Food has always been Billy’s language and her currency, but she isn’t hungry anymore—and it’s terrifying her. That is, until she attends a wedding and meets chef Ethan—an enigmatic powerhouse half her age. Billy is sure her life will never be the same, and she's right: she soon finds herself moving upstate to restart her culinary career with Ethan as her business partner—trading New York nightlife for hikes and foraging in the peaceful Hudson Valley.
Back in the city, her three best friends, Lucy, Sarah, and Lotta each harbor secrets that threaten to tear their lives apart. Tensions are rising between the four women, and it will take one tragedy—and more than a few glasses of wine—for them to remember why they became friends in the first place.
With the electrifying culinary prose of Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter and the heart of Elisabeth Egan’s A Window Opens, The Second Course is both a treat for the senses and an honest exploration of the shared conflicts, deep love and loyalty that bind a group of girlfriends together.
--how to train yourself to never (never!) skip a meal
--load up on food, real food (not bars, powders, or fake stuff)
--Kelly's 7 Day Diet for maximum power at your peak energy-draining times
--don't be afraid of a giant carb-y lunch
--how to lose 3 to 5 pounds fast but smart
--how to satisfy your cravings without sabotaging a strong, healthy body
--why you should learn to love foods you've been brainwashed into fearing (such as dairy and eggs)
I Can Make You Hot! takes you all the way to a lean, strong, realistic body with 60 recipes for Kelly's favorite dishes, from Thai Chicken Noodle Salad to Mom's Irish Soda Bread to Kelly Green Salad and Pineapple Fried Rice (and don't forget the Tipsy Gummi Martini!). And the book is loaded with bonus "hot tips", from why jeans in a smaller size make you look thinner (really!) to the spicy foods that are instant metabolism boosters.
I Can Make You Hot! is like rooming with a supermodel and going on a diet together: Kelly wants you to be.....HOT!
It’s the dog days of a sweltering Manhattan summer, and four sophisticated best friends who once took New York by storm are secretly falling apart at the seams. Lucy’s marriage to a renowned artist is slowly crumbling, with an explosive secret that threatens them both. Sarah, in the middle of auditioning for an auspicious new television show, realizes that her socialite standing is in jeopardy after countless disastrous events. Billy—a queen in the kitchen—has finally left her former life behind to become a highbrow cuisine artist. And Lotta, a knockout downtown art dealer, spends her free time guzzling cocktails in both the grittiest and most expensive clubs around town—but now, she’s taken it a little too far.
In this addicting and refreshing comedy of manners reminiscent of Edith Wharton, Lucy, Sarah, Billy, and Lotta go to all ends to hide their troubles in a city that worships only the young, twentysomething it-girl. But in the end, there’s no denying that these women have all entered a very dangerous age...and who knows how they’ll emerge on the other side in this dizzying novel of glitz, glamour, and soirees.