As most of my readers know, my two passions in life are cooking and painting, and every once in a while I like to combine the two loves and I come up with a cookbooklet for your enjoyment.  I get to enjoy doing all the artwork, writing and recipe testing, and you get to enjoy viewing and trying out what I am offering you.   I like to think of it as a win/win situation.

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I didn't always live in England.  For the first 45 years of my life I lived in Canada and I experienced a delicious Thanksgiving for every one of those years.   I learned from my Grandmother's lessons and my mother's lessons and I built on that knowledge with things I taught myself.   Over the past fifteen years I have continued to build on that knowledge through my work and experience as a personal chef for an American family as well as cooking for and introducing this lovely holiday tradition to my British family and friends and I think I can safely say that I have pretty much honed all of that experience and knowledge down to a level where I feel comfortable sharing it with my readers in this, my very first Thanksgiving Primer.   My sister asked me, what was a Primer.  A Primer is a how to book . . .  an instructional book . . .  filled with tips and how to's and this Thanksgiving Primer is just that . . .  all of the experience I have accumulated through all the years in one easy to follow, instructional manual all about Thanksgiving and how to make it the best holiday ever.

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 A concise cumulation of my 40 odd years of experience at cooking Thanksgiving Dinners for family, friends, employers . . .  and all that I have to share about doing it right, and with confidence, with no fail recipes and the right tools.

54 pages of knowledge, with colour pictures and art.  With hints, tips and recipes for everything from kitting out your kitchen to what to do with the leftovers when you are finished and all is said and done.  The only thing I can't do for you is cook it and clean it up!

Offered now at the introductory price of only £3, which is a £2 saving off of the normal price of my other cookbooklets.   I really think you will be pleased with this Primer.  I've been working really hard at getting it done and out here in time for you to be able to use it for your Thanksgiving this year.

It will come to you as a downloadable PDF file, which I will personally e-mail to you.  I promise that all will be mailed within 24 hours of your payment clearing, which allows for the differences in time between North America and here in the UK.    You will need to have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled on your computer or device and you will also need to have my e-mail in your safe mail folder.  (mariealicejoan at aol dot com)

Many thanks for looking!  Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Cooking!


My very first Cookbooklet  is one entitled "A Royal Teaparty." It was originally created in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee It is filled with over 20 special recipes, including everything from delicious savoury offerings, to delectable puds and delights.

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Also included are my own delightful water colour illustrations (Rule Britannia!), Teatime prose and folklore, Hints and Tips to make your tea party the very best that it can be, Teatime etiquitte, several crafts to help make your day special and unique, and your very own Tea Party Invitations that you can print and send out to your friends. 

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It comes via e-mail in PDF form, which you can either read or print out in it's entirety.  Twenty Five delightful pages in full colour.  Please note that you will need Adobe Reader enabled on your computer in order to read.   The cookbooklet will be delivered via e-mail within 24 hours of your ordering it.  Cost  £5.00


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It's always summer somewhere in the world and picnic time!  This cookbooklet is just the thing to help you picnic in style!

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The British are great Picnickers!   When the warm weather hits and the children are let out of school for their summer hols, we are all out hitting the roads with our portable feasts.   Containing over 35 unique recipes for everything from cold drinks, to appetizers, salads, cold soups, sandwiches, cakes and other picky bits, interspersed with original water colour illustrations, it makes a delightful gift for yourself or for a friend.

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Also included are my top tips and chic ideas for making this year's summer picnics the very  best ever.    It will be delivered as a downloadable PDF file, which you can print or not as you wish, to your e-mail within 24 hours of your payment clearing.  (DO make sure you have adobe reader enabled and make sure my e-mail address is on your list of allowable senders!)  In most cases it arrives a lot quicker than that.  For the low cost of £5.00  you get 28 pages of tastiness and picnic joy! 



My third offering is a delightful Christmas Cookbooklet.  Forty Eight pages, once again filled with lots of hints and tips to help to make your Christmas Celebrations the very best ever.

