Sunday, June 9, 2013

A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY’s Brooklyn Wainwright (and Giveaway)


By Kate Carlisle, author of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY

kate-carlisle-bookshelf-web.jpgAward winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.


A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Find Kate online at www.katecarlisle.com.

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I can’t believe it! Oof! Baxter “the Cad” Cromwell is coming to San Francisco, and my sister Savannah seems excited about seeing him again. She is too darn nice for her own good. Granted, I think she’s more excited about seeing all of their other friends from their Le Cordon Bleu days, and about cooking in Baxter’s new gourmet restaurant, but still… she shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet. He was NOT nice to her when they were dating. And when I visited Paris, he tried to sleep with me. His girlfriend’s sister!


Now she’s even talking about giving the man a gift! She mentioned it to me, said she had a favor to ask, so I’m sure it’s a book of some sort that she wants to restore for him. I’ll do anything for my sister, even if I’m filled with resentment while doing the restoration.


Yeah, I don’t like the guy. You got that, right?


I could never bring myself to watch his TV show. Have you seen it? It infuriates me that he earned millions because he behaved so badly, yelling at people, throwing dishes. Even a 30-second promo for the show has me on edge. All his life, he’s been rewarded for being a jerk.


Mom would tell me to chill. She’d light some incense and cleanse my chakras. “Karma will take care of him some day,” she would say. But I say he better watch out, or he’s going to hurt someone who will give karma a helping hand.


I’m going to keep a careful eye on Baxter while he’s here. I don’t trust him. I don’t think Savannah would be foolish enough to fall for him again, but he could still hurt her. She’s a gentle soul. Frankly, I’m not sure he’s been nice to anyone his whole life. He has racked up more enemies than there are knives in that fancy kitchen of his.


When Baxter is discovered dead – murdered – in A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, Brooklyn isn’t completely surprised. Except that Savannah is the prime suspect. Brooklyn will do anything to prove her sister’s innocence – even put her own life on the line.


Comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY! The winner will be chosen at the end of the day, so check back to see if you’ve won.


Are you, like me, addicted to the Food Network? Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Who’s your least favorite?

83 comments:

  1. I was about to write that I LOVE the Food Network, but boy has it changed from cooking and food shows and now has quite a number of junky reality type shows that I really don't care for. I still LOVE plain, old cooking shows, especially Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). Just this evening I watched an episode of The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) and enjoyed it.

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    1. Hi, Kristin! Oh, I love Ina Garten. I feel like we should be best friends, and she should invite me for a very civilized brunch in her beautifully decorated back yard. I haven't seen The Pioneer Woman yet. I'll watch for it!

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  2. I always liked Emeril Lagasse when he had a TV show on the Food Network. His "bam" way of cooking was amusing and always interesting. I'm not sure that I have a favorite chef but I do enjoy Paula Deen.

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  3. I read about this series and couldn't wait to start. I have homicide in hardcover on hold at the library which i'm not so patiently waiting for. I love a cookbook conspiracy because it's about my two favorite things food and books.

    I am a food network addict, but right now with money being tight I don't have it. So I can watch the shows on youtube and other website. My favorite chef on food network would have to be Robert Irvine I love his british accent and how he gets things done how he helps people save their restaurants.

    I don't really have a chef I like least, I love them all

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    1. Oh, that's so exciting! I hope you'll love the Bibliophile Mysteries, T! You can get a jump start on the library by reading free excerpts available on my website, www.katecarlisle.com.

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  4. I love this series and can't wait to read A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY-each book in the series is better than the last. I especially love the main character's name -having grown up in ... Brooklyn.

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    1. So you grew up in the town where Brooklyn Wainwright was conceived. :) Of course, her parents didn't live there. They were just traveling through, following the Grateful Dead on tour, having babies along the way...

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  5. I used to watch the Food Network quite often, but I got out of the habit. When my teen age boys were young we all enjoyed watching Emeril!

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  6. Yes, I enjoy Food Network. Who wouldn't love Bobby Flay?

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    1. A haiku:

      Oh yes, Bobby Flay
      Could cook for me any day!
      Make me a meal, Bob.

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    2. My comment disappeared! Let's try that again. A haiku:

      Oh yes, Bobby Flay
      could cook for me any day!
      Make me a meal, Bob.

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    3. Wow. Evidently, Killer Characters doesn't like my haikus. I posted a haiku about BF twice, and both times it was on the page but then disappeared. What's up with that? I mean, I know it was bad, but bad haiku is an artform, too!

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    4. BJ, for some reason, I can't reply to you. My reply has been deleted three times. I feel bad! I don't want you to think I'm ignoring you, so I had to give it one last shot!

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  7. I love to watch The Pioneer Woman.

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  8. Love this series. I do watch some Food Network, but I sure can't do even half of what they do.

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    1. Either can I! But I can sip wine and watch. ;)

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    2. My reply disappeared! This is the third time that's happened this morning. Sigh...

      I can't, either, Nancy. But I can sip wine and watch!

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  9. I'll confess I haven't watched him in a while, but I love Emeril. He is also from Massachusetts - and we have the same birthday (October 15th)!

