The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops (Paperback)

By Ryan K. Sager

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781484768181, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/20/2017)

List Price: 7.99*
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Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate's Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She's on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they'll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails.

Featuring a precocious, larger-than-life character, lots of humor, fast-paced action and mouth-watering foods, this cooking story is sure to appeal to young foodies and fans of shows like MasterChef Junior and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.

About the Author

Ryan K. Sager is a guy who wrote a book. This book. He wrote this bio, too. Used third-person for some reason.

After surviving a bus-hijacking in Venezuela, a precarious commute in Puerto Rico, and drinking tap water in Southern California, Ryan moved to Utah to be closer to his favorite hospitals. He's got a cute wife who loves to bake cupcakes, a cute daughter who loves to bake cookies, and expensive dental insurance. Visit him online at

This is his debut novel.

Praise For The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops

If you're a kid who's obsessed with food and cooking (or a parent who has one), you're going to recognize Zoey immediately. I did! Because every episode of Chopped Junior brings us sassy, confident, creative young people with big dreams of becoming chefs-usually while also holding down jobs as firefighters, movie stars, and veterinarians. In this magical story, Zoey cooks her way into a business loan and brings her culinary dreams to life at the ripe age of 12, something that seems less and less impossible with each passing year of American kids' ever-growing fascination with food. A must-read for every kid born with a whisk in her hand!—Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped and Chopped Junior

"Injected with lots of humor while moving at a good clip along a twisty plotline."—Kirkus