The Perfect Hamburger and Other Delicious Stories by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Appetizer: The Perfect HamburgerWhen a snazzy fast-food chain moves into town, business at Joe's favorite hamburger restaurant begins to suffer. He gets an idea that's sure to bring back the diners, but there's just one problem. The secret recipe for the burgers is missing! Can Joe figure out the ingredients to recreate the perfect hamburger before it's too late?The Entrée: The Spaghetti TangleJohn and Nicky, forced to live with their vegetable-loving Aunt Rebecca, dream of eating spaghetti for every meal. So when they enter a recipe contest and win a trip to Mr. Pipelli's spaghetti factory, they couldn't be happier! But are they prepared for an encounter with the spaghetti spinner?The Dessert: The Doughnut RingJim thinks a doughnut sale is the perfect fund-raiser to help his friend, Mr. Pride. And it is-at first. But when an e-mail chain asking for donations gets out of control, Jim finds himself up to his ears in doughnuts! Will he ever be able to sell all the stock, and stop the doughnut ring for good?

About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics.
Published July 15, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 194 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Fiction

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Smith offers three separate food-related short stories in which children help adults solve problems: One boy finds the recipe for the perfect hamburger spice; another helps untangle a mass of spaghetti; and a third deals with a doughnut glut during a benefit bake sale.

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