Saturday, June 27, 2015

Zelanda Dowell, Author of Let’s Eat! 13 Family Favorites from Zelanda’s Kitchen

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Today we are interviewing Zelanda Dowell about her cookbook "Let’s Eat! 13 Family Favorites from Zelanda’s Kitchen."

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am married to the best guy in the world, we have 4 wonderful children, and I absolutely love to cook and crochet!

Describe your book in a few sentences.
My book contains our family's top favorite recipes. Each recipe is fairly easy to create, versatile, and includes a full-size full-color image of each completed dish!
Who do you think would most appreciate this book?

I think that home cooks from beginner to intermediate skill levels with families will appreciate this book.

What inspired you to write a cookbook that contains your family’s recipes?
Well, I wanted my first cookbook to be based around my family because without them I wouldn't have even gotten this far! The dreams that I held in, that were close to my heart, didn't start coming to the light until I started building a family. :-)

How did you select the recipes to include in the book?
I selected the recipes in the book by popularity. I figured the recipes that my family requests more frequently are the more tasty popular ones. :-)

Where did you learn your style of cooking? Were your parents and grandparents influential in how you cook?

I adapted my cooking style, which is home style, from my grandma. Anything she saw or had before she always tried to recreate it at home. Yes! My grandparents love savory classic flavors so I make those a lot, my dad likes robust flavors with hints of heat which are very fun to use, and my mom is casserole queen which explains why I make a lot of casseroles! Lol. I plan on writing a book just for casseroles very soon.

What is your favorite recipe in your cookbook?
Oh goodness..... I can't just pick one! I'll have to go with brown sugar salmon with lime cilantro rice and double chocolate fudgy brownies! The salmon and rice is so vibrant and full of flavor, they complement each other very well! Because of this crazy sweet tooth I have, I have to have these brownies! They are chocolaty fudgy goodness!

Did becoming a mother and cooking for your family change how you cook? If so, how?
Definitely! Becoming a mother made me cook using fresher healthier ingredients. I also started using my measuring cups, and of course cooking bigger quantities. My grandma taught me how to cook without measuring, (cooking by eye estimates) but it sure is hard to cook larger meals by going on the way it "looks" :-).

How do you think reading your book will impact people?
I hope to display to people that you don't have to be professionally trained or eat out to eat great food that doesn't take forever! There is a short cut/easier way to do everything and as long as it tastes the same or even better, why not?

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Author Zelanda Dowell.

What do you have in mind for your next writing project?
I will be working on many more cookbooks! But as of right now I'm stuck on which to write first between a dessert or a casserole book. :-)

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Let's Eat! Is perfect for people with beginner cooking skills that are cooking for their families! Using these recipes will give you meals that taste like they're made from scratch without the time it takes to make from scratch. :-)

P.s. Let's Eat! Is available in eBook and paperback versions!

More Information
My blog, website,all social media accounts, and where to purchase my books are on my business card  www.prestoh.com/zelandaskitchen

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