Exciting news! My dear friend Brooke Parkhurst ‘s first book, Belle in the Big Apple, debuts today. Brooke’s a wonderfully descriptive writer, an accomplished cook and–just like her narrator Belle!–a plucky-yet-genteel Southern gal, and this snappy tale marries both her passions: a novel, with recipes!
“Bright Lights, Big City” meets “Sex & the City”—with 30 fabulous recipes—in Brooke Parkhurst’s debut novel about a sassy, food-loving Southern belle who moves to New York City to chase her journalistic star. Part Paula Deen, part Scarlett O’Hara, Belle Lee is a 25 year-old small town Southern girl who leaves Alabama—and the comfort of Granddaddy’s newspaper—for the fast-paced, glamorous Big Apple media world. But a career in Midtown and a love life south of Houston (the street pronounced nothing like the Texas city she knows) isn’t all that Vogue promised it would be. Belle finds herself at a thankless gig in the mosh pit of a conservative 24-hour news station facing corruption, conspiring co-workers and money-hungry executives intent on fixing the presidential elections. If this is what it takes to be a big time “journalist,” she’s not interested. In the end, Belle follows her true passions—writing, cooking and writing about cooking—and finds a career, love and, of course, herself.