Cooking Up a Surprise

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood — publishing quality non-fiction since 2012.

Well, actually that’s not quite true.  If you count our blogs posts — most of which are on craft of writing and business of writing — then I guess we’ve been publishing quality non-fiction since 2009. But I don’t mean blogging. I mean actual publishing . . . of ebooks!

Yes, that’s right, Ruby Readers. The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood has just released our very first ebook — a cookbook! Introducing Eat, Read, Love: Romance and Recipes from the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood!

Cute cover, huh? Special thanks to Laurie Kellogg for designing it. Editing and layout done by Amanda Brice and Kim Law.

So what is Eat, Read, Love? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s a literary cookbook. We’ve compiled 59 recipes inspired by the pages of our books. Whereas some cookbooks pair their recipes with wine, ours are paired with excerpts. In some cases, the characters actually do eat the meal in the excerpt!

And the best part is that it’s 100% FREE. Yes, you read that right. It’s our gift to our readers, old and new.

So what dishes can you expect to see? It’s a very eclectic — and delicious — list!

Main Dishes

Allergen-Free Pad Thai (from Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice)

Chinese Sausage and Sticky Rice in Banana Leaves (from My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin)

Pernil Al Horno (Puerto Rican Roasted Pork Shoulder) (from Avenging Angel by Anne Marie Becker)

 Jalapeño Chicken (from Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell)

Grandma Rose’s Varenyky (Ukrainian Pierogies) (from Pas De Death by Amanda Brice)

Angelo the Mobster’s Pasta Primavera (from The Good Daughter by Diana Layne)

Olivia’s Seafood Salad (from Under Fire by Rita Henuber)

Alaskan Crab Cakes (from The Doctor’s Mile High Fling by Tina Beckett)

Easy-Peasy Meatloaf (from Chase Me by Tamara Hogan)

“Hide the Peas, Please” Chicken Pot Pie (from Intrusion by Cynthia Justlin)


Cole’s Poorman Stew (from In the Presence of Evil by Autumn Jordon)

New Mexican Green Chile Stew (from First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones)

Cock-A-Leekie Stew (from Prophecy by Heather McCollum)

Almost Medieval Leek Soup (from Lady Unbound by Elise Hayes)

Henri’s Turtle Soup (from A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Caruru do Pará (Brazilian Shrimp Gumbo) (from Doctor’s Guide to Dating in the Jungle by Tina Beckett)

Abram’s Game Day Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (from Under the Autumn Sky by Liz Talley)


 Abby’s Fatten-up-Mac Green Bean Casserole (from The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg)

Millie Polk’s Squash Casserole (from Home at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice (from Taste Me by Tamara Hogan)

Sultana’s Rice (from Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan)

Stasia’s Vinegret (Russian Potato, Beet, & Carrot Salad) (from Underhanded by Shoshana Brown)

Violet Easley’s Okra and Stewed Tomatoes (from Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay)

Eat These Fries (from Kiss that Frog by Cate Rowan)


Dare To Be Different Barbeque Sauce (from Snow Bound by Dani Wade)

Alex’s Killer Pasta Sauce (from His Witness to Evil by Autumn Jordon)

Annie’s Favorite Hot Sauce (from Waters Run Deep by Liz Talley)

Devil’s Dust (from Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones)


Triple Chocolate Cake (from Caught on Camera by Kim Law)

Summer’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (from Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski)

Ryker’s Favorite Mint Brownies (from Her Own Best Enemy by Cynthia Justlin)

Tiramisu (from Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen)

Profiteroles (from Party Like It’s 1899 by Amanda Brice)

Hannah’s Heavenly Cinnamon-Almond Squares (from Hypnotic Seduction by L.L. Kellogg)

Picou Dufrene’s Infamous Pecan Pralines (from The Road to Bayou Bridge by Liz Talley)

Tara’s Mother’s Southern Pecan Pralines (from Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly)

