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Wes Hingler lives in the shadow of his eccentric, fiercely opinionated cook parents, whose separate kitchens and shared bedroom spontaneously combust into battlegrounds at the flip of a spatula Argument and habanero chile are the dominant spices of Wes's life, permeating the evertense atmosphere of Kansas City's Tsil Cafamp;eacute his father's SouthwesternNative American restaurant and the kitchen of Buen AppeTito his mother's eclectic catering business Professional rivalries, romantic triangles, and assorted betrayals all make for a volatile upbringingA lovingly written comingofage gem Library Journal Sexheartbreak and habanerosAverill's sure hand in the culinary department keeps this Cafamp;eacute simmering San Antonio ExpressNews Completely satisfyingIt may be made only of words, but the great tastes of this novel linger like honey and burn like chili Calgary Herald In a time when one of our food groups is 'fast,' there is something genuinely nourishing about the banquet that Averill prepares USA Today Compelling Kansas City Star Voluptuous Booklist


10 thoughts on “Secrets of the Tsil Café

  1. Michael Michael says:

    Reading Challenge 2018 - Bookish: book by an author from your state. Who doesn't love a book full of recipes? I read and taught this book to my sophomore English class many years ago through the PEN Faulkner foundation which provided each student in the class a copy and finally an opportunity to meet the author. Rereading the book through a different lens, I enjoyed it more, which is often not the case with a reread from many years ago. It is the coming of age story of Wes Hingler, growing up in the Kansas City area, in his father's restaurant and mother's catering kitchen. The book is replete with stories surrounding the food, including their recipes, and all the secrets of the Hingler household. There were some pretty interesting reveals that kept the drama of the story moving, but the food is what really motivated the story. Most of it I would like to try, even though it will be too spicy for me. I am still debating the eating of guinea pig or llama blood though. It was definitely an enjoyable book that any Kansas City native would enjoy and gourmands will find tasty.


  2. Mia Parviainen Mia Parviainen says:

    I started reading this book during my lunch breaks. Since the book was also about food, lunch was the perfect time to read it. It was hooked from day 1 and would be bothered when I realized that some days I wouldn't have time to read during lunch. It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down when it was time to get back to work.

    Part of it is it's multiple layers. Wes, the main character, grows up with two restaurateur parents. His father adheres to a strict doctrine of New World ingredients only in his kitchen--that is, only ingredients that are native to North, South, and Central America. Throughout the book, there are recipes and informational blurbs about the ingredients mentioned in the book. The descriptions were especially helpful since I was not familiar with several of the ingredients mentioned--I had no sense of what their taste might be. It helped me imagine the flavors being described.

    Part of me now wants to try a few of the recipes, if I can come by most of the ingredients called for. Some ingredients are clearly native to the southwestern part of the US, and I live in New England. Still, I'm starting to look towards one to try within the next week or so; the recipes look that good. By the way--don't skip over reading the directions for the recipe in the epilogue. Sometimes it's tempting to skim the directions to recipes to get back to the recipe. Make sure you avoid that urge with the last one.

    In a narrative sense, the book is engaging because it is relateable and different at the same time. Wes, the protagonist, has a coming of age story. He has conflicts with his parents, his parents have conflicts with each other, and his family is full of secrets. All of this is familiar to readers. The differences come in the colorful details that flesh out the characters--his father's insistence on New World ingredients, the varying characters who work in the cafe his father runs, the complex inclusion of a restaurant reviewer who has an almost-too-close relationship with his mother.

    It's a satisfying read, for the sake of fiction. For the sake of cooks, both professional and amateur (like me), it's a nudge to get into the kitchen and try something new, to satisfy that creative itch.


  3. Suanne Laqueur Suanne Laqueur says:

    The tale is full of recipes, some on the very edge of bizarre but all bursting with flavor and history. Definitions of New World foods, from maple syrup to pawpaws, are included, and Averill has managed to integrate both recipes and definitions into his richly unfolding story—no small feat. In the spirit of Like Water for Chocolate but far, far spicier.

    This book was a ton of fun and I even bought a jicama to try one of the recipes. HIGHLY recommend for everyone, especially lovers of Latin American culture.


  4. Jen Johnson Jen Johnson says:

    I have mixed feelings on this one. While I liked the premise, it really relied on the “secrets being revealed” to a point where it got to be too much for my taste (although, to be fair “secrets” *is* in the title, so I should have known). I also didn’t like the main characters, the parents were so self-focused and the son was so angsty. However, the food descriptions were amazing (although I did get annoyed by all the history notes) and I’m so sad that all the restaurants were fictional. Because, let’s be honest, all these recipes are harder than I’m willing to try or have hard to find ingredients. And the side characters stole my heart - I wanted more of Juan, especially.


  5. Melanie Melanie says:

    Overall this was an enjoyable and well written book. I just really didn't care for the prominent characters. The story is told through Wes' point of view. He is the child of two chefs/cooks that run a restaurant and a catering business, and really are very selfish people. Many of the family secrets come out over the course of the book which is from Wes' childhood to after his parents retire. Even though I didn't care for the characters the book was an enjoyable read. That is just the difference of I like it to I really like it.


  6. Joshua Joshua says:

    Not only the book writes about unique progressive spicy recipes. But also it speaks about family matters, infidelity, and reconciliation. One fine literature. Funny and poetic.


  7. Alison Blake Alison Blake says:

    Great read


  8. Phylisha Stone Phylisha Stone says:

    As a foodie, I found this book about food and family quite interesting.


  9. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    I found the food descriptions to be very pleasing and I was pleasantly intrigued by this book. A very sweet and interesting story, well written.


  10. Longfellow Longfellow says:

    I had low expectations for this book, I confess. It came to me free from a generous librarian, and I mistakenly assumed that something free and something written by a resident of Topeka, KS, wouldn’t combine to make compelling reading. The title and the plugs on the book’s front and back covers blare that Secrets is a book about food—complete with recipes for god’s sake—but a novel nonetheless.

    After reading several chapters, I became ashamed of my rash dismissal of the book. I’m not a foodie, and my palate is far from discerning; most often I eat only because it’s a necessity, and I usually do so impatiently. Despite this apathetic stance toward food, I found myself enjoying the sensory imagery Averill employs, scents, textures, and of course tastes; I wished I could read this book surrounded by a plethora of sample plates, nibbling, sipping, and smelling each item Averill describes so I could experience it myself. Often, after these items play a role in the narrative, a recipe is provided. Unfortunately, having minimal wherewithal to begin with, I don’t foresee myself attempting to recreate any of them. (I also went from reading the recipes to skimming them as I progressed, eventually skipping some altogether.)

    More impressive in my judgment than Averill’s use of sensory imagery is his success in weaving character development, plot, and all major scenes around food, and he does so with skill. Even nuances in the characters’ personalities and relationships are communicated through the taste of food.

    The Tsil Café is the narrator’s father’s restaurant, which serves food “New Mexico style” and uses only ingredients native to the “New World,” i.e. the Americas. Above his father’s restaurant, Wes’s mother has her own kitchen, which she uses to create dishes for her catering business, Buen AppeTito. These two fictional businesses are located in a two-story brick building on 39th St. in Kansas City, MO. Being a Kansas City native myself, and a frequent patron of an eclectic hole-in-the-wall on this very street, I was delighted with this setting. The narrator (Weston Tito Hingler) covers his life from childhood to early adulthood. While the creative strength of this story lies in its first half, I think most readers will become invested enough to read on through to the resolution at a brisk and steady pace.