What are you hungry for? The Hungry Love Cookbook: 30 Steamy, Scintillating Stories; 100 Titillating, Mouthwatering Recipes by Cindy Silvert is a collection of romantic parody vignettes interwoven with luscious recipes that are easy to follow and require the least amount of work for the maximum flavor. The amorous escapades contained within will whet your appetite for more than just food. The Hungry Love Cookbook will supercharge your love life with irresistible, aphrodisiac-laden menus and infuse your cooking experience with romance, intrigue, and a giggle.
Cindy Silvert is a food columnist, humor writer, and self-taught cook whose sharp wit, refreshing candor, and inspired food creations has landed her appearances on TV, radio, and film and in print. Cindy’s no-nonsense approach to cooking has earned her wide accolades and kitchen kudos from well-regarded professional chefs, hard-core foodies and the pickiest of eaters. The Hungry Love Cookbook is her first book.
TruLoveStories.com asked Cindy to tell us more about herself and her new cookbook. She kindly consented:
TLS: Tell us a little about The Hungry Love Cookbook?
Hungry Love is a totally fresh concept and a super fun read. It combines romantic stories with delicious, amazingly simple recipes. If it’s romance you’re looking for, you’ve got 30 stories for the price of one. Whether or not you’re much of a cook, you’ll love this book because you can try the mouth-watering recipes or just skip to the next escapade. The hilarious vignettes just might inspire you to try your hand at something new both in and out of the kitchen.
TLS: How did you come up with the idea?
I’ve written humor pieces and have always made up my own recipes. I thought if I combined the two, I could make the kitchen a lot less scary and way more fun.
TLS: If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it be?
TLS: What do you think your fans will like most about your cookbook?
How funny and fresh the stories are and how easy and awesome the recipes are.
TLS: What are the 5 top aphrodisiacs you would recommend?
Chocolate, Chili Pepper, Figs, Red Wine, Avocado
TLS: What is it about cooking and writing that you enjoy so much?
The stories write themselves when I get out of the way–so that’s a freebie. And it’s cool to see how many different directions a story can take. Regarding cooking, I particularly like the challenge of making do with whatever ingredients I happen to have on hand. I also like to come up with new combinations and dare others to give it a try.
TLS: On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being too hot to touch), how steamy is The Hungry Love Cookbook?
Hard to say. At its steamiest, it’s old world almost-PG13. Hungry Love is not at all explicit. It merely alludes to action and lets your imagination have all the fun. I guess I would give it a 1.5.
TLS: Do you believe the way to a man’s or woman’s heart is through his/her stomach?
It sure can be–with the right meal. Or even a really bad one. I’ll never forget the first meal my husband made for me. He thought he was Bobby Flay: It took him all day. He enlisted the help of all our friends. He was proud as a peacock, and it was barely edible. All in all, it made me melt.
TLS: Do you believe that people can find a “forever” true love?
Yes. But you can lose it just as fast if you don’t work at it.
TLS: What is your favorite steamy story in your book?
It’s a tie between “Tantric Tropics” and “Mushroom Mystique.” They’re both ridiculous and take you far, far away.
TLS: What is your favorite recipe in your cookbook? And why?
Wild Rice on page 18 because it’s healthy and full bodied, chewy (rice, mushrooms, beans & olives) yet crunchy (toasted sunflower seeds & chia seeds). It incorporates whole grain (rice), protein (beans), calcium (tahini), shitake mushrooms (gotta love ‘em), and it’s fresh and citrusy (lemon), crunchy (seeds). It’s a meal in itself or a killer side dish. Also, it contains so many goodies that if you’re missing some, no one will ever know!
TLS: Can you give us 3 tips for creating a romantic meal?
1. Ambiance: music, dimmed light, a bottle of bubbly or other favorite booze
2. Luscious textures: mango, avocado, creamy cheese, warm melted stuff
3. The Surprise Factor: a picnic in January, fondue in July. Dress and cook in theme such as: a Spanish meal, a French meal, *See any of the chapters in my book for inspiration!
TLS: What do you want your fans to know about you?
I don’t like wordy recipes or unnecessary steps. I can be a very lazy cook, so The Hungry Love Cookbook is all about bare-bones cooking. The recipes literally contain only:
“What you need” and “What you do.”
There’s no preamble about my great aunt Sally’s step-sister’s cousin, and the process is simplified. There’s only one intentionally complicated multi-phase recipe in the whole book, which is in the story for humor’s sake –to contrast with the limited diet one would have on a desert island. It’s Tantric Tropical: Brown Butter Pecan Fleur with Crème Anglais, Exotic Fruit Confit, and Brie, on pages 27 & 28.
Next week Cindy shares some of her recipes along with one of her steamy stories. Yummy!