Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hi! My name is J.J. Tanner.



 
By J.J. Tanner 
from the Dinner Club Mysteries by Linda Wiken






Let me formally introduce myself, although you may remember that Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society interviewed me last month.

My name is J.J. Tanner and I’m an event planner in Burlington, VT. Well, actually is a small (but fictitious) village in the North end called Half Moon Bay. I’m also a member of the Culinary Capers Dinner Club and we meet monthly to share a meal and friendship.

The five of us rotate as hosts and in that role, get to choose the cookbook for that meal. Host chooses the entrée and the others find the other dishes in the same cookbook.

Now, you may think I’m a creative cook, belonging to the Culinary Capers. But I’ll let you in on a secret – okay, maybe not too much of a secret since I do mention it from time to time in Toasting Up Trouble – I’m a cookbook junkie! I love cookbooks with pictures and I especially love them from other countries, along with interesting write-ups about places I’d love to see. I am trying hard to become a better cook, though. It’s just taking a while.

That could be because I’m really tied up with tracking down a killer right now. The Culinary Capers are all helping but I have a bigger stake in this. It happened at an event I’d planned; the victim was someone I’d argued with the night of his murder; and, I’m a prime suspect!  What better incentive to become an amateur sleuth!

Is there anyone else out there who thinks that cookbooks with fab photos are the best?


Since Toasting Up Trouble is only two days old (release day was Tuesday), I'd love to give a copy away to someone who leaves a cookbook comment. I'll make the draw on Friday, July 8th at noon EDT.  Enjoy! 





The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is now available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.
 

 



 Writing as Erika Chase:


Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

                                                                                           




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Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
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on Twitter  @LWiken 







50 comments:

  1. Oh yes, photos really add so much. Years ago I belonged to the McCall's Cooking School recipe club. Every month or so I would get another full page card with a great picture of the dish and step-by-step directions. Not easy recipes like some of the quickie meals today but I think the pictures inspired me to try them.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Pictures are a great inspiration -- I so agree!

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  2. I do love a cookbook with large, colorful pictures! My mom's trusty Betty Crocker cookbook had a picture on the cover and that was about it. I love how cookbooks these days a vibrant and fun! :)

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    1. Every mom had a Betty Crocker cookbook. I remember it well!

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  3. I like to look through cookbooks and do appreciate ones with lots of pictures. But my go to cookbook is a three ring binder I've made up with my favorite recipes in it. No pictures in it.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. I like the 3-ring binder. I'm always stuffing recipes from the newspaper or magazines into folders.

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  4. Hi JJ! Yes, I prefer cookbooks with wonderful photos. I even have some old BC ones, with faded photos of dishes. Another fun part of those old cookbooks is the table pics for kids bdays or holidays. What nostalgia! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the thought of old nostalgic cookbooks!

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  5. I am always finding something good in cookbooks. I love them.
    Looking forward to this series
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  6. I am always finding something good in cookbooks. I love them.
    Looking forward to this series
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  7. Oh, yes! Cookbooks with photo! lelandandbecky(at)reagan(dot)com

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  8. I'm also a cook trying to be better and love cookbooks that have a color picture of every recipe! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  9. Love to cook although not as much fun for one. I was married in 1966 and have the Betty Crocker cookbook that was on my wedding wish list.

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    1. Eating habits have really changed since then but in some ways, remained the same.

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  10. I love cookbooks with great photos---it gives me an idea of what I'm trying to create. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. I have my mother's old cookbooks - which are the best. I have some new ones too. Love the recipes in cozies too.
    bobntoni@aol.com

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  12. So far, the only kind of book I will not order as an ebook is a cookbook -- I try to be neat when I am cooking, but you can always tell by looking at my cookbooks what my favorite recipes are. I just could not subject my iPad to the mess. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. I love cookbooks! My supply of cookbooks is slowly expanding. I have about 10 right now. Some with pictures, some without. I also have one where there aren't any pictures , but little " hand drawn" illistrations that show you how to do a complicated step. Thanks for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Illustrations are good -- anything that helps.

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  14. Cozy recipes are the best! Church recipes are good too! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  15. Since I am cooking impaired, I depend on cookbooks to survive.

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  16. I love cookbooks. I do like to have a picture of the recipe so I can see if I'm anywhere near close to what it should look like. I really like the old church cookbooks. I have a cookbook that the hospital auxilary sold and those recipes are wonderful! jawdance@yahoo.com

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  17. Cookbooks are fun but I would put it away for a chance to read you book!!! Thank you for this chance.

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  18. Cookbooks are fun but I would put it away for a chance to read you book!!! Thank you for this chance.

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  19. I'm not much of a cook myself, but even I enjoy looking through cookbooks. Sometimes the recipes I come across make me wish I was better at it (especially if there are pictures that make them look so good). I look forward to reading Toasting Up Trouble. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  20. I love cookbooks with pictures. I use them a lot to help myself learn to cook. SO far I can make about ten dishes without recipes, that I found in cookbooks. I'm always looking for a new recipe that my family will enjoy. utaker555@gmail.com

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  21. I confess to buying cookbooks for the pictures alone.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  22. My favorite cookbooks are the fundraiser compilation of school, church, or civic organizations: tried and true comfort recipes!

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    1. I agree, you get a great mix of favorites in these.

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  23. I love vintage cookbooks. I just love pouring over what people thought would be fashionable to serve at dinner parties. I also like to see what everyone was eating at family gatherings. The more pictures the better! Pictures of recipes saying "Aspic" or "In Aspic" are the most funny. I can't believe the amount of stuff that was served set in Jell-O. My dad says things would be floating in there that shouldn't have even been at the same table with the Jell-O. :) I learned to cook from my Memaw. I was lucky enough to grow up with her living in the same house with us!

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    1. Jell-O was sure the go-to ingredient at one point! Still is for some cooks.

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  24. Cookbook junkies...alrighty then...I have one that was my Grandmothers that is an old Good Housekeeping...the book sounds great and I would love to read it. Thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. That sounds great, Marilyn. What a nice remembrance of your Grandmother, too.

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  25. My love is Tuscany cooking. A vibrant colorful Tuscan cookbook just makes my heart melt. I adore my Mums 1948 Good Housekeeping cookbook with its photos so perfect and of that era. I get such a kick out of the jello molds!!!

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    1. I'm so with you there, Lexie! Tuscany...sweet travel thoughts!

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  26. Cookbooks are treasures which I enjoy and cannot be without. wlliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. I enjoy Vintage cookbooks which are meaningful since the stories are fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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