Maggie’s Amazing Pecan Pie (from A Little Bit of Deja Vu by Laurie Kellogg)

Jenny Carpenter’s Secret Pie Crust (from Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay)

Cream Cheese Pie (from Only Fear by Ane Marie Becker)

Nicole’s To-Die-For Apple Pie (from Seized by Darkness by Autumn Jordon)

Susanna’s Sonker (from Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston)

Fried Banana Nuggets (from Edge of Light by Cynthia Justlin)

Betts’ Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Place Your Betts by Katie Graykowski)

Jilian’s “Best of Earth” Cookies (from The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan)


T-Bone Carter’s Biscuits (from Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Cinnamon Rolls (from Sugar Springs by Kim Law)

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits (from Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore by Lindsey Brookes)

Lucy’s Rum Cake “Stud Muffins” (from The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo, & The Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews)

Sam’s Keep-Dani-Healthy Greek Omelet (from The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg)        

Huevos Rancheros (from Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones) 

Lucky’s Lucky Charms (from Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski)


Dani’s Mango Madness Smoothie with Raspberry Swirl (from Pointe of No Return by Amanda Brice)

Homemade Skinny Latte (from Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly)

Parish Cocoa (from Ghosts of Boyfriends Past by Vivi Andrews)

Captain Drake’s Rum Drinks (from The Siren’s Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Cookie’s Mucho Magnifico Margaritas (from Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones)

Bonnie Pratt’s Easy-Peasy Peach Sangria (from Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria by Diane Kelly)


Sample Menu from 1890s Dinner Party (from The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker)

16th Century Herbal Remedies (from Captured Heart by Heather McCollum)

 Hungry yet? I know I’m starved just reading the list!

You can grab your own copy from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, or download a PDF copy right here from this website! (It isn’t at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony, or Diesel yet, but we expect it to be soon.)

Be sure to spread the word, and happy cooking!

(By the way, by downloading a copy, you’re actually doing us a big favor, by helping get our numbers up, which increases our exposure. So if you’ve ever been entertained or informed by our blog, this is a great way to thank us!)

31 responses to “Cooking Up a Surprise”

  1. Liz Talley says:

    Hooray! I just thumbed through it again, and there are some awesome looking recipes in there. And even my husband will enjoy it – there are recipes for barbeque sauce and Darynda’s Devil’s Dust looks perfect as a rub. Oh, and I’m pretty sure my boys will love Tamara’s Bacon and Egg Fried Rice. Definitely trying that one.

    So much to cook, so little time…sort of like my TBR pile. Thanks for all who put this together!


    • Amanda Brice says:

      “So much to cook, so little time…sort of like my TBR pile.”

      The best part about this cookbook, is that it can even serve as a TBR pile! It’s not just a list of recipes, but a reading list, too. 🙂


  2. Kat Cantrell says:

    Amanda, Pad Thai is one of my favorite things! (after books of course :)) I can’t wait to try and make it. I’m in awe that all of you put this together while doing the millions of other things I know is on your to-do lists. You girls rock! Thanks.

    PS I’m laughing out loud at “Hide the peas please” chicken pot pie from Cynthia. I’m making that tomorrow night and I can’t NOT use this recipe. 🙂


    • Amanda Brice says:

      I hope you enjoy it! I’ll be completely honest — the allergen-free version of the pad thai isn’t my favorite. I prefer the original, but my kids have so many food allergies that I was inspired to find a version we could eat. I combined a few recipes that had been given to me and this is what I came up with. It’s truly the closest I’ve found to real pad thai yet free of egg, shellfish, nuts, soy, or dairy. Of course, if you don’t have any allergies, you might prefer the original.

      I’d actually written Codename: Dancer before I had kids. And I decided to give my heroine Dani a peanut allergy because it seemed like an interesting thing to do at the time. It wasn’t until a couple of months after Codename was published that the scene where Dani goes into anaphylactic shock became very real to me when 18-month-old daughter ate a handful of cashews. We now can’t go anywhere without her Epi-Pen (portable emergency epinephrine injector).

