By Angelica Miles
Hello, my darlings! Are you as thrilled to be here reading my golden words as I am to be writing them? And, of course, if you've been paying attention, my very first cookbook, EASY-DOES-IT COOKING will be available in only two and a half weeks and I'm about to embark on my very first book tour. I'll be appearing all over New England at independent bookstores signing my heart out for all of my about-to-become die-hard fans.
What? You've never heard of me? Well, I own the most successful cookbook store in all of New Hampshire. (Of course, it may be the ONLY cookbook store in all of New Hampshire. I haven't actually Googled to find out. Must put that on my things-to-do list.) It's called the Cookery and it's located in the lovely little village of Stoneham, New Hampshire.
I've been cooking all my life (even have the Girl Scout badge to prove it), and absolutely love it. Not that I HAVE to cook, mind you. After four divorces, I AM a woman of means. (Why is it men just can't keep their zippers zipped?!)
Besides being a fabulous author (you'll find out when EASY DOES IT COOKING becomes available), I'm also an entrepreneur. Not only do I own the Cookery, but I own Stoneham's most darling little bistro, Booked for Lunch. Because I'm so busy, Booked for Lunch is only a lunchtime cafe, but the food (especially our homemade soups) is divine and made by my soon-to-be famous (you heard it here first) short-order cook, Jake Masters! (You ought to come visit us. Go on, put it on your calendar right now!) We're open year round, but see the most action during tourist season. You must come to New Hampshire to leaf peep come fall. But you'd better avoid my sister, Tricia--she owns the mystery bookstore right next to me. It's called Haven't Got a Clue. (And, honestly, between just us, sometimes Tricia just doesn't have a clue!). Tricia has a tendency to find dead bodies littering up the village. Just saying!
Chapter & Hearse, that will be available on August 3rd.) There'll be food--all prepared by me from my own recipes in EASY DOES IT COOKING, and I'll sign your very own book (they're only $34.95--you might want to buy two--they make a GREAT gift!), and if I'm terribly busy signing from the long line of gourmands who will be dying to get their copies, you can have your picture taken with a life-sized cut-out of me that I had made. (I must say, it looks almost as fabulous as I do!)
So, keep that date circled on your calendar and drive on over (or you can fly in to the Manchester airport) and see me on August 3rd. I'll be waiting for you!