Karen's Cooking Contest is the 93rd book in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series.
Back Cover Summary
Karen's class is making a cookbook. Karen and her friends asked celebrities to send in recipes. But nobody has sent Karen any recipes. Boo!
Karen knows a very special recipe. But it belongs to Nannie and it is supposed to be secret. What will Karen do?
Karen's class is creating a cookbook! Each student wrote to five celebrities asking for recipes to include in the cookbook. As the replies pour in, it seems as though everyone is hearing from their celebrities... except Karen.
Meanwhile, Nannie has decided to enter a local cooking contest. She and Karen work together to create a recipe for dipping chocolate. They call it Chocolate Magic. Nannie and Karen go to the first round of judging in Stoneybrook and win! The following weekend, they travel to the state contest in Hartford, and Nannie's Chocolate Magic wins again. The judges absolutely love it. This win qualifies Nannie to enter into the final round of competition, which includes entries from all over New England.
Back at school, it is almost time to publish the cookbook (which has since been named Tasty Treats, a name suggested by Nancy and voted on by the whole class). Karen is the only student who still has not received a celebrity recipe in the mail. As a last resort, Karen submits Nannie's Chocolate Magic recipe. The only problem is that the recipe was supposed to be a secret.
The next day, Nannie happens to stop by the school to drop off Karen's forgotten lunch. Ms. Colman thanks a very shocked Nannie for her contribution to Tasty Treats. Nannie is so disappointed that she tells Karen that she may not go to the final cooking contest.
Karen explains the situation to her teacher. Although the books have already been sent to the printer, Ms. Colman comes up with a solution. And one by one, Karen rips Nannie's recipe out of all 200 copies of the book. Nannie accepts Karen's apology and is proud of Karen for handling the situation maturely and all by herself. Daddy and Elizabeth are proud, too. Nannie re-invites Karen to the final cooking contest. In fact, the entire Big House family goes! Nannie is sad when she does not win the "Sauces and Dips" category. But as she is packing her things for the long ride home, the judge declares her the grand prize winner of the entire contest! Everyone celebrates!
Back at the Big House, Nannie decides to use her prize money to fund a new business... selling Chocolate Magic to customers all over the Stoneybrook area. And of course, Karen will be her special assistant.
Characters in this book
- Karen Brewer
- Andrew Brewer
- Big House - Watson Brewer, Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, Charlie Thomas, Sam Thomas, Kristy Thomas, David Michael Thomas, Emily Michelle Brewer, Nannie
- Ms. Colman's Class: Nancy Dawes, Pamela Harding, Chris Lamar, Jannie Gilbert, Hank Reubens, Addie Sidney, Sara Ford, Leslie Morris, Omar Harris, Ricky Torres, Hannie Papadakis, Bobby Gianelli,Barkan Twins, Ian Johnson, Audrey Green, Natalie Springer, Audrey Green
- Ms. Colman
- Mark Fitzpatrick - weatherman for channel 7 (mentioned)
- Judges for the Cocoa Best company
- Various judges
- Ms. Jewel (mentioned)
- Mrs. Dawes (mentioned)
- Beth Cooper - co-worker of Elizabeth's
Places in this book
- This book reveals that Nannie's real name is Janet Taylor.