[Blog Tour] THE KITCHEN WHEN IT SIZZLES | Chrissie Peria (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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If there is any part of the house that I will readily avoid if I am given the chance, it will be the kitchen. But after I got married, I knew that sooner or later I would conquer my fears and be brave enough to learn how to cook real food and not just instant noodles.

Hi everyone, Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for Chrissie Peria’s latest novella, The Kitchen When It Sizzles.

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The blurb:

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.
Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?
My thoughts:
I’ve read, and loved, Chrissie Peria’s first novella, All’s Fair In Blog And War, and when I learned that she has another story out, and upon reading that I have one thing in common withe the main character which is her lack of cooking skills, I immediately signed up for the blog tour and got a review copy.
As expected, I enjoyed knowing about Olivia’s utter inability to cook (because hey universe I have a kindred spirit albeit fictional) and her determination to learn was a source of motivation. I was actually inspired to attempt cooking once more (after my failed “experiments” of  pork giniling and beef steak, haha). The difference in this story, though, is that Olivia is learning mostly foreign cuisine. I would love to read about how she has finally mastered adobo or chicken sopas or kare-kare. (Or maybe I am just nitpicking because I can’t relate to most of the dishes mentioned.) (Well, except for the creme brulee and the Chinese ribs.)
What I didn’t expect was how sexy this story is. It really sizzles. One thing is for sure, this book is for adults only. 😀
I enjoyed the story not so much for the romance (although Nate is crush-able) but for the food. And why do I keep imagining Billie as Miley Cyrus? Haha!
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An excerpt:

“Morning,” she smiled shyly, sauntering up to the island counter-style breakfast nook in the kitchen. Nate had been busy, it seemed, judging by the plate of bacon, eggs, freshly brewed coffee, and some kind of French toast he was assembling. Seeing him again, and at the scene of the crime even, brought a splash of color to her cheeks.

“I hope you don’t mind that I raided your pantry,” he said, flipping the French toast.

“No worries. Although I don’t remember still having any bread left,” she wondered out aloud.

“I stepped out to grab some. Remember that Belgian bread guy I introduced you to at the market? I remembered he lives four buildings down. I raided his place for some brioche,” he explained, waving the loaf near her nose. “You can smell just how buttery it is, can’t you?”

“Uh-hmmm…” she agreed. Everything looked and smelled wonderful. “What are you cooking, anyway?”

“The best French toast you will ever try,” he announced. “Bacon and cheese sandwiched in brioche then dipped in egg, milk and butter. Cooked in more butter. Butter is our friend, after all. Then drizzled with real maple syrup. None of that maple-flavored shit.”

(Now, if that doesn’t make you feel hungry, I don’t know what will.)

3/5 stars.

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 About Chrissie Peria:

cperia_profileWhen not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer. Her first book, All’s Fair in Blog and War, is a finalist in the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards.
Click image above to the Rafflecopter link. 
The prizes:
1 PH Only Swag Bag
• Paperback + Ebook: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
• 500 PHP GC: Ippudo Ramen (A steamy bowl of something)
• 2 Tickets: Best Food Forward Fair (Time for a foodie date)
• Re-ment Cookware Miniatures (A cute “kitchen” you can bring along with you)
5 INT E-book Copies
• The Kitchen When It Sizzles (with personalized dedication for each winner in their copy)
Good luck and enjoy! 🙂

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