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Foodie Friday #Fail

In celebration of A Taste of You releasing this week, I was going to make cream puffs, or maybe pasta, or maybe (but probably not) braised lamb. Anyway, I was going to make something from the book and share it with you. Instead, I was massively sick for release week. This really spoiled my fun at hitting a couple of Amazon’s best-seller lists. (Although I wasn’t too sick to stop refreshing the book page every 5 seconds to gloat, woozily, over the numbers).

The point is, I was the kind of sick that precluded cooking, if by cooking you mean more than warming up soup and then wondering if I could keep it down.

So, I promise I will make it up to you soon with some cream puffs, or maybe pasta. You can keep dreaming about that lamb.

Instead, I’m going to invite you over to my Pinterest Boards where some other people have already done all the work for me.

Many of the inspirations for A Taste of You are on this board:

Follow Irene’s board A Taste of You on Pinterest.

And there is a lot more food on my Food Porn board.

And, because I’m feeling a little guilty, here is an exclusive excerpt from A Taste of You. Enjoy!Holy F__k the Duck was Good

The fourth course was seared duck breast made, unsurprisingly, with the heritage breed Garrett had found. Garrett’s commentary, detailed before, became a full-out sales pitch. Had Carlo ever heard of an Indian Runner? Much leaner meat than usual for duck. Garrett thought it tasted closer to wild duck than any domestic duck he had ever found before. And the farm? Beautiful. Terroir was so important, didn’t Carlo think? The same breed from somewhere else would be completely different. As soon as he had tasted this one, he knew he had to have it for Ransom.

Garrett continued on about diets, breeding, exercise, the soil conditions of the ground the birds were hopping around on, and more facts about ducks than Carlo knew existed while he cooked and plated.

Carlo let him ramble, happy to see him so excited about something even if it was a duck, but the soil thing finally prodded his manager brain awake. There had never been duck on the menu before.


“Yes, Carlo?” Garrett had started to plate and sounded distracted.  Continue reading

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A Taste of You: Release Week Appearances

It’s release week for A Taste of You – pre-order now and it will be on your e-reader when you wake up tomorrow!

Here’s a taste!

“You want dinner? There’s plenty.” Carlo put a slab of prosciutto on the counter and began shaving off slivers of meat.

Garrett watched Carlo’s big hands expertly gliding the knife through the cured meat. Carlo mostly stayed out of the kitchen at Ransom. Garrett sometimes forgot that his partner was the product of four generations of Rotolo restaurateurs and an accomplished cook in his own right.

The aroma of cured ham filled the air, rich and sweet, exactly the way the meat would taste.

His imagination automatically took him further, looking for flavor combinations, but all he could think about was the way Carlo’s fingers would taste after touching the meat. He imagined drawing them into his mouth slowly, sucking the sweetness off warm flesh.


Here is where I’ll be this week:

I decided against a huge blog tour, but I am popping in a few places around the web.

Deadline Dishes with Heather Thurmeier
My (well, Gourmet’s) super-easy, make-in-under-30-minutes tuna & linguine recipe.

Release Day Chat with the Fated Desires Book Club
03/10/2015 7pm-8pm
We’ll talk about A Taste of You, men, cats, food, and whatever else you want. There will most likely be giveaways!
This is a book club exclusive event – just join here!

Interview and Excerpt at Coffee and Porn In the Morning
We talk writing, food, and travel. I try and weasel out of answering some things.

Author Interview by Molly Lolly 
Molly asks me about my writing process. I pretend I have one.

Comfort Food 
Character panic! My hero might not be lovable!?! I should probably keep that to myself – instead I blog about it at Because Two Men are Better than One

I’ll also be updating review excerpts and links here as they come in, if you want to see what others think of Carlo and Garrett.

A Taste of You by Irene Preston

Learn More About A Taste of You

Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…

Blurb | Read a Chapter | What People are Saying

Where to Buy


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Valentina’s Brownies with Chilies Recipe

Four days until the release of A Taste of You, and I brought you a tasty treat – Valentina’s brownie recipe!

Brownies with Chilies

Brownies with Chilies

“Did your mama help you make these?”

“Well, I started with one of her recipes,” Valentina admitted, “but I changed it. And she suggested the chocolate, but she let me make a bunch of batches one day so I could try different kinds and taste them all at once. We labeled everything and made notes.”

“What chocolate did you use?”

 “Bittersweet. I kept the wrapper so I can remember the name when we go to the store.”

 “And the peppers?”

 “Serrano. I made some with chipotle, too. Jalapeño was too hot if it wasn’t chopped really fine, and I like the little pieces of pepper.”

 “Your mother let you dice the peppers?”

“I can’t use the sharp knives unless she is with me. She has to stand with me and watch, not just be in the kitchen. Is it any good, Uncle Garrett?”

Valentina puts chopped chilies in her brownie – which is something I love. You can add chilies to almost any brownie recipe. In addition to the little kick of heat, they really enhance the chocolate flavor.  I have two go-to brownie recipes. This recipe makes a rich, fudgie brownie. Like Valentina, I usually put serrano peppers in mine and I like bittersweet chocolate.



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