Though I write mostly beverage and food-related cookbooks and culinary nonfiction, in my heart of hearts, I’m a Star Wars nerd. I’ve loved sci-fi and fantasy ever since I was a little girl, tearing through The Wizard of Oz series (and yes, it’s a series, not just one book with one movie attached to it). I love Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series – she’s a coyote shapeshifter who gets out of a lot of interesting jams – and I love Ilona Andrews’ many series, but especially her Wild Fire and spin-off series about magic in our world with these magical, prime families running things. They’re well written, with compelling, strong heroines, and they’re a heck of a lot of fun.
But I also adore mysteries and thrillers, and I felt like such a fan girl when I met Nick Petrie at your book signing – his Peter Ash series is amazing and fun, and Lee Child’s endorsed him. I also love Joe Ide’s I.Q. series – he’s a fun, modern Sherlock Holmes, kind of, but urban and set in Los Angeles. And I have recommended Save Me From Dangerous Men by S. A. Leichuk more times than I can count in the past year since I discovered it at my local library.
Lately, I’ve been reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, and I just love it. It’s a historical novel about a traveling librarian in rural Kentucky in the 1930s, and it’s just riveting.
As far as my own book – and why people should get it now – it’s a disconcerting time, and we need comfort, comfort food, that is. But we also should still try to eat reasonably healthy – and that’s where Cauliflower Comfort Food comes in – not only does it have the best recipe for gnocchi that I’ve ever made (cauliflower beats potato in gnocchi, hands down, every time!), but you can also add cauliflower to desserts, and well, you’ll be comforted, but still giving your body some great servings of Vitamin C, K and B vitamins. The cauliflower chocolate chip cookies are particularly amazing. Also, if you’re following paleo, keto, vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free diets, its recipes will inspire your eating plans.
One more thing: I probably also should mention my Drink Like a Woman book. If you’re making cocktails or doing virtual happy hours, my book will definitely give you comfort. The recipes are all created and inspired by women, and there are a lot of fun ones like Kissed by a Wookie, Lucille’s Balls and Stop Tequila’ing Me to Smile. Best of all, the cocktails can be made with ingredients already in your pantry or home bar, and they’re easy to follow, making them easier to enjoy after making them.
About the author
Award-winning author Jeanette Hurt explores culture through the lens of food, drink and travel. Whether she’s delving into the history of gin and tonics, developing healthy yet tasty cauliflower recipes or interviewing a distiller on the lochs of Scotland, Jeanette takes readers on a delicious journey that inspires them to create a good life. Jeanette regularly contributes stories to dozens of magazines and websites. Additionally, she is the main recipe developer for several publications and content companies, and she also is a skilled ghostwriter, who helps coax stories, garner inspiration and hone the words of would-be authors and experts. Find her online: http://www.jeanettehurt.com/