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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcome Debut Author Jennifer Lohmann


Welcome to Lady Scribes Harlequin Super Romance Writer Jennifer Lohmann!



Thank you, Lady Scribes, for having me on your blog and hello to all you readers! I’m happy to be here and to talk about my February debut, Reservations for Two. Reservations for Two is the story of Tilly Milek, a chef, and Dan Meier, the restaurant review who nearly destroys her career. Dan works as a freelance food writer and writes, anonymously, for a blog called CarpeChicago. And that’s what I want to chat with you all about today—food blogs.

If you read my book, you will quickly learn that I like food. I like to talk about food, I like to read about food, I like to cook food, and I like to eat food. Nestled among the many romance blogs in my RSS feed are my favorite food blogs. I don’t read all the blogs to cook from them—indeed I don’t cook from very many of them. I read them for inspiration and to imagine what I would do with a kitchen that had a gas range and a dishwasher. Sometimes I read a post and think, “that sounds lovely, but I will never. . .” But I do love to read about other people doing it. Food porn, in its purest form.

Chocolate and Zucchini (www.chocolateandzucchini.com) is favorite blog. It’s aspiration reading at its best. Clotilde Dusoulier lives in France and writes about cooking with the wonderful ingredients available to her in Paris. Lest you worry that you won’t be able to cook her food because you don’t live down the street from a Parisian bakery, let me assure you that her recipes are straightforward and she approaches cooking with love, but with the recognition that sometimes dinner just has to get on the table.

We Cook (www.bruceandmark.com/we-cook/) is a blog written by Bruce Weinstein and March Scarbrough, who also writes cookbooks and knitting books. Mark and Bruce write about eating a diet centered on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but don’t forget that food is also comfort. Their recipes include things like oat apple crisp and meatballs. Yum.

Mid-Century Menu (www.midcenturymenu.com) is on the goofier side of food blogs. While the rest of us may snicker at the fifty-year old recipe booklet put out by a tuna company (“includes dessert!”), Ruth actually makes them. Tom, her husband, is the taste tester. She has a special section on her blog called “Hello Jell-O” and “The Worst” section is food for giggles. This is not a blog for food snobs; this blog is for people who love food in all its forms. The Raspberry Rhubarb Salad is on my list to make when rhubarb is back in season.

So what about you? Do you read food blogs? What are your favorites? I have one copy of Reservations for Two to give away to one random commentator.


Jennifer Lohmann is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart, having grown up in southern Idaho and Salt Lake City. After graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, she moved to Shanghai to teach English. Back in the United States, she earned a Master’s in Library Science and now works as a public librarian. She was the Romance Writers of America librarian of the year in 2010. She and her husband live in the Southeast with a dog, two chickens, and four cats. Her debut novel, Reservations for Two, is now available. Her second book, The First Move, comes out in April, 2013. You can find her online at jenniferlohmann.com, Twitter (@iferlohmann), Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468590.Jennifer_Lohmann), and sometimes Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iferlohmann).

29 comments:

  1. Welcome, Jennifer! So glad to have you on LadyScribes!

    I don't read food blogs, mostly because of time issues. I do watch Food Network when I'm folding laundry, but Mid Century Menu sounds like a hoot! I have a couple of 50s era cookbooks, along with one from the Depression and one from Colonial America. I love to browse them--it's amazing the cultural and language differences that show up!

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  2. Thanks, Deb! I'm happy to be here. You should check out Mid Century Menu. It's really fun and there are some surprising good ideas (and some really nasty ones!)

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  3. Jennifer, it sounds great. You are a girl after my own heart; a writer/reader and a foodie! I'm definitely going to check out your books and your recommended blogs!

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    1. Thanks for checking out my books, Nancy! Do you have any food blogs you really like?

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  4. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Jennifer! And congrats on your debut! I am going to check out the Mid Century Menu blog. As a history geek, this totally appeals to me. I have some old cookbooks and I've tried out the recipes--they usually turn out well, because the first ingredient is usually butter. ;)

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    1. Thanks for the congrats, Lily. If you like history and food, have you checked out the candy professor (http://candyprofessor.com/) She talks about the history of candy (obviously). It's pretty fun.

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  5. Thank you for the recommendation of midcentury menus. I thought I was the only one out there who would read and try 50+year old recipes. My greatest cooking treasure is my grandma's 1942 edition Betty Crocker cookbook. Not only does it give historical prospective of cooking at that time, it also has recipes that don't call for stuff that is canned. For instance, pumpkin pie. How much pumpkin that you boil down yourself do you use? 1942 Betty knows the answer! Plus, there are casseroles that don't call for a can of "Cream of ____", as those weren't widely available.

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    1. I understand the treasured cookbooks. I have two editions of Betty Crocker and two editions of the Joy of Cooking :)

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  6. Hi Jennifer! Welcome to Lady Scribes! I am also a food fan, but not of cooking. Trust me, unless you love snacking on briquettes, it's better for everyone if I stay out of the kitchen. Congrats on your debut! It sounds like a *delicious* story! ;}

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    1. Thanks for the congrats, Andris! And, speaking as the preparer of all the meals in our house, like any artists, cooks need someone to appreciate their masterpiece.

