Monday, August 30, 2010

Louisa Edwards, Guest Blogger

Oh, I have a fun guest blogger for you today.  Anyone who enjoys books with food (me! me!) will appreciate Louisa Edwards' guest blog.  I'm looking forward to her new book, Just One Taste.  And, wait until you read the contest she's sponsoring.

Thank you, Louisa!



They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I’ve always thought that the way to win anyone’s heart is to harness the sensual power of food. The bright gloss on a freshly picked strawberry, the warm scent of baking bread, the dense silk of dark chocolate mousse—nothing engages the senses and arouses emotion the way food can.


I started writing the Recipe for Love series to explore the link between food and romance—and to indulge my own desire for passionate chefs, delicious dishes, and happily ever afters. If you like Top Chef or the Food Network, and think there’s nothing sexier than a cute guy standing over a hot stove, then you’re pretty much my ideal reader!

In my debut, Can’t Stand the Heat, the hotshot chef of Market restaurant dares a food critic to spend a day in his kitchen only to find out she doesn’t know how to cook. The second Recipe for Love novel, On the Steamy Side, explores what happens when a TV chef is forced to reevaluate his life of fame, with the help of his son’s sassy Southern nanny and the crew at Market.

Now with the upcoming August 31st release of Just One Taste, the misfits, outcasts, and renegades of trendy Manhattan eatery, Market, are back for the third installment! And joining them in the kitchen are bad-boy chef Wes Murphy and food chemistry professor Rosemary Wilkins. Wes and Rosemary were so much fun to write! Their story delves into the scrumptious secrets of aphrodisiacs, and pits ex-con artist Wes against genius (and Nerd Extraordinaire) Rosemary. These two were a clear case of opposites attracting, and I had a blast watching them strike sparks off each other.



In the end, all of my books are about love. The love of family, not only the ones we’re born into, but the ones we choose and build for ourselves—and ways of expressing that love. For me, and for my characters, love is often expressed through food. The time and care taken to prepare a special meal or a favorite dish; the vivid memories and feelings a certain taste can evoke—that’s definitely the way to my heart.



How about you? What’s the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you? I bet it involved a wonderful, memorable meal . . . We have a signature Recipe for Love set of goodies, including a copy of my new book, for the best comment!


Great contest, Louisa!  Thank you!  So, if you'd like to enter Louisa's contest, comment here.  Tell me the most romantic thing anyone ever did for you.  And, make sure you include your email address if you want to win.  I'll pick the winner tomorrow morning, adding the comment as to who won, and Louisa's publicist will contact you for your address.

Louisa Edwards' website is http://www.louisaedwards.com/

Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards.  St. Martin's Press, ©2010.  ISBN 9780312356477 (paperback), 352p.

21 comments:

Lesa said...

Thank you, Louisa! This is a great contest. We'll see what kind of entries we get today.

Linda Henderson said...

I know you are expecting a beautiful flowery (is that even a word) entry, but I just have to tell about my first anniversary. I was 18 when I got married the first time and he was 19. On our first anniversary he volunteered us to babysit my toddler nephew and our lovely anniversay dinner was the drive through at McDonalds. I should have expected something like that when on our honeymoon on the way out of town he stopped at a Dog & Suds (don't know if they have them anymore, it's kind of like an A & W Rootbeer place) and we ate hamburgers and hot dogs. He sure was a romantic devil. However, when we were married he used to send me yellow roses all the time, for no reason. They were always my favorite color rose. I know this wasn't exactly the story you were probably looking for, but when I think of romantic gestures, I always remember the McDonalds drive through.

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Louisa Edwards said...

Lesa--Thanks again for having me on your blog!

Linda--That's a great story! And I think it sort of proves the point that anything can be romantic...it all depends on the emotions and the memories you associate with it.

LSUReader said...

Years ago, I was at an out-of-state conference during the week that included Valentine's Day. Hubby and I talked on the phone frequently, but he never gave me a clue that there would be something special waiting for me at the hotel on Val's Day. He wrote me a poem and faxed it to the hotel. A poem. It was so sweet, so romantic. Frankly, it was so unlike my practical, engineer Hubby! That made it all the more special. Thanks for visiting and bringing back such nice memories.
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Lesa said...

Linda & LSU Reader - What nice memories! It's nice to read those stories. My husband's most romantic gesture was my 50th birthday. He planned a surprise party, kept it a surprise, and my mother, sisters, and college roommate all flew in. Jim made all the plans with them, and never let out a word of it. The most romantic thing he ever did for me, in 26 years that included many small gestures as well.

Kay said...