    Dianne
    diannej at mpinet dot net

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  10. I love this series, it's one of my favorites. I love the Food Network, I have to admit that I love the challenge shows...Cupcake Wars, Chopped, The Next Food Network Star. I think it's interesting the things that they throw together to make a dish, although why is it when I try that it doesn't work for me???

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  11. I only watch the food network while at the gym, not sure if that is a good thing or not.I really do enjoy the old Elton Brown shows. Love this series, by the way. I love reading about her family.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! It's a lot of fun for me to be able to feature different members of Brooklyn's family in each book. In A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, you'll get to know her sister Savannah much better. I hope you'll love it!

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  12. Who doesn't love Paula Deen . She is one of my favorites.

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    1. My reply disappeared again! Ack!

      I love Paula Deen, too, y'all! It'll be interesting to see whether and how her recipes change since her diabetes diagnosis. I bet she'll come up with some delicious alternatives!

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  13. I do not watch the Food Network; we watch American's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country. I am a huge fan of your series and can't wait to read A Cookbook Conspiracy.

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    1. America's Test Kitchen is amazing. They really get into the nitty-gritty of cooking, why stuff works and why it doesn't. A scientific approach to cooking.

      I hope you love A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, Nancy!

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  14. i'm not a cook, but i enjoy watching some of the shows on the Food Network Channel.....some of my faves are Giada, Bobby Deen & Joe Mauro........

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    1. Giada is wonderful! She's so warm and lovely.

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  15. I often watch the Food Network when my hubby is watching sports on the other TV----but only if there's a real food show on and not one of those reality things.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. I'm with you, Sue! When I turn to the Food Network, I want to see food, not food fights. ;)

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  16. I love your series and The Food Network! I love the name Brooklyn! I love watching Morimoto on Iron Chef. :)

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    1. Thanks! I had a lot of fun naming Brooklyn and her siblings. They were each named after the place they were conceived. I'm so glad you love the Bibliophile Mysteries, Robyn!

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  17. Sounds like a great book. I would do anything for my sister also!! I don't watch the food network, just cannot get into it.

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    1. Pamela, I thought a lot about my sisters while writing A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, and what I would do to prove their innocence. Brooklyn could not sit back and allow her sister to go to jail.

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  18. I LOVE Food Network. I used to torture myself when I was going through gallbladder problems by watching all the delectable foods being made that I couldn't eat.
    My favorite to watch is Guy Fieri.

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    1. He seems like he'd be a lot of fun to hang out with, doesn't he?

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  19. I love your series. Absolutely my favorite out of all the hundreds of series I am currently reading. lol.
    I especially love the relationship Brooklyn has with her family and friends. And most importantly...I love that you don't "mess" with her relationship with Derek. I like my drama in the mystery - not in the romance. Derek and Brooklyn are a perfect couple.
    As for the Food Network - I hate cooking because my family is so picky that I can never please everyone at the same time. But I like watching people cook. When my son was little he loved to watch Emeril. And he had a little crush on Rachel Ray.

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    1. Tina!!! You just made my day. Thank you so much. I'm tickled to hear that the Bibliophile Mystery series is your favorite. That means the world to me.

      Living with picky eaters would definitely take the joy out of cooking. Who wants to cook, only to have someone complain at every meal?!

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    2. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri is my favorite. Filled closely by rachael's & Paula Deen. Don't think I dislike any except the "completion or food wars". Can't sign in so had to use anonymous reply. Not sure why...

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  20. I love to watch the Food Network! Giada is my favorite! I also like Rachael Ray. My least favorite is Paula Deen.

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    1. That's interesting, Carol. Just goes to show, there's someone for everyone! LOL

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  21. Your series is delightful, special and unique. it is so appealing and lovely. I watch the Food Network occasionally for entertainment and ideas. Giada is a real entertainer and cool.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying the Bibliophile Mystery series!

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  22. The bibliophile Mystery series has everything that I would enjoy, Food, recipes and characters that are memorable. Food Network is great for creative and novel input. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much! You can read free excerpts on my website, www.katecarlisle.com

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    2. Thanks! I hope you'll give A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY try! You can read a free excerpt at www.katecarlisle.com.

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  23. I love the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.
    Kate, love your books. Would love to win The Cookbook Conspiracy.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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    1. Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear from readers who love my books. :)

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  24. Love your books! (Can't believe you worked on the Gong Show - LOL). I don't have TV, what can I say, but when I visit my friend and see some of the food network, I always liked Rachel Ray. And no I have no plans for getting TV service in the future, I like the quiet.

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    1. Quiet is heaven at times! Thanks for stopping by, Liz, and thank you for your enthusiasm for my books. :)

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  25. I love this series! I love Brooklyn and her family. Thanks for the opportunity to win "A Cookbook Conspiracy". I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Elaine, and best of luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Thank you, Elaine! Good luck in the giveaway! I'll choose the winner later tonight.

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  26. My favorite food network chef is Ree Drummond. she is very real. My least favorite is hard to say. I like most of them. I love your books. I am currently reading it.

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so much, Lois! I hope you're enjoying A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY.

