Michael P. Burwen

Biography

Cooking has been a long-time hobby. For more than 40 years, I’ve collected recipes that I personally love. The sources of these recipes are friends, family, and restaurants from around the world as a result of extensive travel when I was working for a living. Some of the recipes are of my own invention, and most of those sourced from others that I’ve modified to fit my cooking style or to use ingredients that are readily available in America.

Smashwords Interview

What distinguishes your cookbook from the thousands of others out there?
There are two consistent themes in my books: Frugality and Gourmet. I could also add that almost all of the recipes are easy and fast. I altered those recipes that were originally challenging or expensive so that they could be made by an average American cook and used ingredients that were easy to find and inexpensive. Are there other cookbooks out there that do something similar? I suppose so, but I've yet to run into one that does it as well as mine.
Whatever possessed you to self-publish a cookbook?
I've been a foodie for decades. I used to travel a lot both inside the US and internationally. Whenever I had a meal I really liked, I would try to get the recipe(s). Usually I was successful and over 40+ years I collected nearly 1000 recipes. Since I am retired with nothing better to do, I decided to publish some of my collection. My two books include nearly 400 recipes from my collection together with some old family favorites and a very few of my own invention.

Creating the books was not as difficult as you might imagine because all of my recipes were already captured digitally using recipe management software, so all I had to do was import those recipes into a Word document suitable for publishing.
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Where to find Michael P. Burwen online


Where to buy in print


Books

Easy Gourmet Recipes for the Frugal Cook, Volume II
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,420. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
This book contains 217 gourmet recipes culled from well over 1000 that were collected over 40 years by Michael Burwen, an accomplished amateur chef. All of the recipes are easy to make and most are low cost. Although the recipes have roots in many international cuisines, they will all appeal to the average palate and call for ingredients that are readily available in America.
Easy Gourmet Recipes for the Frugal Cook: Mikey Likes it!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,360. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Gourmet
This book contains 219 gourmet recipes culled from well over 1000 that were collected over 40 years by Michael Burwen, an accomplished amateur chef. All of the recipes are easy to make and most are low cost. Although the recipes have roots in many international cuisines, they will all appeal to the average palate and call for ingredients that are readily available in America.

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