Romantic, huh. OK, my husband is not a terribly outgoing person in that regard. However, he definitely has his moments. We started dating when we were very young - early teens and the first flower he ever bought for me was a pink carnation for 50 cents from a flower-seller on the corner (people used to do that here in Austin). The night he proposed, he cooked me dinner (steak, potatoes, salad) and then pulled a box out the fridge that contained one pink carnation. We were still not very old (early 20's) and didn't have many extra funds. My engagement ring was hanging from the stem of the flower, up by the the blossom. The ring had belonged to his great-grandmother and he had the diamond reset for me in a very simple style. So, even today, when he wants to be extra special romantic, he brings me one pink carnation. It's not an expensive flower, but so meaningful to us, just like when he was 15 and bought me my first one. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary, but we've been together for almost 37 years. Thanks for having the contest and letting us read about happiness and romance!!

Louisa Edwards said...

LSUReader - That's a good point--sometimes, it's the totally out-of-character action that proves most romantic. I guess because it's exciting to know that someone will stretch outside their comfort zone to make us happy!

Kay - Your pink carnation story gave me shivers! I love that he remembers it, and still gives you one on special occasions. It's like your secret language of love! Adorable. :)

Mary G said...

Hi Louisa
Don't enter me. I couldn't possibly wait till Just One Taste was sent to me before I could read it. I've been checking the Chapters store stock here in Canada every hour because sometimes it shows up early. Every excerpt & review makes me want it more. Fabulously wonderful writing.

My hubby is the main cook in the family. Nothing he loves more than picking stuff from the garden & doing something with the goodies. My fave:he grows my fave lemon basil every year which I love.

Kristie said...

Thank you for this opportunity. My ex-fiance walked 12 miles (one way) to see me. Then he walked the twelve miles back to his house. I don't drive because I'm disabled and he lost his driving priveleges. He may be an ex but that was pretty impressive.


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Louisa Edwards said...

Mary G - You are the best reader a girl could ever hope for! Can't wait to hear what you think of JOT. And mmm...lemon basil...

Kristie - I'm definitely impressed! He sounds like someone not afraid to work for what he wants...always attractive, even if things didn't work out. :)

traveler said...

My husband's proposal was out of a storybook and took me by surprise. This was many years ago and took a great deal of creativity and thought. It was memorable. He organized a cafe style setting with the lighting, music and atmosphere just perfectly. He knew that my favorite era was the 50's so he arranged all of the wonderful hits from that time which I adore. I was overwhelmed by this unique and emotional overture. It has never ended. We celebrated 40 years in May. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Romantic isn't a word that I would use for my husband's character. Rarely if ever has he had the time for a gesture of this nature, but there are exceptions and this took place on a milestone birthday. This unforgettable event was an exceptional treat, seeing Andre Rieu perform live in town. The entire evening was like a dream come true. Unforgettable and definitely appreciated.

Louisa Edwards said...

Traveler - Congrats on the anniversary! That's wonderful. And a lovely story, too. There's nothing like knowing that the one we love will go to such lengths to create something special, just for us!

Petite - Sometimes it's not about making the regular, accepted romantic gestures like flowers and chocolate; it's about him knowing you well enough to make your dream come true. Beautiful!

Janel said...

My husband had to spend a week and a half in Chicago for training a few years after we were married. Since we live in Michigan he came home and brought me back to Chicago for the weekend and next few days of his business trip.

In preparation I made a huge, thick New York-style cheesecake and brought along a jar of figs in honey. While in Chicago we also had great BBQ, a fabulous deep dish pizza and I had one of the first lattes I ever remember drinking. (Yes, this was awhile ago!)

I love how food can bring back such wonderful memories.

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Lesa said...

Oh, this has been so much fun to read the comments. My mother said she wanted to enter, but couldn't. But, my father told her when she was 6 that he'd date her when she was 16. They were married when she was 20.

Lesa said...

Good morning, everyone! Since I knew some of the people who commented, I had my mother pick the winner. Congratulations, Kay! I'll pass your email address on to Louisa's publicist. We both fell for your romantic story of the pink carnations.

Kay said...

Thanks so much, Lesa and Louisa (and Lesa's mom)! It is much appreciated. I'll surprise my hubby by telling him he helped me win a romance contest. He'll get a kick out of that!

By the way, I noticed that Louisa has just moved to my fair city of Austin. Sorry it's so hot right now, but wait until spring and the wildflowers. You'll think you've died and gone to heaven!

Louisa Edwards said...

Thanks again to Lesa for having me here, and to all who commented and shared such wonderful stories! And congrats to Kay for winning--we're getting a big kick out of Austin already, even with the heat. We love our new hometown!

Lesa said...

Congrats, Kay. I want to hear your husband's reaction!

Enjoy Austin. One of my best friends lives there. Someday, I might get there, and get to see her & Kay on one trip.

Mary G said...

Congrats Kay
You were the perfect person to win. It'll get to you the quickest LOL.

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