I don’t recall exactly when I took an interest in cooking. As the youngest of eight children, my mother and older siblings always took care of the cooking. However, even as a young child, I loved having people over for dinner and family get-togethers. As I grew older, I realized that food was the focal point of such great events so I started to cook.
When my daughter, Lori, was born, I began thinking about my relationship with my mother. She was a great cook, but I never asked for her recipes. When she passed away, her recipes were lost forever. To this day, I have regretted that those dishes will never be remade. That was when I decided to start writing my favorite recipes down so I could pass them down to Lori.
My daughter, in the meantime, has turned into a vegetarian. I can’t believe it, but it’s true! In her defense, she has made some good dishes and shared her recipes with me. We have actually made a few original vegetarian recipes together which are included in the book.
Over the years, many people have asked for my recipes and suggested I compile them all into one book. In 1992, I took their advice and self-published my first cookbook, Now You’re Cook’n.
My new cookbook, In Good Taste, is a compilation of wonderful new recipes along with many of my original recipes. In this new book, the reader will find the recipes are fast, easy, and practical, with most of the ingredients already in their pantry.
Also, my intent was to make the book attractive to young people who are just starting to cook as well as to newlyweds and young men and women who are away from home, living on their own for the first time. Some of my most meaningful testimonials are from young adults.
I am thankful for a supportive husband of 30 years, who has allowed me to pursue my interest in writing this book, taking cooking classes and attending demonstrations.
I have given credit to the individuals, when possible, who have shared their recipes with me and thank them all for helping make my cookbook come to life. I am excited to share my new book with everyone who loves to cook.
I hope you find this book inviting and inspiring, not intimidating and that you will have a desire to create your own Family History Cookbook. I promise you, as time goes on, this book will become a legacy for your family and a history to hand down for future generations. -Nancy J. Miles