The hardest part about being an author is hoping that everyone loves your book as much as you do.
Can you give a short synopsis of “Mimi's Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men”?
Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men is the third book in the Mimi’s Adventures series, and is the first holiday edition. It walks a child and their adult companion through a fun filled holiday story of Mimi learning to make gingerbread men on her snow day. She learns to measure, mix, and bake her way to the perfect batch of cookies. To her surprise after the cookies are baked she gets to decorate them with icing and candy which what child wouldn’t want to do that!? Every book in the series incorporates counting, measuring, following directions, safety procedures, and repetition from previous books all while following a fun story.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always wanted to write a cookbook but never knew what would set mine apart from the thousands of other books on the shelves. I wanted to write a book that would inspire people to have fun and be creative in the kitchen and what better way to do that than with a child. Experiencing hands on fun and being able to share your creations with others instills confidence in a child, and most importantly creativity. I felt that if I could write a book that brought adults and children back into the kitchen together I successfully did my job. I think spending time together learning and developing a skill is a crucial part of learning development. Why not do that with a fun storybook cookbook!
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours a day writing. I have a restaurant, and boutique cake company that takes up a lot of my time but I always no matter what try and find time to brainstorm, write or edit. Self discipline is key to an authors success.
Name your top 5 favorite books.
Dr. Suess’ Oh the Places you will go
Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree
Jenny Lawson’s Lets Pretend This Never Happened
Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness
Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on two books that will be released next year as the 4th and 5th edition to the Mimi’s Adventures in Baking series. All I can say is Mimi loves pie!
Title: Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men
Author: Alyssa Gangeri
Genre: Children’s Book
Embark on a baking adventure with Mimi where she will measure, mix, and bake her way to the perfect batch of gingerbread men. If Mimi can do it, so can you!
Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men is the third book in the Mimi’s Adventures in Baking series.
Chef Alyssa has been baking since she was a little girl in her grandmother’s kitchen. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America she has worked for famous chefs and elite companies such as the Ritz Carlton, Tom Colicchio, Norman Van Aken and Gray Kunz. She currently is the Executive Chef at Riverwalk Bar and Grill on the Historic nook of New York City, Roosevelt Island. She also has a boutique custom cake company called AllyCakesNYC where she creates cakes to appease the imagination. Through her journey of baking she developed Mimi, her very own miniature version of herself.
As a child she loved baking and everything that came with it. As an adult and food lover she realized there was something missing when she frequented bookstores. A interactive children’s cookbook. And we are not talking about a boring old cookbook for kids with lots and lots of recipes, and some pictures. Children these days have just as much interest in the kitchen as there parents do, but the ordinary cookbook is just not going to cut it. She created Mimi’s Adventures in Baking to give children and adults a way to get into the kitchen and allow the child to become the chef and the adult the assistant. Each book has one recipe and an interactive storyline the child can read, and at the end go into the kitchen and do what Mimi did! And for the “non-baking” parent, these elite pastry chef recipes are tested and ready for even the most inexperienced baker! Impress other moms with Mimi’s creations!
Mimi’s Adventures in Baking will also teach children how to measure, mix and bake their way through the kitchen while also giving safety tips along the way. No more boring cookbooks! Now there is a fun, exciting and educational way to learn how to bake!
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