11 year-old genius Chef Zin Mignon is in a horrific pickle. He’s been kidnapped from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and spirited away to the Monks’ ultra-remote mountaintop abbey. There, he’ll endure a cooking apprenticeship like no other. Does Zin join their secret Order and achieve the culinary success he’s always dreamed of?
The tale of Zin Mignon begins at the bottom of a jar of pickled pigs’ feet in his father’s pathetic Brooklyn deli. A secret note sets him on a world-spinning quest, an adventure that takes him through the alleys of the homeless to the tables of billionaires, to discover who he really is and the greatness for which he’s destined. As he sets the culinary world on fire, a mix of treacherous rivals feasts on the chance to make his dreams go up in smoke.
In the wildly appetizing first book of the Zin Mignon series, Zin has become the greatest chef on the planet, shocking the cooking world. But he’s distracted and must honor the solemn promise he made to his dad, and to learn the incredible secret of his family legacy. It’s a true original. With humor, amazing exploits and heartfelt compassion, Zin uses food and his kitchen to build a recipe that will lead him to his true identity. Can he cut the mustard?
Could Artemis Fowl meet MasterChef? Author MICHAEL DASWICK is the winner of both of Columbia’s prestigious literary awards for fiction. He’s the author of the gripping epic novel CHIP ROCK and the FAT OLD FART, and HALLBOYS, a collection of inspiring connected short stories. Always mixing humor and drama, friends and treacherous rivals, with ZIN MIGNON, Michael has cooked up a stirring series of Kitchen Fiction