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    2. Thank you so much, Lois!!! I'm thrilled to hear that you're enjoying A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY. :)

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  27. I love your books! I like reading all the different fields Brooklyn's family is in!

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  28. Having a husband in publishing, I find the details about book restoration fascinating. Keep them coming!

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  29. Wow Katie You Certainly have had a Very Interesting Career...You Books are Wonderful...Ah,Brooklyn..Caught my Attention...A New York & Brooklyn Girl me..Been in VT though a long Time.The Foodie State :).I love The Non Reality Shows... Chefs are Sensitive But Prefer The Real Deal... Good Luck Everyone...

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm so glad you're enjoying the Bibliophile Mystery series.

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  30. Interesting work history - I never knew The Dating Game had chaperones. That must have been quite a job! Looking forward to the latest installment in the Bibliophile mystery series. I was initially drawn to this series because I had gone to a book binding workshop when the first book was published and have loved it ever since!

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    1. I suspect it's vastly different on today's dating shows!

      You know, I absolutely *love* hearing from readers who were inspired by my books to take a bookbinding class. That is the best compliment I could possibly get! Thank you, Kelly!

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    2. That is my favorite, favorite compliment, Kelly, when people liked my books so much that they were inspired to take a bookbinding class. I'm so glad you love it!

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  31. PS I love Giada, Paula Deen and Alton Brown!

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  32. watch it sometimes; like Giada

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I like her, too. She seems like a really sweet person.

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    2. I do, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  33. Love these books and eagerly look forward to each one.

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  34. I posted awhile ago, and it never got onto this site, so will try again. :)
    I watch all of the shows that I can related to food and cooking. The Food Network has some wonderful shows. I do like the competition shows, mostly Chopped, as I always wish that I could have done one of those shows. The new shows this summer are interesting, especially the Baking Competition which comes in via FOX to us. The competitors show a lot of their personality (good AND bad) on that show, but it is very interesting.

    I saw Bobby Flay in RI at a Women's Expo about 20 something years ago. He was a nervous wreck preparing this dish for the audience and not very friendly like he seems to be now.

    I really like Giada. Hoping to go to a show here in MA in February where Alton Brown is starring. Tickets are quite pricey but I know he will be worth it.

    Your series sounds so incredible Kate, and I can hardly wait to begin reading.

    Happy baking and cooking to everyone. Or....happy food show watching to the non cooks. :)

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    1. I've been having problems posting comments, too. You're not alone!

      Sounds like Bobby Flay has gotten a lot more comfortable in front of people over the years. My heart goes out to nervous performers!

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  35. I enjoy the Food Network although I'm not one to normally watch reality TV, I like the cooking shows (since I am a horrible cook and can definitely stand to learn as much as I can about it) and even some of the competition shows. I think my favorite celebrity chef might be Guy Firedi because he's so laid back and fun and my least favorite (even though I end up watching her all the time) is Sandra Lee - she just comes off as being either drunk or phony, sometimes both. I love Alton Brown because he's funny and the guy from the Man vs Food show just amazes me - how in the heck does he eat all that food and not get sick?!!
    I can't wait to try out your Bibliophile Mysteries - they sound like great fun!!

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    1. Hm, I'm going to have to look up Sandra Lee. I'm not familiar with her. You're right, Alton Brown is hysterical. Much braver than I!

      I hope you'll check out the Bibliophile Mystery series, especially A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY. You can find free excerpts at www.katecarlisle.com

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    2. My comment disappeared!!! ACK! I don't want anyone to think I'm not replying to them. :)

      Thanks so much for coming today to help me celebrate the release of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY!

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  36. Looks like the post I made earlier disappeared...oops. Anyway, I love this series and it has become one of my favorites. I love the Food Network (watching it right now). I admit that I love the challenge shows...Cupcake Wars, Chopped, The Next Food Network Star, I love to see what they throw together to make a great dish, why does it not work when I do that???

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    1. My posts have been disappearing, too, Debbie! You're not alone. Thank you so much for saying the Bibliophile Mystery series is one of your favorites. That means the world to me. I hope you'll love A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY.

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  37. I haven't read it yet - and I hope that I win a copy and that Kate will autograph it - that would make my 71st birthday special :)

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  38. I really like "A Cookbook Conspiracy". I don't watch the Food Network very often. I have watched "The Pioneer Woman" a few times, she's a lot of fun. I grew up on a farm in South Dakota so I understand a little more of the ranch life she has. My parents' farm was very large and not far from ranching country. I don't have access to TV a lot of times so I am not really programmed for any special things. Looking forward to more Brooklyn adventures!

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    1. Thank you, Elaine! It's good for my soul to hear how much you enjoyed A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY! I appreciate it!

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  39. I do love cooking shows, so much fun. Not that I try out the recipes. I don't have a least favorite, but Jamie Oliver is a great favorite. He's so enthusiastic.

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    1. He is, and he's trying to come up with a food program for American schools, which I think is fabulous!

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  40. And the winner is....

    Congratulations to Booklady, who was chosen at random to win an autographed copy of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY!!!!!!!

    Booklady, please email your address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com.

    Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful day!

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