|About the Book|
Why another cookbook? Aren’t there plenty of cookbooks on the market already?Well, there were several reasons why I wrote this one. The main reason, or at least the one that started it all, was that my daughter, Kaysha, called one day and said, “MoreWhy another cookbook? Aren’t there plenty of cookbooks on the market already?Well, there were several reasons why I wrote this one. The main reason, or at least the one that started it all, was that my daughter, Kaysha, called one day and said, “Mom, I want the recipes for all of your mixes.” I had been using mixes since the children were small but they had all grown up now and left home.I had had eight kids to raise and getting meals on the table was sometimes difficult, especially when they were hungry “right now.” (And aren’t teenagers and toddlers always hungry “right now”?) That’s when I started making mixes.It was so much easier and faster to put together a meal if part of it was already done, so I started making mixes that contained the dry ingredients and then all I had to add when I was ready to make it for a meal, was the wet ingredients.Eventually on my pantry shelf, in gallon jars, were mixes for: biscuits, pancakes, hot rolls, brownies, cornbread, chocolate and vanilla pudding, granola, snack cakes, regular cakes, cookies, and lemon pie filling. In my freezer were beef mix, chicken mix, and white sauce mix.Kaysha’s request for my mix recipes sparked an idea. It was close to Christmas time and I had been wondering about what to give each of the families for Christmas. I told Kaysha that I would put together a book with my mixes for her and all the other kids as a Christmas gift. Meanwhile , she was to forget what the present was and was not tell anyone else. She laughed and said that she’d keep my secret, and she was willing to wait for the mix recipes until Christmas.Thus was born the idea for a simple recipe book. However, I couldn’t stop there, if someone had the mixes, then they surely would need to have recipes for things that could be made from each mix. So another section was added.What about those who just want to make quick meals and not bother with making the mixes? Some of my daughters would make the mixes but some would just rather throw something together at the last minute. So I added another section that included monthly menus for both winter and summer. Then they could just look at the chart and choose what meal sounded good to fix for that day, depending on the season.But what if someone didn’t want to know meals for the whole month but still wanted to know something easy to cook. Well, the mix and match list of foods would allow them to just choose one from each category and come up with an easy meal.The cookbook grew and grew but I was still able to put it together, in a basic form, in time to give it as gifts for Christmas. I even made a few extra copies and gave them to my sisters and my good friends for their Christmas gift.It wasn’t long before I was getting compliments on how simple and easy the recipes were and people were asking if I would allow them to buy a book or two for their friends and family.Well, I hadn’t put it together to sell. It was just a rough draft to share with my family. But if others wanted it, perhaps I could earn a few dollars by selling the cookbook. At least I could get back the cost for what materials I had in it.But, if it was going to go public, then it needed to be restructured and edited a bit to make it more presentable. So the second edition came out about March 2009. It was updated and I had fifty copies printed off and hand bound them with a comb binding using a machine that my husband, David, borrowed from work.More and more people wanted copies of “Simple Cooking” so eventually I set up a website to sell it and then I decided to try my hand at selling it on Amazon. So that’s my story about why I am offering another cookbook for sale in addition to all the others that are already on the market.