Cynthia Briggs


Well-known and highly-regarded newspaper food columnist Cynthia Briggs is the author of three cookbooks and one children's fable. Pork Chops & Applesauce: A Collection of Recipes and Reflections (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. 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 editions.

She has contributed to the Chicken Soup series with an essay 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 and then share their stories with upcoming generations. She writes and publishes, the "Country Cook Newsletter," which is a monthly publication. 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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Where to find Cynthia Briggs online

Where to buy in print


Sweet Apple Temptations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,300. Language: American English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Sweet Apple Temptations opens the gate to dessert heaven by offering 200+ apple dessert recipes. Biting into a crisp, juicy apple is a satisfying pleasure, and this book combines the queen-of-the-orchard with sweetness and baking spices to create apple desserts that taste as though they’ve been kissed by angels. Recipes are taste-test approved by apple lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
The Adventures of Lily and Leon: A Soppy Fish Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
"The Adventures of Lily and Leon" was written to encourage parents to teach their children that the color of our skin is unimportant. Lily, a white fish, and Leon a black fish, become friends when they meet in the deep, dark waters of the Green Gulf. Though fishfriends warn they shouldn't swim together, they're soon able to learn, and then teach their friends, that friends come in many colors.
Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Bumper Crop is a cookbook that brings the comfort of apples back to the dinner table by using your favorite apples in every recipe. Sweet memories will abound when you share with your family and friends these unique and flavor-filled apple starters, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes and desserts.

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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