Interspersed between my hints, tips and recipes are my own charming little illustrations.

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There are delectable soups and spreads.  Holiday entrees from the traditional to the not so traditional and even something to please your veggie friends.  Stuffings, sauces, vegetables.   Tasty puds and traditional folklore abound.  There is even a printable card for you to share with your friends. All at the same low price of £5.00.

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Once again it will be delivered as a downloadable PDF file within 24 hours of your payment clearing.   Do make sure you have adobe reader enabled.

Recipes to Keep

This is my newest cookbooklet, entitled Recipes to Keep.  Over 40 recipes from my collection of tried and trues intermingled with some of my artwork.   A 40 page downloadable PDF file containing recipes such as Cindy's Portuguese Gumdrop Cake, Runny Butter Tarts, Oven Fried Chicken, Farmhouse Pork and Apple Pie, Cindy's Zucchini Casserole, Mom's Barbeque Sauce, etc.   All family favourites destined to become your family favourites as well.

Everything from delicious soups to beverages to tasty cakes, pies and cookies.
This will be delivered to your e-mail as a downloadable PDF file, ready to print or store on your computer as you desire within 24 hours of your payment clearing.  You may purchse this at the same low price as my other cookbooklets of only £5.  Once again make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled.


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I am really pleased to be able to offer you my latest Illustrated Cookbooklet, "Spring into Summer."  I am really proud of this one folks.  There is even more art than in the other ones, including not one or two printable recipe posters, but TWELVE.  Suitable for you to print out and frame and hang on your kitchen wall.

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Thirty five pages containing 25+ new and fresh recipes for spring, created to use and make the best of all the goodness that this season has to offer our tables.

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With beautiful illustrations througout and tips on how to get the most out of seasonally fresh spring ingredients, storage, etc. I feel that this is the best yet.

It comes via e-mail in PDF form, which you can either read or print out in it's entirety. Thirty Five delightful pages in full colour. Please note that you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled on your computer in order to read. The cookbooklet will be delivered via e-mail within 24 hours of your ordering it. Cost £5.00  (Note - you will need to add my e-mail address mariealicejoan at aol dot com to your safe list.)

Many thanks for looking.   If you are not happy with what I send to you I offer a no quibble refund guarantee.

Just Desserts

 Just Desserts!  I think this is my best one yet. It is certainly one of my largest ones with a total of 42 pages filled to overflowing with lovely dessert recipes, and handy hints and tips from my kitchen to yours.

It's broken down into no less than EIGHT delicious chapters, including . . .  "It's only Fruit" . . . (Hot Buttered Cherries, and Stuffed Figs plus more) . . . "Indulgently Creamy" . . . (Chilled Rose Souffle's, Rhubarb Fool and more) . . . "Trifles" . . . ( three very different versions) . . . "Let Them Eat Cake" . . . (Sour Cherry Cake, Pineapple and Macadamia Cake, to name just two) . . . "Pies, Tarts and Crumbles" . . . (Bramble Pie, Plum and Almond Crumble plus more) . . . "Meringues and Clafoutis" . . . (Strawberry Meringue Cake, Chocolate Vacherin, Blackberry Clafoutis and yes, more) . . . "Cookies, Brownies and Bars" . . .  (Spicy Aztec Brownies anyone?) . . . "Bits and Bites" . . . (all those finishing recipes for sauces, pastry, curd, etc.)  All in all, there are  FORTY THREE delicious recipes that are some of my family favourites and are destined to become yours.

Interspersed amongst the recipes are little snippets of art, hints and tips and delightful quotes.   Have you always wondered what the secrets are to baking really good cakes?  Wonder no more.  All of my secrets to success are right here, and it's available to you now for the same low price as all of my others at only £5.

This will be delivered to your e-mail as a downloadable PDF file, ready to print or store on your computer as you desire within 24 hours of your payment clearing. If ordering please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled, and that my e-mail address is in your safe folder!  Also as the file is rather large make sure you have enough room to receive it!

