#YABookCook with “Fire in the Woods”

Tonight’s #YABookCook features the thriller Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton and homemade applesauce. David, the super-hot leading man of the book is vegetarian, and there is a fun scene that takes place in an orchard, so voila! Applesauce it is. This recipe is extremely easy and makes the whole house smell delicious.

But before we cook, check out the trailer for Fire in the Woods:


  • 3-4 lbs. of organic apples
  • cinnamon to taste


Peel and slice apples
Peel and slice apples.
Put in a slow cooker/Crock-Pot
Put in a slow cooker/Crock-Pot. Add 1 cup water.
Sprinkle with cinamon
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cook 3-5 hours on low, then stir
Cook 3-5 hours on low, then stir.

Special Note

There is a strong environmental theme running throughout Fire in the Woods about using resources wisely. On this note, I chose to make my applesauce in my Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker. If you’ve never heard of Wonderbag you should definitely check out their webpage. Wonderbags are a nifty invention that help women spend less time cooking, more time with their family, and provide the added bonus of reducing deforestation. When a women in America buys a Wonderbag, a family in Africa gets one too.

Here’re pictures of my Wonderbag in action:

I heat the applesauce up to boiling for five minuets.
I heat the applesauce up to boiling for five minuets.
Then I bag the pot in my Wonderbag to cook without any electricity at all.
Then I bag the pot in my Wonderbag to cook without any electricity at all.

And now for the book review!

Jess Martinez has photography on the brain. She’s a few great shots away from the perfect college application, and her escape from her controlling father and life on a military base. Things at home have been rotten ever since her mom died; Jess and her dad can’t seem to connect. He thinks her passion for photography is a waste of time.

When a mysterious explosion happens practically in their backyard, Major Martinez orders his daughter to stay locked up inside the house–but Jess has other ideas. She’s not about to let the photo shoot of the century escape her lens.

Out in the woods, Jess finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a teenage boy named David. Sure, he’s especially drool-worthy, but is David the stuff of Jess’s dreams…or her nightmares?

I found Fire in the Woods to be an extremely fun read. I loved how focused Jess is on taking charge of her future. She’s definitely a girl with a plan, even though sometimes her plans don’t work out that well. And hello, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, what an awesome Latina main character!

P.S. I can’t wait to read the sequel, ASHES IN THE SKY.