the saboteur before the entire competition is ruined, all the while tackling some of the hardest cooking challenges of her life . . . for the whole world to see.

About the Author

RACHELLE DELANEY is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honor Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award. The Bonaventure Adventures won BC's Chocolate Lily Award in 2019 and Clara Voyant was a Chocolate Lily Award nominee. Visit her at

Praise For…

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021

“Generous portions of yum for fans of mysteries and mille-feuille.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Detailing fascinating food history and delectable dishes, Delaney serves a toothsome culinary caper amid a gentle, well-balanced portrait of one preteen’s journey toward accepting adaptability and change.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers who love to watch cooking shows will be thrilled with the descriptions of culinary competitions. There are also very interesting passages about Victorian life and culinary history. . . . As Alice begins middle school, she reminds readers what is important in life.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Product Details
ISBN: 9780735269279
ISBN-10: 0735269270
Publisher: Puffin Canada
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English