Cynthia Briggs

Biography

Well-known and highly-regarded newspaper food columnist Cynthia Briggs is the author of three food cookbooks and one children's fable. Pork Chops & Applesauce (in print), Sweet Apple Temptations (in print), Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples (e-book), and The Adventures of Lily and Leon: A Soppy Fish Tale (e-book). Cynthia's cookbooks have a home-spun feel that show her passion for cooking and baking with the versatile apple. Her children's fable was created out of a need for parents to be more attentive about teaching their children that, no matter the color of our skin, our innermost need for love and acceptance is the same in all our hearts.

Cynthia’s popular newspaper food columns (over 200 of them) have appeared in various publications since 1999. Her work has also appeared in New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Woman, Funds for Writers, Woman's World Magazine, and Seasons of Our Lives: Summer, Autumn and Spring.

She had contributed to the “Chicken Soup” series with essays in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Sister’s Soul 2, Divorce and Recovery, My Resolution, Food and Love, Just Us Girls, The Dog Did What? and Finding My Faith.

Briggs has talked “food, writing and techniques for living a more gratifying life” on radio and TV, at rotary clubs and women’s associations, and at schools and universities. She teaches publishing to budding authors and memoir writing to those who wish to capture their stories for upcoming generations. She writes and publishes, The Country Cook, which is a monthly newsletter and she also maintains her blog that's filled with family oriented stories and recipes that come from the heart.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, there are so many I don't know where to start. Jan Karon (Father Tim series), Elizabeth George (A Great Deliverance), Judith Viorst (Murdering Mr.Monti), Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone), Chris Bohjalian (Idyll Banter), Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), Earl Hamner (The Waltons, Falcon Crest, etc.). That's just some of the fiction I can think of off the top of my head. For non-fiction reference books for writing, I buy just about everyone I find...I can always learn something!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I look forward to seeing what a new day will bring whether it involves my writing, family and friends, social events, projects, even cleaning house...the list goes on. The only time I've been bored was when I've been made immobile from an accident, injury or illness.
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Books

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Smashwords book reviews by Cynthia Briggs

  • Chicken the Versatile Meat - So Many Ways to Prepare It on Oct. 06, 2010

    My husband and I could eat chicken every day, so "Chicken...Baked, Grilled, Fried..." has helped me add a bit of spice and variety to our chicken meals. Very good recipes and with great variation of appetizers to entrees as Cheryl and Les tout in their description. Well worth the $$s spent. Cynthia Briggs
  • Christmas Cookies - A Gift of the Magical Season on Oct. 22, 2010

    The main thing I like about this holiday cookie book is the unusual and diverse selection. Danish, German, Finnish and others are cookies I wouldn't have known about if they weren't in this book. The other recipes are different too; not the usual cookies we've all been making for years around the holidays. It offers a unique selection along with being as simple to make as the old stand-bys. Good Job! Well worth my $3.99. Cynthia Briggs Author Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples