Gator Bowl by J.J. Cook is a prequel novella to the “Biscuit Bowl Food Truck” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, January 2015
After quitting her job, the first thing Zoe Chase has to do is to drive out to the swamp to see her Uncle Saul. He still has the old Airstream trailer he once used for his own restaurant many years before, and Zoe is sure she can convince him to let her make a food truck out of it.
After making the perilous journey from Mobile, Alabama into the backcountry, Zoe finds her uncle embroiled in a cook-off with his neighbor—with the life of Saul’s albino alligator, Alabaster, in the balance. Once again, the gator has eaten chickens that didn’t belong to her. So Saul and his neighbor will each prepare a meal for a church social, and if Saul wins, the gator lives.
Now it’s up to Zoe to prove herself in the kitchen and come up with something no one has seen before—the biscuit bowl!
This was an enjoyable tale and a great prequel to the Biscuit Bowl series. We meet Zoe at the beginning of her dream and get a better understanding of what drives her. On the way, we are introduced to characters that are featured in the series, such as her Uncle Saul and Ollie. It was fun how she accidentally came upon her signature dish – the biscuit bowl. A fast-paced and entertaining read in which I look forward to Fry Another Day, the next book in this delectable series.