THE PROMISE KITCHEN is my debut novel.
My second book, THE WELCOME HOME DINER, will be published by Lake Union Publishing in 2017. I am currently working on a book set in Key West, Florida.
San Francisco Review: (5 Stars) “First time author and food blogger, Peggy Lampman, knows the exact ingredients needed to create an appealing story…an eye-opening and thought provoking must read.”
Blue Ink Review: “Peggy Lampman is an engaging writer, capturing the heart of Southern living with wit, charm and vivid detail as she alternates chapters between Shelby, Mallory and Miss Ann…For readers who enjoy a Southern flavor to their stories, spending time in the company of these fine folks through the pages of Simmer and Smoke will go down as easily as a slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day.”
Indie Reader (4.5 out of 5 stars): “… a story full of the evocative, powerful influence of food, cooking, love, friendship and family on the human heart…a book full of flavor and substance worth savoring.”
Kirkus Review: “A sweetly told saga, bubbling with appealing characters and food related talk… A poor country girl and a fashionable city woman learn about life in a tasty novel that blends romance and recipes.”
Winner, Best New Fiction, 2016: National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner, Silver Medal, 2016: IBPA Ben Franklin; Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book
Winner, First Place Fiction, 2015: Royal Dragonfly Awards
“…All my life I’ve yearned from something more, something I struggle to define. An image lies in wait, appears in a flash, then gone. It’s in the brushed edge of a dream that leaves behind no memory, only a warming prickle of joy. It’s in the smell of fresh-turned soil after a frost, ancient and newborn. It’s in the taste of honeysuckle nectar—what the wood nymphs drink, I tell my child—that we dot onto our tongues every spring.”
Ten percent of net profits from the sale of this contemporary American novel are donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
From the Author: The Promise Kitchen reflects my fascination with mother-daughter relationships, cooking, and the American South–all of her splendors and incongruities. At 380 pages, the book includes an addendum of recipes reflecting the content of the book.
Writers have different approaches to stimulate the process; my camera is a constant companion and images that I’ve recorded through the years are of tremendous assistance in fueling my words, as pictured in the slideshow “trailer” below.