Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks

by Dana Bate


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Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate

“Bate’s writing is smart and compelling.” --Publishers Weekly

In this hilarious, insightful new novel from the author of A Second Bite at the Apple, a cookbook ghostwriter finds that she’s bitten off more than she can chew…

When Kelly Madigan is offered a job abroad right after reading a letter from her late mother urging her to take more risks, she sees it as a sign. Kelly’s new ghostwriting assignment means moving to London to work for Natasha Spencer--movie star, lifestyle guru, and wife of a promising English politician. As it turns out, Natasha is also selfish, mercurial, and unwilling to let any actual food past her perfect lips.

Still, in between testing dozens of kale burgers and developing the perfect chocolate mousse, Kelly is having adventures. Some are glamorous; others, like her attraction to her boss’s neglected husband, are veering out of control. Kelly knows there’s no foolproof recipe for a happy life. But how will she know if she’s gone too far in reaching for what she wants?

"Dana Bate's engaging characters will draw you in, her culinary descriptions will whet your appetite, and her wit and humor will leave you wanting more. Too Many Cooks is a smart and compelling delight for the senses."--Cassandra Dunn, author of The Art of Adapting

"As enticing as an amuse-bouche, as complex and layered as a delicate soufflé, and as sweetly satisfying as a perfect chocolate mousse, Too Many Cooks is a delicious, fast-paced tale of the perils of celebrity and the reward of finding oneself."--Kristin Harmel, author of The Life Intended

"With her fabulous third book Too Many Cooks, Dana Bate proves she is a foodie fiction writer who is here to stay! A peek behind the curtain of the little-known world of the cookbook ghostwriter offers a backdrop for a story that will have you laughing, rooting for a beautifully flawed heroine, running to the pantry, and will definitely leave you hungry for more.  I’m a fan for life."--Stacey Ballis, author of Recipe for Disaster

“An enjoyable read -- perfect holiday fodder."—Irish Country Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617732621
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 853,404
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dana Bate is the author of A Second Bite at the Apple and The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and has been translated into five languages. Before writing fiction full time, she was a Washington producer and reporter for PBS's Nightly Business Report, where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. She studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and received her master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where she won the Harrington Award for outstanding promise in the field of journalism. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

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Too Many Cooks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings First, let me say that I love this author. This is my third book of hers that I have read and she is on my auto buy list and will always promote her books here! This book is about a young woman who is at a crossroads when her mother passes away and charges her to experience life and not stay settled in the same town. She all of the sudden takes an interesting job in London and breaks up with the stable long term boyfriend and throws her own life into a whirlwind.
RS More than 1 year ago
Ms Bate has hit a home run with her latest novel. This story captures you from the start. Her characters are well developed, smart, funny and very real. I particularly appreciate her recipes and accuracy when describing the places her characters visit or reside. I found this book and the previous two written by Ms Bate to be thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend them! I can't wait to read her 4th!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book filled with some of the best sounding food around, some very likable characters, some not so likable characters, and a great deal of humor. Kelly seems to have everything, a great job, a committed boyfriend, and a well planned out life. It's all just a bit....boring! When her mother passes away and leaves her a letter telling her that she needs to shake up her life a bit and a phone call comes about an amazing ghost writing opportunity in London, she takes it as a sign that she needs to go for it. This will send her on a journey that will test her patience, culinary skills, and her heart. I thought this one was very well done. While I sometimes questioned Kelly's choices, in the end she found her strength and did what was right for her. I would recommend this one.