Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Debbie Macomber debuts first cookbook this September

With 100 million copies of her novels in print around the world, New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is known as one of the leading voices in women’s fiction and it’s not a stretch for her to lay claim to the title of one of America’s favorite storytellers. Her novels are bestsellers that regularly debut at the top of the New York Times list and every new book attracts legions of fans to her book signings where they’ve been known to stand line for hours for the chance to meet her and get her autograph.

Perhaps that’s because, at first blush, Debbie seems to be just like them: another American mom with an easy laugh, telling stories and planning meals for her family. And in great degree, despite her success, she still is. Among her favorite pastimes, when she’s not busy writing or knitting, is trading recipes.

Now she brings her love of cooking – and eating – together with her passion for writing as she prepares a new surprise for her many fans: her first cookbook. Debbie was inspired by her popular Cedar Cove series, where family meals and celebrations are common occasions, and recurring character Charlotte Rhodes is known for her prowess in the kitchen and her incredible collection of recipes.

Charlotte, one of the series’ most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove and anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join in touring the town’s kitchens. Along with more than 130 recipes, from Peach and Raspberry Crumble to Christmas Beef Wellington, readers will also be treated to updates on the people and happenings of Cedar Cove. Debbie created the Cedar Cove Cookbook as a collection of all of her characters’ favorite dishes but she likes to think of this book as providing real food for real people.

“You may have noticed that meals play a significant role in all my stories," says Debbie. “I believe that food is central to the important relationships in our lives, and a good dinner sustains us in more than the obvious ways. Preparing and serving a meal is probably the ultimate expression of hospitality and friendship, comfort and love.”

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