      So this is a very important issue to me now.


      • Kat Cantrell says:

        I never realized how prevalent this is until my youngest started kindergarten and several of the kids in his class have food allergies. Our district is highly aware and doing a good job with disseminating that awareness to everyone. I really feel for you in having to deal with it.


        • Amanda Brice says:

          It’s unbelievable how prevalent it is today. When we were kids, you never heard of anyone with food allergies, yet today it’s not uncommon for as much as a quarter of the class to have some form of food allergy (in varying strengths — not all life-threatening).


    • Okay, I can’t refrain from making a crack about how you no longer have an excuse not to cook. May the Ruby Cookbook help you branch out from eggplant parmigana. 😉


  3. Elisa Beatty says:

    So fun! And, yes, now I’m starving!!


    • Amanda Brice says:

      It’s dangerous to flip through right before a meal! Or in between meals!

      I’ve already tried some of the recipes out and they’re amazing. I can’t wait to try them all out!


  4. Laurie Kellogg says:

    I’m going to download it right this minute! And I think I’ll blog about it, too!


  5. Hope Ramsay says:

    Amanda, Kim & Laurie,

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this. It’s just so wonderful. And it really does remind me of those community cook books that people used to put together back in the day. I have one that I inherited from my Aunt Doss, called “What’s Cooking in Denmark, South Carolina,” from which, I admit, I may have stolen a couple of recipes. 🙂


    • Amanda Brice says:

      Thos old-fashioned community cookbooks are the best! My grandma still sends my mom “The Stroller Cookbook” from the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal newspaper every year.


  6. Elise Hayes says:

    Whoo-hoo!!! Thanks to Amanda and Kim for putting this together, and to Laurie for the awesome cover! (Hmm…I wonder if we could make the cover into a poster? It’s really cool)

    I’m so excited to see all the recipes (and to read the fun excerpts 🙂


  7. Yes, I’m Sooooo Hungry right now. 😉

    A huge thanks to Amanda, Kim, and Laurie for pulling it all together, and to all the sisters who shared recipes. I can’t wait to try them!!


    • Amanda Brice says:

      I’m at the office so I can’t cook at the moment…methinks I might need to go out to lunch somewhere, because the sandwich I brought jsut ain’t cutting it. 🙂


  8. Yay! So excited that we can finally share the cookbook. It’s been such a fun project! Chiming in with my thanks to Amanda, Kim and Laurie for taking care of all the important details and making sure it came together.

    I think I’ll go see what I want to make for dinner…


  9. Downloaded last night! LOVE!!!!


  10. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Where do you go on the Ruby website to download a PDF of the cookbook?


    • Amanda Brice says:

      Sorry about that! I’d prepped this post a while back when I said you could download a PDF but Liz Bemis has been unable to make updates yet. However, we will soon have a permanent page on the drop-down menu under “More” that will take you to a page about the cookbook, that will include links to all the various retailers, as well as a downloadable PDF.


  11. Jeannie Lin says:

    I downloaded this for Kindle and it looks AMAZING! I can’t believe the variety of recipes in there. Can’t wait to try them out.


  12. Amanda Brice says:

    Thanks everyone! It was so much fun to put this together, but we couldn’t have done it without your recipes and stories! That’s what makes this cookbook so special.


  13. Laura Navarre says:

    What a yummy looking collection! I particularly like the historical recipes, of course!

    Congratulations, ladies, on another successful release. 🙂

    Laura Navarre


  14. Kim Law says:

    So excited to see the finished result!! Love it!!! Thanks for all your hard work Amanda!!! And Laurie, I love the cover!! Love that we all have this! Go Rubies! 🙂


  15. Gwyn says:

    Downloaded mine. So cool. You gals did a fantastic job. Kudos!


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