Tasty Tuesday: Cook Like a Writer

12 Feb

Coming Soon to Amazon!

People sometimes wonder how writers write, but have you ever wondered how a writer cooks? If you’ve ever dwelled on this detail — and even if you haven’t — I have exciting news. Me and my fellow Tasty Tuesday authors have cooked a book that will be your best buddy in the kitchen:

Cook Like a Writer by The Book Posse, a.k.a. The Tasty Tuesday Authors, featuring many of the recipes you’ve enjoyed on our blogs. Whether you’re a gastronomic genius or a cooking clod, you’ll find these recipes easy, unique and loaded with anecdotal tidbits that you can enjoy while you’re slaving over that stove. 

 To whet your appetite, here is a recipe hot from The Prologue (Soups, Salads, Appetizers) of Cook Like a Writer:

SEAN BEAN SOUP by Nancy Lauzon

 “Winter is coming.”

 The words of House Stark, spoken by Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Lord of Winterfell (Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire)

 I would leave my husband if Sean Bean knocked on my door and asked me to run away with him. There, I said it. He’s a hunka hunka man. Just keeping it real.Sean Bean

What does Sean Bean have to do with soup? Soup is hot, and so is Sean Bean. Also, the way he says “Winter is coming” on the hit show Game of Thrones gets ME hot. He could read the phone book and it would have the same effect. Must be the Yorkshire accent. In any case, thinking about Sean Bean makes me think about winter coming, and winter makes me think of soup.

When I don’t feel like cooking much — most days — I often buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. This recipe is great for rotisserie leftovers — or you can use the whole chicken, if you’re making a big batch.


1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth

1 x 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken


2 tbsp fresh cilantro

4 oz. corn tortilla chips


Warm vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 min. Add garlic, chili powder and crushed red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir broth and tomatoes into pot and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook until heated through, 1 – 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt. Stir in cilantro. Divide tortilla chips among 4 soup bowls. Ladle soup on top of chips and serve immediately. You can also serve with sour cream, diced avocado, chopped green onions, salsa, extra chips and lime wedges on the side.

Vegetarian Option – Replace chicken with canned pinto beans and swap chicken broth for vegetable broth.

Invite Sean Bean over for dinner and serve. 

To learn more about our exciting new cookbook, Cook Like a Writer, visit other members of The Book Posse:

Selena Robins

Denise Agnew

A. Catherine Noon

Kimberley Troutte

13 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: Cook Like a Writer”

  1. 4amWriter February 12, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Yes, I think that if you named all your recipes after HOT actors, we’d be whipping them up in our kitchen in no time. 🙂

  2. nancyelauzon February 12, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Especially if they accepted our invitation to dinner!

  3. Selena Robins Musings February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Great idea, 4AmWriter, George Clooney chowder, Alex O’Laughlin Oatmeal…I’m all for that. LOL

    Nancy, looking forward to changing the world one recipe at a time with you, girlfriend. 🙂

    • nancyelauzon February 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks, Selena! And don’t forget Daniel Craig Cocktail (altho you’re not a fan like me, LOL)

      • Selena Robins Musings February 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

        Nope, you’re right, I just don’t “get” the Daniel Craig thing, but that’s okay, more for you to love. LOL

  4. Kimberley Troutte February 12, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love soup. Thank you for the hot recipe. I can’t wait for the cookbook to be ready for readers. It looks great.

    • nancyelauzon February 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Yeah, this is great one because you can use up leftovers.

  5. deniseaagnew February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Sean Bean!! Love him! Another recipe to collect and try. Thanks so much for sharing our cookbook cover. 🙂

    • nancyelauzon February 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      I’ve loved SB since I first saw him in Sharpe, back in the day. This soups not bad, either!

  6. kathleenkaskawrites February 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    You got me thinking, Nancy. What recipe could I assign to Antonio Banderas; macho gazpacho, paella de passion, flushing flan? This cookbook sounds tantalizing.

    • Selena Robins Musings February 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Kathleen, he’s so yummy that peanut butter on dry toast would even taste good. LOL How about Banderas Banana Foster…. sweet.

    • nancyelauzon February 14, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Mmm, paella de passion sounds good!


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