What inspired you to write your book?
I love to cook, and am always interested in recipes that are low in fat and low in calories. I also like to experiment. I can never quite follow recipes the way they are written. Over the years, I’ve fashioned my own recipes, recipes that are simple and delicious and, of course, low in calories.
About your Book:
Family recipes, 300 calories or less.
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
Chicken Vegetable Stroganoff
Serves 4, 285 calories each
1 1/2 c uncooked chicken breast 1 c onions
1 tbsp butter
1 c broccoli
1 c carrots
1 c chicken broth
1/3 c low fat cream cheese 1 tsp corn starch
2 c egg noodles
Spray pan with cooking spray and add butter.
Cook chicken onions and mushrooms on medium heat until chicken is barely pink and mushrooms and onions begin to brown.
Add broccoli carrots and 1/2 c chicken broth. Continue cooking.
Cook noodles according to package directions. Add to mixture.
Pour the other half cup broth in 4 c microwave safe dish. Cut up cream cheese in small pieces and add to chicken broth. Microwave on high stirring every 20 seconds or so, until cream cheese is melted. Add cornstarch. microwave until mixture thickens.
Add to chicken mixture. Cook on low for 5 minutes. Serve.
*Noodles could also be served separately
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a cookbook is more time consuming than other genres. Like other genres, it does takes research and imagination. The finished product has to be imagined, written up, and then tested. Trial and error as a big part of the process. It helps that my husband also likes to cook, and that the rest of the family don’t mind taste testing new recipes.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
If you love cooking and food, you are halfway there. Make sure to test all recipes to ensure that they are the best you can pass on to your readers. Research what others are doing. I have hundreds of cookbooks. Make sure, however that the recipes are your own. Improve or change what others are doing. Use family recipes, write them out, and let someone else try it out to make sure that you didn’t miss anything, and that the recipes are easy to follow. Most important, put a little love in what you do.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I first published my novel, Mi’kmaq Song, through Createspace and then on Kindle. For years, I’ve also had the makings of several cookbooks sitting on my computer, along with a whole slew of children’s books. After successfully publishing Mi’kmaq Song, I decided it was time to take a new look at those books, and to get them published also. At seventy-two years old( birthday today), i figured there was no time to waste, if I wanted my books out there. My motto is…;If it’s going to get done, it has to be now’.
Pat Cher holds a Master’s Degree of Education with a concentration in Curriculum Development from McGill University.
A native of Bathurst, New Brunswick, she now lives in Ottawa. She has also lived in Montreal and in Whitby Ontario.
Pat is a retired teacher interested in writing, her heritage, books, cookbooks and in stories for children. She also has a keen interest in web design.
Pat also paints, watercolour and sometimes in acrylics when she can find the time.