A Bad Hair Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook:
Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series
by Nancy J. Cohen


Why I Wrote a Cookbook by Marla Vail

I enjoy taking cooking classes, experimenting with new recipes, and flipping through cooking magazines. After I’ve made a new dish, I post photos on social media. It’s a fun creative outlet where I can forget about my workload at the salon or about helping my detective husband, Dalton, solve crimes.

As my number of favorite recipes expanded, I thought about compiling them into a cookbook. It could be a fun legacy to hand down to my kids. Dalton’s teenage daughter, Brianna, already likes to cook. She’d appreciate a family cookbook to use in her own kitchen someday. And now that Dalton and I are expecting our first child together, publishing a book of recipes would hold a special meaning for me.

I remember how my mother had found a stash of hand-written recipes after my grandmother died. It brought tears to Ma’s eyes to remember her own mother this way. Some of our best early memories, especially around the holidays, involve our female relatives in the kitchen. Wouldn’t you like to create some new memories for your loved ones?

I’d already been typing my growing list of recipes into my computer. It would simply be a matter of collecting this data into one long file to create a cookbook, right? Wrong! I had a lot to learn about producing a cookbook. If I’d known then what I know now, I might never have started this project. But once I began, I felt compelled to put the book together. I am thrilled with the result.

With the holidays approaching, you might be looking for some new recipes to try instead of repeating the same repertoire from years past. Here’s a healthier variation on the standard sweet potatoes to accompany your turkey dinner.



3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
8 Tbsp. canola oil
3 tsp. minced garlic
2 large red onions, peeled
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut potatoes lengthwise and then into one inch cubes. Mix with 6 Tbsp. oil and minced garlic. Spread on greased, foil-lined baking sheet. Meanwhile, cut onions lengthwise and then crosswise into chunks. Mix with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and spread on another greased, foil-lined baking sheet.

Put potatoes on center rack and onions on bottom rack. Roast for 30 minutes. Halfway through, turn both batches and sprinkle rosemary on potatoes. When both vegetables are tender, remove from oven and toss together in a bowl. Sprinkle cheese into mixture before serving. Serves 4 to 6.


About the Book

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Cookbook
Orange Grove Press (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-10: 099979325X
ISBN-13: 978-0999793251
Digital ASIN: B07XSH6C7B
Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.
Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes. Bonuses Include:
•Meet the Sleuth
•Introduction by Marla Vail
•Cooking Tips
•Excerpts from Series Titles
•Themed Menu Suggestions
•“A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother
For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors
Recipes are listed in these categories:
“Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series
“Designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction

About Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won a gold medal at the President’s Book Awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

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  1. It sounds like a great cook book. I really like the cover.

    1. The cover is fun, isn't it? I hope you'll take a look inside the pages.


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