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  7. I used to follow more food blogs than I do now because although I LOVE food, I'm trying to eat healthier. So, I've actually been following some great places where I find amazing tasting but cleaner foods.

    The recipes on http://www.eatcleandiet.com/recipes.aspx#.UQFbKR3LenI
    are always super yummy.

    I also recently discovered Youtube as a great place for recipes and video bloggers. The BlogilatesTV channel features super yummy and healthy "food bites" videos on how to clean up your favorite foods. Love her enthusiasm. :)

    Congrats on the new release!

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    1. Thank you for the congrats, Sabrina! I understand the need to eat healthier (which is why I like the We Cook blog). I'll have to check out YouTube for video bloggers. That hadn't occurred to me before.

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  8. Hey Jennifer! I think we might have met in '10 at RWA Orlando? I was the one who went up to you after your speech and told you about my mom being a librarian and how much she would have loved what you said. And then I started crying. Hoo-eee. Anyway! SO happy to hear about your debut and your writing successes. Glad to have you here on the blog.

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    1. Hanna, we probably did meet at RWA Orlando in 2010. I remember you from after my speech. Thank you for having me on the blog. I really appreciate it.

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  9. Welcome, Jennifer! I'm a sucker for food porn - did you ever see that Macaroni Grill commercial with the chocolate dessert? Omgawd - it was all I could do not to hop in the car right them and there and get me some ;)

    Your new book sounds delicious - I can't wait to read it! Best of luck :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin. As you can see, I also love the food porn. I was so sad when Gourmet magazine went away. They had some of the best food photography in that magazine. . .

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  10. I find most of my food recipes via Pinterest these days. Although those will link back to a blog or recipe site. I don't follow any food blogs....not even after seeing Julie and Julia.

    Can't wait to read your debut. Congrats.

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    1. Thanks for the congrats, Beth! I loved finding recipes on Pintrest, but then I just got sucked into the vortex of the network and wouldn't come out for days. Had to cut myself off. I'm able to control myself better around blogs :)

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  11. Congrats Jennifer on the new release! It sounds fantastic and yummy :) I don't read food blogs b/c I can't even boil water. Luckily my dear BF cooks very well and as long as I clean up, we have a great partnership. But I do enjoy reading about people who can/do cook. It's really living vicariously and it makes me hungry :)

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    1. Thank you for the congrats, Erin. As I said above, every good cook needs someone who will eat their food. One of my favorite things about my husband is that he'll eat whatever I cook for him with no complaints. Bless him for that!

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  12. Food and cooking are right up my alley. I'm one of those people who love to look at cookbooks and then dream up new recipes and sometimes I get ideas on how to improve old recipes by adding or substituting different ingredients.

    "Reservations for Two" sounds like a great novel and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you for the congratulations, Connie! I also love to look at cookbooks. I check out so many cookbooks from my library that I never use, I just flip through them to look at the pictures and read the recipes. And, to me, cookbooks are the best thing to read while eating. They are usually heavy enough to lay flat so I can eat without holding it down (unlike a paperback)!

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    2. Jennifer,
      Thanks so much for being with us today at Lady Scribes! The tension in your book has to be the best. I was imagining huge fireworks just from reading the blurb. :)

      I've never read a food blog, but now I'm intrigued. I just switched to a whole grain, vegetable, and fruit diet recently, so I want to check out the one you mentioned.

      Good luck with your debut! It sounds great. I'm reading my first Super Romance right now, and the writing quality is amazing. Is that why they are called Super?

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    3. Samantha, I'm glad you're enjoying your first Super! Not surprisingly, it's my favorite Harlequin line. I like that the characters feel like people you could know, which is something I appreciate in my fiction.

      The diet you've switched sounds close to the one food writer Mark Bittman is on. He eats a pure vegan diet until dinner, but allows himself to eat whatever he wants for dinner. Some of his recipes in the NYTimes are a good resource for what he eats for breakfasts (savory porridge, for example). Also, I LOVE the cookbook World Vegetarian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey. A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen is also good, but there's more cheese in that cookbook.

      Obviously, I like to talk about food!

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  13. Jennifer,
    Congratulations on your debut and welcome to Lady Scribes!!! I too have never read a food blog but I read some of the other readers' comments an am now intrigued with the idea of finding old recipes and converting them into today meals. Well, I should say finding old recipes for my DH! In my house my DH does ALL the cooking and baking, though I make a really great cucumber and tomato salad! ;)

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    1. Thank you for the congratulations, Christi! It must be nice to have a husband who does the cooking. Mine can good, but we both know I'm better at it, so he's gotten rusty over the years.

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  14. I read a variety of blogs - some have recipes once in a while (like Broken Teepee) others are more food oriented (like To Cook With Love). I'm always on the lookout for a easy and tasty recipe.
    And it's fun to read about food in a fiction story - it can really help set the scene and give information about the characters.

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    1. Di, I'll have to check out the two food blogs you mention. I'm always on the lookout for new food blogs! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  15. Thank you so much for including me, Jennifer, I am honored. Best wishes of success for your book!

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