Dan Harmer and Denise Harmer
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Lamp Post Inc. (March 1, 2011)
Nestled along San Diego's coast, the former romantic getaway of the silver screen's most notorious lovers is now the sizzling hacienda of Bonnie Miller's culinary boot camp. "If you are what you eat, make it hot, spicy and irresistible," is her motto, and this queen of Southwestern cuisine enjoys quite a savory life; success, fame, and a reputation for the finest palate west of Barcelona. That is, until a pot-rattling bang causes Trace Domingo, a washed-up sports writer, to crash into her life. His arrival turns up the heat at the culinary boot camp as Bonnie discovers in life's recipe book, it is not the spices which add the most flavor, but how truly hungry you are.
Holy Guacamole is a sweet, spicy story with a crazy adventurous storyline. A famous television chef, with a few issues, runs a cooking boot camp. A wanna-be chef signs on as a student, and he's seriously crushing on her almost as much as he's wanting to conquer her infamous cooking skills. Blend in and whip up an extended cast of characters from the able but silent sidekick to the Rastafarian goat tamer. This souffle of crazy antics, a life and death run over the border, and a cup running over of bad guys ends up as a-holy-dropped-tamale-platter-with-extra-chiles type of a mess before the final dessert is served up.
This is an action packed story is a quick read. Character development gets a bit stereotypical or shallow at times as there are so many characters to flesh out. The dialogue is clever, almost a little too cutesy at times. The food and cooking references are fun. Definitely an escapist read not to be taken too seriously, but with some sweet sub-themes.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer