Interview with Joseph Yacino

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cooking, and creating food that will be Good and Good for You
Do you remember the first time you cooked for someone?
It was for my Mum. I was just a kid, maybe 6 or 7. She wasn't feeling well and I told her she need to eat some soup for lunch. It was one of the popular canned/tinned concentrates that you added one or two cans of water to and heated up. That started me on to cooking.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your cooking?
I grew up in a fairly insulated environment now that I think of it. My Grandparents gave each of the kids land to build houses on so my best and for a while only friends were my cousins. That was the Italian side. My other grandparents had a house on a pond, so our summer days when not at home were spent swimming mostly with my other set of cousins and eating Polish foods. You see I have two kinds of comfort foods.
When did you first start writing?
I began this book about 8 years ago after beginning to have request from naturopathic doctors to help their clients eat healthier. Before that I had to learn to adapt cream and dairy recipes for my best friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Funny enough I wanted to go through the traditional channels. I finally got a literary agent, one of the best in the business. She and I found out that publishing houses only wanted "celebrity" authored cookbooks. They didn't have to be real life chefs. They only had to be famous actors/actresses, musicians or reality stars. I knew I wanted to help people so self publishing seemed to make sense.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has giving the platform to reach a world-wide audience. I love that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is being able to share my recipes. Teach my techniques, and show people that eating with restrictions doesn't mean eating cardboard, it just means adapting and being healthy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone that reads my book and becomes healthier because they are eating fresh and eating smart means the world to me. They can recommend to others and pass on what they have learned. It is all about making the world a healthier place one person at a time.
What are you working on next?
The next big step for me is to start doing more in person teaching.
When you're not cooking, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time reading classic recipes to see how I can adapt them or introduce foods and recipes that are healthy, but have gone "out of fashion".
Describe your desk
My desk is piles of recipes and notes just begging to be organised and put into another book.
Published 2015-12-07.
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Books by This Author

Stay Fit Eat Allergy Free
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,990. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / allergy, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is the only allergy-free cookbook endorsed by the founder of the Celiac Disease Foundation.The author is an acclaimed chef who is the personal chef of Manfred T. Mugler, and has worked with national grocery stores, various coeliac disease organizations. All of the recipes are gluten-free,dairy-free,soy-free,and nut-free. All are calorie conscious, low-sodium; and boast a low glycemic index