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About the Author

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.

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My co-worker purchased this book because we both love the Cedar Cove books. I started using post-its to tab the recipes I wanted to copy, and before I was half way though it, I had so many pages tabbed that I decided I had to have it too. The pictures are lovely, and the notes and stories that accompany the recipes and chapters are really great - especially if you love the books that inspired this. Even if you haven't picked up one of the other books, the recipes in this collection look great! The pages almost have a scrapbook feeling. The first recipe I tried was from page 85: Parmesan Cheese Twists with Fresh Herb Dip. The recipe was easy and impressive! I took a double batch to a party, and not a scrap was left over. I highly recommend this book for those who love a pretty cookbook with practical recipes. The only thing that could have made it better would be if it had been spiral bound - in my opinion it's hard to use a cookbook that doesn't open flat.
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If you enjoy author's cookbooks and/or especially the Cedar Cove book series you will absolutely love this.
There is a map of Cedar Cove to show you where everyone lives and what their houses look like. There are lots of scrumptious pictures of the dishes. The pictures are so wonderful that I even made the Sugar Dusted Molasses Crinkles just because of their picture, and I don't think anyone could resist the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, either the picture or the final result.

The book is divided into sections and introduced by each character, who they are and their history.
For those who are familiar with the Cedar Cove characters, the sections are:
Breakfast at 16 Lighthouse Road with Olivia Griffin, Lunch at 204 Rosewood Lane with Grace Sherman Harding, Tea at 6 Rainer Drive and the Victorian Tea Room with Justine Gunderson, Appetizers at 311 Pelican Court with Zach and Rosie Cox, Dinner at 44 Cranberry Point with Bob Peggy Beldon, Dessert at 50 Harbor Street with Roy and Corrie McAfee, Easter at 15 Eagle Crest Avenue with Ben and Charlotte Rhodes, Fourth of July at 92 Pacific Boulevard and the Waterford Park with Troy Faith Davis, Thanksgiving at 74 Seaside Avenue with Bobby and Teri Polar, Christmas at 8 Sandpiper Way with Dave and Emily Fleming.
Each section has about 10 recipes. There are lots of recipes from Debbie Malcomber's books and stories; and some of her mother's and grandmother's. There are tips on many pages such as how fresh herbs last longer and how to store them correctly.

The recipes are relatively easy, a lot of them using prepared pizza dough or prepared pie dough or frozen puff pastry.
There is a conversion chart for weight to pounds and kilograms, Fahrenheit to Celsius, teaspoons/ oz to ml..
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Being a Debbie Macomber fan and a former resident of Port Orchard I was anxious to own her cookbook...
While I am a senior and no longer cook for myself was anxious to put on my apron and give a few recipes a try. So far I have tried 4 recipes and they were very good.
Besides it was a good read.
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I so enjoyed re-reading a syponsis of the Cedar Cove books at the beginning of each recipe area. The recipes are easy and most ingredients are found in the average pantry. I even bought a second cookbook to give to my daughter for Christmas, who by the way, is a very good cook and, like me, reads cookbooks much like we read novels.
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If you are a fan of the Cedar Cove series you most likely will be as delighted with this book as I am. It is a treasure! Keeping in character, Macomber narrated the book as Charlotte Rhodes, with other favorite characters from the series authoring individual sections. Even the sticky note comments from Charlotte on the recipe link back to an inside fact from the series. If you have finished the 12 book series as I have recently, this wonderful cookbook keeps you connected to characters you by now have a relationship with. You will recognize many of the recipes as ones mentioned across the books, which is comforting and charming. As just a cookbook, this stands on its own merit. The layout is comfortable, the pictures gorgeous. It also includes a map of Cedar Cove! I wasn't intending on buying this cookbook because I really hate to cook! But I am so glad I did. With no more CC books to read, I know I can reconnect with my dear CC friends anytime I want just by opening this wonderful cookbook, with the added bonus of cooking a yummy recipe. I also ordered the CC Christmas cookbook which I have no doubt will be just as engaging.
Don't hesitate to add this to your cookbook shelf! I'm so glad I did!
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My first words of advise is to finish all the Cedar Cove books before you read any of the stories in this cookbook. If not, surprises will be spoiled. This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever gotten. It came in the mail yesterday and I immediately sat down to look through it. I wanted to try almost every recipe right away, I did infact make the chilli pie recipe last night and my family loved it. Lots of good down home cooking without the fancy ingredients that none of us have or even know what they are. Beautiful pictures of the recipes and very easy to read.

This would make a great gift for any new bride or a great housewarming gift. Can't wait to make the Banana Bread recipe today.....
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