Butter, Flour, Sugar, Joy by Danielle Kartes


April 18, 2024



How do you begin writing a new book?

First up, I start to think about what feels inspiring and I draw from foods I’ve been wild about cooking lately!

What was your favorite childhood book?

Mrs. Piggle-wiggle & Tuck Everlasting.

Do you listen to music while you write, or do you need complete silence?

I prefer silence and I write best outside of my normal environment.  I try to not read any books while I write so I’m not influenced by others writing.

Do you think being a writer isolates you or connects you to other people?

I think I’ve experienced both but these days I find more connection after I write.  People are wanting to hear our stories and I try to uplift through my writing.  This truly fills my tank.

What advice would you give to a new writer?

Just write, get it all out, don’t try to sound like who you want to be, just be yourself!


What was the first cookbook you bought? ?

Ina Gartens first cookbook!!!

Favorite recipe if you had to pick one?

I don’t think I could pick just one, but how about right now in the moment- I’m LOVING the crackltip brownies and Pasta Fagioli

What was your favorite childhood meal growing up?

My mother would make these hamburger steaks in mushroom gravy with yukon gold potato’s and bake them! Fav meal of all child hood.

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