Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook

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Now, from Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, you can relish in your own home the same superb meals found in Cedar Cove's households. Charlotte Rhodes, one of the series' most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join her in touring the town's kitchens as she shares more than 130 of her treasured family recipes. (And she's got plenty to tell you about the people of Cedar Cove, too!)

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Overview

Now, from Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, you can relish in your own home the same superb meals found in Cedar Cove's households. Charlotte Rhodes, one of the series' most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join her in touring the town's kitchens as she shares more than 130 of her treasured family recipes. (And she's got plenty to tell you about the people of Cedar Cove, too!)

You'll find such mouthwatering dishes as:

• Justine Gunderson's Grilled Salmon with Lime-Jalapeño Butter

• Teri Polger's Macaroni and Cheese

• Charlotte Rhodes's Cinnamon Rolls

• Olivia Griffin's Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

• The Pot Belly Deli's Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl

• And many more

Whether you've just discovered the world of Cedar Cove or have devoured all the books, you can now partake of the town's culinary traditions and cook just like Charlotte, her family and friends!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373892136
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Cedar Cove Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 364,932
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

As I've often said, I'm a frequent eater—but I'm a frequent cook, too! In fact, I spend more time in the kitchen than I do in the dining room. I remember, when I was only four, begging my mother to let me help her make dinner. She was a gifted cook who never let a recipe get in the way of being creative; not surprisingly, working in the kitchen (and enjoying it!) is part of my family heritage.

I think it's fair to say that, thanks to my mother, I became profi cient at cooking over the years. Good thing, too—in high school, the cooking part of Home Economics was all that got me a passing grade. I'm a terrible seamstress, so my ability to cook saved me from a certain F. (Who knew there were so many incorrect ways to sew in a zipper?) In the days before the many cookbooks now available—cookbooks for every conceivable type of cuisine and diet and specialty—recipes were often preserved on index cards. My mom had several small green boxes stuffed with them. And after her death I found a notebook in which my grandmother had written down recipes and cooking hints she felt her daughter (my mom) should have when she left home. I savored every word and learned cooking hints I still use. For instance, I discovered how to gauge when bean soup has simmered long enough to reach its maximum fl avor. According to my grandma, Helen Zimmerman, you can tell by the aroma. As a thrifty and inventive cook, she also had lots of suggestions for substitutes and alternative ingredients, and different spices to try in particular recipes.

Like my mother, I've collected recipes all my life—and yes, I have the same small green recipe boxes crammed with carefully handwritten notes that date back to my grade-school days.

Years ago, I chose some of those recipes and created my own envelope-size recipe booklets as a thank-you gift to my loyal readers at Christmas. In return, readers sent me their own favorite recipes. This was my fi rst venture into cookbook publishing—but not my last!

You may have noticed that meals play an important role in all my stories. This is certainly true of earlier series like "Midnight Sons" and "Heart of Texas," as well as the Blossom Street books. But cooking and preparing meals, and sharing them with family and friends, is perhaps most signifi cant in my Cedar Cove series.

If you've read any of these stories, you'll recognize Charlotte Jefferson Rhodes. She's known and loved by just about everyone in town. Not only that, her reputation as a superlative cook is well-deserved.

In this book, Charlotte's going to take you on a tour of the kitchens and dining rooms of Cedar Cove. She'll share her best recipes, including those she was given by members of her family and her many friends. She's also going to fi ll you in on what's been happening with the people in town—her daughter, Olivia Griffin, her granddaughter, Justine Gunderson, Zach and Rosie Cox and Grace Harding, to name a few.

Like Charlotte, I believe that food is central to the important relationships in our lives. Serving a meal is probably the ultimate expression of hospitality and friendship, and a good dinner sustains us in more than just the obvious ways. For me, for Charlotte—and, in fact, for most of us—the preparation of food is associated with enjoyment, comfort, love.

While sharing food is a social activity, sharing recipes can bind us with others, too—with friends and perhaps especially with our families. It's about forming and nurturing traditions, which help us create a sense of continuity from one generation to the next.

Quite a few of the recipes I use today came from my mother and grandmother—recipes I've passed on to my own children. Just as some of Charlotte's recipes come from her mother and were passed down to her daughter, Olivia, and now her granddaughter, Justine….

Justine, who's opened a tea room in town, has asked Charlotte for recipes and menu ideas, hoping to make her restaurant as wonderful as a visit to the fragrant kitchen she remembers from her grandmother's home. Happy to comply, Charlotte has collected her favorite recipes in this book. You might recognize some of them from scenes in the Cedar Cove stories.

Ultimately, the genesis of this cookbook is my readers' requests for these very recipes, the ones I've mentioned in the novels. My goal is always to give you a satisfying reading experience—with something extra. I like to describe myself as a "value-added" author, and this cookbook is one way of offering you that extra value. So are Charlotte's introductions, in which she reveals her insights about the people of Cedar Cove, and her personal comments on various recipes.

