Recently, the talented and energetic Lois Winston (author of the Anastasia Pollack mysteries as well as several other mysteries and romances) had a great idea – gather together a bunch of authors and produce a dessert cookbook! 105 authors (including me) each contributed a recipe and some advice about love and writing.
Since I’m working on a couple of historical romances just now, I adapted a recipe from Beeton’s Book of Household Management, aka Mrs. Beeton’s Cookbook, which was published in 1861. Mrs. Beeton called the recipe “A Nice Plum Cake,” but there aren’t any plums in the recipe (although there must have been sometime in the distant past, I assume…??). But there are currants, so I call it “Victorian Currant Cake.”
I sent the recipe off to Lois, and she promptly returned it. “Shouldn’t there be some instructions?” she asked.
Duh. I’ve been cooking and baking for so long that I rarely look at instructions anymore – so I forgot to include them! Abashed, I added the instructions, and the cookbook, Bake, Love, Write, was released this month. It’s available in both e-book and paperback formats, and the e-book version is only 99 cents! That’s 105 recipes for under a dollar, along with some great tidbits of advice. 🙂
If you’re interested in dessert (and who isn’t?), here are some buy links:
And now, for those playing Romantic Pursuit, here’s my easy-peasy question: In what year was Mrs. Beeton’s Cookbook published? Fill in your answer here. (http://embracingromance.com/2014/06/01/play-romantic-pursuit/)