Dex Rossi is a gawky, lovesick middle-school entrepreneur and amateur chef who runs a gourmet lunch stand from his front lawn. In love with a girl who likes jocks, he hopes to earn enough money to buy a gym system that will help him bulk up and win her heart. But while he serves up his locally famous food, his profits come to serve another purpose. He discovers that his grandmother’s restaurant is in financial ruin, and to save it, he must cook up a quick plan!
With the help of Alicia, his filmmaking older sister, and a host of great friends, Dex kicks his business into high gear. As word of his talent spreads like peanut butter, an unlikely windfall comes his way. Dex lands his own TV cooking show on the famous Eatz network! But just when he thinks he’s got his problems licked, Dex finds himself going head to head with a scheming, hard-boiled associate with a secret he has kept closely guarded. Dex learns that when your dreams are on the chopping block, finding the right ingredients is the best recipe for success.
DEX is an inspiring story for tweens 8 - 13, and a charming read for all adults that love food.
I would agree that this is a fun, charming read. While, this book may be geared more towards the tweens reading age, I felt that the author did a great job of writing to this age level. There is nothing worse than "dumbing" a book down to your audience. Additionally, there was not any overly complicated words that tweens would have a hard time pronouncing. So they would be able to read this book on their own.
Dex is a very likable main character. The food ideas that he whips up had my mouth watering. It was no wonder that he had so many repeat customers or the fact that he was chosen to star in his own food cooking show. I did feel a bit said for Dex however pining over one of the popular girls in school, who did not really seem to notice that he existed. Well not in the beginning anyways. Dex's best friends, Kyle and Liza were the best friends that any kid could ask for. They were very supportive of Dex. The best part was how all of Dex's family were also so supportive and encouraging towards Dex's dreams. A book for all ages. My nephews will enjoy reading this book as I did. Dex is a cooking hero for the masses!
Check out more about Dex and some of his recipes at Persnickety Press