For Those Who Love Dessert!

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.”

Mrs. Beeton's Plum 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:

Amazon e-book:





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. (




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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

22 Responses

    • Barbara Monajem

      Sorry — I should have put a link to the place to enter the Romantic Pursuit contest. I’ll go back and do that, but please enter your Romantic Pursuit answer in the form at the very top of the main page of the blog, Taswmom! That way you’ll be in the running for the monthly prize. 🙂

  1. Sandra Owens

    My family gets nervous anytime they see me near the kitchen (as well they should 🙂 ), but this sounds like a fun book, Barbara.

    • Barbara Monajem

      LOL, Sandra. I enjoy cooking/baking, as long as I don’t have to do it every day.

  2. authorlois

    Thanks for participating in the cookbook, Barbara, and for featuring it on your blog.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Lois! It was fun to do — kudos to you for dreaming it up and doing all the hard work. 🙂

  3. Sharla Rae

    I never tried to make a historical recipe before. The measurements appear different. Kudos to you for doing this!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Sharla. Yes, the measurements are different — mostly in pounds and ounces — so I bought a kitchen scale. It also weighs in grams/kilos and has been useful quite often, so I’m glad I bought it.

  4. Lani

    I adore historical recipes! Not too long ago made some green tomato preserves. Yum. It’s green, but mostly lemony tasting. Anyway, I’ve got to try your recipe!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Lani, some of the historical recipes I’ve come across are really strange…like, for example, asparagus pudding. I have to try it some day just to see if it’s as bad as it sounds. 😉

    • Barbara Monajem

      It is, isn’t it? Kudos to Lois Winston for coming up with it.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Holly, maybe it’s a blessing. Think of all the temptation you’re sparing yourself and your family by not making all these desserts! 😉

  5. melissakeir

    Desserts are my favorite thing to cook. I would create them each day. However, Hubby thinks I’m out to torture him. 🙂 He has no will power. I love the book and enjoy how it blends writing and food!