Review: A Bad Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen @dollycas @nancyjcohen #BookReview #Cozymystery #cookbook #Bookblogger #Booktours

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Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.

Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes. Bonuses Include:

•Meet the Sleuth
•Introduction by Marla Vail
•Cooking Tips
•Excerpts from Series Titles
•Themed Menu Suggestions
•“A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother

For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors

Recipes are listed in these categories:


“Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series

“Designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Cookbook
Orange Grove Press (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-10: 099979325X
ISBN-13: 978-0999793251
Digital ASIN: B07XSH6C7B

Before getting into nitty-gritty, a big confession to make;

I am not a very good cook/baker to say the least.

Long gone are the days when I was almost obsessed with baking cakes and pies, it’s been quite a while since I got rid of my whisk and rolling pin let alone a cooling rack!

I do hope I still have some knack left for baking yet for cooking? I’m not sure…

You might be wondering why in the world I read this cookbook to begin with, and the answer is quite simple: I’ve always loved looking at cookbooks especially those with recipes that are not familiar in my own country, Japan. Foods and culinary cultures have a strong correlation to our lives and history and I have always been fascinated by snippets of traditions and diversity hidden underneath food/dessert recipes in cooking books.

In addition to that, I got intrigued by the concept of this book; introducing recipes sandwiching brief synopses and excerpts from each book in the series in between.

The number and the variety of recipes included in this book certainly deserves credit, it’s pretty impressive.
All the recipes are written in a very precise, easy-to-follow manner and I appreciated none of them looked excessively complicated or time-consuming. Easy, simple yet definitely mouth-watering.
While some of the ingredients and condiments for food recipes are undeniably hard to get ahold of in my country, but just imagining what they taste like and what they look like is so much fun!

Dessert recipes look far more accessible and feasible for me. Likewise food recipes, they are all simple-looking which is perfect for a novice like me. I cannot wait to try out some of the desserts such as lemon bars and banana chocolate chip loaf!

Another credit goes to the clever structure of the book; the synopses and excerpts from each book also gave me a good scope of the entire series, and worked as a perfect teaser to whet my appetite. Without revealing too much, they certainly piqued my interest and made me want to pick up the series from the beginning.

As this is not a type of book I usually go to or I don’t have any frame of reference regarding cookbooks, I will not give any rating at this time.

With that said though, there is no doubt this is a fun cookbook and I am sure this book will serve as your perfect savior for holiday/party season!
Grab this book and your whisk, let the fun cooking begin!

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won a gold medal at the President’s Book Awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

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5 thoughts on “Review: A Bad Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen @dollycas @nancyjcohen #BookReview #Cozymystery #cookbook #Bookblogger #Booktours

  1. Hehehe I wrote a funny comment on Jay’s post… He sure didn’t like/appreciate the sarcasm. Bad hair I don’t cook…. I never have good hair hence I don’t cook
    Sorry I had to say it

    I too am not fond of cooking or baking. Glad you enjoyed looking through this book

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