A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream

A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream

by Barbara Bretton

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BN ID: 2940011439216
Publisher: Barbara Bretton
Publication date: 07/24/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 90,614
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Oh, how I hate bios! All of that deadly dull information about name (Barbara Bretton) and date of birth (June 25) and geographical data (born in New York City; lives near Princeton, NJ), marital status (many years married), and hobbies (who has time??). How do you gather up all of those dull, dry facts and turn them into something interesting?

No wonder I tell lies for a living.

I considered weaving a story for you about life on a houseboat on the French Riviera. Or maybe my years as a concubine, hidden away in a golden pleasure palace in the shimmering desert. Then I decided to do the unthinkable and tell you the truth.

When I sold my first book and my life changed forever. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

A lot has happened to me in the years since that first sale. I've learned that this is a difficult and demanding business (it takes a tough writer to write a tender book) and that I am happiest when I am most ignorant. I've also learned that a good friend, a writer and pal who truly understands, is worth her weight in good reviews and royalty checks.

I fell madly in love with Skye O'Malley in early 1982 and wrote an unabashedly gushy fan letter to our beloved Bertrice Small. By the time Sunny answered, I had joined the ranks of the published and Sunny became friend and mentor, guide and confidant. She has held my hand through broken dreams, disappointments, family illnesses, and accepted my bizarre need to go underground from time to time with great affection and understanding. Over the years I've come to understand the difference between the writer and her work, that loving the book doesn't guarantee that I will love the author. But what a joy it is when you discover that the author of a beloved favorite is even more wonderful and witty and wise than the characters she creates.

So this bio is for you, Sunny, for being the best of friends during the worst of times and -- even more wonderful -- during the good times as well.

And now for the statistics:

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.

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A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Para-Fan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! Great recipes and the stories she recounts for the recipes are great as well. I've read many of her novels and that keen sense of humor she writes those with carry on in this book. Give it a try...after all it's free!
Dawn Wright More than 1 year ago
What a fun story book with recipes...or is it a recipe book with stories? Either way, a delight to the senses. I would love to meet the author. We would have a fabby afternoon filled with laughter as we traded stories and recipes.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
This was free and turned out to be pleasantly delighful. I loved the intros to the recipes (many of which I am anxious to try). The recipes seem a little heavy on garlic, but there are many recipes for sweets as well. 176 pages, and I read it cover to cover. The writing comes across as friendly. For a special treat, go ahead and visit her website (link on last page). Lots of un stuff and free bookmarks and book plates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read with great recipes.
Granny_Nan More than 1 year ago
A really good read, as well as great sounding recipes! I just sat and chuckled and laughed as I read this. It was a free book also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Great free cookbook. 40 recipes with clear step by step instructions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like chicken, beef, shrimp, salads, vegetables, Greek and Italian dishes, --oh, and deserts-- you will find this book has yummy choices in just a few pages. I like that it is not overwhelmingly long --not 40 ways to cook the one package of chicken breasts you better cook tonight before it expires. I like the easy-going style of giving ingredients and that the ingredients are easy to buy most everywhere and maybe aleady in the house. And, yes, I enjoyed her family stories. When I get stuck on ideas for everyday or on my dish for a potluck, this will do. The only negative is to say this is easy cooking, but maybe better for cooks who already know their cooking vocabulary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few good recipes to add to my collection.
santurcer63 More than 1 year ago
This is as fun read
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this is a short read but a very nice book
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I enjoyed reading this book very much. ShelleyMA
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Book was a fast read. Recipes are nothing interesting or new. Stories that go along with the recipe were cute, but seem manufactured for purposes of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good recipes and good story in between
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I began reading this looking for recipes, but it also has a lot of funny comments and stories. I think you will find good recipes and enjoyable reads along with thwm. Enjoy!
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