Michelle Marts-Shannon – Introducing a Young Lady to Cooking

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

I wrote a book this summer for young ladies of all ages. It is called, Introducing a Young Lady to Cooking: The Perfect Manners and Recipes for Today’s Young Lady. My book is about our long-standing tradition of daughters in the kitchen with mothers and grandmothers learning how to cook and learning proper manners.

The book also includes a place setting guide provided to teach young ladies how to properly set a table.

Tell us something about yourself.

I live in Los Angeles, California with my husband and my children. I am an Etiquette Consultant. I offer Etiquette Classes to adults, youth, groups and organizations. I also offer one-on-one training, private lessons and tea party etiquette lessons too.

My families are from Memphis and Louisiana. I enjoy cooking and finding new recipes as well as adding new ingredients. I have always loved writing ever since I was a little girl. I always had notebooks with paper and books with me. I had to write a small book in elementary school and I always received an A+ on my essays that I had to write in my English classes as I got older. Those two accomplishments may have played a part in my desire to write a book. Also, I wanted to share with young ladies what was taught to me about cooking in an effort to encourage them to pay attention to the influences that are around them teaching them to cook in an direct or indirect manner as well as address some of the issues that they are having with manners at their age.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote the cookbook to introduce young ladies to cooking. I also provided my story on how I was first introduced to cooking. Today, there are a lot of young ladies who do not cook. They will go to the nearest fast food place before they will open up the cabinet and start cooking which is playing a part in our growing problem with obesity. In my cookbook I provide simple recipes and directions to make cooking easy for anyone. I also advise them on how to buy and store foods as well as how to prevent food borne illnesses. It is already hard on mothers when their schedules are full and time is not on their side. It becomes even more difficult to take the time and give cooking lessons.

How did you choose the title?

I chose the title because I wanted people to know what the book was about when they saw it. I also chose it because I am introducing young ladies to cooking and letting them know there is a way to get started doing this.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes. I am working on my next book. My next book is about table manners. It teaches teens all about table manners.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The best advice I could give another writer about writing or publishing is to hang in there through the whole process and take time out away from everything and everyone and get it done! Stop thinking about it and do it!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect readers for my book are teenage girls.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can learn more about me and my book by visiting my website @ http://www.MShannonConsulting.com or on my Facebook Fan Page @ http://www.facebook.com/MShannonConsulting