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“Quicker Than Quick” the book!

Well, friends, my second book baby, Quicker Than Quick, is about to make its way into the world on Tuesday, April 21st and I can barely contain myself!  Unlike an actual baby, books take a long time.  I originally pitched the idea of a book of quick to prep and quick to cook recipes to my agent in late April 2018.  She was incredibly enthusiastic about the idea and encouraged me to write a proposal, “and make it quick!”  We sent the proposal to the editor of my first book and we had a deal within the day.

Avocado Toast Salad

I worked on Quicker Than Quick for a year, and then it was in the publisher’s hands.  After many rounds of edits and patiently waiting, the time has come for me to share this book with you.  After all, I wrote it for you.

Teaching cooking classes as often as I do has afforded me the unique experience of connecting with people in way most food bloggers do not have.  I’m in private home kitchens, prepping around kids, meeting spouses, in personal spaces.  I see what ‘s in pantries and refrigerators.  And then I talk to people.  We talk about what they struggle with around cooking, mealtime, health, for themselves and their families.  I have been doing this for 12 years and I have literally taught thousands of people in hundreds of home kitchens.  And I am here to tell you I hear you and I see you.

Confetti Vegetable Saute

Most of us really want to cook healthy food often, but you know what?  We all face a lot of challenges that can get in the way, and the biggest one that comes up over and over again is time.  So it was easy to come up with the theme for my second book.  I wanted a book that you and I could turn to and know we could open it up and make something now without having to marinate overnight or have beets already cooked or be stocked with lots of unusual, expensive ingredients.  I wanted for you and me a book with recipes that could be on the table in less than 30 minutes.  I also wanted it to be flexible like Kitchen Matters, where most recipes could be adapted for different diets.

Creamy Dijon Chicken

Did I know that Quicker Than Quick would be released during a global pandemic when we would be forced to shelter in place for 2 months (and probably longer)?  Did I ever imagine that all the events, appearances, parties, and signings that took months to negotiate and coordinate would be postponed indefinitely?  I think you know the answer.  But, I also think this book could not come out at a better time.  The recipes are quick (obviously) and easy, which is so welcome right now because we’re all a little tired of cooking three meals a day.  They’re flexible and rely on mostly pantry ingredients.  Truthfully, I could rename this book Quicker Than Quick Quarantine Cooking!

Black Bean Mushroom Burger

I appreciate your faith in me as a cooking instructor, food blogger and a mom.  I promise you will love this book, and if you don’t, return it to Amazon.  If you would like signed copies of Quicker Than Quick, you may order the book through Pages Bookstore through this link and you’ll be supporting a local, female-owned bookstore.  When you get it, I want to hear from you! I want to see your creations!  Please ask me how I can help you adapt a chicken recipe for your vegan family memeber or what to use in place of sweet potatoes because you don’t want to go to the store.  I truly can’t wait for you to cook from this book because I know you will be as thrilled with it as I am.  I only wish Tuesday would be here quicker!

Lemon-Olive Oil Almond Cake

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  1. I am so excited for your 2nd cookbook. I love Kitchen Matters and use it several times a week as a reference tool and for inspirational recipes. This new one sounds like a winnder. Can’t wait to read thru and start marking ideas to try!

    • Thank you!!

  2. Just bought a copy for myself and a copy for my mom from Pages. Can’t wait to be inspired by your new cookbook!

    • Thank you, Jenni!!

  3. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I absolutely love Kitchen Matters and it is one of my constant go-to’s for recipes and inspiration. I’m going to pre-order from my local book store today

    • Thank you!! Your support means so much to me!!

  4. Congrats!! I can’t wait to get my book!!❤️

    • Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  5. Kitchen Matters is the only cook book I took as I downsized from CA to NC. It taught me to forget about calories and concentrate on REAL ingredients. Have not tried a recipe in there that we did not only liked but loved.

    • Thank you for saying that!

  6. Oh boy do I need this book ASAP! I have cooked my way through Cooking Matters and can not wait to bring all of your newest recipes to my family! I’ve ordered it for my April Birthday friends and am so excited for them to get their copies too!

    • Oh my gosh! Thank you so very much!!

  7. Just ordered! Can’t wait Pamela!! Xo Wendy

    • Thank you, Wendy! You will love it!

  8. Congratulations! Can’t wait to open the pages (ordered from pages a bookstore ) of your new book! My family LOVES any Pamela recipe and look forward to adding many more with your new book!

    • AH, thank you! And thank you for supporting Pages!

  9. I’m soooo excited!!!! I’ve yet to make one of your recipes that didn’t make everyone in my family happy
    Even better that they are fast fix

    • What a huge compliment, thank you! Enjoy the new book!

  10. So happy for you congrats! Looking forward to more delicious recipes!

    • Thank you for your support!

  11. Congrats!! I ordered my book on Monday. Really looking forward to receiving it. I peeked through the table of contents some of the recipes on Amazon & OH BOY this looks awesome.

    • I am confident you will love it!

  12. You are amazing!
    I Absolutely love your cookbook can’t wait for your new one to arrive-

    • You will love this one MORE! Love you!

  13. So happy for you and for all of us! Congratulations on what is sure to be another successful and extraordinary cookbook. Can’t wait until I have it in hand!

    • Thank you so much!

  14. The book can’t get here soon enough! I pre-ordered it months ago. As you said, it is arriving at the PERFECT time. Thank you for all you do for us.

    • I appreciate the support and encouragement! XO

  15. Congratulations Pamela! I pre-ordered your book and cannot wait to try more of your delicious recipes!

    • Thank you, thank you!!

  16. Congrats!!! Cannot wait for your second book!!

    • Thank you for your enthusiasm!

  17. Congratulations Pamela! Thank you for making our lives easier and healthier. You’re the best!!

    • Awwww, thanks, Marianne!!

  18. I can’t wait for my book to arrive and begin cooking. It should be here next week. Thank you so much for all that you do to give us the tools and resources to be healthy! You truly are an inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work Pamela!!

    • I appreciate the kind words so much!

  19. I can’t wait for this!! Do you think pages would ship a copy to me in the UK?

    • I think you should definitely ask them!!

  20. Congratulations!!! I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! And I can already anticipate sending it as a gift to family and friends! Timing is unfortunate but also likely happened this way for reasons that one day with be so clear and intentional. Best of luck! ~Kristina

    • Yes, yes. Thank you for that!

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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