Seasoned with Love is a unique cookbook that
offers a collection of national favorites and recipes inspired by
many cultures. This cookbook also includes cooking secrets, helpful
tips and interesting tidbits.
with Love features:
with Love, there are recipes for everything from healthy fruit shakes with
tofu to tantalizing appetizers and divine deserts.
I inherited my love of
cooking from my late Norwegian/Swiss grandmother and French
grandfather. My grandmother Clarice taught me the secrets of creative cooking. My friends and family come from a variety of cultural
I made my first
steamed puffy eggs, which consisted of milk, eggs and cheese-when I
was just seven years old. My younger brother loved
them and I've been cooking every since. I spent part of my childhood in Chicago and Seattle and lived in Africa for 12
years. It was in Africa that I developed
my love of cooking.
Seasoned With Love:
A collection of best-loved recipes inspired by over 40 cultures
July 1999 I was selected as a winner in the Better Homes and
Gardens Standouts Recipe Contest and in August 2000 I published my first poem in Tides of Memory. Two
of my recipes were recently published in a chef's cookbook called:
with Chef Johnny & Friends.
I enjoy sharing
cooking secrets and it is my desire is to teach others about the world
through cooking. I believe in creative cooking and incorporate
herbs and/or spices into almost all my recipes.
I continue to work on
new ideas and encourage others in their love of cooking. In my world travels
I become acquainted with the cuisine of
Europe, Africa and America. While working in a specialty grocery store I also became interested in foods from many other countries.
My cookbook is now available. A portion of each sale with be
donated to non-profit organizations and charities to feed the
hungry and lift the spirits of those in need around the world.
I'm continuing to work on
new recipes and add them to this
site. My desire is to encourage
others in their love of cooking and I decided to create this website so cooks could link to Cooking
Creation - Culinary Research - Book Reviews
Author of Seasoned with Love:
A collection of best-loved recipes inspired by over 40
L.A. Times Article: Everyone is
March 24, 2004
Everyone is a critic
Customer reviews on Amazon and other websites can
seriously affect book sales, and don't publishers know it.
By Renee Tawa, L.A. Times Staff Writer
In the courtship of Rebecca Johnson — who's No. 4 on
Amazon.com's list of top customer book reviewers — publishers
and authors are told up front how to land a spot on her dance
card: Don't send novels or unpublished manuscripts, and please
no books that include violence, nudity or swearing.
Not if you want to bedazzle Johnson, who gets 40 to 60 free
books a month, along with checklists from publishers asking her
to mark the upcoming titles she's interested in receiving at no
charge. Play along, and your shot at a rave review is far better
than it would be with professional critics.
No one is saying that the Harold Blooms and Dale Pecks and other
literati should be looking over their shoulders, but
professional critics are no longer the only game in town.
These days, as the Internet continues to reshape our
notion of community, amateur critics are posting reviews across
the cultural spectrum — from film to books and more — on
discussion boards, blogs and other sites.
"It's all part of this culture we're now seeing where, 'My
opinion is just as valid as the guys at the L.A. Times,' "
said Thomas Kunkel, dean of the University of Maryland's Philip
Merrill College of Journalism. "It may not be as informed
or educated and is maybe wrongheaded, but there's no question
that a reader has as much right to publish their own
Everyday readers also have a shot at building a potentially huge
following of their own. On a mega-site like Amazon, where
amateur reviews are packaged with bells and whistles, the
collective voice of the consumer sometimes is powerful enough to
help sales soar or sputter. In fact, the opinions of people such
as ( ) on Amazon and other sites are cutting into territory
that once was the province of mainstream critics alone.
Johnson, 36, is a freelance writer... with a
master's in education. She is known for her
relentlessly sunny reviews and once even provided a blurb on a
book jacket; she'll send a book back to a publisher rather than
write a bad review. In the realm of criticism, there's room for
both Amazon reviewers, who weigh in with impunity, and the
somber voices of professional critics, Johnson said.
"I tend to be able to analyze books really
efficiently. Authors say I'm insightful and I have a gift for
extracting the essence of a book," she said. "I feel
like I'm part of the reviewing community."
Read about my Reviewing