“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