#YABookCook with “Into the Fire” by Ashelyn Drake

#YABookCook with Ashelyn Drake's INTO THE FIRE and roast chicken
#YABookCook with Ashelyn Drake’s INTO THE FIRE and roast chicken

It’s been a while since I’ve done a #YABookCook, but when I started reading Into The Fire by Ashelyn Drake I knew immediately what the perfect recipe would be for this book. Into The Fire is a paranormal romance featuring a main character, Cara, who is part phoenix. In the next thirty days Cara will burst into flames and be reborn.

Burning birds made me think of roast chicken!

Roasting an entire chicken seems scary, but it’s actually quite simple. It’s a main course that is sure to impress, and can be quite economical if you use the leftovers to make chicken stock. The key is purchasing a meat thermometer. If you don’t own a meat thermometer it’s a lot harder to make sure the chicken is done. (I learned that the hard way during a disastrous dinner party when I was 23.)

Without further adieu, here’s how to roast chicken:

Ingredients:

  • One chicken
  • 1 lemon or orange
  • minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

First take out the organs. Yuck! I use tongs for this.
First take out the organs. Yuck! I use tongs for this.
Next, slice an orange or lemon all around, but don't actually cut it in half.
Next, slice an orange or lemon all around, but don’t actually cut it in half.
Stick the citrus fruit up into the chicken cavity.
Stick the citrus fruit up into the chicken cavity.
Sprinkle minced garlic, salt and pepper on top of the chicken.
Sprinkle minced garlic, salt and pepper on top of the chicken.
Insert meat thermometer. Very important!
Insert meat thermometer. Very important!
Roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, then at 350 degrees for an hour. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 185 degrees.
Roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, then at 350 degrees for an hour. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 185 degrees.
Let sit for about 10  minutes before you carve. Yum!
Let sit for about 10 minutes before you carve. Yum!
Bonus! Add water, sliced carrots and onions and salt to the left over chicken carcass. Simmer for an hour to make broth.
Bonus! Add water, sliced carrots, onions and salt to the left over chicken carcass. Simmer for an hour to make broth.

And now for the book!

Into The Fire tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love. Cara, is a phoenix, destined to burst into fames in thirty days and be reborn–without her memories. Logan is a former New Yorker who moves to Cara’s small town with his father after the tragic loss of his mom. They meet at a waterfall one day, and it’s love at first sight.

Adding danger to plot, is the concept of “Hunters,” dagger-wielding villains who are mortal enemies of phoenixes like Cara. Luckily for Cara, there are several phoenixes in her small town, and they all look out for each other.

Yes, this is a YA book with “insta-love” in it. I mention that because if insta-love bothers you, Into The Fire probably isn’t the novel for you. (I’ve noticed that many YA readers have strong opinions on the subject!)

Into The Fire is told from the classic romance set-up of alternating points of view. Each new chapter gives you an inside look into Cara and Logan’s personal experiences.

You can find out more about the author, Ashelyn Drake, on here website: https://ashelyndrake.wordpress.com/

 

1 Comment

  1. I liked this book. I wrote a review of it a while back if you want to read it. http://bit.ly/1IS8UGT I don’t care for insta-love and you’re right, the teen audience is quite vocal. They either like it or they don’t. I found the story engaging and am ready for book 2. 🙂 (Glad your chickens did get thrown into the fire).

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