But I Promise I Really Can Cook!
My name is Melissa Tagg and just for the record, I can totally cook.
People tend to think I can’t and honestly, I can’t blame them for assuming this because I make no secret about my intense love for things like frozen pizza and Reese’s Puffs cereal and Pop-Tarts…I even like healthy things, too, like baby carrots and honey crisp apples and grapes.
My love for these things means I don’t often feel the need to cook for myself.
But I have a feeling people also assume I can’t cook or bake because, as I just realized recently, in every book I’ve written so far, I’ve created heroines who can’t cook. Or maybe it’s not that they can’t. Instead, like me, they just don’t.
But there are two very cool things about not cooking all that often…things both my characters and I have experienced:
- If you don’t cook often and somebody else makes a meal or a treat for you, it means the world.
That happened in my second book, Here to Stay—there’s a scene where my hero makes crepes for my heroine. It’s one of my favorite scenes…partially because I love crepes, partially because I love my hero, and partially because I know what it feels like to have someone take the time to make a special meal or snack just for me.
It’s just a guarantee that if you cook for me, I will love you forever.
- If you don’t cook often and one day you actually do take the time to make something for someone else, it’s all the more meaningful.
I actually say this to friends and family sometimes when I cook for them: “You realize how much I love you, right? Because I cooked for you.” And we laugh.
But it’s true, when I actually do cook or bake, there’s intention behind it. I’m taking time to do something I rarely do…just for that person. In the book I just finished rewrites for, From the Start, there’s a scene in which my dead-on-her-feet heroine makes a late-night breakfast feast for my hero. It’s a nice gesture regardless…but the fact that cooking isn’t her thing makes it even more special.
So maybe it’s okay that my characters and I don’t cook or bake often. Good things come of it.
But still…I really can cook. I promise.
Oh, and those crepes my hero made in Here to Stay? Here’s a recipe:
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
Whisk all ingredients together. Heat a lightly greased round griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the pan and tilt the pan until the batter fills it. Cook until lightly browned and edges lift up easily.
Serve hot with real maple syrup, Nutella, berries, chocolate sauce, or anything else delicious. Enjoy!
Bio: Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing coordinator for My Book Therapy. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com.