Interview with Daniel Slobodien

Published 2020-01-21.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up, and still live, in a small suburban town in Central New Jersey. I think this location offers the best of all worlds: Locally, we have small independent restaurants that are getting more global in reach; and, we are just a train ride away from New York City which I feel is the premier restaurant city in the world. What a place to venture out and learn something new!
When did you first start writing?
In first grade. Oh!, you mean seriously? Since I started out cooking professionally I had the ambition to write the best children's cookbook. That was 40 years ago, and I am just realizing my dream now. I hope that my books appeal to kids, young adults, and all beginner cooks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love teaching. I truly enjoy passing the secrets of my craft onto others so that they can cook and eat better. I don't work from a detailed outline. I have an idea, I start writing, and one idea leads to another, which leads to another, and on. I think they call that passion for your work.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I had some time off from work I started writing in earnest. Before I knew it, I had written over 800 pages of material! (I guess I had a lot on my mind). Breaking it up into smaller, more manageable parcels seemed like a good idea.
Why the interest in writing for kids and young adults?
I've always loved kids - they are like a blank canvas, and if I can give them a life skill that will be so beneficial throughout their lives, I feel fulfilled. When I had my first restaurant, we closed for lunch during the summer months. Instead, we offered cooking classes for kids. Without a doubt it was the best, and most rewarding, program we ever did. We had 150 kids each summer. Even though they are all grown up now, I still hear how they use the cookbooks and recipes that they got from the classes. Over 15 years later!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I write for them - not for myself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with family. The kids are grown, done with school, and live at home. It's a joy to see them grown up and launched in their respective careers. Dinner time always makes for great conversation.For hobbies, I enjoy playing guitar and creating mosaic/ stained-glass masterpieces. (Well, I think they're masterpieces).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The smell of bacon!! Seriously, I love to make some breakfast, read the newspaper, and get to work writing or working on current projects. I try to get involved in community affairs and projects, because I love the process of creating something from scratch, figuring out the details - large and small - and then seeing it come to fruition.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either by looking up a specific area. I have tons of ebooks on management, personal improvement, writing, business books for writers, and more. Our daughter, the teacher, has started a monthly family book/movie club. We all read the book of the month. On the last Friday of the month we discuss the book, then watch the movie version for comparison - and discuss that, too. Traditionally, we have make-our-own pizza night as well. (Yes, we hand-stretch the dough).
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read for pleasure in bed at night. I have always taken cookbooks to bed with me. I tend to read more thoroughly the books written by chefs I admire. I'll read the foreword and introductory chapters to get into their heads and understand their cooking philosophies. Other than that, I read short stories, legal fiction, political fiction, who-dun-its. My daughter is a huge Stephen King fan, and is constantly bugging me to read more of his books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPod. Cell phone is too small, and it's tough to take the laptop or big computer to bed with me.
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Books by This Author

The Complete Breakfast Book-Volume 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,560. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & Dishes / Breakfast, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Together, The Complete Breakfast Books, Volumes 1 & 2 will give you expertly written recipes on every breakfast preparation you can imagine. Learn the basics. Get some tips that ensure success every time. Excite your palate!
The Complete Breakfast Book
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & Dishes / Breakfast, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
This book, Volume 1, presents hundreds of breakfast recipes and lessons. Learn how to cook any kind of egg perfectly, as well as complementing your meal with delicious breakfast meats, potatoes, and other delectable breakfast items.
Your Cooking Companion's Guide to Basic Cooking Skills
Series: Your Cooking Companion's Guides. Price: Free! Words: 12,890. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / General
This eBook will take you through the basic building blocks and fundamentals to making you an accomplished cook. Written in easy to understand plain language, you quickly gain an understanding of what to do, how to do it, and why you do it. Your confidence in the kitchen will grow by leaps and bounds!
Your Cooking Companion's Guide to Great International Sandwiches
Series: Your Cooking Companion's Guides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,070. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » International, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » International
This book travels to the far corners of the world, searching for the best sandwiches. Are there any bad sandwiches? I don't think so, and neither will you after looking at these delectable recipes. Bring the world to your home kitchen!
Your Cooking Companion's Guide to Great Breakfast Sandwiches
Series: Your Cooking Companion's Guides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & Dishes / Breakfast
This book presents over one hundred recipes and ideas for Great Breakfast Sandwiches. It also teaches egg cooking techniques, guaranteed to show you how to make the best eggs and sandwiches ever.
Your Cooking Companion's Guide to Great American Sandwiches
Series: Your Cooking Companion's Guides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
This book explores the great sandwiches found in the respective regions of America: New England, Mid-Atlantic, The South, The Midwest, The Southwest and West. As America has become "The Melting Pot", this is certainly exhibited through the foods across America. Come explore!