Reader Reviewed The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington

The Secret Cooking Club

Written by Laurel Remington

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August 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cake baking | works | magic |

A delicious concoction of friendships, family and food and a worthy winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2015. Oh my goodness, I just loved this gentle, warm, funny tale. Laura’s writing is mouth wateringly wonderful and her characters lovable and real.

Poor Scarlett is the inspiration behind her mother’s cringeworthy, embarrassing blog and with headings such as Tap-dancing…did I give birth to three left feet? Or Did something die in that PE bag? we can understand why. Although anonymous, everyone knows that the posts are about her and hating her new found celebrity status Scarlett tries to disappear into the background leaving her friendless and lonely. Life has become a daily grind of keeping her head down and trying not to provide her mum with any new material - until that is she discovers an empty kitchen and a mysterious old cookbook. As she secretly teaches herself to cook Scarlett begins to wonder if she’ll ever find the magic ingredients for friendship and family.

This lovely tale is like a delicious cup of hot chocolate – sweet, scrumptious and will warm the cockles of your heart. ~ Shelley Fallows

One of our reader reviewers, Isaac East, loved this book so much he made some of the delicious recipes to treat his Granny and Grandad to afternoon tea!

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Beth de Lotbiniere, age 10 - 'I would recommend this book to anyone wants to find the secret ingredient to..... FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY and COOKING!'
  • Scarlett Coffman, age 8 - 'Heart touching, Inspiring, Exciting...It was VERY addictive. Since reading this amazing book, I have decided it is my favourite book that I have read and I am looking forward to reading it again and seeing.                    
  • Adiella Norridge - 'I loved this book and there are only four words to describe it - family, friends and fun. A brilliant read!'
  • Emily Pitfield, age 11 - 'An 'unputdownable' touching story about family, friendship and food which I really enjoyed.'
  • Hannah Minton, age 10 - 'A heart-warming yet modern tale which I loved - I didn't want it to end.'
  • Lauren Randall, age 8 - 'Highly recommended dramatic story for 8 to 10 year olds.'
  • Rose spear, age 11 - 'I love this book because it is full of suspense and you don't want to put it down.'
  • Isaac East, age 10 - '10 out of 10 for Laurel Remington! She has written an amazing book about cooking, friendships and life.'
  • Aimee, age 11 - 'The Secret Cooking Club is an amazing book for all readers to enjoy.'
  • Sue - 'This is a delightful book that is touching, funny, sad and uplifting in turns.'
  • Rosie Watch - 'It so cleverly incorporates so many topics and anxieties experienced by young teenagers and I know the girls in my classes will love it.'
  • Mila Humphryes, age 9 - 'A fun, lip smacking page turner of a book about cake, friendship, boys and embarrassing mums. You can almost taste Laurel Remington's words!'


The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington

Twelve-year-old Scarlett is the star and victim of her mum's popular blog - the butt of school jokes, she's eager to stay firmly out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital. As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she fix her family, seal her friendships and find the mysterious secret ingredient?

About the Author

Laurel Remington

Laurel Remington works as a lawyer for a renewable energy company. Her first novel, The Secret Cooking Club, won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2015. She lives in Surrey.

Author photo © JoJo Cooper Photography

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Book Info


288 pages


Laurel Remington
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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

4th August 2016




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