Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook Review #ValentinesDay

Title: Too Hot in the Kitchen – Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age

Author: Holly Clegg Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook review

Genre:  Cookbook

Publisher: Favorite Recipes Press

Release Date: September 2010

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 238 pages

About the Book:

Holly Clegg, author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series, introduces her fun, whimsical women’s lifestyle cookbook perfect for a gift or the kitchen. This 240-page book includes more than 200 easy, everyday recipes with almost 100 photographs and illustrations. Too Hot in the Kitchen is a practical, user-friendly cookbook designed for busy women and includes: 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, Nutritional information and diabetic exchanges, Symbols to highlight Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian recipes, and Creative coffee pairing ideas. Includes fun and entertaining chapters on: Cooking for two (Table for Two); No bake dishes (Lovin’ No Oven); Recipes for facial treatments (Diva Dermatology); Party recipes for groups (Effortless Entertaining). Finally, a book to guide women through the kitchen with a smile, so get ready to learn the secrets to sizzle!


My Review:

I found Too Hot in the Kitchen to be a fun read with lots of interesting recipes and helpful tips for women of any age.

There are chapters as diverse as Coffee & Food Pairings, Lovin’ No Oven, and Food for the Mood, as well as recipe for body scrubs and face masks.  In addition, sprinkled throughout each chapter is “spicy advice” which gives suggestions on how to modify a recipe if you don’t have all the ingredients, or need to make ahead, etc.

The recipe I tried was for Shrimp Dumplings with Asian Sauce.  They were very easy to make.  I had most of the ingredients on hand, and they were a big hit when I brought them to a party that night.  Look how cute they turned out:

too hot in the kitchen cookbook reviewThis recipe was under the chapter Food for the Mood, but since Art is not a fan of shrimp, I didn’t get to test that theory 😉

My only complaint is that the book seems to be a bit of a hodge podge.  I would have liked to see all the recipes be closer to the perceived theme, which was for me was food for the different stages of a woman’s life.

I give Too Hot in the Kitchen four stars.  It’s entertaining and educational with easy to make recipes.  Check it out!!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Holly CleggWith over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis.

Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc, Baylor Hospital in Dallas and is a menu consultant for Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. She has a phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes. Visit or

Writers of the Future Volume 30 Review plus new Webundle!!

Title: Writers of the Future Volume 30writers of the future volume 30

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Anthology

Publisher: Galaxy Press

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 400 pages

About the Book:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Writers of the Future Contest and the 25th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future Contest.

Thirteen Award-Winning Stories take you to places you’ve never been before

On a distant world —

Amba, a girl afflicted by a rare disease that leaves clouds in her eyes, develops the gift to do what no one else can. . . .

Life on the Doleful Comet is hell. But then, that’s what it is supposed to be. . . .

A mail-order bride can bring nothing with her between the stars—except all kinds of heartache and a secret hope. . . .

There are many kinds of trophy hunters, but only one kind of kill. . . .

In a new future —
A cyborg forest ranger is saving the world—just not the people on it. . . .

When a Supreme Court judge prepares to die, the most valuable thing that he has to bequeath are his memories. . . .

A bike trail leads to a vast desert, alive in its own way, and beyond that the world is unknowable. . . .

One lonely man finds out what it is like to become a god, and lose the love of those that he has created. . . .

In a world like no other —

There are only a few basic emotions, and a chemist with the right tools can create the one that could save your life, while you wait. . . .

All kinds of people want to take a trip to the End of the World, but what do they hope to gain?

As a shifter, Fat Reggie can be whoever he wants to be—but identity comes with a price. . .

.Mirrors have strange powers, but only Lacra knows how to use them. . . .

Most people care little for the world’s endangered species, but some would give everything for them. . . .

Would you like to find out more about the Writers of the Future series and the authors represented?  Check out this Writers of the Future BundleYou can even name your own price!!


AmazonMy Review:

Last year, I was given the opportunity to review Writers of the Future Volume 28 and Volume 29.  I loved them both so much!!  I was beyond excited when I was asked to review this year’s edition, Volume 30.

As usual, the stories were all first-rate.  My favorites from the contest winners were Animal by Terry Madden, about the last zoo in the world, and The Shaadi Exhile by Amanda Forest.  How would the concept of an arranged marriage work over light years?

In addition, there was another batch of insightful articles about writing and illustrating from some of the greatest in the business.  The essay Synaptic Soup by Val Lakey Lindahn, an illustrator of over 40 years, who was born blind, was awe inspiring.

And, of course, there were a few choice stories from some of my all time favorite authors.  Beyond All Weapons by L. Ron Hubbard, was first published in the January 1950 issue of Super Science Stories.  This story, about the losers of an interplanetary war, has a jaw dropping twist, that will leave you thinking.  Carousel by Orson Scott Card, tells the story of a world where the dead refuse to leave. How do the living go about their daily lives if the dead keep getting in the way?

This year, the anthology is available in e-reader versions and trade paperback.  The added bonus this year is that in addition to the black and white illustrations that accompany each story, there are also full color versions in the back of the book (of course, you’ll need a color e-reader to experience this).

I give Writers of the Future Volume 30 four and a half stars!!!  It’s an awesome romp through the width and breadth of historic and current science fiction and fantasy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Contest:

Each quarter three winners each are picked for the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests.  There are cash prizes and the winners compete for a $5000 prize (one for writers and one for illustrators).  For more information and to enter, go to Writers of the Future.