BLOG TOUR - Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate

Kelly Madigan seems to have it all: a fabulous boyfriend, a supportive - if eccentric - family, and a flourishing career as a cookbook ghostwriter. But after finding a letter from her recently-deceased mother, criticising her stable but unexciting life, Kelly knows she needs to make a change. When a mysterious new writing opportunity in London presents itself, she jumps at the chance to get away from it all.

Enter Natasha Spencer - Oscar-winning actress and health nut, not to mention a total nightmare. She's working on a new cookbook and has asked for Kelly's help. What Kelly didn't factor in was meeting Natasha's dishy MP husband, Hugh Ballantine

I really love Dana's last book, The Stall of Second Chances, it was a great story and a fab cover, so far Dana's next book Too Many Cooks has one of those things - a fab cover! Does it have a great story?

Now I have been reading a lot of post-apoc lately so this charming tale makes a welcome change.  It has a large helping of humour, a dash of cray-cray crazy characters, gallons of descriptions of food, which are plain amazing (oooo and recipes too) and it also had a generous pinch of chemistry.

Kelly is a cookbook ghostwriter, she has it all, excellent job, great but mad family and a loving, amazing boyfriend.  Her life is perfect but following the death of her mother, a letter written to her by her Mom changes her life, but will it be for the better?

Well her life changes considerably, she is offered a job she cannot refuse with megastar (and crazy person) actress Natasha Spencer but it is in London, she decides to leave her boyfriend and take up this once in a lifetime job.

When she arrives in London she discovers that not only is Natasha bat-shit crazy but her husband, an MP is incredibly handsome (he sounds like Tom Hiddleston) and sparks chemistry.  

She loves to cook and test out the recipes for the cookbooks that she helps writes but Natasha is about as much help as a chocolate fire-guard, demanding she recreate recipes from her childhood without even the slightest hint as to how they were made.  The woman is just plain mad.

But Kelly tries and keeps her head down and gets on it with whilst trying to avoid her growing closeness to Natasha's husband, Hugh.  The pair have many moments where they are alone together, will they act upon their chemistry?

So how does this book pan out, will Kelly sleep with her bosses husband? Will this cookbook get written? Has Kelly made a horrible mistake?  Will there be lots more yummy descriptions of food?

Well yes to the food, as for the rest well find out for yourself by picking up a copy of this book!

It truly is a deliciously, entertaining read with fun characters and lots of great food!

Thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. I love the sound of this lighthearted, fun read. Kelly sounds like a very realistic and fun character to read from and about. I would love to try this one after reading a particularly long or heavy read.

    Check out my review:

    1. It was such a fun read, plus the description of the awesome food helped alot! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is so great! I like that it has a lot of food inside. I'm definitely going to get it. Great review :)

    Aeriko @

    1. It has a lot of food! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

    2. Thanks, Aeriko! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I love food descriptions in books, although they always make me hungry and wanting to cook something yummy. And yay for there being recipes as well! The plot of a cookbook ghostwriter trying to change her life sounds fun. Great review!

    1. Yep it did that too me! I was starving for the duration of this book!
      Thanks for stopping by!


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