Author Spotlight- Interview with Crystal Hatfield and her New Cookbook- You Can Eat On The Cheap with a Microwave

What is the name of your book or blog, and how did you get started?

I have created the well tasting and cheap microwave cooking book: You Can Eat on the Cheap with a Microwave

How did you get started?

My parents never taught me to cook anything other than roman noodles and TV dinners. Once, before the preexisting health care law coverage went into effect in the United States, I had to go to a food bank and was taxed with figuring out how to cook. They gave me a lot of rice, and I came up with an idea for a rice cookbook. NoshwithchefJulie, Julie Michele Tuttle, encouraged me to think beyond that. 

I have compiled a book of cheap recipes for cooking in the microwave They are easy to use and cook and are good for someone on a budget. Eating the same food every week? There are multiple ways to cook various foods like spaghetti. You can add corn or make a kid-friendly one by putting it in a taco shell or making spaghetti pizza. You Can Eat on the Cheap is perfect for anyone on a budget that wants to eat cheaply and easily. 

How did you get published?

You Can Eat on the Cheap with a Microwave was published through Ingram Spark. I have the distribution of a major book publisher. I’ve been featured in Martha Stewarts’ recommended bookstore and Walmart, Target, and more. 

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

A lot of writers think that you cannot publish yourself. I wanted to control all of it. There are pluses and minuses to that. One is that may not necessarily have the experience to make a best seller. I look to make a book that is not in the bookstore and there is a need for it. You Can Eat on the Cheap with a Microwave fills the need for cheap cooking with a microwave. 

I would suggest looking at how other books do it and trying even if it doesn’t sell the way you want. The average book sells 250 copies a year. 

What was your favorite childhood book?

My favorite childhood book was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. It taught me about love. 

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I’d learn how to make eggplant parmesan. 

Thank you Crystal for this lovely interview!

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Graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Denver in 2016 and has a degree in Culinary Arts. She loves reading and watching anything with fantasy, magic, quests, and dragons. A native of Colorado she loves gardening, yoga, hiking, painting, watching anime, and playing tabletop games. Look for her books on Amazon

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