What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ancient Chinese Secret

I'm definitely not a cook. In fact I come from a long line of non-cooks. We are a microwave kinda family. I do love food, but I don't know much about it. Still, The Secret Ingredient, while it focuses a lot on food, held my interest from page one and was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in awhile.
Olivia lives in Silver Lake, with her two dads, one of whom own and runs an restaurant called FOOD, where Olivia makes the Saturday special. Times are tough for the family right now. Lots of economic woes and troubles with Olivia's brother. Olivia is on a quest to make things okay again at home and also find her birth mother. A lot of heavy stuff.
The character of Olivia is extremely real and likable. Her dreams about who she is and who she wants to be ring true.
The book also had hints of real life in Hollywood- not just the glamorous stuff of the stars.
Likable characters, good storyline. I liked it a big bunch!

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