Reviewed by Alice L.

When I opened the package for Too Hot in the Kitchen, I immediately knew I was going to like this cookbook. It was pink, petite, and there was a fun sassy looking animated woman on the cover. It was attention grabbing, not intimidating, and as described by the author Holly Clegg, seemed to be a  “cookbook for all women”.

I was having a play date with four moms and their children the following Thursday, so I looked through the recipes for finger foods that would be easy to cook, forgiving to the waistline, and, of course, would look nice too. After all, as the saying goes, “we eat with our eyes first.” It was the first time I was having the moms over to my house so I didn’t want to screw up.

The recipes in the cookbook were organized and categorized in a way that proved to be very helpful. Clegg also titled each category with witty and fun titles such as “Effortless Entertaining” or “Fill up with Fiber”. Each of the recipes had the corresponding nutrition facts on the side and many of them had beautiful images of the finished dish. Because of the colorful images, I felt more confident in knowing what my concoctions were supposed to look like. Too Hot in the Kitchen also featured dermatological tips/recipes utilizing a few simple ingredients; I mean, who doesn’t like a home-made remedy facial mask?

Back to my search for finger foods, I have to say there were too many to choose from! In the end, I made Jesses’ Cheesecake Squares. We all love the taste of cheesecake but not the calories, and this recipe was exactly what I was looking for – the “healthy cheesecake.” Needless to say, it was a big hit and even my husband couldn’t get over the taste and the healthy factor.

Too Hot in the Kitchen by Holly Clegg is chock full of fun recipes perfect for cooking with your girlfriends or for your family. Many of the recipes are low on calories but very high on the taste!

Visit Holly Clegg’s website for more information and some sample recipes!

Alice is a former city girl who now resides in an Ohio suburb with her husband (and college sweetheart) Justin and their busy toddler, Amelia. She is a stay-home-mom and when she is not chasing her daughter, she enjoys cooking, reading, and little bit of retail-therapy.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Edelman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.