Book Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

I bought this book a few months ago from Waterstones for two reasons. 1. It was about food and 2. The cover is absolutely stunning. If you were going to go against bookworm rule number 1; Don't judge a book by it's cover and completely judge 'With the Fire on High' by it's cover, then it would be your lucky day, because the beautiful cover matches the beautiful writing and story within. 

The Blurb.

Ever since she got pregnant, seventeen-year-old Emoni's life has been about making the tough decisions - doing what has to be done for her young daughter and her grandmother. Keeping her head down at school, trying not to get caught up with new boy Malachi. The one place she can let everything go is in the kitchen, where she has magical hands - whipping up extraordinary food beloved by everyone.

Emoni wants to be a chef more than anything, but she knows it's pointless to pursue the impossible. There are rules she has to play by. And yet, once she starts cooking, and gets that fire on high, she sees that her drive to feed will feed her soul and dreams too. And anything is possible.

'With its judicious depth and brilliant blazes of writing that simmer, then nourish, With the Fire on High is literary soul food' New York Times 

My Review.

I've been sat staring at my screen for five minutes wondering where to begin with this book. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about it. I didn't know what to expect, but it completely blew me away. The story, the story-telling, the characters, the food, the emotions, it had everything and I adored it. 

Emoni was a brilliant main character with so much passion and love. I admired how amazing she was at being a Mum, even though she was juggling a job, schoolwork and cooking all the time. The love for her daughter was so heart-warming and beautiful. A big thing about her too that I respected so much and thought was a very important message was that she was so responsible. She always thought about her daughter, she looked out for her Grandmother and she worked really hard. 

Reading this book made me want to be in the kitchen even more than I have been lately. All the little moments where Emoni dreams up dishes and recipes had me doing the same. I would feel all warm and inspired inside and want to be in the kitchen mixing ingredients together and creating beautiful meals, just like she did in the book. The food was such a powerful aspect of this story and Elizabeth Acevedo was spot on with her descriptions, but not only that, it was the way the food connected with people. Food in my house is linked to so many memories and moments. It can make me so happy and at times sad when I miss people a lot. Elizabeth touched on each characters connections with the food Emoni made beautifully. It was one of my absolute favourite parts of the book. 

If you're looking for a powerful, emotional, uplifting reading then I highly, highly recommend ' With the Fire on High.' Like I said before, it's as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside! 

Happy Reading!


  1. I've heard so many amazing things about this book and I really want to read it myself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it as now I'm sure I need to get my hands on it!

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    1. This makes me so happy. You will love it. Definitely let me know if you read it! :) x