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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-07-19
Language: English
Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions – doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

Thoughts
I loved the story, the characters, the food, and flow of this book. Emoni had a lot to deal with in her life, but she was level headed, knew what she wanted, and trudged ahead to make sure she reached her goals so that she could give her daughter “Baby Girl” everything she needed. I loved the relationship between her and her abuela. Both of my grandmothers passed away when I was really young and I don’t remember them, so those parts of the book were very touching to me.

I really enjoyed reading about the trip to Spain. I would have loved to have taken a trip like that when I was in school. The relationship with her boyfriend Malichi was just what it should have been, but now I’m wondering what happened to them after the book ended.

I loved how the family recipes connected Emoni, her abuela, and her aunt. The one thing I wish is that all of the recipes would have had ingredient amounts.

This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone who likes family/women relationships or culinary themed fiction books.

The author did a great job with the narration!

Here is one of the recipes in the book:
Part 3: The Bittersweet
Emoni, When The World Tries To Break You, Break Beer Bread With Those You Love
Serves Your Strength When You Feel Alone

Ingredients:
3 double scoops of flour
4 thumbs of white sugar
1/2 stick of melted butter
2 bottles of beer
a sprinkle of Sage
a sprinkle of Island Oregano

Directions:
1: Preheat oven to 400°
Mix all ingredients except herbs until it’s a smooth mixture
Mix Sage and Island Oregano into the batter

2:
Spread the mixture into a greased bread pan
Spread some more butter over the top

3:
Bake the bread for the entirety of Bad Bunny’s last album

  17 Responses to “Audiobook Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo”

  1. This sounds wonderful and I love that there’s a granddaughter/grandmother relationship. I was always very close with my grandmothers and it would be really nice to read a book that had this as an aspect. The recipe sounds yummy and I love that title!

  2. This sounds wonderful, Vicki!
    I’ve been on a blogging and Instagram break for a few weeks. I hope you and your family are doing well.

  3. This sounds terrific! I love the cover!

  4. Thanks for sharing, Vicki. I also love the cover!

  5. I really enjoyed this book as well. Acevedo is so good at capturing a mood.

  6. Maybe the recipes were written to reflect how abuela would have made them and to kind of fit in with the flow of the story? My Nana never measured anything (I don’t anymore either).

  7. This sounds like a good one… I’m going to see if my library has it available through overdrive.

  8. It was really good JoAnn, I hope they have it!

  9. Just wondering — did you try that recipe? I find it hard to believe it would result in bread, though I’m sure it’s meaningful in context of a good book. And in these troubled times, many people can’t obtain flour, so it would be sad to waste it.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  10. My mom made beer bread for the first time today 🙂 This looks good!

  11. Now I’m wondering what recipe your mom used!

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