Cooking for Comfort  

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I'm really excited to bring you the latest in my line of cookbooklets, fresh off the press this morning!  Entitled Cooking for Comfort, this is my largest one yet, containing 50 pages of scrumptious recipes, tips and quotes designed to help bring a spark of comfort to you over these next few months.  I am really proud of this one.
With Seven Chapters, including Breakfast Fare, Comforting Lunch-ables, Jaffles, Dips and Spreads, In the Slow Cooker, Savoury Bakes and Casseroles and Sweets, there are over 45 recipes designed to make you feel all cosy and comforted.   Recipes such as Cream Biscuits, Savoury Bread Pudding, Chicken and Barley Soup,  Slow Cooker Nachos, Slow Cooker Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, Fish and Potato Pies, Barbequed Glazed Drumsticks, Saturday night special, Traditional Hot Pot, Creamed Chicken Hash, Blackberry Cobbler, Baked Apples, Chocolate Chip Brioche Bread Pudding and many, many more!
Designed to please,  this new cookbooklet is available to you at the same low price as all of the others, at only £5.   As with the others this will be delivered to  your e-mail as a downloadable PDF file, ready to print or store on your computer as you desire within 24 hours of your payment clearing. If ordering please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled, and that my e-mail address is in your safe folder!  Also as the file is rather large make sure you have enough room to receive it!   

To purchase just click the handy button below.  

Also at this time I would love to offer you the opportunity to purchase four of my cookbooklet titles for the low price of £15 for four.  This means that you are getting one for free.   Just leave a message in the payment invoice to let me know exactly which four you would like for me to send you.  This is a real bargain!   If you already have some of my cookbooklets, this is a chance for you to complete the collection at a lower price.


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I'm really happy to be able to show you today my latest cookbooklet, entitled "When Life Hands You Lemons."   Yes, a cookbooklet totally devoted to all things lemon!   This is my largest cookbooklet today and is composed of no less than 53 pages of recipes which use Lemons.  With hints and tips for using lemons and Chapters including Delicious Beginnings, Something Savory, Let's Eat Cake, Tangy Tarts and Pies, Puddings and Custards and Cookies and Slices.  Some forty recipes in all, most of them including photographs of the finished dishes.  Interspersed between the recipes are little bits of my own artwork and I have also included  my  Lemon Curd Recipe Art Poster suitable for printing and framing.

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There are recipes for delicious main dishes and beverages, condiments, delicious pies, scrumptious puddings, cookies and tasty bakes, all using that most lovely of all ingredients Lemons.  If you are a lemon afficionado like I am you won't want to miss out on this tasty booklet.   If you have already collected my other cookbooklets, you will want to add this latest one to your collection.

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It comes as a downloadable PDF file direct to your e-mail box within 24 hours of your payment clearing, ready for you to  print out and use as you desire, and all at the same price as the rest of my cookbooklets,  of only £5.  (You will want to add my e-mail address to your list of safe e-mails.)  You will also want to have the latest version of Adobe Reader Enabled on your computer.

To order simply click the button below:



Thank you so much for putting together these cookbooks.  Can hardly wait to try many of the recipes; and the paintings are simply wonderful and well worth the price of the books all on their own.


Dearest Marie,

Thank you for the four recipe books, I am loving reading them and will have so much fun and enjoyment cooking and baking from them for friends and family.  They are treasures, and the touches you add and delightful illustrations are a joy.    I cannot recommend your cook booklets enough.

Heartfelt thanks and blessings!



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As most of you will know, I worked and cooked on a beautiful Manor Estate down in Kent for a number of years.   This was a wonderful experience for me and I learned a lot while I was working there.  I got to cook with the finest equipment and ingredients in one of the most beautiful environments anyone could ever want to work in.

