I read this late into the night on a camping trip, compelled by the mystery and the little teasing tidbits of information the narrator slowly pays out. The author realistically portrays how cruel children can be, but also how oblivious they are to the devastation they can wreak. I found the "recipes" very frustrating. Of course, they're not meant to be exact or followable, but the food sounds so delicious and yet there is never quite enough info to actually recreate it! Haven't read Chocolat, but I think I might give that a try. Another person who has read her books told me her favorite was "Gentlemen and Players," so I'm also going to try that.