064: Book Review: With The Fire On High

It’s like the comfort from a warm fuzzy hug while enjoying creamy spicy soup on a rainy day.

Title: With The Fire On High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
No. of pages: 391
Series: No

Book Summary

This is the story of Emoni, a teenage girl who has a young daughter, who is blessed with magic hands and her food is a source of comfort for anyone who tastes it. We get to follow her through her struggle as a teen mom raised by her grandmother after her mother died during childbirth. The only thing she is sure about is her love for food and her dreams lie in being able to share her magic with the world even though she has no idea how except to keep the fire on high.

Although my food still doesn’t give me any memories…it’s a way for me to look forward: to watch the recipes that grow from my roots transform, grow and feed the hungriest places inside me. And like a map I’ve been following without knowing the exact destination…Although I don’t have all the answers for what is coming next, I can finally see a glimpse of where I am going.

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Personal Thoughts

I absolutely fell in love with this book and I found myself drying my salty cheeks several times in the story. This is one of those books that I didn’t want to finish reading because I just loved it so much and I didn’t want it to end. I could not put it down though. I am drawn to Emoni and I identify with her struggle of not knowing what the future holds and choosing to believe in what she wants for herself. I am drawn to her because I love cooking and while I may not want to explore this path professionally, I like breaking the rules in the kitchen and mixing different spices all the time, just like Emoni. I am that kind of person that never follows a recipe that’s why I only own one recipe book, for inspo, mostly. I am also drawn to Emoni because her name means Faith and that just happens to be my first name. Coincidence? Maybe or not but reading this story at this point in my life is absolutely perfect.

This story made me feel: Warm

Who should read this book?

If you love a story of ambition, pursuing dreams and food you will absolutely love this one. There are a couple of recipes in the book that you can whip up and taste the magic of Emoni.


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