Life From Scratch
Publishing date: December 1, 2010
Trade paperback 14.95 and multi-format ebook 12.95
A funny, wise, romantic novel about a woman who teaches herself to cook as therapy after a painful divorce,with surprising complications when she begins blogging about life, lost love, and the art of fried eggs.
The food blog conceit is already a popular one (as in Julie and Julia), but what makes this fictional food blogger character unique is that she isn't a foodie like Julie Powell, nor is she on a quest for fame. Instead, Rachel doesn't have a clue about artisanal olive oils, nor does she long to make the perfect Boeuf Bourguignon; she merely wants to learn how to cook for herself, something she never knew how to do in her old life. Food plays an enticing role in what is, at its heart, a story about finding your voice, saying what you want, and, ultimately, getting where you want to be.
About Melissa Ford
An amateur chef and popular blogger herself, Melissa Ford is the perfect person to write—and promote—this highly entertaining, heartfelt novel.
Her award-winning blog, Stirrup Queens, about the emotional landscape of infertility, has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Motherhood Blogs by Technorati and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of a highly praised nonfiction book chronicling her struggles with infertility, Navigating The Land Of If.
Melissa completed her MFA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a contributing editor at BlogHer, the online women's network that reaches 15 million women each month. Ford lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her writer husband, Joshua, and their twins. She is currently at work to the sequel to Life From Scratch.
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