Please join Charlotte and everyone in town for lots of delightful adventures in cooking and dozens of memorable meals. I hope these recipes will be as treasured in your family as they are in Charlotte's (and in mine).

It's a privilege to share my own "kitchen heritage" with you—a heritage of good food and good times.

Happy reading… and happy eating!

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Break out your grocery list!

    Summary:


    This cookbook is a companion to the Cedar Cove Series. Charlotte Jefferson Rhodes, Olivia's mother, is the one leading the reader through the book. It is divided into ten sections by breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, dessert, and then holidays. Each of those sections is hosted by a different character whose address has been one of the books in the series. Her introduction of the section introduces the characters at that home and says why that meal or holiday is special to them. Through out her series food is mentioned a lot so when the book was created the developers tried to use the menu item mentioned in the novels as favorites.




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    I have a shopping list ready and about 10 recipes I want to try. I rarely buy cookbooks, this is only my second one for this year, but this one is beautifully put together and I love how it ties into the characters from the series. It makes them seem even more like old friends! I think this would make an excellent Christmas or other holiday present for someone who likes to read and cook. Maybe with a few books from the series thrown in for a new reader. I'll have to comment once I try a few recipes about how they turned out.

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    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    Comfort Food

    Love the book! It brings the Cedar Cove characters to life through the recipes. I've made the paninis, pumpking bread, and Teri's Mac and Cheese. All were delicious, the mac and cheese awesome.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Beautiful, enticing addition to the Cedar Cove Series!

    What a great way to continue the friendships developed between reader and characters of the Cedar Cove Series! The author makes the characters come alive with her descriptions of each one's contributions to the cookbook, and gives those who have read the series a synopsis and reminder of each character's relationship to others in the books. Those who have not read the series will still enjoy getting to know this charming town and its residents through their favorite foods. The illustrations are absolutely captivating, and seem to invite readers to actually reach out and taste those cinnamon rolls and colorful salads. This is the most intriguing cookbook that I have...and my collection numbers several dozen, including the most popular basic ones, some antique ones inherited from family, souvenirs and regional collections, and homemade ones from families and groups. The uniqueness of Macomber's book lies in the authenticity and creativity of the recipes that were previously woven throughout her books as part of the stories.
    It is not just a cookbook, but also a fascinating read! I'm enjoying Cedar Cove and its residents all over again, while cooking their favorite foods!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Great cookbook

    This is absolutly amazing, the cookbook is based on receipies that are found in her books that are based on people of Cedar Cove (ok, ok) fictional characters that they make for thier families. Debbie has many wonderful and delightful receipies to try that are perfect for making for your own family or to give as gifts. I love the look and design of the cookbook, and the way she adds humor and special bits and pieces of information on the characters behind the reciepies.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    Cedar Cove Cookbook

    My wonderful husband gave it to me for Christmas. I have made the Garlic Shrimp and Scallops for my daughters birthday dinner. She and hubby loved it. I can not wait to have more time to try more

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Cedar Cove cooking with additional morsels from our favorite characters in Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series is a delightful must.

    How many of us actually read our cookbooks cover to cover? We usually find some recipes that intrigue us, find helpful cooking hints that cause us to think "I never knew that", and perhaps an introduction inspires us to try something new.
    Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook not only has recipes that will delight, but it includes Charlotte's thoughts about many of our favorite people living in Cedar Cove that read just as the novels do. Plus, Charlotte writes "personal notes" on many of the recipes which are nice tidbits.
    I've made several of the easy-to-follow recipes which have all been quite tasty and wonderful additions to my 'repeat recipe' file.
    I've also given this as a gift to several friends who have absolutely loved reading Charlotte's additions and have been just as delighted with the recipes.
    Enjoy this morsel - a good read with good food!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    what a joy

    Even if you don't read the Lighthouse Road series, this is a wonderful cookbook to own. The recipes are delicious and easy to follow. But reading the series makes the recipes seem like they come from a good friend. This book is a must own!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

    Cookbook

    Great book to add to the cedar cove collection.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    A great addition to my cookbook collection!

    This cookbook caught my eye before Christmas and I couldn't resist buying it for myself. Tried some of the recipes, as they were creative, didn't have too many ingredients, and were on the medium to easy scale of difficulty. They were great! Decided to give a friend this cookbook for Christmas. Great choice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Fun for Cabot Cove fans

    Visually, a beautiful book. If nothing else, it just looks great in my kitchen. I havent' tried any of the recipes but have read thru it. None of the recipes seemed very unique and obviouisly oriented toward Pacific Northwest. Who could afford that much crab?? Am still glad I bought it.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Cedar Cove Cookbook

    Love the recipes, can't wait to try many of them. I did like the way Debbie laid out the cookbook with each of the characters contributing their favorites. Very clever idea. Keep up the good work!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A great Cookbook

    Good Recipes and easy to follow. Also enjoyed the way the characters of the books were tied into the recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Recommended

    This is a pretty interesting regional cookbook. If you read her books, you'll like sampling some of the foods she talks about.

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