By Lee McClain
Cavendish Square Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761459811, 190pp.

Publication Date: October 2011

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Linda Delgado has the best nose in all of Arizona for cooking, that is. She may be only fourteen, but Linda loves making fresh Mexican food with her aunt Elba and blogging about food with her best friend, Julia. But after Aunt Elba suffers a ministroke, Linda is catapulted across the country and into a whole new life. In Pittsburgh, living with bossy Aunt Pat and her seven kids, Linda feels completely out of place. Aunt Pat wants Linda's help with Angel, a young foster child in the family who speaks only Spanish, but he seems impossible. And Linda's cousin Chloe treats her like a total intruder. Worst of all, Aunt Pat is a local celebrity with her own TV show, Cooking from Cans and she won t let Linda in the kitchen. Linda might go loco if she doesn t get some fresh food like now. Finally Linda gets her chance to sizzle with a cooking project at school. It's an added bonus that cute-guy-with-a-secret Dino Moretti (who even smells delicious) is in her group. But when jealous Chloe joins the group, Linda's new life heats up fast. In the end, it's up to Linda to decide what kind of cook and person she truly wants to be.

About the Author
Lee McClain teaches writing and literature at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She loves southwestern cuisine and the Polish and Italian specialties of her Pittsburgh neighbors . . . but she was raised on canned vegetables and still cooks green bean casserole for family gatherings. When she s not teaching or writing, Lee enjoys running marathons at a very slow pace and traveling with her husband and their ten-year-old daughter. She is also the author of three other novels for young adult readers: My Loco Life, My Abnormal Life, and My Alternate Life.
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