August 7, 2013

Lori of Recipe Girl + Giveaway!

Recipe Girl Cookbook

Today I am thrilled that my dear friend Lori of Recipe Girl has stopped in to chat about her awesome new cookbook. I have been a huge fan of Lori’s for years. Her website is gorgeous and she is has a truly extensive recipe database. Her new book is equally as wonderful. It is chock full of Recipe Girl favorites, and a whole bunch of new recipes too! If you want your own copy of her book she is generously giving one away…details below!

1) Your book is chock full of so many amazing recipes! How did you come up with all of them? You cover every course!
I dream about food all the time, so it was easy.  Just kidding, of course!  Since my website covers every meal of the day, I wanted my book to do the same.  It involved lots of brainstorming, reading for inspiration and testing/re-testing to come up with 195 recipes.

2) Tackling such an immense project must have been a big undertaking for you. How did you manage all the aspects of writing, testing, and preparing the book?
It’s definitely not easy to write a cookbook.  I sat down and mapped out a time schedule for my chapters, gave myself due dates, and stuck with it!  I used snippets from my own life experiences to use as inspiration for writing all of the introductions to the recipes, and friends and family were my taste testers and recipe testers too.
3) What was different about writing a book than you anticipated?
In writing a cookbook specifically, there are some very specific guidelines for how ingredients are listed and how recipes are written.  Consistency throughout the book is key.  The tight timelines that the publishers demand were pretty tough on my family.  They were really relieved when I finally turned in my manuscript!
4) Your Recipe Boy is a big part of your website. What are some of the family favorites in your book? Are there any that are real standouts for your family?
My 12 year old son Brooks (RecipeBoy) is my #1 taste tester.  As a family, we love the Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti, Beef Enchiladas and Pine Nut- Avocado Salad.  Our favorite dessert is the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake.
5) I saw you recently moved! Is there anything about your new area that is influencing what you are cooking now?

We just moved from California to the Lake Tahoe area (Nevada) after having lived in CA for 28 years!  It feels like a more casual lifestyle there.  I wouldn’t say there’s a change in what we’re eating, but we’re grilling a lot and having more family-style meals.  Since we’ll be experiencing snow in the winter, there will probably be more soup made in my kitchen.

6) So, for real, what is your secret foodie indulgence? What do you reach for at the end of a long day (besides wine – haha) when you want to treat yourself?

If it were up to me, I’d skip dinner and have a really good hunk of cheese, crusty bread and olives (along with my wine).  But if I’m indulging, I’d go for pasta with a light cream sauce.  Cheesecake for dessert!

7) What is next for Recipe Girl?!!

I’m not entirely sure!  One of these days I’d probably like to write a book with my son, but he’s so busy with sports and school and friends, so I have no idea if that will ever happen.  I’m very happy writing for my website and others.  As long as I’m still creating and sharing recipes, that’s the perfect life for me!
To Enter to Win Your Copy of Recipe Girl:
1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite recipe from Lori’s website!
2) Contest runs from August 7th through August 14th at 7:00am. Winner to be announced in August 16th newsletter. Good luck!