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From simple every day meals, to beautiful luncheons with the ladies, to silverservice dinner parties and everything in between, I did it all, and never had any complaints from either my employers or the guests, especially the guests.  It was a job I really loved.   I have been asked for many years would I do a booklet about my experiences there and I have finally finished Volume one of my experiences as a Manor chef.  There was far too much to put into one cook-booklet alone!

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In this one you will find the menus and recipes for the very first Dinner Party which  I cooked for them,along with their Thanksgiving Menu, several ladies luncheons,  every day suppers, a special brunch, a Birthday Dinner for the Mr, and a lot of other bits and bobs, including the roll recipe which I used for every party, some favourite nibbles, etc.  49 pages of recipes and antedotes, including photographs of the Manor Grounds, a few of the rooms, table settings, etc.  I think this is a booklet everyone will enjoy . . .  a small peek into how the other half lives.

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All of my secrets to success are right here, and it's available to you now for the same low price as all of my others at only £5. This will be delivered to your e-mail as a downloadable PDF file, ready to print or store on your computer as you desire within 24 hours of your payment clearing. If ordering please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled, and that my e-mail address is in your safe folder! Also as the file is rather large make sure you have enough room to receive it!

To buy now please click on the link below.


I am really pleased to be able to show you my newest Cookbooklet entitled The Cookie Jar.  Just in time for the holidays!  Fifty Four pages of my favourite Cookie recipes, for every day and for the holidays, along with my hints and tips for baking the best cookies ever.

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 There are photos of almost every cookie as well as watercolour illustrations.   I am really proud of this and I think it is a booklet you will all enjoy!  Over thirty of my favourite cookie recipes including such every day favourites as Chocolate Fudgie Wudgies, and Apple Walnut Drops, Speculaas and Nutmeg Logs for the Holidays and a whole lot more.

For a limited time I am offering this newest cookbooket  at the same old price of £5 but am including the chance for you to also pick another one of my cookbookets, any title, completely free of charge, so you are really getting two for the price of one.   This is a real steal.  Just put the title of the extra cookbooklet you want in the notes to the seller part of the order form.   It will arrive via e-mail in PDF form, which you can either read or print out in it's entirety.  Fifty Four delightful pages in full colour.  Please note that you will need Adobe Reader enabled on your computer in order to read.   The cookbooklet will be delivered via e-mail within 24 hours of your ordering it.  Cost  £5.00.


  1. I receive and love your post in the US (my mom was born in England) can I order the cookbooklets ? Also what would the price be in American dollars? I am able to change the recipes but cost and shipping is another issue.
    Thank you so much

  2. HI Grandma, it comes to $7.97 USD individually, or $15.95 for all three. OH, and all the measurements for everything is in both British and American amounts, so there is no guesswork involved.

  3. Hi Marie

    I've just placed my order! Christine at

  4. Hi Marie, I have just placed my order and am looking forward to cooking from your cookbooklets! Thank you for making them available to us. (And so very thoughtful of to include both British and US measurements... thank you!)

  5. Hi Marie, I'm finally back home and have ordered the Christmas booklet. Looking forward to seeing it though shan't be doing any cooking for a while as I'm off to the Deep South in early November :)

  6. OMG Your cookbooklets are so cute, Marie! I've got to tell my cousin in London about them!

  7. Hi Marie,

    I just found your site and fell in love with your cookbooklets.
    I tried to order all three and could not find a way to get
    the discounted price.
    Can you help me?


  8. Hi Linda, For some reason it had disappeared. I have re-added it. Sorry about that!

  9. I absolutely LOVE your blog- I can't wait to get your cookbooklets!! I made your Magic Custard for my in-laws' Christmas Eve party, and my husband and father in law couldn't stop talking about it! ;) Also, thanks for adding US measurements!

  10. Kayla, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so pleased that your husband and father in law enjoyed the Magic Custard Cake! I do the North American measurements because I am now well used to both measurements and I can remember how very frustrating it was before I knew what British measurements were! I want your visits to my page to be as pleasant and easy as possible! Have a lovely day as you have gotten mine off to a great start with your very kind words! xx

  11. I would be interested in ordering all seven of your cookbooklets. Do you offer a price for all seven and what are the postage charges to the United States. Enjoy your blog. How do I order them? Thanks.

