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A Bad Hair Day Cookbook:
Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series
by Nancy J. Cohen

 

About the Book

 


A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Cookbook
Orange Grove Press (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-10: 099979325X
ISBN-13: 978-0999793251
Digital ASIN: B07XSH6C7B

Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.

Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes. Bonuses Include:

•Meet the Sleuth
•Introduction by Marla Vail
•Cooking Tips
•Excerpts from Series Titles
•Themed Menu Suggestions
•“A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother

For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors

Recipes are listed in these categories:

APPETIZERS
BEVERAGES
BREADS
SAUCES
SOUPS
ENTREES – BEEF
ENTREES – LAMB
ENTREES – POULTRY
ENTREES – FISH
ENTREES – VEGETARIAN
SIDE DISHES
DESSERTS

“Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series

“Designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing? 

 

I always had an interest in writing. At first, I did short stories, poems and a Shakespearean-type play that I made my bunk mates act out at summer camp. Then while in graduate school for nursing, I bought a book called Structuring Your Novel. This taught me how to write a full-length work of fiction. I wrote six books before I finally sold one.

 

What genres do you write in?

 

I started out writing science fiction romance. Now I write cozy mysteries. The Bad Hair Day series has 15 books, a novella and a short story. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook is my first cookbook. It features quick and easy recipes for the home cook. The commentary is from my hairstylist sleuth, Marla Vail. Cooking tips, anecdotes and excerpts are included.

 

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

 

I enjoy reading cozy mysteries for the humor, the sense of justice, the quirky characters, and the hint of romance that is usually included. You can often learn about an interesting occupation while enjoying a lighthearted story that has a happy ending. I wanted to write the same kind of books that I like to read.

 

How did you break into the field?

 

I was writing science fiction romance at the time when my publisher did not pick up my option book. My agent suggested I write a straight mystery series since I was including mysteries in my romances. So I wrote a mystery proposal. Kensington bought it, and that was the start of my series. Permed to Death is number one if you want to start there, although you can jump into my series at any point. Trimmed to Death is my latest title. Look for Easter Hair Hunt, book number 16, in March 2020.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

 

Regarding the cookbook, I hope readers find some appealing recipes to make at home and ones that will inspire them to spend more time in the kitchen. It’s gratifying to cook for friends and family. I had a lot of fun making all the dishes featured in this book. I love cooking and sharing recipes along with food photos. My recipe collection got so big that I decided to compile them into a cookbook. It’s great for home cooks as well as mystery fans. Also, A Bad Hair Day Cookbook makes a great gift for the holidays, so think about adding this book to your gift bags along with a kitchen whisk, a colorful spatula, and a set of dish towels. And don’t forget to buy one for yourself!

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

 

I love hearing from readers. It’s very gratifying when fans say what they like about a book or the series as a whole. Often I’ll ask their opinion on something, like a book title, on my Facebook page. Our interactions there make me feel connected. I enjoy meeting readers in person as well.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

 

The constant need for marketing can be daunting. I enjoy interacting with fans on Facebook, but you have to continually have a presence on social media or people will forget about you. You need to offer new releases at regular intervals or readers will move on to their next favorite author. It’s especially difficult for indie authors to get a foothold unless they already have a fan base. Even then, you find it’s a struggle to get reviews and recognition.

 

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

 

Do your homework. You have to train and learn, same as for any career. Realize this is a business, and marketing will be required. Get involved in the writing community. This is the best thing you can do to learn the business aspects. Attend workshops and conferences, join a critique group, and enter writing contests that offer feedback on your work. Follow the 3 P’s – Practice, Professionalism, and Perseverance.

 

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

 

I love genre fiction. At any time, I’ll be reading two or three books. Cozy and historical mysteries, historical romance, and sci-fi/fantasy are my go-to books for escapist reads.

 

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

 

I enjoy Caribbean cruises and visits to Disney World. In my early days, I used to write travel journals. I have a plastic bin filled with these works. Maybe that’s how I really got started writing. Now I can share these experiences with others via my blog, where you’ll find my fun foodie reports, travel notes, and photos along with articles on writing.

 

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

 

Website:  https://nancyjcohen.com

Blog: https://nancyjcohen.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyJCohenAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nancyjcohen

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjcohen

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nancy-j-cohen

Instagram: https://instagram.com/nancyjcohen

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/njcohen/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nancyjcohen

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A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series

 

Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.

 

Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes! Bonuses Include:

 

  • Meet the Sleuth
  • Introduction by Marla Vail
  • Cooking Tips
  • Excerpts from Series Titles
  • Themed Menu Suggestions
  • “A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother

 

For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors

 

BUY LINKS

Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/2mgwoTZ

Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2mlIR8W

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kS12mf

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-bad-hair-day-cookbook-nancy-j-cohen/1133490440?ean=2940160986753

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-bad-hair-day-cookbook

Books2Read:  https://books2read.com/ABadHairDayCookbook

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/books/a-bad-hair-day-cookbook-recipes-from-nancy-j-cohen-s-cozy-mystery-series-by-nancy-j-cohen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48136773-a-bad-hair-day-cookbook

Website: https://nancyjcohen.com/a-bad-hair-day-cookbook/

About Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won a gold medal at the President’s Book Awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

Author Links

Website: https://nancyjcohen.com

Blog: https://nancyjcohen.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyJCohenAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nancyjcohen

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjcohen

Instagram: https://instagram.com/nancyjcohen

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/njcohen/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nancy-j-cohen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nancyjcohen

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