Interview with Raquel Haggard

How did you become Aunt Purple?
When my niece was a year old she could say a lot of words, but she would not try to say Raquel. She was learning colors and knew purple. My sister used to make fun of me for wearing so much purple (it's my favorite color). So, one day I told my niece to just call me Purple. The rest is history.
How did you start writing cookbooks?
After joining Weight Watchers in 2001, I became interested in tweaking recipes to give me more food for my WW point so I had a lot of recipes. My full time job was fairly routine and a friend suggested I needed a fun project. I decided that would be to self-publish cookbooks of my recipes.
What is your favorite cookbook you've written?
That would be like asking a parent to name their favorite child. But I will say I really like appetizers. For some reason, to me, those are the most fun recipes.
Do you have a favorite cookbook by someone else?
I enjoy a lot of cookbooks. I have a pretty large collection. Every so often I have to go through and thin it out some. There's just not enough room to keep them all. I like Rachael Ray's recipes because she uses natural ingredients and lots of veggies. I like church cookbooks because there are often new and interesting recipes I can tweak to be a little healthier.
How do you describe your cooking style?
Easy. I want it to be easy and taste good. I don't care so much about how it looks, but it must taste good. And I think my recipes help people cook delicious meals for their families rather than depending on eating out every night. The ingredients I use are easy to find at the store and you probably have most of them in your pantry already.
What do you keep in your pantry?
I always have Splenda, Smart Taste pasta, reduced fat Bisquick, various canned beans, canned pumpkin, oats, quinoa and often couscous. In my deep freeze I always have ground beef and boneless, skinless chicken thighs. And usually broccoli flowerets.
Published 2013-12-29.
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Books by This Author

Ya Want Fries With That 2? : A Second Helping of Soups, Salads, Sides and Breads
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
This cookbook is a sequel to Ya Want Fries With That. A second helping of soups, salads, sides and breads. Nutritional information is included with every recipe.
Raquel's Just Desserts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,930. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
These tried and true dessert recipes let you enjoy dessert without the guilt. Chapters include Cookies & Bars; Fudge & Candies; Pie, Cobbler & Tarts; Cake, Muffins & Breads; and Frozen Desserts, Fluff, Pudding, etc. Over 135 Weight Watcher friendly recipes.
Let's Get This Party Started!
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 12,060. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
This cookbook has recipes to help you celebrate. Chapters include Wonderful Wontons, Dips and Spreads, Finger Foods, What a Crock!, Sassy Salsas, Snack Attack, Sweet Treats, and Festive Beverages. This book was first published as a print book by Aunt Purple's Cooking in 2005. This is the book that started it all!
Tasty Tailgating
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 22,790. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
Tasty Tailgating contains over 220 recipes perfect for tailgating at your favorite event. Chapters include Slow Cooking, Grilling, Dips, Snacks, Salads & Sides and Make Ahead Sweets & Snacks. Each recipe contains the nutritional information.
Diabetic De-Lites
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
These recipes focus on lower carbohydrates for those who need to monitor carb-intake. The main dish recipes have no more than 35 carbohydrates per serving. Recipes include soups, salads, side dishes, main dishes, and more. More than 125 recipes included.
Ya Want Fries With That?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,880. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
Recipes for soups, salads, sides and breads. Every recipe includes the nutritional information.
Solos, Duets, & Trios: Recipes for 1, 2 or 3 people
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
This book contains 135 recipes that make no more than 3 servings--many make 1 or 2 servings so singles and couples don't have to eat the same dish all week long. There are even slow cooker recipes for 2 or 3.
RVers' Favorites
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,750. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
Recipes for people on the go!
Quick & Easy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,520. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / Quick & Easy
Quick and easy main dish recipes. Get dinner on the table in a hurry!
Souper Duper: 106 Soup, Chili and Stew Recipes
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Soups
This book contains 106 recipes for soups, chilies, stews and chowders.
What a Crock! -Slow Cooker Recipes for 2 and More
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 30,960. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Diet cooking
Over 250 recipes for your slow cooker. Every recipe includes the nutritional information. Very diet friendly.