  12. Hi Karen, many thanks for your comment. First there is an offer where you get four for the price of three. Secondly they are not posted books, they are printable downloadable PDF files, which you download and then print out yourself at your leisure. Thirdly there are buy now buttons beneath each cookbook offer. If you order the four for the price of three, you will see in the payment option a place where you can leave a note to the seller where you can let me know which ones you want. Thanks so much! xx

  13. PS - If you can e-mail me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com, we can talk about an arrangment.

  14. Thanks for your reply. I am a collector of cook books and I was hoping that they were in some sort of book or pamphlet form. Your illustrations looked so nice that I thought they would be in the books. Should you ever decide to have these printed in book form or soft cover form, please let us know on your blog. Thank you for your prompt reply.

  15. Hi Karen, the illustrations are in the booklets. I just cannot afford to print them and then post them out to people for the price they are offered at. That is why I give you the option of printing them out for yourself. Sorry about that. I have never had anyone complain or ask for their money back yet. Most people find them good value and are delighted with them. xx

  16. Good Morning Marie - your cookbooklets are absolutely charming and your illustrations are beautiful! This is a brilliant distribution method. One quirk - when I order the booklets most are available as "add to cart" and some are "buy now" - those have to be paid for individually. Not sure if you know this and there may be a reason. In any case I am looking forward to receiving these delightful booklets.
    Most Sincerely,
    Victoria in not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Northern California

  17. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Victoria! It is just the way I set it up and I am not sure how to change it! I am an old dog and new tricks sometimes come harder to me! I hope you enjoy the booklets! xoxo

  18. Hello Marie!

    I moved to the UK from the Pacific Northwest (*almost* Canada ;-) 11 years ago when I married a Brit. Our anniversary is in May, so I was browsing for some English bakes to make as a treat for him.

    So, I was thrilled to find your blog! Your recipes all look so delicious, I immediately downloaded the ones in the "Mrs Patmore" post. Then I discovered your cookbooklets (and your sweet illustrations).

    I am now the proud owner of the first five. Due to budget, the others will have to wait, but that's okay -- These are more than enough recipes to kick off my Spring baking-fest!

    The only problem I have now is decided which one to make for his anniversary treat. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes!!

    -Michelle G (An American in Derbyshire)

  19. Hi Michelle, it sounds like we are both North American Ex Pats trying to make our way in a foreign country. I hope you love it here as much as I do! I do so hope that you enjoy the cookbooklets and I thank you so very much for your lovely words! xoxo

  20. Hello again,

    Have just downloaded the last 2 cookbooklets, so will have them in time for the big day (19th May). Also, got your blue binder cookbook last week, so have the complete collection ;-)

    Started with the Lemon Cookies (p27), which were delicious! Looking for something extra special in the Just Desserts.

    Wish me luck!

    -Michelle G (An American in Derbyshire)

    PS: Love living here in England by the way, especially in the Spring!

  21. We have had such a lovely Spring this year Michelle! I have never been to Derbyshire (to my knowledge) but hope to visit all of the counties at some time. I thank you so very much for all of your positive feedback and kind words. I wish you and your husband a very Happy Anniversary! xoxo

  22. Just ordered the teaparty book!!

    Cant wait to get it :) Hosting some family members at our new house so hoping to impress. Love love love your blog!
    Thank you :D

    1. Thank you so much! I am so grateful for your comments re the blog. I do put my all into it and it's nice to know it is appreciated! I hope you enjoy the cookbooklet! Xo

  23. I can't find the spice mix recipe for the ginger loaf. May I ask what is it?

    1. Hi Donna, which ginger loaf and spice mix? If it is called mixed spice, then if you look in the right hand column of the main page in the bottom third, my recipe for mixed spice is there.


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