My guest today is Rachel Hauck–one of those cute young(ish) Southern belles. Here’s a bit from Rachel:
“Looking back, I believe I’ve always written. If not in my journals or stories, in my heart. I was constantly taking note of the sights and sounds around me, the emotion of a moment: dinner with friends, the last night in college before graduation, racing through an airport to catch a flight to Australia, talking about Jesus with my translator in the back of a cab as we drove across Madrid.
Now, my days are spent mining those life experiences and emotions so I can share them with you through the eyes and ears of my characters and the places they live.
In ’92, I married my best friend, Tony, and spent over eighteen years in youth ministry with him. We love to read and go to the gym, and laugh at the antics of our pets.
A year later, I started my first novel, an epic WWII story that eventually found some light as a sub plot in my book Love Starts With Elle..
With the help and cheering of writing friends I met through American Christian Fiction Writers where I served as President and now as an Advisor, my first book was published in 2004, the same year I left the corporate world to write full time..
Since then I’ve become an award winning, best selling author of twelve novels with more to come. It’s my desire for you find hope and escape in my stories, and inhale a bit of the fragrance of Jesus’s love.
Blessings from my heart to yours.”–Rachel
Now here’s the scoop about Rachel’s current book.
Dining With Joy
“A delectable and light tale of finding love amid everything edible, a story that goes down easy. Readers will find themselves hankering for another serving of lowcountry living from Joy’s pantry.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Featuring excellent character development, this is a light, fun romance for readers who like foodie fiction. It will also attract fans of Hauck’s other romances.” — Library Journal
“With its sparkling dialogue, witty premise, and convincing characters, and the popularity of television cooking shows, this subtly inspirational tale is sure to entertain readers.” — Booklist
Joy Ballard has a secret: she’s a cooking show host who can’t really cook.
When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard’s world heats up like a lowcountry boil.
Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he’s paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.
Luke and Joy mix like oil and water…until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they’ll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God’s love and dine with joy?
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PS: Here’s a recipe from the book.
Charles Ballard’s (Joy’s father) Banana Bread
from Connie Spangler
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
1/4 cup plus 1 T. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup choc. chips
1/2 cup p.butter chips
In a large bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine eggs, bananas, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in chips. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until it tests done. Cool on a rack 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Tips for baking banana bread: DON’T over mix the batter, just until moistened. Banana bread is always best if after its cooled to wrap up and serve the next day.
Sounds like an intriguing book, Rachel! Love cooking shows. I learn so much. I had never heard of brining pork but after hearing about it on a cooking show, my pork chops are never dry! Have any of you discovered a culinary tip from a cooking show? Please share!