Nov 7, 2014

Lavender Loves Petit Four & Interview

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I love the cover of Petit Four and can't wait to read the stories. I love cake and celebrations which is why I was very happy when I could ask the authors some festive questions. I love their replies!


Cindy Arora

What is your favorite festive read?
Hmmmmm.  Merry & Bright of course! http://www.simonandfig.com/merry-bright/

Do you have a special holiday memory?
My favorite holiday memory is of my late Grandmother Carmen. She was the matriarch of our family and also our holiday sparkle, she would always make us our Christmas Eve tamales that we looked forward to every year. Even as she got older, she always made it her job to have those tamales ready for us come Christmas time. I have many  wonderful memories of her standing in the kitchen, wearing her slippers and unwrapping a tamale from it's banana leaf. She would smile and ask me if i needed some tequila to go with my tamale.
 Which, the answer was always "YES!"

What is your favorite Christmas desert?
Christmas Cookies specifically brown butter shortbread. They are the best! Although I would like to start a new tradition with my family this year. So I am working on finding a NEW holiday dessert that my son will love and make a part of his holiday memory.
 

Sue Watson

What is your favorite festive read?
When my daughter was little I would read ‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ from about November onwards. She would often ask for me to read it to her earlier, but I drew the line at August! I’ve always loved Christmas Eve and the way anticipation glitters in the air and makes you feel all twinkly inside and this book encapsulates that feeling for me. My Mum also read it to me when I was little and just thinking about it sends me straight back into my childhood and I swear I can taste cinnamon and hear the sound of distant sleigh bells.

Do you have a special holiday memory?
My daughter’s first Christmas. It was also the Millennium and a big Christmas and New Year celebration in our home. Even though our baby was only 9 months old she had a new party dress in navy blue taffeta and seemed to know this was a special time for celebration. All through Christmas Day she squealed and waggled her legs about in excitement – mind you, so did I!

What is your favorite Christmas desert?
 My very favourite is Sherry Trifle, I could eat a whole one to myself - ok I confess I have done that - in one sitting. I also love Christmas Pudding, and always, always smother it thickly with brandy butter, rum cream and anything other variant on cream and alcohol that’s deliciously high in calories. I always go completely mad, because calories don’t count at Christmas do they?


Joel Zlotnik:


What is your favorite festive read?

I can't think of one in particular but one of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to spend time with my nephews and niece who live on the other side of the country. I love reading them bedtime stories, especially if they're books that I remember ... last year I was reading poems from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" to my youngest nephew and it brought me right back to my own childhood. It's really hard to believe that decades have gone by since someone was reading those poems to me.
 
Do you have a special holiday memory?

A couple of years ago I was dating someone who hated the idea of walking outside after the new year and seeing her street littered with dead Christmas trees. So we bought a live potted Christmas tree and decided after New Year's Eve we would find it a permanent home. We loaded the tree into her Jeep, threw in a shovel, a pick and some water jugs and headed about an hour and a half along a twisting road into the mountains near a local ski resort. We wound around hunting for a good spot and finally pulled off the road and down a small hill where we planted the Christmas tree in a small clearing that had some nice sunlight and seemed like it would get plenty of water. Anyone looking would have no doubt that this tree didn't fit with the other pines but I like to think the tree made friends with its neighbors and is still out there living a happy life. 

What is your favorite Christmas desert?
Homemade Christmas cookies ... It's sometimes obscene the number of sugary little Christmas trees and snowmen and reindeers and Santas that I can manage to consume in one sitting!


Lucie Simone

What is your favorite festive read?

This is actually a really tough question because I have so many! But one of my all-time faves is “Getting Over It” by Anna Maxted. It is absolutely hilarious, but with some real heart. I might be a bit biased, but I also love the collection of stories in Merry & Bright, which was released last year. I say I'm biased because I happened to edit them, but I still think they're tops in terms of getting into the holiday spirit. Filled with romance, humor and lots of pie, the stories each offer an escape into a wintery fairytale that can't be beat.
 

Do you have a special holiday memory?

One Christmas, when I was about 10 years old, I dressed up in my grandfather’s much-too-big red track suit, stuffed a pillow in my pants, and donned a Santa hat and fake beard to pass out presents. The pillow kept sneaking down my legs and the beard kept falling off my face, but I carried on! It was an absolute crack up. 

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What is your favorite Christmas desert?
For Christmas, my dad always made Cherry Dump Cake, which sounds awful, but is incredibly delicious! It’s cherry pie filling, toped with white cake mix, drizzled with butter and then covered in chopped pecans and baked for about 30 minutes. What comes out of the oven is heavenly! I’m already drooling!

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The Blurb
 Petit Four
 
Edited by Lucie Simone

Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.

When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.

From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love. 


4 comments:

  1. Love the questions. What is tamale? I love Christmas time. X

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  2. Yay, love this post! Definitely putting me in the holiday mood!!

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  3. Great interview x

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  4. Tanya!! A tamale is a wonderfully delicious Latin staple. Here's a link: http://www.bhg.com/recipes/ethnic-food/mexican/how-to-make-tamales/
    You can have them savory or sweet depending on what region of Latin America you are from. It's delicious, hope you have one!

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